Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on Feb 26

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Friday, Feb 26.

Mayor Denise Phua rebuts Pritam Singh on relevance of CDCs and mayors

Denise Phua roundly rejected the suggestion that a voucher scheme was aimed at making CDCs relevant.

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1 killed in MRT tunnel near Lavender, train services on East-West Line disrupted

It is unclear how the person had accessed the tracks.

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Berries World tuition teacher among 2 new Covid-19 community cases in S’pore

The Singapore PR developed a runny nose on Feb 23 after work and visited a GP the next day.

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Migrant burden: How foreign workers are illegally recruited in Singapore

CloseUp investigates why some workers have to pay thousands of dollars to get jobs that few locals want.

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Let’s talk about inter-generational equity in drawdown of financial and nature reserves

When it comes to valuable, long-term, hard-to-replace resources, how much should this generation be allowed to spend?

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MOE flexible on students’ use of learning devices after school: Lawrence Wong

They could have the option to turn off the software so that there is no monitoring of online activities, he said.

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This year’s Toto Hongbao draw reduced to $8m to better manage crowds

The lower prize money did not stop punters from forming snaking queues at Toto outlets.

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US approves Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine storage at normal freezer temperature

The move loosens a previous requirement that the vaccine should be stored at between -80 to -60 deg C.

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Trump supporters want to ‘blow up’ Capitol and kill Congress members: Police chief

Threats suggest extremists could target the building during Biden’s State of the Union address, she said.

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China’s Xi Jinping declares ‘complete victory’ in campaign to stamp out rural poverty

Experts say announcement will bolster support for Mr Xi in a critical year for the Chinese Communist Party.

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