Top stories from The Straits Times on Thursday, Aug 8

UN mediation treaty shows countries' support for rules-based international order: Heng Swee Keat


Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said a rules-based international world order benefits all countries. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

This is particularly crucial now as the system that has underpinned global peace and stability is coming under pressure, he said.

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I feel terrible: Dennis Chew apologises for e-pay 'brownface' advertisement


Dennis Chew apologised in an Instagram post on Aug 7, 2019, for the advertisement which caused controversy for allegedly being racially insensitive. PHOTO: DENNIS CHEW/INSTAGRAM

"We live in a harmonious multiracial society and we must never take it for granted. I will set higher expectations of myself. I will do better by my family, friends, colleagues and most importantly, all of you," he said.

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5.9 magnitude quake jolts Taiwan


High-rise buildings swayed in the capital Taipei, waking people up from their sleep. PHOTO: REUTERS

High-rises swayed in the capital Taipei, waking people up from their sleep.

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Asia central banks stun markets, flag growth concerns with rate cuts; US stocks plunge


Policymakers everywhere have been forced to consider more stimulus as fears grow over the broadening fallout of the US-China trade dispute on the global economy. PHOTO: REUTERS

New Zealand's central bank cut its official cash rate 50 basis points to a record low of 1 per cent. 

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Pakistan expels Indian envoy, suspends trade over Kashmir


Security officers stand guard near a barricade in Jammu, India, Wednesday, on August 7, 2019. PHOTO: AP

Pakistan will also observe Aug 15, India’s Independence Day from the British, as a “black day”.

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US formalises ban on government contracts to China's Huawei, others


A man walks past a Huawei logo at the International Consumer Electronics Expo in Beijing, China. PHOTO: REUTERS

The new rules are part of a sweeping effort by President Donald Trump's administration to restrict Huawei, which officials claim is linked to Chinese intelligence.

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Prudential raises CPF contribution rate for older workers to match that of younger staff


Prudential said that the new scheme is opt-in as some individuals may prefer to have more disposable income to meet their immediate needs. PHOTO: PRUDENTIAL

However, the new rise will kick in only if the Prudential employees voluntarily increase their individual contribution rate to 20 per cent - the mandatory rate for staff up to 55.

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All set for Singapore’s 54th birthday bash: Best spots to catch NDP fireworks and tips for that perfect shot


A view of the National Day Parade preview fireworks visible from Boat Quay on Aug 3, 2019. PHOTO: COURTESY OF SINGAPORE RIVER ONE

Go early to reserve your spot. Photographers mark their spaces using their tripods.

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COE premiums rise across the board, Cat A price jumps $6,000


Motor traders said the smaller supply, coupled with the longer bidding period of three weeks - as opposed to the usual two weeks - had led to more aggressive bidding. PHOTO: ST FILE

Motor traders said the smaller supply, coupled with the longer bidding period of three weeks - as opposed to the usual two weeks - had led to more aggressive bidding.

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Anthony Chen's Wet Season to premiere at Toronto International Film Festival


Wet Season is the highly anticipated follow-up to Ilo Ilo (2013), Anthony Chen's first feature, which won the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. PHOTO: ST FILE

It is the highly anticipated follow-up to Ilo Ilo, Chen's first feature in 2013, which won the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as four Golden Horse Awards, including for Best Film.

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