What's News: June 24, 2016

A British Union flag (right) flies next to a European Union flag in London, Britain, on June 22, 2016.
A British Union flag (right) flies next to a European Union flag in London, Britain, on June 22, 2016. PHOTO: EPA


Nervous wait for UK result

Britons waited nervously as counting went on through the night for a historic vote on whether to quit the European Union, as final opinion polls showed the "Remain" camp edging ahead. Financial markets rallied yesterday, with shares hitting the highest level since late April, in a sign of optimism that the Remain camp will prevail when results come in today in Singapore.


Malaysia on alert for attacks

Malaysian police are bracing themselves for potential lone-wolf attacks by ISIS supporters after the militants issued a threat to Bukit Aman in a propaganda video. Three captives alleged to be spies were shown beheaded in the video.



Early polls after rebound?

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is on a political rebound as he recovers from fending off a corruption scandal tied to 1Malaysia Development Berhad in the past year, raising some buzz he will call a general election next year. The Barisan Nasional government, into the fourth year of its five-year mandate, is not due to call one until 2018.


Suu Kyi begins Bangkok talks

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi begins meetings in Bangkok today with an eye on improving the lot of her countrymen working in Thailand. Thousands of Myanmar workers thronged a market in Samut Sakhon province to catch a glimpse of her yesterday.


Brexit poll's lesson for Asia

The Brexit referendum has turned out to be a nasty practice of the democratic process and Asia needs to learn from this experience to resist a rising tide of xenophobia and isolationism, writes Associate Editor (Global Affairs) Ravi Velloor.


HDB reviews rates for 2nd car

Families with second cars could soon face higher season parking rates. The Housing Board is reviewing public parking charges for the first time since 2002 and said a resident's first vehicle will be given priority.


Healthier oil drive by Foodfare

NTUC is making sure all its Foodfare foodcourts and coffee shops switch to healthier cooking oils over the next three years. Using canola and olive oil instead of vegetable oil is part of a drive to make healthy food more accessible and affordable. NTUC Enterprise said that it is "trying to change behaviour".


Inflation at nearly 30-year low

Singapore's headline inflation fell 1.6 per cent year on year last month, the lowest in nearly 30 years, on the back of a 0.5 per cent dip in April. But core inflation - which strips out accommodation and private road transport costs to better gauge everyday expenses - rose to 1 per cent in May from 0.7 per cent in April.

Chile's Charles Aranguiz in action against Colombia at Copa America. Chile beat Colombia 2-0 to advance to the final. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Chile set up another showdown with Argentina

Chile weathered a lengthy half-time storm delay and a fighting Colombia side to advance to the Copa America Centenario final, a repeat of last year's showdown against Argentina that they won on home ground on penalties. Based on both sides' recent good form, another 0-0 draw is unlikely.



Yoga classes out in the open

Beyond parks and air-conditioned studios, yoga classes are also held in urban spots such as building rooftops and waterfront spaces. There are at least eight yoga centres and groups that hold either outdoor classes regularly or ad hoc pop-up events here. Though organisers save on rental, their events are at the mercy of the weather.


'Terror link' photos removed

At Iranian photographer Newsha Tavakolian's exhibition I Know Why The Rebel Sings, black cards have replaced 15 photographs of Kurdish female soldiers who joined the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The Media Development Authority asked for the photos' removal as they showed members of a terrorist-linked organisation.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 24, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe