What's Next: February 19, 2018

US Marines participate in an amphibious assault exercise as part of the 'Cobra Gold 2018' joint military exercise at an army base in Chonburi province, Thailand, on Feb 16, 2018.
US Marines participate in an amphibious assault exercise as part of the 'Cobra Gold 2018' joint military exercise at an army base in Chonburi province, Thailand, on Feb 16, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

Bigger US presence at Thai war games

The United States Marines will join their Thai counterparts today in jungle survival sessions as part of the annual Cobra Gold joint military exercises scheduled from Feb 13 to 23. The US scaled back attendance at Asia's largest multilateral military exercise after a 2014 coup in Thailand. But this year's presence of 6,800 US personnel - nearly double last year's - shows improved relations between the junta and the US under President Donald Trump.


Euro zone ministers to discuss fund

Euro zone finance ministers will meet today to discuss plans to turn a euro zone bailout fund into a European Monetary Fund.

Germany wants countries that apply for emergency funds from the European Monetary Fund to automatically undergo debt restructuring. But many senior euro zone officials believe debt restructuring should be preceded by a debt sustainability analysis.


CNY treat for ST fund beneficiaries

Seletar Mall will hold a Chinese New Year event for 50 Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund beneficiaries and their family members today. There will be games and prizes for the beneficiaries. They will also receive a $20 hongbao and a goody bag.

The ST School Pocket Money Fund provides pocket money to children from low-income families to help them through school, and has disbursed more than $61 million since 2000.

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