Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Jan 27, 2016

The River Safari's giant panda, Kai Kai, in his enclosure.
The River Safari's giant panda, Kai Kai, in his enclosure.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Wednesday, Jan 27, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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Festive treats for wildlife park residents

From giant pandas eating out of large red packets to a parrot wishing people “Gong Xi Fa Cai”, the wild residents at Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo will receive festive treats during the Chinese New Year period. Wildlife Reserves Singapore will give a media preview of the various activities at its four wildlife parks on Wednesday (Jan 27). - PANG XUE QIANG

Kerry to visit China today

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaking to members of the media at a hotel in Phnom Penh on Jan 26, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit China on Wed (Jan 27) for meetings with senior government leaders of the Chinese government to discuss a range of global, regional and bilateral issues.
He is expected to stress the need for a united front in response to this month’s North Korean nuclear test through additional United Nations sanctions and for a tough response from China.

Fed expected to keep rate steady

The US flag hangs on the facade of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York headquarters. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG 

The United States Federal Reserve is expected to keep its interest rate steady at 0.25 per cent at the end of its two-day Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting today. The FOMC meeting, its first since its historic interest rate hike last month, comes less than a week after the European Central Bank signalled that it could expand stimulus measures in March if inflation slows further.

Although the Fed is not expected to take any policy action, analysts say chair Janet Yellen and her team need to recognise that the economic landscape has changed since December without taking another hike completely off the table at their March meeting.