What's Next: Septembert 2, 2016

Japan, Russia leaders to meet

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the two-day Eastern Economic Forum which starts today in the Russian port city of Vladivostok.

Japan has been eyeing closer ties with Russia to counter China's growing clout.

Harmony in Diversity exhibition opens

The Harmony in Diversity Gallery will be opened by President Tony Tan Keng Yam today. It is Singapore's first exhibition that is dedicated to stressing the common threads among the country's major religions.

The exhibition is located at the Ministry of National Development building in Maxwell Road and is open to the public.

US to release job data

The US Labour Department will release payroll data today, with economists expecting unemployment to have dropped to 4.8 per cent in August from 4.9 per cent in the previous month. An increase in job numbers will provide clues as to whether the US Federal Reserve will raise interest rates sooner rather than later. The Fed has left the door open to a hike at its Sept 20-21 meeting without giving an explicit signal that it is likely to take such action.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 02, 2016, with the headline 'What's Next'. Print Edition | Subscribe