What's Next: February 26, 2016

Iranians to elect new Parliament today

Iran will elect a new Parliament and the Assembly of Experts, the body that will pick the next supreme leader, today. The elections are key tests for President Hassan Rouhani, and have assumed an importance well beyond the perennial battles between hardliners entrenched in power and reformists seeking to unseat them.

Ideas to improve environment

The best green ideas from students who took part in the annual Sembcorp Marine Green Wave Environment Care competition will be showcased today.

Launched in 2003, the competition has attracted more than 12,000 participants over the years. It serves to increase awareness among students and generate ideas to improve the environment.

US to release key economic data

The US will today unveil key economic data that will be scrutinised by investors over the health of the economy. Data out tonight will include gross domestic product for the fourth quarter as well as personal income and spending of Americans. If the numbers surprise markets on the upside, talk of a US recession will be dampened. Too strong a reading, however, could renew speculation that the Fed may raise interest rates sooner than expected.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 26, 2016, with the headline 'What's Next: February 26, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe