MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines, Nov 18, 2015

Officers extinguish the flames on the burning car during a simulated terrorist attack held as part of the 2014 Exercise Heartbeat.
Officers extinguish the flames on the burning car during a simulated terrorist attack held as part of the 2014 Exercise Heartbeat.PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

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

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Major exercise against terrorist attacks

The Singapore Police Force and other departments of the Home Team will hold a major annual exercise on dealing with terrorist attacks in Singapore on Wednesday (Nov 18).

Under Exercise Heartbeat this year, the agencies will practise responding to five scenarios, including a shooting rampage, a bomb explosion and a chemical agent attack. The exercise will take place from 9am to 12.30pm at One Marina Boulevard and Esplanade Park. - NG HUI WEN

World leaders to meet for Apec summit

US President Barack Obama and China's President Xi Jinping holding a joint news conference on Sept 25, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

World leaders, including United States President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, will meet on Wednesday (Nov 18) in Manila for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit.

While Mr Obama comes with the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact in his pocket, Chinese President Xi Jinping will probably use the two-day Apec summit to again set out his country’s commitment to development and trade in the region.

TPP leaders to meet

Twelve Pacific rim countries sealed the deal Oct 5, 2015, on creating the world's largest free trade area. PHOTO: AFP

Leaders of the 12 Pacific Rim economies that signed a landmark trade deal will meet in Manila on Wednesday(Nov 18), ahead of the two-day Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Leaders' Meeting which also begins today.

The closed-door meeting of members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will be attended by leaders including US President Barack Obama, new Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong. They are expected to discuss how to ensure swift implementation of the TPP, which will come into force only after it is ratified by each member country. 

Axcelasia launching IPO today

Axcelasia, a Malaysian-based integrated professional services firm, will be holding a press conference, in conjunction with the launch of its initial public offering on the Singapore Exchange's Catalist board. - WONG SIEW YING