Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on Nov 2

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Tuesday, Nov 2. 

Raeesah Khan should not have shared account with untruths in Parliament: Pritam Singh

Aware said that the MP’s actions had set back advocacy around sexual violence in Singapore. 

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S’pore reports 2,470 new Covid-19 cases and 14 deaths; weekly infection growth rate down to 1.05

The weekly infection growth rate is at 1.05, down from 1.12 on Sunday.

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COP26 leaders vow new drive to end deforestation by 2030

The pledge is endorsed by more than 100 leaders representing over 85% of the world’s forests.

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Extreme weather events are the new norm: World Meteorological Organisation

Climate change contributed to the recent heatwave in north-west US and floods in western Europe.

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Britain defends PM Johnson’s plan to jet out of COP26 back to London

The PM’s spokesman says the fuel used is sustainable and the emissions are offset as well.

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5 changes to CPF rules: More flexibility for transfers, quicker disbursement of funds

Various rules will be streamlined to make it easier for people to receive retirement payouts.

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WP MP Jamus Lim proposes wealth tax of 0.5% to 2% on the richest

It could help diversify Singapore’s revenue sources and reduce income and wealth inequality, he says.

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20 reasons to return to Australia: Dine in the wilderness, cuddle a koala, live in style and more

Or perhaps you would like to eyeball a shark or crocodile from inside a cage?

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$2.68 million collected in fines for personal data protection breaches to date

About 68% of cases involve firms not having reasonable security measures to protect data.

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Link between vampire myth, epidemics and anti-vaxxers

The monster has been associated with disease outbreaks in mediaeval Europe and also the introduction of compulsory vaccination law in England.

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