Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on Dec 24

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Thursday, Dec 24.

Singapore confirms first case of new Covid-19 strain from UK, a 17-year-old student who recently returned from Britain

MOH is pending confirmatory results for another 11 cases who are preliminarily positive for the B117 strain.

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UK detects second potentially ‘more transmissible’ Covid-19 strain from South Africa

The new strain was detected in contacts of Covid-19 cases who have travelled from South Africa.

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Defying Congress, Trump vetoes defence bill, threatens government shutdown

Trump describes the Bill as a “gift” to China and Russia.

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Top scientist Anthony Fauci says US could see return to normal by next summer

It might be possible to achieve widespread population immunity by then, he said.

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British supermodel Stella Tennant dies suddenly aged 50

One report said there were “no suspicious circumstances” surrounding her death.

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Fireworks at 11 heartland locations to usher in the New Year

Fireworks will take place at locations including Bedok, Tampines, Bishan and Yew Tee.

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Interactive: 20 words that define 2020

The year 2020 has changed how we work, how we socialise, how we communicate, how we shop and even the words we use.

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Cannabis is less dangerous? Not to me, says Singaporean former drug addict

The recent softening in stance by a UN commission towards cannabis is cause for alarm, says the businessman.

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Mediacorp stars caught allegedly flouting Covid-19 rules at Jeffrey Xu’s birthday bash

A picture showed 13 people together, with Xu holding a cake.

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What’s next for singer JJ Lin after a productive pandemic year?

For starters, he is releasing his debut English EP, Like You Do, in early 2021.

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