Friday, Nov 30


Rugby - Former Springbok Drotske stable after being shot in robbery

PRETORIA: World Cup-winning hooker Naka Drotske is said to be in a stable condition after the former South Africa international was shot three times during an attempted robbery in Pretoria on Thursday.

Toyota to buy out PSA stake in joint Czech factory

Toyota has agreed to buy out PSA Group's stake in a jointly-managed Czech Republic factory specializing in the production of small cars, the companies said on Friday.

Elected MPs to pay short-term parking rates at HDB car parks from Jan 1

SINGAPORE: The annual parking fee for elected Members of Parliament has been revised.

Designer of Miss Universe Singapore’s controversial Trump-Kim costume defends dress

SINGAPORE: The man behind Miss Universe Singapore’s controversial Trump-Kim Summit costume has spoken out in defence of his design, saying that he is “happy with the final result”.

Air France weighs Joon closure as new CEO seeks labor deals

Air France-KLM is mulling the closure of Joon, its newest airline brand, company sources told Reuters, in an about-face that could help new boss Ben Smith address the chronic underperformance of the main Air France business.

Indonesia military joins manhunt for 87 inmates after jailbreak

Indonesian soldiers and police joined a manhunt on Friday for 87 inmates still on the run after escaping from a prison in the western province of Aceh, officials said.

Pay raise, mandatory bonus for landscape maintenance workers from 2020

SINGAPORE: Around 3,000 landscape maintenance workers will soon benefit from basic pay increases, as well as mandatory bonuses, the Government announced on Friday (Nov 30).

Jail for maid who sexually groomed 11-year-old boy in her care

SINGAPORE: A maid who exploited her employer's young son into performing sexual acts on her has been sentenced to 18 months' jail.

New-found debris believed from Flight MH370 handed to Malaysia govt

Relatives of those on board Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Friday handed over new-found debris believed to be from the ill-fated plane, hoping it could help shed light on the jet's mysterious disappearance four years ago.

Kin of missing from Malaysian plane hand over suspected debris, urge search

Relatives of some of the people missing on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 urged Malaysia on Friday to resume a search for the plane that disappeared in 2014, as they handed over what they believe are five new pieces of debris from it.

China hopes US shows sincerity at G20 trade talks

BEIJING/SHANGHAI: China hopes the United States can show sincerity and promote proposals both countries can accept when their two leaders meet at this week's G20 summit, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Friday ahead of the key trade…

Wolverine in concert? Not quite but Hugh Jackman is going on a world tour

He will singing songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Miserables and other Broadway musicals.


1 dead after fire breaks out in Bukit Panjang flat

SINGAPORE: One person died after a fire broke out in the living room of a Housing Board flat in Bukit Panjang on Friday afternoon (Nov 30).

SoftBank becomes first Japan firm to forgo IPO price range, keeps view at Y1,500

SoftBank Corp has set an indicative price of 1,500 yen (US$13.23) per share for its IPO, a regulatory filing showed on Friday, making the deal worth 2.4 trillion yen (US$21.16 billion) in one of the world's biggest-ever listings.

Circles.Life removes ad that ex-NMP Eunice Olsen calls 'sexist and derogatory'

SINGAPORE: Telco Circles.Life has removed an advertisement that former Nominated Member of Parliament Eunice Olsen called "sexist and derogatory".

ChemChina says gas leak at Hebei plant caused blast that killed 23

A flammable gas leak at a plant owned by ChemChina subsidiary Hebei Shenghua Chemical Industry Co caused a blast that killed 23 people and injured 22 this week in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, ChemChina said in a statement on Friday.

US files criminal charges against Autonomy's Mike Lynch over HP sale: FT

LONDON: The United States has filed criminal charges against Mike Lynch over the US$11 billion sale of the British software company Autonomy to Hewlett-Packard seven years ago, the Financial Times reported on Friday.

US State Department approves sale of new artillery rocket system to Poland

The U.S. State Department approved the sale of 20 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers to Poland to strengthen security in the region and modernise the country's military, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency…

Bangladesh arrests 10 Rohingya bound for Malaysia

Bangladeshi police have arrested 10 Rohingya refugees as they were about to board a boat to travel to Malaysia, an officer said Friday.

Winks says in-form Spurs have Arsenal in their sights

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks has said Sunday's north London derby against Arsenal in the Premier League has come at the perfect time for his in-form team.

Sri Lanka recall trio for two-test tour of New Zealand

Batsmen Lahiru Thirimanne and Sadeera Samarawickrama have been recalled by Sri Lanka after a year out of the side for next month's two-test series in New Zealand.

Gas leak caused deadly blast in China Olympic city

A gas leak caused an explosion this week that killed 23 people in a northern Chinese city that will host part of the 2022 Winter Olympics, authorities said Friday.

Syria says downs 'hostile targets' in suspected Israeli attack

AMMAN/JERUSALEM: Syrian air defences shot down "hostile targets" on Thursday, state media said, in an area regional intelligence sources said contains Iran-backed assets, while Russian media said no Israeli jet had been downed as earlier…


Ukraine bans entry to Russian adult men - border service chief

KIEV: Ukraine has banned Russian adult men aged 16-60 years from entering Ukraine, the head of the border service Petro Tsygykal said in a televised meeting on Friday.

Man who slapped SMRT worker gets jail in a case judge calls 'disgraceful'

SINGAPORE: A man who slapped a 69-year-old SMRT employee at a train station was sentenced to three weeks' jail on Friday (Nov 30).

Sandbags among new measures to help cope with monsoon season: PUB

SINGAPORE: PUB will offer sandbags to about 600 residents and businesses in flood-prone areas during the upcoming monsoon season, the national water agency said in a media release on Friday (Nov 30).

Frankfurt prosecutor says Deutsche Bank raid continues for second day

A police raid of Deutsche Bank is continuing on Friday for a second day over money laundering allegations linked to the "Panama Papers", a spokeswoman for the Frankfurt prosecutor's office said.

Chinese sneeze could give Europe Inc. a nasty flu

With sluggish growth translating into the most disappointing earnings in years, European stocks are set for a tough ride if a full blown Sino-U.S. trade war erupts following Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping's G20 dinner on Saturday.

Sri Lanka parliament halts ministers' salaries to hinder disputed PM

Sri Lanka's parliament on Friday was set to pass a motion cutting ministers' salaries and travel expenses, but it was unclear how the move would impact the disputed government of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa whose ministers boycotted…

Angry Indian farmers march on parliament to denounce their plight

Tens of thousands of Indian farmers and rural workers marched to the Indian parliament in the capital, New Delhi, on Friday in a protest against soaring operating costs and plunging produce prices that have brought misery to many.