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Once too poor for $1-lunch, hero now rallies a town to bring hope to families

T-shirt salesman Kelvin Wan used his modest income to help families in Kuching - until his own family couldn’t afford it anymore. Then this CNA Insider InspirAsian found a way to do more.

Singapore's 2017 growth forecast upgraded to 3.3%: MAS survey

SINGAPORE: Singapore's economic growth this year is expected to come in at 3.3 per cent, according to private-sector economists polled in a quarterly survey by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) released on Wednesday (Dec 13).

Unemployment rate for Singaporeans drops to 3.2% in Q3

SINGAPORE: The labour market in Singapore continued to improve in the third quarter, with the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for citizens declining from 3.3 per cent in June to 3.2 per cent in September, said the Manpower Ministry …

Did you bring the right passport to the checkpoint?

ICA says it expects peaks in traffic at the Woodlands and Tuas Checkpoints from Dec 22 to 26, and Dec 29 to Jan 1 2018.

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Democrat Jones wins US Senate seat in Alabama in blow to Trump

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.: Democrat Doug Jones won a bitter fight for a U.S. Senate seat in deeply conservative Alabama on Tuesday, dealing a political blow to President Donald Trump in a race defined by sexual misconduct accusations against…


Some parents still buying formula milk in Johor Baru after fake product scare

SINGAPORE: Undeterred by the fake baby milk scare in Johor Baru, some Singapore parents say they will continue to buy formula milk from Malaysia as the products are cheaper there.


Arson suspected in Selangor fire that kills 4, including 2 children

KUALA LUMPUR: Two elderly people and two boys were killed after a fire razed a wooden house in Tanjung Sepat, Selangor early on Wednesday morning (Dec 13), according to the Selangor Fire and Rescue Department.

Mediacorp's newsroom analytics tool RIPPLE clinches top spots at big data and AI awards

SINGAPORE: Mediacorp’s content analytics solution, RIPPLE, won big at the inaugural BIGGIES Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Awards, walking away as the winner in two categories as well as the overall Best of Show accolade.


A career pioneer: The female engineer with 26 years of experience

It was chemistry for HP’s product engineer and smart manufacturing section manager Jamie Neo, who’s been with the company for 26 years.


Tillerson says US ready to talk to North Korea; Japan wants pressure

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday the United States was prepared to talk to North Korea whenever it is ready but Pyongyang must come to the negotiating table willing to make choices to change course on its nuclear and…


Singapore-based photographer wins National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

SINGAPORE: A photographer in Singapore was awarded the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the year on Wednesday (Dec 13).

US’ Jerusalem move is ‘step backwards’ in regional stability: PERGAS

SINGAPORE: US President Donald Trump’s move to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is a “step backwards” in efforts to maintain regional stability, said the Singapore Islamic Scholars and Religious Teachers Association (PERGAS).

Human Rights Watch calls on Singapore to relax free speech, assembly laws

The Singapore government's laws limiting critical speech and peaceful assembly are overly broad and make the country a repressive place severely restricting what can be said and published, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday.


15 sites to be released in first half 2018 Government Land Sales Programme

SINGAPORE: Six Confirmed List sites and nine Reserve List sites will be released as part of the first half 2018 Government Land Sales (GLS) Programme, the Government announced in a press release on Wednesday (Dec 13).


From strength to strength: Singapore's top powerlifters make an international impact

SINGAPORE: Imagine being able to lift three times your own body weight. For most people, such a proposition would be impossible.


Commentary: Traditional Chinese Medicine physicians must safeguard the industry’s reputation

Where cases of malpractice arise among the TCM community, the greatest cost is borne not by the doctor but by the TCM industry as a whole, says Nanyang Technological University’s Goh Chye Tee.

Kim vows to make North Korea 'strongest nuclear power'

SEOUL: Kim Jong-Un has vowed to make North Korea the "world's strongest nuclear power", state media reported on Wednesday (Dec 13), as the reclusive nation shows little sign of reining in a weapons programme fuelling global alarm.


China marks 80th anniversary of Nanjing massacre

Top leaders will preside over memorial services in the eastern city, Beijing says, but it is yet to confirm whether President Xi Jinping will lend weight to the occasion by attending.


US files terror charges against New York 'subway bomber'

NEW YORK: The United States on Tuesday (Dec 12) unveiled federal terrorism charges against the Bangladeshi driver who detonated a bomb in a New York subway passageway, after allegedly being inspired by the Islamic State group and self…

Tuesday, Dec 12

MINDEF to open computer systems to hackers so that vulnerabilities can be found and fixed

The Internet-facing systems include the Ministry of Defence’s website, NS Portal and eHealth, according to the ministry.

