MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines, Nov 6, 2015

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Singapore on Friday (Nov 6).
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Singapore on Friday (Nov 6).PHOTO: EPA

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Friday, Nov 6, which we think you'd be interested in.

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Xi Jinping begins state visit to Singapore

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Singapore on Friday (Nov 6) for a two-day state visit to mark 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. President Tony Tan Keng Yam will host an official welcome ceremony for Mr Xi at the Istana, as well as a State Banquet this evening. They will also unveil a new strategic framework aimed at deepening bilateral ties and cooperation. 

Second day of Nobel Prize Series sees four public lectures by Nobel laureates

President Tony Tan speaking to at the Nobel Prize Series. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Four Nobel laureates will hold public lectures at various venues on Friday (Nov 6), the second day of the Nobel Prize Series. The two-day conference brings together government and business leaders, academics, educators and students. The theme of the conference is "The Future of Learning". - CALVIN YANG

Diplomats to meet for fresh talks on Ukraine conflcit

 Members of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LNR) ride tanks as they withdraw them further from the frontline outside Luhansk, Ukraine, Oct 3, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

Top diplomats from Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France will meet in Berlin on Friday (Nov 6) for fresh talks on the conflict plaguing eastern Ukraine. The latest ceasefire between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine has been in place since Sept 1, but it remains fragile in a conflict which has claimed more than 8,000 lives over the past 18 months. The two sides agreed last month to extend a pull-back of weapons from the frontline, a step rebels said at the time could mean an “end to the war” with the government

New data may boost rate hike pressure

Last week’s data showed a steady pace of hiring by private employers in October. PHOTO: AFP

The October non-farm payrolls data to be released by the US government on Friday (Nov 6) is one of the two sets of data on hiring to be issued before the US Federal Reserve’s December meeting. Last week’s data showing a steady pace of hiring by private employers in October suggested the US economy was strong. New positive data will reinforce the need for a rate hike by the Fed this year.