Top stories from The Straits Times on Thursday, March 15

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Thursday, March 15.


Disinformation campaign could be the first step in attacking Singapore: K. Shanmugam

This would apply to foreign actors who cannot do so using military means, said Mr Shanmugam on the first day of hearings by the Select Committee on deliberate online falsehoods.

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PREMIUM: Sim Lim Square seeks $1.1b for collective sale

Singapore's gadget central has settled on an asking price of $1.1 billion and will begin getting signatures for its maiden collective sale attempt.

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Britain to expel 23 Russian diplomats over spy murder

British PM Theresa May pointed the finger firmly at Russian President Vladimir Putin as she outlined retaliatory measures over the chemical attack.

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Labour movement confirms it conducted poll last year to gather feedback on Budget issues, including taxes

The feedback was used to inform the NTUC workplan for this year and its labour MPs' positions, but the results were not presented to the Government.

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Finland is world's happiest country, Burundi least content, Singapore ranks 34th: UN

Nordic nations occupied the top four spots in the World Happiness Report 2018, while Taiwan at No. 26 is the only area in Asia ranked above Singapore.

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PREMIUM: Barisan Nasional grapples with public relations challenge as Malaysia elections loom 

With the elections widely expected to be called next month, Malaysian PM Najib Razak and his wife hope to face down a barrage of personal attacks.

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Larry Kudlow says Donald Trump to name him top White House economic adviser

The appointment of the TV commentator and conservative economic analyst comes as Trump increasingly seeks to surround himself with like-minded advisers.

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34-year-old man gets 16 years' jail and caning for raping and molesting biological mother

The man had denied the charges, claiming that his then-53-year-old mother had conspired with his stepfather to get him out of their one-room flat.

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Ferrari driver convicted of assault faces drink driving charge 

Shi Ka Yee, 72, was in her car outside the Grand Hyatt Singapore hotel on Feb 1 last year when the alcohol level in her blood was found to be way above the legal limit.

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Football: Messi hits 100th Champions League goal against Chelsea as Barca make last eight

Back in the side after attending the birth of his third child in Argentina at the weekend, Lionel Messi scored the second goal in Barcelona's 3-0 win.

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