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Public concerns over PE understandable, says DPM Tharman

SINGAPORE - It is "understandable" that concerns were raised over the recent reserved Presidential Election (PE), and the "encouraging" public debate showed that Singaporeans have an aspiration for race to matter less, Deputy Prime…

ComfortDelGro’s taxi fleet down to seven-month low

SINGAPORE - ComfortDelGro, which is facing an exodus of drivers jumping ship to its rivals, has seen the size of its taxi fleet fall sharply in recent months in line with the industry trend, based on latest Land Transport Authority (LTA)…

Courting a level playing field for all in sport

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I have never set out to be a spokesperson for women's equality but for BBC 100 Women (bbc.com/100women), I wanted to share my hopes for a level playing field.

Pubs, paths and plays: 15of London’s best experiences

LONDON - The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, says the United Kingdom's capital hopes to welcome 40 million annual visitors by 2025 (up from around 32 million last year), and recently announced plans to invest in the city's tourism…

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BlackRock's Fink says he is committed to gender parity

NEW YORK - BlackRock Inc Chief Executive Larry Fink on Wednesday said he is committed to gender parity and that his company must mirror customers, especially with a large proportion of household wealth managed by women.


Abbas says Middle East peace closer with Trump engaged

NEW YORK - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said his meeting with Donald Trump on Wednesday attested to the U.S. president's seriousness about reaching a Middle East peace deal soon.


Education system must keep experimenting for the future: Tharman

SINGAPORE - Despite its students aceing mathematics, science and reading in a prestigious international benchmarking test, Singapore's education system must keep experimenting and having a "sense of dare" to prepare for the future, said…


At Deutsche Boerse, time and support dwindle for CEO Kengeter

FRANKFURT - Support for Deutsche Boerse CEO Carsten Kengeter on the exchange group's supervisory board is weakening as investigations into insider trading allegations drag on, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.


Theresa Goh hits 30-gold milestone at Asean Para Games

SINGAPORE - Not many athletes in Singapore have had as long or as storied a career as Theresa Goh.

Eurowings wins union backing to speed up hiring amid Air Berlin turbulence

BERLIN - Lufthansa budget unit Eurowings has agreed a deal with the Verdi union that will allow it to hire new cabin crew at short notice from rivals such as bankrupt Air Berlin .

76% of S’poreans positive towards new F1 deal: Report

SINGAPORE - The dramatic first-turn crash that ended Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel's hopes of a fifth title at the Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix may have dominated headlines worldwide, but over on social media, news…


MAS sets up International Advisory Panel for cyber security

SINGAPORE-The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced on Wednesday (Sept 20) that it has set up a Cyber Security Advisory Panel (CSAP), comprising cyber security thought leaders from around the world.

S’pore, China can further ties in ‘new historical period’: Xi

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BEIJING - China and Singapore can seize fresh opportunities in this "new historical period" to further bilateral relations and mutual collaboration, Chinese President Xi Jinping said during talks with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on…


Uber said to review Asia dealings amid US criminal probe

SAN FRANCISCO - Uber Technologies, facing a federal probe into whether it broke laws against overseas bribery, has embarked on a review of its Asia operations and notified US officials about payments made by staff in Indonesia, people with…


Wells Fargo's lone outsider aims to clean up bank's reputation

NEW YORK - Before a sales scandal upended its reputation, Wells Fargo & Co was something of a proud outsider in Washington and on Wall Street compared to its big bank peers.

Rohingya refugees take little heart from speech by Myanmar's Suu Kyi

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh - Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh said on Wednesday they were dismayed by a speech by Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi in which she condemned rights violations against them but, as far as they could see, offered…

Airbus opens China A330 plant amid market push

TIANJIN - Airbus SE on Wednesday opened its Chinese completion plant for A330 jets, with hopes that an increased presence in the world's fastest growing aviation market would help boost demand for the firm's profitable but ageing wide-body…


2,100 jobs in electronics sector to be created by 2020

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SINGAPORE - Up to 2,100 new jobs are expected to be created for professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs) in Singapore's electronics manufacturing sector by 2020, said Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S Iswaran…


Stocks, dollar flat as investors brace for Fed statement

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks and the dollar were steady on Wednesday with investors cautious ahead of a U.S. Federal Reserve statement that may give clues on whether the central bank will raise interest rates for a third time this year.


