MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines today, May 7, 2015

Amos Yee is scheduled to appear in court from Thursday for a two-day trial. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW 
Amos Yee is scheduled to appear in court from Thursday for a two-day trial. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW 

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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Amos Yee to appear in court

Amos Yee is scheduled to appear in court from Thursday for a two-day trial. The teenager was charged with attacking Christianity, transmitting an obscene image and making an online video which included offensive remarks about the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew. - ELENA CHONG

New flagship DFS store to open at Changi Airport

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The first wine and spirits airport duplex store in the world opens at Changi Airport on Thursday. The DFS flagship store at Terminal 3 will include a unique Raffles Long Bar experience which will serve up the famous Singapore Sling cocktail for passengers. The duplex will also hold Asia's largest assortment of single malt scotch in an airport. - KARAMJIT KAUR

Britain goes to the polls


Britons will head to the polls on Thursday for their most unpredictable election in living memory, with fears of weeks of brinksmanship as the two major parties struggle to cobble together workable coalitions. With no party expected to win a majority and several smaller blocs on the rise, the election could also mark a shift to a type of fragmented politics that is more familiar in other parts of Europe. A Conservative victory could raise the risk of Britain exiting the European Union because it would mean a membership referendum, while some experts warn that a Labour win could spread unease among investors. - JONATHAN EYAL

Malaysia's Permatang Pauh by-election to begin today


Polls for the Permatang Pauh by-election will open at 8am and close at 5pm on Thursday. More than 70,000 registered voters will vote at 25 polling stations spread out in 28 districts. The result is expected to be known by 11pm. Incumbent and opposition politician Anwar Ibrahim was disqualified after he was found guilty and jailed in February this year for sodomising his aide. His wife, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, will defend the PKR stronghold against Umno/BN's Suhaimi Sabudin. PKR is expected to win with a slightly lower majority due to infighting during campaigning period between the party and PAS. - ASRUL HADI ABDULLAH SANI

IMF to hold press conference on Asia-Pacific economic outlook


The International Monetary Fund is holding a press conference on Thursday morning on the launch of the Spring 2015 Asia and Pacific Regional Economic Outlook. - CHIA YAN MIN

Lee Yi Shyan to attend opening of new $30 million complex


Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry and National Development Lee Yi Shyan will attend the official opening of Sunray Woodcraft Construction's new $30 million integrated complex at Sungei Kadut on Thursday. The complex will house the group's corporate office/regional HQ and production, warehousing and logistics facilities. - PHYLLIS HO

Evonik celebrates expansion of Singapore Facility


Evonik celebrates the expansion of its Singapore facility, the largest oil additives plant in its global network, in Jurong Island on Thursday. - ARIEL LIM

Sembcorp Industries Q1 results out


Sembcorp Industries will release its first quarter financial results on Thursday. - WONG WEI HAN

SEA Games mascot Nila plush toy to enter Singapore Book of Records


Personalised Nila plush toys, the official mascot of the SEA Games, will be entering the Singapore Book of Records for The Largest Display of Handmade Plush Toys at the Black Box Auditorium and Sports Hub Library on Thursday. - JEREMY LIM

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