Top stories from The Straits Times on Saturday, Jan 20

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Saturday, Jan 20.


Kidney failure cases down, reversing a 15-year trend

There was a significant drop in the number of people suffering from kidney failure in 2015, a reversal of a more than 15-year trend of increasing incidences with the exception of a slight fall in 2012.

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A year on, Trump's US still deeply divided

In an indicator of America's bitter polarisation, the national approval rating of the real estate tycoon and former reality TV celebrity CEO remains at a historic low nationally, one year into the job. But in his Republican base, while it has drifted slightly, it is still relatively robust.

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No deal reached as Schumer, Trump meet to avert government shutdown

Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer met with President Donald Trump at the White House to search for ways to avert a US government shutdown, but Schumer said afterward that disagreements remained as the clock ticked toward a midnight deadline to pass a funding Bill.

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Public Transport Council defends decision to axe $40 travel pass for seniors

The Public Transport Council (PTC) said the pass was part of a two-year trial introduced in July 2015 to encourage off-peak travel.

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UberFlash service quick - but not always cheaper

Commuters making use of UberFlash, the new service pooling Uber's private-hire cars and ComfortDelGro's taxis which debuted yesterday, would have found rides that showed up quickly, but were not necessarily cheaper than other taxi or ride-hailing services.

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Say 'no' to getting a ride from strangers, kids told

Students shouldn't take any chances even if driver means well, say MPs on recent scares.

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Condos not seeing the buzz in drones

A debate is simmering over the use of drones in private condominiums as more developments have issued rules to ban the unmanned flying objects.

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Thai police nab man with fake Singapore passports

Three fake Singapore passports were found by Thai police who nabbed a Pakistani national suspected of producing fraudulent travel documents.

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Frail feline? Doddery dog? Take them to a pet nursing home

Hot springs, meals served in private rooms, therapeutic massages and chauffeur services - this may sound like what's available at a Japanese ryokan (inn). But you would be barking up the wrong tree.

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New design collaboration helps revive traditional Japanese crafts

You could say that Mr Edwin Low, founder-owner of lifestyle gallery Supermama, is something of a design matchmaker.

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