What's News: Oct 23, 2017

Syrian Democratic Forces fighters marching past destroyed buildings while celebrating Raqqa's liberation from ISIS militants.
Syrian Democratic Forces fighters marching past destroyed buildings while celebrating Raqqa's liberation from ISIS militants.PHOTO: REUTERS


Japan votes for status quo

Japan has voted for another four years of Liberal Democratic Party rule as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's snap poll gambit paid off yesterday. The LDP and its coalition partnerhave secured the "super majority" Mr Abe needs to revise Japan's pacifist Constitution.


Full care at regional cluster

The first of three regional healthcare clusters will bring together Tan Tock Seng and Khoo Teck Puat hospitals and will offer the full spectrum of care to residents in the north and central parts of the country. The clusterwill focus on helping people stay healthy and boost aid for those who need longer-term rehabilitative care.


Experts fear new terror threats

The fall of Raqqa and the defeat of militants in Marawi might have dealt a major blow to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, but Asian capitals should not let their guard down, say counter-terrorism experts. The militant group is down but not out, and the "spillover" from these defeats will likely result in new and more insidious forms of violent terrorism, they say.


China watching property prices

China's housing minister, speaking on the sidelines of the Chinese Communist Party's 19th National Congress, has said Beijing will not waver in its efforts to regulate the property market and has no intention of loosening control measures, in a sign that the recently frothy housing market is still being closely watched.


Back to a nationalist view

The period of globalism - and the era of international institutions - is on the decline, as many leaders now seek to define their countries' interests in purely national terms, says Jonathan Eyal.


Rochor Centre to be torn down

Rochor Centre will be demolished starting early next year and the process is expected to take at least several months, according to demolition experts. The site of the decades-old residential and retail complex is slated for the upcoming North-South Corridor.


Spike in molestation cases

The number of outrage of modesty cases has increased from January to September this year. Latest figures from the police released yesterday showed that there were 1,168 cases reported in the first nine months of this year, a 19.9 per cent increase from the same period last year.


Behind the global euphoria

US stocks closed at another all-time high last week, making for the second-longest bull market in history. But it is not just stocks as bonds, property and even cryptocurrencies seem caught up in a global euphoria. The Straits Times' senior correspondent Goh Eng Yeow looks at whether this could be a case of rational exuberance.


Poor start by Warriors, Cavs

National Basketball Association giants Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are still feeling rusty from their close-season break - both lost on Saturday by double digits. The Cavs were defeated at home by one of last season's worst teams Orlando Magic 114-93, while the champions fell for the second time in three games - 101-111 to the Grizzlies in Memphis.


Singaporean's choc delights

Mrs Gina Hardy, a 42-year-old Singaporean based in Trinidad and Tobago, owns and runs Gina's Chocolates, which specialises in bean-to-bar chocolates and bonbons. Her treats will be available here by January at Singapore-based online bean-to-bar chocolate retailer Luvcacao.


Final tally

Polls in Japan closed last night after a typhoon-swept voting day. Follow the final counts in our multimedia graphic. str.sg/japan17parties


Regulating health claims

How are supplements with health claims regulated in Singapore? Health reporter Felicia Choo answers a reader's question. str.sg/4yzL

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 23, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe