Top stories from The Straits Times on Friday, Dec 22

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Friday, Dec 22.

VIDEO: Defying Trump, over 120 countries at UN condemn Jerusalem decision

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki addresses the General Assembly prior to the vote. PHOTO: AFP

More than 120 countries defied President Donald Trump and voted in favour of a United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for the United States to drop its recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.


VIDEO: New Year countdown event at Marina Bay area to feature minute-long fireworks display every hour

For the fourth year running, the New Year countdown will feature light projections on the facade of The Fullerton Hotel. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

Revellers in the Marina Bay and Civic District area are in for a visual treat on New Year's Eve. They can watch fireworks displays, each lasting one minute, every hour starting from 8.05pm.


VIDEO: Johor Baru petrol station murder: 7 of the 13 suspects detained were in Singapore

The petrol station in Johor Baru where an alleged underworld leader was killed on Dec 17, 2017. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

Malaysian police have arrested another 11 people, including seven who were detained with help from Singapore police, in connection with the brutal murder of a suspected secret society leader at a Johor Baru petrol station.


VIDEO: Catalan separatists seen close to regaining control of parliament

Axed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, flanked by former Catalan Health minister Antoni Comin (left) and 
former Catalan Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food Meritxell Serret (right), reacts after the results of the regional elections in Catalonia at the Square - Brussels Meeting Centre in Brussels on Dec 21. PHOTO: AFP


Catalonia's separatist leader Carles Puigdemont is close to regaining leadership of the region in a blow to Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy who sacked him two months ago, reigniting Spain’s worst political crisis in decades. 


AVA to roll out 5-year sterilisation programme to manage stray dog population

A dog with a GPS collar on Pulau Ubin. GPS collars help track movements of dogs under a separate, ongoing study on stray dog management in Singapore. On Thursday, the government announced that it will roll out an islandwide Trap-Neuter-Release-Manage programme for stray dogs. ST PHOTO: AUDREY TAN

The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority said it will be working with animal welfare groups and veterinarians to roll out a programme aimed at sterilising 70 per cent of such dogs here - the first time such a scheme has been rolled out at a national level. 


VIDEO: Boost for Singapore companies operating in US

US President Donald Trump speaks about the passage of tax reform legislation on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, on Dec 20, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

The corporate tax cut in the United States will be a boon for Singapore firms operating there, but its impact on inbound investment flows remains to be seen, analysts say.


Prince Harry and fiancee Meghan Markle release engagement pictures

Britain's Prince Harry and his American fiancee Meghan Markle have released two official engagement photos taken by New York-based fashion photographer Alexi Lubomirski. PHOTOS: EPA-EFE

Britain's Prince Harry and his American fiancee Meghan Markle have released a series of portraits by New York-based fashion photographer Alexi Lubomirski to mark their engagement.


COMMENTARY: India: A dynasty's dead cat bounce


It was meant to be a time of renewal, and rejuvenation. Indian National Congress, the country's oldest political party that led the fight for independence, was seeing a passing of the baton.


Money that burns: Cryptocurrency is wasting energy

An employee checking power supply units and cooling fans used in cryptocurrency mining machine systems at the SberBit mining "hotel" in Moscow. According to one projection by Digiconomist, more energy will be exhausted by bitcoins than the whole of the US by July 2019, and the entire world's energy consumption will be surpassed by the end of 2020. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

A single bitcoin transaction has been reported to use the same amount of energy to power nine homes in the US for one day.


Is Apple slowing down old iPhones? Questions and answers

People queuing outside Apple's Regent Street store in London for the launch of the Apple iPhone X. PHOTO: AFP

Apple said it had released a "feature" that occasionally reduces processing power on older devices to prevent them from unexpectedly shutting down. What does it really mean?