Singapore responds to former Indonesian officials' comments on Flight Information Region

SINGAPORE: Recent comments by former Indonesian air force officials on the Singapore Flight Information Region (FIR) as reported by local media "misrepresent the facts", said Singapore's ambassador to Indonesia in a statement on Monday …

50 cases of fallen windows in 2017, highest in five years

SINGAPORE: Fifty cases of windows falling off their frames have occurred this year, the highest number since 2013, according to statistics released on Tuesday (Dec 12) by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and Housing…

'Terror' bomber strikes New York subway, 3 hurt

NEW YORK: A 27-year-old from Bangladesh detonated a home-made pipe bomb strapped to his body in a crowded New York subway passage during the morning rush hour on Monday (Dec 11), injuring three people and putting the city on edge just six…

Monday, Dec 11

Fake infant formula in Johor: How to spot counterfeit packets

SINGAPORE: Enfagrow A+ Malaysia has issued a statement informing consumers how to identify packets of fake infant formula that were sold in Johor Baru.

Higher tuition fees for students joining polytechnics and ITE in 2018

SINGAPORE: Students planning to enrol in the polytechnics and Institute of Technical Education (ITE) next year will see tuition fees go up.

Car dealers to remove warranty restrictions on use of independent workshops

SINGAPORE: Major car dealers have agreed to remove restrictions on warranties and related documents, announced the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) on Monday (Dec 11).

Dakota Crescent to be redeveloped into public housing site

SINGAPORE: Dakota Crescent, one of Singapore's oldest public housing estates, will be redeveloped into a public housing site, said National Development Minister Lawrence Wong on Monday (Dec 11).

Sunday, Dec 10

Singapore is already a smart nation, GovTech minister says

SINGAPORE: People are not necessarily aware of how smart Singapore already is, said Minister-in-charge of the Government Technology Agency (GovTech) Janil Puthucheary as he took stock of the year's progress in advancing the country's Smart…

Unjustified attacks made against the police must be rebutted: Shanmugam

SINGAPORE: Unjustified attacks made against the police must be rebutted as they are a huge disservice to the officers who put their lives at risk every day to make Singapore, Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said on Sunday (Dec 10…

350 shuttle buses, 700 drivers activated on first NSEWL full-day closure

SINGAPORE: More than 700 bus drivers have been activated on the first full-day closure of 19 stations on the North-South and East-West Lines on Sunday (Dec 10).

Despite rosier economic outlook, restaurant owners in Singapore still feeling the bite

Consumers tightening their purse strings amid lingering concerns about jobs have taken a bite out of some restaurants’ sales.

Saturday, Dec 9

3 injured after car crashes into market in Marine Terrace

SINGAPORE: Three people were injured after a car crashed into a market in Marine Terrace on Saturday (Dec 9), the police said in a statement.

Commuters take later opening in stride at affected MRT stations

Channel NewsAsia's Vanessa Paige Chelvan was at Buona Vista MRT station on Saturday on the first morning of delayed opening times along part of the East-West and North-South Lines.

Early closure of MRT stations: Hiccups and delays, but a 'better than expected' journey to the west

Channel NewsAsia’s Lianne Chia tried out the alternative shuttle bus services and found herself on a relatively uneventful - albeit extended - journey to the west.

On The Job as a geriatric nurse: Bleak at times, mostly draining, but ultimately fulfilling

In a new series in which Channel NewsAsia journalists try working in some of Singapore’s essential but undervalued jobs, Justin Ong dons the blue nursing scrubs of Tan Tock Seng Hospital to experience firsthand the demands of a profession…

Friday, Dec 8

ComfortDelGro to acquire 51% stake in Uber’s car rental subsidiary in Singapore for S$642m

SINGAPORE: Taxi operator ComfortDelGro and Uber announced on Friday (Dec 8) that they have entered into a strategic agreement to form a joint venture.

Insurance agent charged with drink driving in Tanjong Pagar accident which injured 4

SINGAPORE: The 41-year-old man behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz that ploughed into pedestrians at Tanjong Pagar Road on Thursday evening (Dec 7) was charged on Friday with drink driving.

We would never have let her fall: Police who rescued maid dangling outside Bukit Panjang flat

SINGAPORE: The minute Staff Sergeant Stanley Koh saw a pair of hands gripping onto the corridor railing on the fifth-floor of a Housing Board block, he knew he had to act fast.