Strong quake near Mexico City kills almost 150, rescuers dig through collapsed buildings

MEXICO CITY - Rescue crews and ordinary citizens searched through rubble for survivors as night fell on Tuesday on battered cities in central Mexico, including the capital, where the death toll from a major earthquake grew to at least 149.

Tuesday, Sep 19

‘Warm, long-standing’ ties reaffirmed as PM kicks off China visit

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BEIJING - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang reaffirmed the warm and long-standing friendship between their two countries during a meeting Tuesday (Sept 19).

S$5 diabetes screening extended to at-risk S’poreans under 40

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SINGAPORE - Since its rollout at the start of this month, 15,000 Singaporeans have used the Ministry of Health's diabetes risk assessment (DRA) tool and 4 per cent of them have received letters inviting them to go for subsidised screenings.

Creditors back CBS's bid for Australia's Ten Network

SYDNEY - Creditors of Australia's embattled Ten Network Holdings Ltd on Tuesday agreed to a A$209.7 million ($167 million) buyout from CBS Corp , effectively ending a battle for control between the U.S. broadcasting giant and...

Toys 'R' Us seeks bankruptcy to survive retail upheaval

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Toys 'R' Us Inc got court permission on Tuesday to borrow more than $2 billion to start paying suppliers so it can stock up on items like Lego building blocks and Barbie dolls for the holiday season, a day after it filed for bankruptcy.

Monday, Sep 18

Brazil's BNDES lambasts JBS CEO switch, seeks family's removal

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RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO - JBS SA's decision to replace the Brazilian company's jailed chief executive with his father was a sign of "deviousness" and should be investigated, the head of state development bank BNDES, the company's...

Wall St. edges higher, led by financials

NEW YORK - The S&P 500 clung to a small gain on Monday, led by financial stocks ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting, while Nasdaq pared gains sharply as technology stocks lost ground late in the day.

Swimmer Wei Soong wins Singapore’s first gold at Asean Para Games

SINGAPORE - Singapore won its first gold of the Asean Para Games (APG) in Kuala Lumpur on Monday (Sept 18) when swimmer Toh Wei Soong emerged victorious in the 100m S7 freestyle race.

Several ways for S’pore to work with Beijing on One Belt, One Road

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SINGAPORE - The One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative will help China integrate into the global economy and benefit other nations, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as he outlined how Singapore can work with the Asian giant on the mega…

Sunday, Sep 17

As North Korea threat looms, Trump to address world leaders at U.N.

UNITED NATIONS - North Korea's nuclear threat looms large this week over the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations in New York, where diplomats are eager to hear U.S. President Donald Trump address the 193-member body for…

Tillerson says U.S. weighing closing embassy in Cuba over sonic attacks

WASHINGTON - The United States is considering closing its embassy in Havana in response to an alleged sonic attack on U.S. personnel in Cuba, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday.

Volkswagen is 'second mover' in electric commercial vehicles: executive

FRANKFURT - Volkswagen is a "second mover" in electrified commercial vehicles, after lagging companies such as Tesla and Deutsche Post DHL in putting them on the road, the head of VW's trucks business told a German newspaper.

Real Madrid adds lustre to China's wannabe 'Orlando' tourist hub


HENGQIN, China - Just a stone's throw across a narrow waterway from the world's largest gambling hub Macau, a former oyster farming island is being transformed into China's newest tourism haven.

Saturday, Sep 16

Crowdfunding pays off for start-up Ambi Labs

SINGAPORE - Until a few years ago, the concept of crowdfunding - or raising capital for a project or venture from people through the Internet - was viewed with scepticism. Today, crowdfunding is almost an integral part of the start-up…

How to get all parties on board the e-payment drive?

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Singapore's push towards cashless payments has been dominating headlines in recent weeks, particularly after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's National Day Rally where he spoke about how we are lagging behind countries like China.

The inevitable jihad in Myanmar

Worsening tensions between Rohingya Muslims and Buddhists in Rakhine have sparked a wave of anti-Buddhist sentiments across Southeast Asia. Pro-Islamist groups as well as sympathisers from Indonesia and Malaysia have shared videos and…

Local firm develops meat alternative from plants

SINGAPORE - With a protein-rich offering derived from plants, but which tastes like chicken, a local start-up has set its sights on pleasing meat eaters while incurring a smaller environmental footprint.