Singapore and THE WORLD NEWS on Thursday, Aug 8

 A view of the National Day Parade preview fireworks visible from Boat Quay on Aug 3, 2019. PHOTO: COURTESY OF SINGAPORE RIVER ONE
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ALL SET FOR SINGAPORE’S 54TH BIRTHDAY BASH: BEST SPOTS TO CATCH NDP FIREWORKS AND TIPS FOR THAT PERFECT SHOT

Go early to reserve your spot. Photographers mark their spaces using their tripods.

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UN MEDIATION TREATY SHOWS COUNTRIES’ SUPPORT FOR RULES-BASED INTERNATIONAL ORDER: HENG SWEE KEAT

Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said a rules-based international world order benefits all countries. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

This is particularly crucial now as the system that has underpinned global peace and stability is coming under pressure, he said.

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I FEEL TERRIBLE: DENNIS CHEW APOLOGISES FOR E-PAY ‘BROWNFACE’ ADVERTISEMENT

Dennis Chew apologised in an Instagram post on Aug 7, 2019, for the advertisement which caused controversy for allegedly being racially insensitive. PHOTO: DENNIS CHEW/INSTAGRAM

“We live in a harmonious multiracial society and we must never take it for granted. I will set higher expectations of myself. I will do better by my family, friends, colleagues and most importantly, all of you,” he said.

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5.9 MAGNITUDE QUAKE JOLTS TAIWAN

High-rise buildings swayed in the capital Taipei, waking people up from their sleep. PHOTO: REUTERS

High-rises swayed in the capital Taipei, waking people up from their sleep.

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ASIA CENTRAL BANKS STUN MARKETS, FLAG GROWTH CONCERNS WITH RATE CUTS; US STOCKS PLUNGE

Policymakers everywhere have been forced to consider more stimulus as fears grow over the broadening fallout of the US-China trade dispute on the global economy. PHOTO: REUTERS

New Zealand’s central bank cut its official cash rate 50 basis points to a record low of 1 per cent.

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PAKISTAN EXPELS INDIAN ENVOY, SUSPENDS TRADE OVER KASHMIR

Security officers stand guard near a barricade in Jammu, India, Wednesday, on August 7, 2019. PHOTO: AP

Pakistan will also observe Aug 15, India’s Independence Day from the British, as a “black day”.

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US FORMALISES BAN ON GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS TO CHINA’S HUAWEI, OTHERS

A man walks past a Huawei logo at the International Consumer Electronics Expo in Beijing, China. PHOTO: REUTERS

The new rules are part of a sweeping effort by President Donald Trump’s administration to restrict Huawei, which officials claim is linked to Chinese intelligence.

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PRUDENTIAL RAISES CPF CONTRIBUTION RATE FOR OLDER WORKERS TO MATCH THAT OF YOUNGER STAFF

Prudential said that the new scheme is opt-in as some individuals may prefer to have more disposable income to meet their immediate needs. PHOTO: PRUDENTIAL

However, the new rise will kick in only if the Prudential employees voluntarily increase their individual contribution rate to 20 per cent – the mandatory rate for staff up to 55.

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COE PREMIUMS RISE ACROSS THE BOARD, CAT A PRICE JUMPS $6,000

Motor traders said the smaller supply, coupled with the longer bidding period of three weeks – as opposed to the usual two weeks – had led to more aggressive bidding. PHOTO: ST FILE

Motor traders said the smaller supply, coupled with the longer bidding period of three weeks – as opposed to the usual two weeks – had led to more aggressive bidding.

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ANTHONY CHEN’S WET SEASON TO PREMIERE AT TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Wet Season is the highly anticipated follow-up to Ilo Ilo (2013), Anthony Chen’s first feature, which won the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. PHOTO: ST FILE

It is the highly anticipated follow-up to Ilo Ilo, Chen’s first feature in 2013, which won the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as four Golden Horse Awards, including for Best Film.

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