Top stories from The Straits Times on Friday, Feb 9

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Friday, Feb 9.


US stocks end sharply lower; Dow plunges more than 1,000 points for 2nd time in a week

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Feb 8, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

Wall Street tumbled back into sell-off mode on Thursday, with the Dow plunging more than 1,000 points as worries over interest rate hikes continued to drag the market down.

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Singaporean hikers missing on Johor mountain 'survived on very little and drank river water'

Mr Dominick Tan Chang Xiang and Ms Lum Jie were missing for three days before they were located on Feb 8, 2018. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/POLIS JOHOR

After what little food and water they had ran out, the two Singaporean hikers who went missing on Gunung Pulai on Monday, could only hope that they would soon be found.

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Man in surgical mask robs SingPost branch in Potong Pasir of $3,000

The police are seeking more information on this male suspect (above) who robbed a SingPost branch at Potong Pasir Community Club. PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

The police are appealing for more information on the male suspect, who had walked into the branch at Potong Pasir Community Club and demanded a female staff member hand over all the money.

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NUS drone tests could signal beginning of unmanned parcel delivery

Airbus Helicopters' Skyways unmanned air vehicle making its first flight demonstration at NUS, on Feb 8, 2018. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

NUS students looking into delivering gifts using drones, with recipients getting a phone message telling them to pick up their present from a parcel station similar to the POPstations across the island.

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ICA officers detect 2 motorists who smuggled bak kwa via Woodlands checkpoint

The packets of bak kwa were concealed in pastry or cookie packaging. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY

In both cases, the packets of bak kwa were concealed in pastry or cookie packaging. ICA has reminded travellers that controlled items, such as bak kwa, are subjected to travellers' allowance from approved countries.

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Some cancellations at Maldives resorts owned by Singapore firms

Three resorts run by AccorHotels, including the Mercure Maldives Kooddoo hotel (above), saw some last-minute cancellations.
Three resorts run by AccorHotels, including the Mercure Maldives Kooddoo hotel (above), saw some last-minute cancellations. PHOTO: KEONG HONG HOLDINGS

The cancellations follow a state of emergency imposed on Monday, and a travel advisory issued by Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs against non-essential travel there.

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Last two of ISIS' infamous British fighters known as the 'Beatles' captured by Syrian Kurds

Officials identified the two men captured as Alexanda Kotey (left) and El Shafee Elsheikh. PHOTO: ITV NEWS, BUZZFEED

Syrian Kurdish fighters have detained two British men infamous for their role in the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria's imprisonment, torture and killing of Western hostages, according to US officials.

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Judge finds maid's testimony unreliable and acquits employer who was accused of kicking her

Even though Madam Wong Poh Yin was hardly a model employer, a district judge noted that the maid's testimony in court was "convoluted and fraught with contradictions".

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Only four remaining school principals are non-graduates

NIE graduates taking their pledge during the NIE investiture ceremony on Jan 12, 2016. Non-graduate educators are slowly disappearing from the education service, with only around 13 per cent of them in the service in 2016. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Non-graduates are a dying breed in the education service, with only around 13 per cent of the 34,392 educators in 2016 - the latest year for which figures are available - not holding degrees.

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Winter Olympics: Eleven Sports to provide 'live' coverage in Singapore

A South Korean short track speed skater practising at the Gangneung Ice Arena where Cheyenne Goh will compete next Saturday.
A South Korean short track speed skater practising at the Gangneung Ice Arena where Cheyenne Goh will compete next Saturday. PHOTO: AFP

When short track speed skater Cheyenne Goh appears at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Pyeongchang next Saturday to create history for Singapore, her countrymen will be able to witness the moment live on their screens.

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