Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on March 20

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Saturday, March 20.

US and China conclude ‘tough’ talks in Alaska; China’s top diplomat says talks were helpful

China warned that differences remain while US said both sides also have intersecting interests on certain issues.

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How Quad nations US, Japan, India and Australia are squaring up to China

China looms large both as a threat and an opportunity for all four countries. How will the Quad engage China?

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Singapore’s factory future: Taking manufacturing to new highs

The Republic wants to grow its manufacturing sector by 50% by 2030. What are the factors that can pave the way to success?

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165 caught breaching Covid-19 rules as families flock to parks and beaches

Fines and written warnings have been issued over safe management breaches during the school break.

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Number of people who have recovered from Covid-19 in Singapore passes 60,000

There were no cases in the community in the past week, down from three in the week before.

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Fukushima disaster 10 years on: How long will it take to clean up the nuclear waste?

Radiation decontamination has progressed steadily since the Fukushima disaster 10 years ago but few residents have returned.

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Malaysia immigration cites tech glitches, more applicants for long queues at Singapore mission

The number of passport renewal applicants doubled in the past week to around 450 a day.

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Second batch of eggs from Malaysia recalled after Salmonella bacteria detected

The affected batch can be identified by a stamp on the eggs that says “CEM014”.

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Keyhole surgery a relief for liver transplant donors

A small but growing number of donors are being offered the keyhole method, which can seem less frightening.

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For The Love Of The Game: Fancy a sword fight a la Lord Of The Rings? Here’s where you can go

Hema, a revival of mediaeval martial arts, involves the study and practice of fighting systems in Europe.

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