Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Feb 18, 2016

A ward at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH).
A ward at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH).PHOTO: ST FILE

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Thursday, Feb 18, and which we think you'd be interested in.

It appears on weekdays, available by 7am. 

Tan Tock Seng Hospital to find solution to superbug MRSA

Tan Tock Seng Hospital will be working with an Australian hospital to find a solution to MRSA - a superbug commonly found in hospitals that has become resistant to antibiotics. A trial will involve 440 patients from both countries and will kick-start in March 2016. While most attempts to fight MRSA normally focus on developing new, expensive drugs, their trial will reuse old drugs in different combinations, which has seemed effective according to intial research. - Linette Lai

David Cameron to meet EU leaders in a summit

David Cameron will try to secure more favourable terms for Britain’s membership of the EU. PHOTO: REUTERS

British Prime Minister David Cameron will meet European Union leaders in a two-day summit starting from Thursday, to try to secure more favourable terms for Britain’s membership of the EU. If Mr Cameron gets what he wants at the summit, he will take the deal into a proposed referendum, most likely in June. If Britons vote to remain in the bloc, then the deal would return to Brussels to be put in legal form. Parliament will be closely involved in that process alongside the Commission, the EU’s executive arm, and the bloc’s 28 leaders.

Malaysia’s 2015 growth tipped at 4.9%

Pedestrians walk past the Bursa Malaysia Bhd. headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Weak mining exports, slowing agriculture output and the ongoing slump in commodity prices will likely drag down Malaysia’s economic growth in 2015 for last year. Economists forecast full-year growth – to be released today – to beat 4.9 per cent, down from 6 per cent in 2014. Growth for the October-December 2015 quarter is expected to be at 4.3 per cent year-on-year, down from 4.7 per cent in the previous quarter.