Top stories from The Straits Times on Tuesday, Dec 11

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

Singapore 'encouraged' by Malaysia's statement that it will de-escalate situation in maritime dispute

A Malaysian government vessel (left) and a Singapore Police Coast Guard vessel in Singapore territorial waters off Tuas on Dec 6, 2018. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Still, the MFA said Singapore is "disappointed" Malaysia is unable to accede to its proposal to revert to the status quo before Oct 25.


To quell unrest, France's Macron speeds up tax cuts but vows no U-turn

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a special address to the nation, his first public comments after four weeks of nationwide 'yellow vest' (gilet jaune) protests, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, on Dec 10, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

In his first national address following two weekends of the worst unrest in France in years, Macron sought to restore calm after accusations that his political methods and economic policies were fracturing the country.


Theresa May delays Brexit deal vote: What's next

Anti-Brexit protesters stand next to an illuminated sign outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, on Dec 10, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

What happens now after Prime Minister Theresa May threw the Brexit process into fresh disarray after deferring a vote on her deal in parliament?


Singaporeans second in Asia Pacific for buying things online from overseas

A study found that 73 per cent of online shoppers in Singapore bought items from overseas in the past year, with 14 per cent shopping on foreign websites exclusively. PHOTO: ST FILE

An Ipsos study commissioned by PayPal found that around 73 per cent of online shoppers here bought items from overseas in the past year.


TTSH suspends elective procedures at dental clinic, says infection risk low for those treated with non-sterile equipment

It is not known how many patients were treated with the compromised equipment, or how such non-sterile instruments were sent to the clinic for use. PHOTO: ST FILE

Up to eight patients could have been treated with equipment that had not been fully sterilised at Tan Tock Seng Hospital's Dental Clinic between Nov 28 and Dec 5.


Revolutionary roots of Singapore's Chinese newspaper cartoons

Open to the public until July next year, the exhibition, titled Between The Lines - The Chinese Cartoon Revolution, showcases almost 150 cartoons and artefacts. PHOTOS: COURTESY OF SUN YAT SEN NANYANG MEMORIAL HALL, ST FILE

An ongoing exhibition at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall examines the links between the 1911 revolution in China and the emergence of Chinese newspaper cartoons in Singapore.


Enforcement with Average Speed Camera system along Tanah Merah Coast Road to start on Dec 17

The system will be used for enforcement along a 4km stretch of Tanah Merah Coast Road, which has a speed limit of 70kmh. PHOTOS: SPF

Tanah Merah Coast Road was chosen for the deployment of the ASC system as it is susceptible to speeding and illegal racing.


Can the Great Garuda stop Jakarta floods?

The coastal sea wall in Kali Baru, North Jakarta. The structure is part of the National Capital Integrated Coastal Development project to reduce coastal flooding in Jakarta. Above: An aerial view of the $55 billion land reclamation project in Jakarta
Jakarta residents wading through floods in February this year. The Indonesian capital, which is criss-crossed with 13 rivers, is the world's fastest sinking city and it faces constant coastal flooding. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

The Indonesian capital banks on mega land reclamation to control water levels.


Top Singapore Dance Theatre ballerina hangs up her pointe shoes

Singapore Dance Theatre principal artist Li Jie (second from left), 28, taking her final bow at the company's production of Sleeping Beauty on Dec 9, 2018. PHOTO: JASON CARTER

Chinese dancer Li Jie, one of the top ballerinas in Singapore's premier professional dance company has quit, saying it is "time to retire".


Instant photography: An old-school medium with many young fans

A photo taken with a Modified Polaroid Land 180 camera, shot at Geylang Serai during Hari Raya. PHOTO: DAMIAN WITH SANDRA

It is an old-school medium, but Polaroids are still winning fans today.


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