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Daily Briefing: Malaysia mulls third link to Singapore; Luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. unveils breakfast cafe in Tiong Bahru

And here's why Bloomberg moved its forum venue from China to Singapore.

From Reuters:

Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said that the country has 'some' plans to build a third link with Singapore.

Asked about a plan to build a third link, Mahathir told reporters in Kuala Lumpur: “There is some plan in the offing ... there is already some plan.” He did not provide any further details.

Malaysia’s Star newspaper quoted Johor’s chief minister Osman Sapian as saying the state government was in talks with a company about the third link project, which could be built in the next three to four years.

Singapore is currently linked to Johor via a very busy causeway to the north and a bridge from the western part of the island state.

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From CNBC:

US jewelry and specialty retailer launched its Blue Box Cafe in Singapore.

The Tiong Bahru Bakery on the city's Eng Hoon Street has temporarily been taken over by the jewelry company and features Tiffany-blue painted windows, tables and chairs, as well as branded coffee cups. Tiffany is also offering free coffee and croissants from a cart outside its store at Singapore's ION Orchard shopping mall, through September 3.

This isn't the first time Tiffany's has served breakfast. The Blue Box Café at its New York flagship store opened in November, offering a $32 two-course breakfast, a $42 set lunch or a $52 tea.

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From The New York Times:

Media executive and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg decided to move the venue of an economic forum from Beijing to Singapore amidst the fallout of the US-China trade war.

Organisers in New York are moving the event to Singapore, where it is to take place over two days in the first week of November. Mr. Bloomberg made the decision after a Chinese partner asked organisers last week to postpone the event, according to people with knowledge of the planning.

Instead, the partner told organisers, President Xi Jinping and other leaders in China want to spotlight an import expo in Shanghai to bolster international interest in trade with the country.

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