Top stories from The Straits Times on Thursday, Oct 26

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Thursday, Oct 26.

Important for Singapore to sustain good bilateral ties with US and for America to remain engaged in region: PM Lee

PM Lee Hsien Loong speaks to reporters before the wrap-up interview. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG 

American companies and investments in Singapore generate tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of jobs, for Singaporeans, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said as he summed up his visit to the United States in an interview with Singapore media.


Enhanced checks for all non-stop flights to US

The tighter security screening for all passengers bound for the US on non-stop flights is in line with new guidelines set by the country in July. Airlines were given 120 days to comply with the new rules, with the deadline being yesterday. PHOTO: ST FILE

Travellers on all non-stop flights to the United States, including those from Singapore, should be prepared for tighter security checks that may include being questioned at check-in and boarding.


North Korea official says threat of atmospheric nuclear test should be taken 'literally': CNN report

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects artillery launchers ahead of a military drill in April 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

The North Korean foreign minister's warning of a possible atmospheric nuclear test over the Pacific Ocean should be taken literally, a senior North Korean official told CNN in an interview aired on Wednesday.


Race is on, but wait to succeed Xi may be a long one

Chinese President, and General Secretary of the Communist Party Xi Jinping gives a speech during the introduction of the Communist Party of China's Politburo Standing Committee, in Beijing's Great Hall of the People. PHOTO: AFP 

While the world's focus has been on the line-up of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) apex body, who's who in the Politburo is also worthy of attention for what it says of President Xi Jinping's grip on the party.


Thais pack Bangkok streets to bid farewell to late King

People queueing along Phra Athit Road yesterday to enter the area around Sanam Luang in Bangkok, where the royal funeral procession for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej will take place. Many have been waiting for days to see this rare ceremony up close. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG 

King Bhumibol Adulyadej's body, which has lain in state in the capital's Grand Palace since his death last October, will be cremated this evening in an elaborate facility specially built on an open field next to the palace.


Special needs students learn to bake cookies, tend to gardens during internship at Istana

President Halimah Yacob with students (from left) Murial Chua Ming Hui, Neo Boon Fan and Muhammad Yamin Mohd Yazid, all 16 years old, at the Istana Kitchen on Oct 25, 2017. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR 

Seven Secondary 4 students from the Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) Katong School are on an internship at the Istana kitchen and Spice Garden.


Job-matching website Jobseeker shut down after legal warning

JobTech co-founders Charlotte Lim and Ang Wee Tiong. Ms Lim said a job portal, which she declined to name, had served JobTech a notice to refrain from using data from its website. PHOTO: ST FILE 

JobTech, a local start-up which provides an online job-matching service for retrenched workers, has been forced to take down its Jobseeker website.


Football: West Ham stun Spurs to reach League Cup quarters, Chelsea beat Everton 2-1

West Ham United's Adrian and team mates celebrate after the match. PHOTO: REUTERS 

West Ham mounted a stirring comeback on Wednesday, roaring back from two goals down against Tottenham Hotspur to reach the League Cup quarter-finals while Chelsea saw off the challenge of Everton.


WTA Finals: Wozniacki through to semis after thrashing world No. 1 Halep, Garcia beats Svitolina to stay alive

Caroline Woaniacki celebrates after defeating Simona Halep. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI 

World No. 1 Simona Halep got handed a swift defeat on Wednesday night at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, beaten 6-0, 6-2 by Caroline Wozniacki. Caroline Garcia Elina Svitolina 6-7 (7-9), 6-3, 7-5 in a repeat of their long-drawn battle from the China Open quarter-finals earlier this month. 


Fats Domino, one of rock 'n' roll's first stars, dies aged 89

American musician Fats Domino at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2006. PHOTO: REUTERS 

Fats Domino, who added a touch of rolling New Orleans boogie-woogie piano to early rock ‘n’ roll in chart-topping hits such as Blueberry Hill and Blue Monday, has died at the age of 89.