Top stories from The Straits Times on Saturday, Feb 10

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Saturday, Feb 10.


Winter Olympics kicks off with Korean show of unity

In a sign of warming ties, the opening of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics saw a grinning South Korean President Moon Jae In shaking hands with smiling North Korean "princess" Kim Yo Jong, as athletes from both countries marched together under a reunification flag in sub-zero temperatures.

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Wall Street rebounds but posts worst week in two years

US stocks ended a wild week with a burst of buying, pushing the S&P 500 up 1.5 per cent on Friday, but still recorded their worst week in two years, and investors braced for more volatile trading days ahead.

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Public park, new cycling paths in Raffles Place

A public park will be one of the features to be incorporated into the re-development of the former Golden Shoe Carpark in Market Street.

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Barriers up, noise down for those who live near MRT tracks

The first phase of a project to install noise barriers along MRT viaducts is more than 80 per cent done, and is targeted to be completed this year, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said yesterday.

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Bad news equals fake news? Not here, says Charles Chong

It is "a tempting proposition" for politicians to define all news detrimental to them as fake, but such a move will not fly in Singapore, said Deputy Speaker Charles Chong.

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Drug references: Police to ensure gastropub Escobar keeps word

Police and narcotics officers will keep a close eye on gastropub Escobar in Chinatown to ensure it keeps its word to remove all drug references and images of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar on its premises.

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Eight Chinese New Year Traditions to get right

Is there a minimum sum that a hongbao should contain? What are the origins of the custom of eating yusheng during CNY? Chinese New Year is just around the corner but what do the customs and food eaten during this festive season mean?

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ST Athlete of the Year Nominee #3: Joseph Schooling: Driven by defeats from a familiar foe

Champions hate to lose. It is this desire that drives them in their relentless pursuit of perfection.

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Open kitchens cooked to perfection

Kitchen is kitchen, living room is living room - and the twain shall never meet, right?

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Singapore ring girls, cheerleaders to stay

Grid girls will be conspicuously absent for September's Formula One Singapore Grand Prix, but the international uproar surrounding F1's decision has not compelled other major sports here to follow suit.

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