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US says Myanmar army responsible for Rohingya crisis

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday the United States holds Myanmar's military leadership "accountable" for the Rohingya refugee crisis, drawing a distinction with Aung San Suu Kyi's civilian government.

Catalonia to press ahead with independence if Madrid suspends autonomy

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy appealed to Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to "act sensibly" on Wednesday, as a government deadline approached for the northeastern region to renounce a bid for independence.

China's Xi lays out vision for 'new era' led by 'still stronger' Communist Party

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday opens a critical Communist Party congress expected to cement his authority with a closely watched address signalling how he intends to put that power to use during a second five-year term.

Xi says China will oppose any behaviours that try to separate the country

China will safeguard its sovereignty and security and oppose any behaviours that try to separate the country, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday in a speech at the opening of a key Communist Party congress.

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Malaysian billionaire Yeoh Tiong Lay dies aged 87: Reports

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian billionaire and the founder of YTL Corporation Yeoh Tiong Lay has died at age 87, according to local media reports on Wednesday (Oct 18).

Birth of baby son took 38 hours, says Janet Hsieh

Taiwanese host and actress Janet Hsieh, who gave birth to a baby boy last week, shared that her protracted labour ran to 38 hours.


WorldSkills Singapore 2018 to feature cybersecurity; include university students

ABU DHABI: WorldSkills Singapore 2018 will be expanded to include university students and introduce competition areas that are relevant to industries in Singapore such as cybersecurity, SkillsFuture chief executive Ng Cher Pong said on…


Man arrested for leaving unattended bag at Outram Park, Farrer Park MRT stations

SINGAPORE: A 37-year-old man was arrested for causing public alarm after he left a bag unattended at Farrer Park and Outram Park MRT stations on the North-East Line on Monday (Oct 16).


Hillary Clinton says US threats of war with N.Korea "dangerous, short-sighted"

Former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday that "cavalier" threats to start war on the Korean peninsula are "dangerous and short-sighted", urging the United States to get all parties to the negotiating table.

Hillary Clinton says US threats of war with North Korea 'dangerous, short-sighted'

Former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday that "cavalier" threats to start war on the Korean peninsula are "dangerous and short-sighted", urging the United States to get all parties to the negotiating table.


Son of Thailand's ex-PM Thaksin charged with money-laundering

BANGKOK: The only son of fugitive former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been formally charged with money-laundering, the Department of Special Investigations told Reuters on Wednesday.


She gave up pastry chef dream in US, to keep family's putu piring legacy alive

It has been on the verge of closing, but the fourth-generation owners are determined to preserve the famed Haig Road Putu Piring for a new generation.

'Love for country' behind move to Ryanair, says Malaysia Airlines' CEO

Malaysia Airlines' outgoing chief executive Peter Bellew said on Wednesday his decision to leave the airline for Ryanair was due to a sense of responsibility to his native country.


Defeat of Islamic State in Raqqa may herald wider struggle for U.S

The defeat of Islamic State in its de facto capital Raqqa may only be the start of a wider struggle by the United States to contain any insurgency launched by the militant group and to stabilise the region, as Washington struggles to…


Car catches fire along Lornie Road, causing heavy traffic

SINGAPORE: A car burst into flames along Lornie Road on Wednesday morning (Oct 18), causing heavy traffic.

China's Xi pledges to build 'modern socialist country'

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday opens a critical Communist Party congress expected to cement his authority with a closely watched address signalling how he intends to put that power to use during a second five-year term.


Ed Sheeran 'unable to perform live concerts for the immediate future', postpones some Asia tour shows

SINGAPORE: Pop star Ed Sheeran has confirmed that a recent bicycle accident has left him "unable to perform live concerts for the immediate future".

Xi tells Communist Party to 'resolutely oppose' any actions that undermine its leadership

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping told the Communist Party on Wednesday (Oct 18) to "resolutely oppose" any actions that undermine its leadership, as he opened a twice-a-decade congress expected to enhance his already formidable powers.


Asia shares camp near peaks, markets ponder Xi's speech

Asian shares consolidated recent gains and currencies kept to tight ranges on Wednesday as investors waited to see what policies might emerge from China's Communist Party conference.


