Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Nov 28, 2016

The Straits Times Life editor Tan Hsueh Yun and Life deputy editor Wong Ah Yoke will be at Starbucks Wheelock Place today (Nov 28).
The Straits Times Life editor Tan Hsueh Yun and Life deputy editor Wong Ah Yoke will be at Starbucks Wheelock Place today (Nov 28).ST PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Monday (Nov 28) and which we think you'd be interested in.

It appears on weekdays, available by 7am. 

Have a free drink at Starbucks, courtesy of ST Food

If you happen to be at Wheelock Place Basement 1 this morning (Nov 27), stop for a free cup of green tea latte, brought to you by The Straits Times and Starbucks.

You will also get a chance to meet ST's star food writers - Life editor Tan Hsueh Yun and deputy Life editor and food critic Wong Ah Yoke. They will be there to help distribute 100 cups of Starbucks Teavana Red Ribbon Green Tea Latte from 8am.

The drinks are just the first of five days of foodie giveaways to promote ST's new food website,

Launch of national marine lab

A national marine laboratory will officially launch today (Nov 28) at St John's Island. PHOTO: ST FILE

St John’s Island National Marine Laboratory, which was designated a national marine lab under the National Research Foundation (NRF), will be officially launched today (Nov 28). Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is also NRF chairman, is the guest of honour at the event. The lab serves as a national resource and focal point for marine science expertise, supporting marine research that meets the strategic national needs of the future.

Britain, France await results of key votes

People queue at a polling station to cast their vote during the second round of the Republicans primaries in Nice on Nov 27, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

The results of two key votes in Europe are expected to dominate headlines today (Nov 28). In France, all eyes will be on Former French premier Francois Fillon, who is expected to be crowned the winner in the centre-right Republicans party presidential nomination contest against his rival Alain Juppe, who is also a former prime minister. The winner of the Republicans party contest is expected to face far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen at next year's elections.

Meanwhile, Britain’s anti-EU party Ukip was also set to announce a new leader on Monday who will succeed Nigel Farage. Three candidates are competing in the leadership contest: Former deputy leader Paul Nuttall, former deputy chairman Suzanne Evans and party activist John Rees-Evans. Whoever wins, will have the task of uniting a party that has been riven by infighting despite its successful Brexit campaign.