Top stories from The Straits Times on Friday, Oct 27

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Friday, Oct 27.


Thais bid tearful farewell to King Bhumibol


Royal guards carrying the royal urn of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej during a cremation procession from the Grand Palace in Bangkok yesterday. PHOTO: REUTERS 

Teary-eyed Thais clad in black turned out by the tens of thousands in Bangkok yesterday for a final send-off for their late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, after a year-long mourning period.

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Highest alert status maintained for Mount Agung in Bali despite drop in tremors


Mount Agung volcano spews steam and smoke into the air as seen from Bangli on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on Oct 23, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

Indonesian officials have decided to maintain the highest alert status for an eruption on Mount Agung in Bali, even though the frequency of tremors dropped significantly over the past week.

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Smaller firms still relevant even as construction sector goes high-tech


Workers installing a Prefabricated Bathroom Unit (PBU) at a site. More projects have adopted some form of advanced prefab technology from 10 per cent to 40 per cent. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO 

While the new technology advocated by the recently announced construction sector overhaul favours bigger firms with resources to invest, industry players stressed that the plan does not render smaller companies irrelevant.

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Why does one patient see so many doctors?


ST ILLUSTRATION: MANNY FRANCISCO 

More needs to be done to coordinate healthcare, especially for patients with chronic conditions - a problem that will only worsen with an ageing population.

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China to focus on sustainable growth, not GDP targets


A poster of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing. Mr Xi had conspicuously left out any mention of a gross domestic product target in his work report. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 

China's growth will no longer be a numbers game, a top economic policymaker has declared, signalling Beijing's intention to move away from annual growth targets.

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Catalonia crisis deepens as region's leader rules out snap election


Catalan President Carles Puigdemont arrives to deliver a statement at the regional government headquarters in Barcelona. PHOTO: REUTERS 

Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont on Thursday said he would not hold a new regional election to break the deadlock between Madrid and separatists wanting to split from Spain, sharpening a political crisis that could turn into direct confrontation.

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Donald Trump declares opioid crisis a public health emergency


US President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing on hurricane relief efforts in Dallas, Texas, on October 25, 2017. PHOTO: AFP 

President Donald Trump declared on Thursday that the opioid crisis – which is killing more than 100 people each day – is a public health emergency.

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More than 800 cheated in e-commerce scams on online marketplace Carousell


There were 900 e-commerce scams and 349 Internet love scams recorded from January to June this year. PHOTO: ST FILE 

More than 800 people have fallen prey to e-commerce scams taking place at online marketplace Carousell this year, amid an increased wave of online scams in Singapore.

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Glamorous collection by Singapore designer Lai Chan opens Singapore Fashion Week 2017


One of Singaporean couturier Goh Lai Chan's 24 unique pieces created specifically for this year's Singapore Fashion Week. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

The 55-year-old veteran fashion designer, known for his dramatic theatre costume designs and signature cheongsam, showcased 24 unique pieces created specifically for this year's event.

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WTA Finals: Venus Williams earns spot in semi-finals after beating Garbine Muguruza


Venus Williams in action against Garbine Muguruza at the WTA Finals Singapore on Oct 26, 2017. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE 

A repeat of this year's Wimbledon final had a different result on Thursday night, as Venus Williams beat Garbine Muguruza 7-5, 6-4 to earn a spot in the final four of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

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