Japan ruling coalition seen winning around 2/3 majority - Kyodo

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's coalition is on track for a roughly two-thirds majority in Sunday's general election, a survey by Kyodo news agency showed, as its conservative rival led by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike appeared to lose…

Wednesday, Oct 18

Paying the price for failing to check ID: How tobacco retailers are caught selling to underage buyers

Shops that were caught said that the cashiers on duty were either foreign, new, or both.

Tuesday, Oct 17

Dead or alive? Hunt is on in Marawi for Malaysia's most wanted terrorist

KUALA LUMPUR: Philippine troops in Marawi City are hunting down a Malaysian militant who helped to finance the months-long siege of the southern Philippine city by pro-Islamic State groups.

Duterte declares Marawi liberated; military says 30 militants remain in conflict zone

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday (Oct 17) declared Marawi City "liberated from terrorists" after a five-month battle against militants loyal to the Islamic State group.

'Gunmen', 'bombers' raid Changi Airport as agencies simulate response to terror attacks

SINGAPORE: As Singaporeans snoozed through the wee hours of Tuesday (Oct 17) morning, two masked gunmen stormed Changi Airport MRT Station.

Changi Airport a 'completely plausible' target for terrorists: PM Lee

SINGAPORE: In Changi Airport, gunmen open fire before a suicide bomber blows himself up, killing throngs of waiting passengers.

Monday, Oct 16

SMRT takes 'full responsibility' for tunnel flooding, says CEO Desmond Kuek

SINGAPORE: SMRT CEO Desmond Kuek apologised to commuters affected by the Oct 7 weekend disruption caused by a flooded tunnel on the North-South Line (NSL) in a press conference on Monday (Oct 16) that detailed the causes of the incident.

'More rigorous' maintenance, remote monitoring system set up after flooding in MRT tunnel

SINGAPORE: "More rigorous" checks of sensors and pumps and other flood prevention steps will be carried out, following the flooding in the tunnel between Bishan and Braddell MRT stations earlier this month, transport operator SMRT said on…

Khaw Boon Wan on NSL flooding: SMRT maintenance team 'failed us'

The Transport Minister also reveals that authorities were “late by a few days” in replacing the malfunctioning pumps which caused a massive disruption along a major train line.

Top militants in Marawi linked to Islamic State killed: Philippine officials

MANILA: Leading militant Isnilon Hapilon, who is on the United States' list of "most wanted terrorists", has been killed in the battle to reclaim the rebel-held Philippines city of Marawi, the defence minister said on Monday (Oct 16).

Sunday, Oct 15

Extraordinary People: Cancer 'broke' this little girl - but couldn't beat her

Trinity was just nine when leukaemia took her memory and ability to move or speak. Four years on she is healthy, finished with her PSLE and dreams of being a beatboxing singer-songwriter.

Student with special needs given wrong PSLE paper

The Pei Chun Public School student was supposed to be issued the Chinese listening comprehension paper at a foundation level but was given a standard paper instead.

Downtown Line service resumes after train fault briefly affects DTL3 open house

SINGAPORE: A train fault along the Downtown Line on Sunday (Oct 15) suspended train service between Bukit Panjang and Beauty World stations.

Doors open on Downtown Line 3 for preview ahead of Oct 21 launch

SINGAPORE: Ahead of its official opening on Oct 21, an Open House was held for the Downtown Line 3 (DTL3) on Sunday (Oct 15) to give the public a preview of all 16 stations on the 21km line.

Saturday, Oct 14

China confirms will amend party constitution, likely to include Xi's theories

China's ruling Communist Party has agreed to amend the party constitution, expected to embed President Xi Jinping's political thought, ahead of next week's five-yearly party congress in which Xi will further tighten his grip on power.

Commentary: What will Xi Jinping say about Taiwan at the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress?

The Chinese president has a huge opportunity to shape China’s statement of policy on cross-strait relations. Brookings Institute’s Richard C Bush gives his two cents on what the general secretary might say.

A boy, the 83-year-old loner, and the unlikely friendship that changed them both

Pair up a teenager and a reclusive senior citizen for 10 weeks for the social experiment documentary Back to School - and this is the heartwarming, transformative journey that unfolds.

Fading street soccer scene hurts Singapore's football development: Grassroots coaches

Without a vibrant street football scene, young players are missing out on an opportunity to hone their skills.