Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on Feb 6

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Saturday, Feb 6.

ACS(I) teen who died after Safra Yishun accident was ‘a loving son and caring friend’: Family

“It’s hard to let go because we had such a close bond with Jethro,” they said.

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Myanmar’s coup conundrum: How a return to military rule has impacted Asia

Asia and the world have to balance concern and pragmatism in trying to return the country to civilian rule.

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Budget 2021: More targeted support for firms, workers to seize new opportunities

Hopes are high that policymakers will not turn off the spigots too soon in Budget 2021 on Feb 16.

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BTO flats in Kallang/Whampoa, Bidadari and assisted living flats oversubscribed in a day

As of 5pm on Friday, 319 applicants were vying for 169 Community Care Apartments.

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Remains found in pot case: Mum accused of murdering toddler faces extra charges

She is said to have ill-treated a little girl by hitting her with a belt and a clothes hanger. 

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Pilot for bars and pubs to reopen extended by 2 months, but will not include more outlets

This is to mitigate the risk of further Covid-19 community transmission, said the authorities.

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Luxury CEOs rave about Hainan, the Chinese island where sales are ‘on fire’

A duty-free boost has provided a valuable lifeline to luxury companies deprived of tourism-related sales.

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When will life return to normal? In 7 years at current Covid-19 vaccination rates

Vaccinations are happening more rapidly in richer Western countries than the rest of the globe.

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Sound Of Music star Christopher Plummer dies at age 91

In 2012, at age 82, he became the oldest actor to win an Oscar.

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Man jailed after cheating EZ-Link of more than $265,800 using its auto top-up programme

The police were alerted to the ruse after EZ-Link lodged a report stating that it discovered a large spike in bad debts.

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