What's News: October 30, 2015

Senior Minister of State for the Ministry of Transport Ng Chee Meng unveiling the three stations that will complete the Circle line by 2025.
Senior Minister of State for the Ministry of Transport Ng Chee Meng unveiling the three stations that will complete the Circle line by 2025.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG


Circle Line to complete loop

The Circle Line will be an unbroken loop in 2025 when a 4km stretch with new stations Keppel, Cantonment and Prince Edward stations is finished. This final stage of the CCL will link the HarbourFront and Marina Bay stations and extend the rail network to areas such as Spottiswoode, Everton Park and the southern edge of the Central Business District.


Jokowi arrives in S. Sumatra

Indonesian President Joko Widodo was greeted by relatively clear skies when he arrived in South Sumatra yesterday to oversee efforts to tackle the haze. The situation in Sumatra and Kalimantan has improved after two days of rain.



Navy chiefs hold talks

US chief of naval operations Admiral John Richardson (above) held an hour-long teleconference with his Chinese counterpart, Admiral Wu Shengli, yesterday to discuss recent developments in the South China Sea and naval ties. The talks came just days after Beijing was angered by a US warship's sail-by close to Subi Reef.

Republican presidential hopefuls (from left) Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz at the debate. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Republican candidates trade barbs but sidestep policies

Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Texas Senator Ted Cruz were deemed the winners in the third televised debate between Republican presidential candidates on Wednesday. The confrontation in Colorado was rich with personal barbs but short on substantial policy discussion.


Another chance for Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has the task of picking up the pieces in his country. If he and his government find the sagacity to pull it off, the land whose startling beauty gave us the word "serendipity" may rediscover its magic, says Ravi Velloor.


Changi Airport on the ascent

After a slowdown last year, when budget airlines cut back on flights, Changi Airport has begun a cautious ascent. The 4.42 million passengers it handled last month brought the total for July to September to 14.3 million, up 5.8 per cent over the same three months last year.


Killer's clemency plea fails

Convicted killer Kho Jabing will face the death sentence, after his final bid for clemency was turned down by the President. Kho, 31, a Sarawak native who bludgeoned a Chinese worker to death, was informed of the rejection last week.


Markets react to rate hike hint

Surprisingly hawkish signals that a rate lift-off may be on the table sent bourses across Asia into the red, while US dollar bulls returned with a vengeance. This was after the Federal Open Market Committee hinted at a possible interest rate hike in December with an upbeat assessment of the US economy.


Durant ensures Thunder win

Kevin Durant, on his return from foot surgery on Wednesday night, was not his usual self in the first 3 1/2 quarters despite scoring 15 points against the San Antonio Spurs.

But the forward came alive with seven points in the final five minutes to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 112-106 win in their NBA game.



Local band's debut album out

Popular local pop-folk band The Sam Willows have finally released their debut album. Take Heart, which launches today, encompasses the idea of love - different kinds of love. The band say they are planning a big show in Singapore next year, as well as a regional tour.


Why Khloe called off divorce

Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian said she called off her divorce from former basketball star Lamar Odom for medical reasons, not for a romantic reconciliation. This is so that she can make medical decisions on behalf of Odom, who is recovering from a coma after being found unconscious at a Nevada brothel.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 30, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: October 30, 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe