Top stories from The Straits Times on Friday, Oct 18

No extraordinary steps needed yet to counter trade war impact: Heng Swee Keat


Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat (left) meeting Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan in Beijing yesterday as part of his four-day visit to China that also took him to Chongqing and Tianjin. PHOTO: MCI

The Deputy Prime Minister said in July that the Government was ready with a stimulus package to help Singapore workers and businesses should the economy take a plunge.

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Turkey, US agree on ceasefire in Syria: US Vice-President Pence


Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (right) meets with US Vice-President Mike Pence at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey on Oct 17, 2019. PHOTO: REUTERS

Under the deal, all military operations would be paused to allow a pullback of Kurdish-led forces over a 120-hour period. The Turkish assault has created a new humanitarian crisis in Syria with 200,000 civilians taking flight.

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More than $13b invested in start-ups in Singapore between Jan and Sept this year


About $13.4 billion from 437 deals was poured into the companies, a 36 per cent increase over the same period last year, Enterprise Singapore said. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

The amount of funds invested in companies here rose by 36 per cent over the same period last year, Enterprise Singapore said.

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Hong Kong govt spells out new housing policy, defends land seizures


Anti-extradition Bill protesters march against the backdrop of residential buildings in Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, on Aug 4, 2019. The government has announced new policies to ease the city's housing crisis. PHOTO: REUTERS

Chief Executive Carrie Lam had said she would increase funding for temporary housing and seize up to 160ha of brownfield sites in the New Territories for public housing, among other measures.

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Malaysia's PM Mahathir says rail line RTS linking Johor Baru to Singapore to proceed


An artist's impression of Woodlands North station, which would be connected to Johor Baru by the Rapid Transit System Link. PHOTO: LTA

Malaysian Transport Minister Anthony Loke said on Tuesday that details of the project will be decided by the Malaysian Cabinet within two weeks.

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British PM Boris Johnson expresses confidence Parliament will back his Brexit deal after EU endorsement


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was confident that Parliament, which will sit for an extraordinary session on Saturday to vote on the Brexit agreement, would approve the deal. PHOTO: REUTERS

Mr Johnson, however, does not have a majority in the 650-seat Parliament. The Democratic Unionist Party has refused to support the deal, saying it is not in Northern Ireland’s interests.

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Ex-NUS senior lecturer jailed 14 weeks for rubbing against undergrad on campus bus


Long Yun, who was part of the faculty at the university's Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, had rubbed his groin against the left thigh of a 20-year-old female student for about four minutes. ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

An NUS spokesman said Long Yun's employment was terminated in February after an internal investigation.

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RWS and MBS fined more than $700,000 by casino watchdog in the last year


The total amount of fines handed out by the Casino Regulatory Authority in the April 2018 to March 2019 financial year was the highest in the last five years. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

The total amount of fines handed out by the Casino Regulatory Authority in the April 2018 to March 2019 financial year was the highest in the last five years.

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Death row-counselling nun becomes first Singaporean to make BBC's list of 100 inspiring, influential women


Sister Gerard Fernandez, 81, worked with the prisons for over 40 years as a death row counsellor, until she stopped in 2017. In that time, she "walked with" 18 inmates on death row, up to when they were executed. ST PHOTO: SAHIBA CHAWDHARY

Sister Gerard Fernandez, 81, worked with the prisons for over 40 years until 2017. This year's list includes Swedish teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg and Malaysian transgender rights activist Nisha Ayub.

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Online love scam victim arrested for allegedly using forged cashier's orders worth over $600k


Preliminary investigations showed that the woman is believed to be a victim of an Internet love scam. PHOTO: ST FILE

The woman had received the forged cashier's orders from an online friend through the postal service, after she agreed to deposit them into her bank account.

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