MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines today, April 6, 2015

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

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Indonesian court to decide on Bali Nine duo's execution appeal

An Indonesian court is set to announce today its verdict on the appeal by two Australian drug dealers against their death sentence. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the so-called "Bali Nine" trafficking gang, were sentenced to death in 2006 for trying to smuggle heroin out of Indonesia. The men have mounted several legal bids to avoid execution and their pleas for clemency were rejected by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who has taken a hard line against traffickers.

The duo's lawyers argue that Mr Joko failed to assess the men's rehabilitation or give reasons for refusing them clemency. The case has led to diplomatic tension between Indonesia and Australia, whose Prime Minister Tony Abbott has tried various tacks without success to save the convicts' lives. - LEE SEOK HWAI

Wildlife rescue group Acres releasing results of animal protection survey


Wildlife rescue group Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres) is releasing the results of its comprehensive public survey on animal protection issues in Singapore. In January this year, the society surveyed members of the public to find out how important animal protection was to them and whether they support some of the current animal culling practices. -- FENG ZENGKUN

Visual exhibition launches in conjunction with World Parkinson's Day

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In conjunction with World Parkinson's Day, a visual exhibition on the resilience of people living with the disease and those caring for them will be launched today. Called the Tulip Story, the exhibition is being held at the main atrium of Tan Tock Seng hospital. -- WU JIA MIN

MMA champ Rafael dos Anjos talks about defending his crown


Three weeks ago, Rafael dos Anjos kicked up a big fuss among MMA fans when he overcame Anthony Pettis to claim the UFC lightweight title. What was more remarkable was that he not only ended Pettis' four-year unbeaten run but had also triumphed despite being injured just a few weeks before the bout. In Singapore for a family holiday, he talks about his rise to fame and how he intends to defend his crown. -- SANJAY NAIR

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