Top stories from The Straits Times on Thursday, Oct 11

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Thursday, Oct 11.


Three killed as strong quake rocks Indonesia's Java, Bali

The government said not much damage was reported. PHOTO: BNPB

The victims in East Java's Sumenep district perished after being crushed by collapsed buildings but damage caused by the tremor was not widespread.

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Dow ends brutal session with 3.1% loss, Nasdaq down 4%

Traders work on the floor at the closing bell of the Dow Industrial Average at the New York Stock Exchange. PHOTO: AFP

Wall Street stocks plunged on Wednesday, with major indices losing more than 3 per cent in a sell-off prompted by the sudden jump in US interest rates.

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Kavanaugh battle fires up voters ahead of Nov 6 mid-term elections

US President Donald Trump at a rally in Iowa on Oct 9, 2018. He told attendees that what Democrats did to Justice Brett Kavanaugh was "a national embarrassment and national disgrace". PHOTO: AFP

Early voting for the Nov 6 mid-term elections has already begun in some states. The volume of early voting as well as the turnout on Nov 6 will largely determine the results, pundits say. The Democratic Party appears to have an advantage for now.

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Will meet succeed in keeping multilateralism afloat?

Police officers patrolling outside the venue of the International Monetary Fund-World Bank annual meetings in Nusa Dua, Bali, yesterday. While evidence of the impact of a trade war on economic momentum is, as yet, hard to detect, trade frictions remain the biggest preoccupation of the participants in Bali. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Although the discussions in Bali on Thursday will be wide-ranging and will subsequently extend to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, no respite from current trade confrontations is expected.

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SAF warrant officer who died in Brunei given final send-off

Singapore Armed Forces personnel saluting as Muhammad Sadikin Hasban's coffin is being carried to the burial site on Oct 10, 2018. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Third Warrant Officer Muhammad Sadikin Hasban was hit by a falling tree branch on Tuesday while supervising contractors performing maintenance work at a helicopter evacuation site.

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Commentary: Fewer exams, more time for joy in learning? Please don't stop reducing exams

ST ILLUSTRATION: MIEL

Rethink streaming and let students study for the O levels over four to five years, says senior education correspondent Sandra Davie.

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Four arrested in Indonesia for attempt to buy baby via Instagram

The Instagram page uses obscured photos of clients - mothers with faces covered - who had sold their babies. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM INSTAGRAM

The still-active Instagram account currently has 722 followers. Among the posts is a screen capture of a WhatsApp chat which included a photo of the lower half of a pregnant woman from Banjarmasin in South Kalimantan.

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Meet Shravan Verma: The modest medic who helped an accident victim and won netizens' hearts

Dr Shravan Verma admits to being "flattered, and a bit surprised" by the attention he has received. ST PHOTO: SYAZA NISRINA

His story on The Straits Times Facebook page has attracted comments like "good looking man with a good heart", "ohhh soooo cute" and even "I want to marry you".

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KKH apologises for dispensing expired nose drops to baby, engages independent review panel

Ms Judy Teo said that despite using the nose drops for a month, her daughter still had a blocked nose and had trouble breathing properly. Upon checking, it was found that the medication dispensed had expired in April. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/JUDY TEO

KKH has since done a thorough check on all in-stock medications and reminded its staff to check expiry dates before issuing medications.

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Football: Ronaldo insists sex was 'completely consensual'

Ronaldo trains prior to the Italian Serie A match between Juventus and Udi-nese Calcio on Oct 6, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

Police in Las Vegas announced last week that they were reopening an investigation into allegations made by a former model, Kathryn Mayorga, relating to an incident in 2009.

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