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Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on Oct 23, Singapore News & Top Stories

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Saturday, Oct 23.


Teen who fell to his death after drug arrest: Traces of LSD found during autopsy, says CNB

Nitrazepam, a prescription drug, was also detected in  Justin Lee’s urine and blood.

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Rise of Covid-19 vaccine sceptics: Time for the moderate middle to speak up

Vaccine sceptics say they distrust official sources. Professional medical bodies can help by stepping up to plug the information gap.

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14 Singaporeans die from Covid-19 complications; 3,637 new infections

A vaccinated 41-year-old who was immuno-compromised and had severe underlying lung disease was among those who died.

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Singapore bride-to-be tests positive for Covid-19 five days before her wedding

With the surge in Covid-19 cases in the past two months, solemnisers interviewed say they are seeing couples having to postpone their nuptials.

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Still risk of healthcare system reaching tipping point

While the pressure is great, experts say the current curbs provide time for more to be vaccinated.

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Can Singapore’s climate targets be more ambitious?

Its plans to achieve net zero emissions are vague and its shorter-term climate goal of having its emissions peak by 2030 has drawn criticism. 

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Asia’s power crisis: Pain and gain

The Straits Times bureaus report on the impact of the surge in oil, natural gas and coal prices across the Asia-Pacific.

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Peru’s ancient wonders: 12 heritage sites

From ancient sanctuaries to prehistoric habitats, Peru’s Unesco World Heritage Sites reveal clues about one of the world’s cradles of civilisation.

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Former POSB chief executive Bertie Cheng dies of Covid-19 at 84

Elder son Melvin Cheng said his father rarely fell ill and had cut back on going out during the pandemic.

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Alec Baldwin says ‘my heart is broken’ after fatal movie set shooting

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins died when the Hollywood star fired a prop gun on a New Mexico movie set.

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