This week's top reads from The Straits Times, March 18

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How scammers are using AI bots like ChatGPT

Within Dark Web forums, there has been chatter about how to exploit ChatGPT to enhance scams in the form of phishing.

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Tourists flock to north-eastern Thailand as sacred Buddhist stupa emerges from Mekong River

The stupa toppled into the Mekong in 1847 and was submerged completely as the river changed course over the years.

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Malaysian actor Kamal Adli’s wife says she’s suffering from anxiety after brutal attack on him

Malaysian actress Uqasha Senrose says she's "traumatised" by the attack against her husband.

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HDB to pilot new type of public rental housing with own room, shared facilities

It will be rolled out at the former Anderson Junior College hostel in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8 at the end of 2023.

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Jacky Cheung preparing for new concerts, including a stop in Singapore, within the next six months

His latest Mandarin single, Another Ten Years, was released on Feb 23.

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Woman linked to fatal Tanjong Pagar crash charged with dangerous driving

Phoo Yi Lin allegedly drove the white BMW M4 in Tanjong Pagar Road at a speed of 109kmh.

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Shipping giant Evergreen to give staff 11-month mid-year bonus after massive year-end payout

This comes after up to 52 months' year-end bonuses were given out in December 2022.

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I ate a tarantula for dinner once. It wasn’t so bad

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You might balk at eating fried crickets, but what about a cracker made with cricket flour? Citrusy ants for garnish as part of a fine-dining menu, or a fried tarantula that tastes like soft-shelled crab?

Fried crickets seasoned with tom yum flavouring actually turn out quite tasty, says Clara Lock.

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