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Monday, December 28, 2015

Singapore Straits Times

3 HR PSI 56 
ST Index  2,875.970 -1.650


Indonesia plans to require Islamic clerics who preach on television to have "blessings", a form of certification, from an Islamic organisation amid rising complaints against intolerant views spread on air.


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Pedestrian Night to return in 2016 on Jan 2; bus services diverted due to Orchard Rd closure
Two sections of road will be closed from 6pm-11pm to facilitate the event, while seven SMRT bus services will have their routes diverted. PHOTO: ST FILE 
Filipino protesters land on disputed island in South China Sea
About 50 protesters, most of them students, reached Pagasa island in the Spratly archipelago on Saturday in a stand against what they say is Beijing's creeping invasion of the Philippine exclusive economic zone. PHOTO: REUTERS

Singapore flash estimates for Q4 and full-year GDP will be out on Jan 4: MTI
The press release will be available on the websites of MTI, the Department of Statistics and the SG Press Centre. 
Zhang Ziyi gives birth to a girl
The Chinese actress and rocker Wang Feng welcomed their daughter in the US on Sunday. Zhang wrote in a post on Weibo: "Dec 27, 2015, you, me and her...with the birth of a little life, we have our own home. All is safe and smooth, infinite gratitude." PHOTO: ZHANG ZIYI/WEIBO
New Yishun Community Hospital opens to patients
The $320 million hospital, which has 428 beds and is linked directly to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, offers rehabilitative, sub-acute, dementia and palliative care. It will open in phases and starts today with five subsidised wards, or 170 beds. ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
First weekday morning operations for Downtown Line 2 goes smoothly
There was a steady stream of people at Bukit Panjang station, an area where residents have long complained about the lack of transport options. ST PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM
New Star Wars fastest film to hit US$1 billion at box office
The previous record was held by Jurassic World, which took 13 days to reach the milestone. PHOTO: EPA
Malaysia's anti-graft commission says it will not reveal identity of RM2.6 billion donor
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission said it could not reveal detailed information on a case to the public under the law. The money was deposited into the personal bank account of Prime Minister Najib Razak. 
Plan for free skies in Asean hits bump
Asean's plans for free skies have hit a snag, with Indonesia and the Philippines yet to ratify a deal and unlikely to do so before a year-end deadline. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
Cafes raise about $40k for cancer-stricken Strangers' Reunion chef
Having opened on Tuesday - its usual rest day - for the past three weeks, Strangers' Reunion and its sister cafe Curious Palette are almost halfway to the goal of raising $100,000 for head chef Sebastian Tan, who has Stage 4 lung cancer. ST PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN
While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed
A selection of news stories that happened overnight, Dec 28, 2015: Victory near for Iraq forces as ISIS leaves key compound; At least 11 killed in Texas tornadoes as storms slam central US. Read more: PHOTO: AFP
Boy who survived Johor car crash in stable condition
Three-year-old Evan Lim, the sole survivor of a horrific car crash in Johor on Christmas morning, is "recovering well" in a Singapore hospital, his aunt said. PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS
Weather & traffic update
Occasional showers can be expected in the afternoon and evening. A vehicle has broken down on the TPE (towards PIE) after Punggol Rd exit.
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