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SEA Games: Singapore's glittering haul
The hosts have already eclipsed their record 50-gold haul, achieved at the 1993 edition, with seven days of competition - including today - to go. Swimmer Quah Zheng Wen bagged the landmark 51st gold medal in the men's 400m individual medley final on Tuesday evening. Can Singapore hit the 80-gold mark? On the slate today: the men's 200m individual medley in the pool, two Singaporeans in boxing final bouts and more.
Yaacob visits mobile library
In May last year, the National Library Board launched two custom-designed, mini mobile libraries to provide children with easier access to books. Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahm will visit one of the libraries at PCF Moulmein-Tai Pei Childcare and Development Centre on Wednesday morning. - ARIEL LIM
Food hampers for seniors
CP Foods will distribute food hampers to beneficiaries from Tembusu Seniors Activity Centre. Marine Parade GRC MP Fatimah Lateef will be present at the food distribution. - ONG KAI XUAN
Suu Kyi arrives in China
After a two-year lag, Myanmar’s pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi will arrive in China today on her first visit, a trip that could have ramifications for simmering border tensions and long-term bilateral relations. The high-profile nature of her five-day trip, five years after her political re-emergence, marks a coup for the 1991 Nobel Peace laureate, who said publicly in late 2013 that she hoped to visit China. She is expected to meet President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang though details of her itinerary have not been released. - KOR KIAN BENG
European Parliament to vote on landmark trade deal
The European Parliament is expected to vote today on the plans for a landmark trade deal between the United States and the European Union. The vote focuses on a report prepared by the lawmakers that is meant to guide officials leading the negotiations on Europe’s behalf. But the lawmakers have been squabbling for months over whether to allow multinational companies to sue governments that fail to adhere to a future Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
Putin meets the Pope
Increasingly isolated by the West, Vladimir Putin will hope to find a friendly ear in Pope Francis at their meeting today, but experts say the Russian President may have misjudged the mood. The conflicts in the Ukraine and Syria are likely to dominate the talks, organised on the sidelines of a visit to Milan 2015 expo’s Russian pavilion.
Who will win crucial NBA Finals third game?
The winners of Game 3 in the NBA Finals have gone on to take the best-of-seven series 81 per cent of the time. With the series tied at one game apiece after the Cleveland Cavaliers' hard-fought 95-93 victory over the Golden State Warriors, the teams will go into today's third game at 9am hoping for a win to keep that statistic going. - PAUL ZACH