10 must-reads for today

Caracas residents scrambling to collect water from a burst water pipe that is flowing into a sewage canal at the Guaire River.
Caracas residents scrambling to collect water from a burst water pipe that is flowing into a sewage canal at the Guaire River.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

The quest for drinkable water has become an obsession for millions in Caracas after a crippling power blackout stalled pumps in the Venezuelan capital. In the San Agustin district of Caracas, the Guaire River is effectively an open sewer, but a feverish crowd ignored the stench to collect water from a burst water main nearby.

Britain's impending exit from the European Union was plunged deeper into chaos after lawmakers once again rejected a deal put forward by Prime Minister Theresa May - leaving a postponement of Brexit as the only viable alternative to a no-deal Brexit.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 14, 2019, with the headline '10 must-reads for today'. Subscribe