Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Friday, Oct 27.
Thais bid tearful farewell to King Bhumibol
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.
Highest alert status maintained for Mount Agung in Bali despite drop in tremors
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.
Smaller firms still relevant even as construction sector goes high-tech
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.
Why does one patient see so many doctors?
More needs to be done to coordinate healthcare, especially for patients with chronic conditions - a problem that will only worsen with an ageing population.
China to focus on sustainable growth, not GDP targets
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.
Catalonia crisis deepens as region's leader rules out snap election
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.
Donald Trump declares opioid crisis a public health emergency
President Donald Trump declared on Thursday that the opioid crisis – which is killing more than 100 people each day – is a public health emergency.
More than 800 cheated in e-commerce scams on online marketplace Carousell
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.
Glamorous collection by Singapore designer Lai Chan opens Singapore Fashion Week 2017
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.
WTA Finals: Venus Williams earns spot in semi-finals after beating Garbine Muguruza
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.