What's News: April 8, 2017


Risk of US-Russia collision

The missile strike on a Syrian airbase yesterday, the biggest foreign policy decision of Mr Donald Trump's presidency so far, catapulted the United States into a confrontation with Russia. Syria described the attack as "foolish and irresponsible", with its state news agency saying that at least nine civilians, including four children, were killed.


New anti-terror unit unveiled

Among fresh security measures, a new emergency response force - trained with counter-assault skills and armed with sub-machine guns and carbines to counter terror attacks - will patrol Singapore waters from June, Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam revealed at the police's annual workplan seminar yesterday.

Yesterday's blasts in south Thailand damaged power lines in Pattani. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY


Attacks in southern Thailand

Thailand's restive southern provinces were rocked by a wave of coordinated bomb blasts and arson attacks yesterday, police said, a day after the country enacted a new Constitution.

The 23 incidents caused widespread blackouts in four southern provinces, but no casualties were reported.


Web tools to tackle fake news

Google and Facebook have rolled out new initiatives that seek to combat the spread of fake news on their websites. Google is introducing a new feature that places "Fact Check" tags on snippets and articles in its news results, while Facebook has added tips for users on how to tell when shared stories are bogus.


Algorithm trading holds risk

The markets are due for a correction, said Mr Nizam Idris, strategist at a foreign bank. He warns that the rise of algorithm-based investments may exacerbate any reversal.


Clampdown on shoplifting

Supermarkets have stepped up measures to clamp down on shoplifting, deploying officers to watch for thieves, installing cameras at self-checkout stations and sharing alerts when known shoplifters are sighted. Most-taken items include milk powder.


Early closing for MRT stations

It takes more time now to replace MRT rail junctions because of higher service frequency and competing ongoing works, operator SMRT said yesterday. This is why a number of stations along the East-West Line will close earlier from next Friday, it said.


Panasonic HQ to move here

In a first for the company, Japanese electronics giant Panasonic is moving the global headquarters for its refrigeration compressor business to Singapore. The manufacturing plant here, which makes refrigeration compressors, will also be transformed from a traditional manufacturing plant into a "smart factory", which will make use of big data and automate more processes.


Defender upbeat about Spurs

Jan Vertonghen is convinced that second-placed Tottenham Hotspur can reel in Premier League leaders Chelsea. Mauricio Pochettino's side, who face Watford today, have only one loss from a spell of a dozen games in all competitions, despite being without Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris, Mousa Dembele and Toby Alderweireld at different times. C16



Celebrate all things French

An exhibition showcasing the works of photographer Chris Morin-Eitner is on as part of this year's Voilah French Festival Singapore, which starts today. Organised by the French Embassy in Singapore and the Institut Francais Singapour, Voilah is a celebration of all things French. It runs until May 21, and has more than 40 programmes spanning arts and culture, gastronomy and science.


End of the blocks

In 1964, these flats in Siglap were newly built. Now, the blocks await demolition. See then and now photographs at str.sg/siglapflats


T-Rex on Tinder

If dinosaurs had profiles on dating app Tinder, what would they be like and which dino would you swipe right on? str.sg/tinderdinos

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 08, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe