Thursday #sgroundup: CPF, Medisave minimum sums to go up from July

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CPF, Medisave minimum sums to go up from July

The Central Provident Fund (CPF) and Medisave minimum sums will be raised effective July this year, the Ministry of Manpower and the CPF board announced jointly on Thursday.

The minimum sum for CPF members who turn 55 between the start of July this year and the end of June next year will be $155,000, up from the current amount of S$148,000.
Singapore invests in Brazil online sports retailer

Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC has bought a stake in Brazilian online sports goods retailer Netshoes in a further diversification of its vast global portfolio.

GIC said in a statement that it led a new round of investment in Netshoes of $170 million, along with other investors including Singapore state investment arm Temasek Holdings.
Grenade thrown at home of Thai judge

A grenade was thrown at the home of a judge on Thailand's Constitutional Court that a day earlier had ousted the country's prime minister for abuse of power, police said Thursday.
Police Col. Kamthorn Auicharoen said that there were no casualties and that the attackers were trying to instigate a situation to further deepen the political conflict. The headquarters of Thailand's major commercial bank and a scientific research facility were also damaged by similar grenades overnight.

Saudi Arabia finds another 18 MERS cases as disease spreads

Saudi Arabia has identified 18 new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), it said late on Wednesday, pushing the total number of infections in the country so far to 449.

Four people died from the disease on Wednesday, taking the total death toll in Saudi Arabia to 121 since MERS, a form of coronavirus, was identified two years ago, the Health Ministry said in a statement on its website.   
World powers join hunt for abducted Nigerian schoolgirls

World powers, including the United States and China, said Wednesday they would join in the hunt for more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists who also killed hundreds in northeastern Nigeria this week.

The United States and France said they would send specialist teams to Nigeria, while London agreed to deploy "satellite imaging capabilities." China has promised to supply "any useful information acquired by its satellites and intelligence services" to Nigeria.

The police on Wednesday offered $300,000 (215,000 euros) for information leading to the rescue of the girls.