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National Day Parade 2019 to be held at the Padang

SINGAPORE: Next year's National Day Parade will be held at the Padang as the country marks 200 years since the founding of modern Singapore, announced Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen on Friday (Aug 17).

PM Lee to talk about cost of living, housing at National Day Rally

SINGAPORE: The cost of living and housing are two of the topics Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will talk about at the National Day Rally, he said on Friday (Aug 17) in a video on his Facebook page.

Magnitude-6.6 quake hits north-east of Raba, Indonesia: USGS

JAKARTA: A relatively deep offshore earthquake struck the Indonesian archipelago late on Friday (Aug 17), according to data from the US Geological Survey.

New Malaysian government fulfils key promises despite restrictions: PM Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR: The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government did not hesitate to fulfil the key promises in its 14th general election manifesto in the first 100 days of its administration despite the restrictions it faced, said Malaysian Prime…

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Israeli troops kill 2 on Gaza border, Jerusalem stabber shot dead

Israeli troops killed two Palestinians and wounded scores of other taking part in weekly Gaza border protests on Friday, medics said, as Egyptian mediators tried to clinch a truce deal that would calm the impoverished enclave.


Could De Bruyne injury have quick Silva lining for City?

Pep Guardiola was quick to acknowledge just what a "big miss" Kevin de Bruyne will be for the champions once it was confirmed on Friday that the Belgian's knee injury will keep him out of action for probably three months.


Asian Games football: Malaysia stun champions South Korea

BANDUNG: Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min came on as a second-half substitute but it was not enough to prevent South Korea from slipping to a shock 1-2 defeat to Malaysia at the Asian Games on Friday (Aug 17).


Malaysia cancels RM435m worth of AES traffic summons

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia announced on Friday (Aug 17) that it will cancel about RM435 million (US$105.9 million) worth of traffic summons issued under its Automated Enforcement System (AES), in what Transport Minister Anthony Loke said was a…

Xiamen Air passenger jet overshoots runway in Manila in heavy rain, causing flight delays

MANILA: A Xiamen Air aircraft with 165 people on board veered off the runway as it landed at Manila's main airport shortly before midnight on Thursday (Aug 16) amid torrential rain.


Well-known religious teacher charged with cheating in Haj tour scam

SINGAPORE: A well-known religious teacher was on Friday (Aug 17) charged with one count of cheating in a case involving a Haj travel package.

Nearly S$200,000 worth of drugs seized, 5 suspects arrested

SINGAPORE: Nearly S$200,000 worth of drugs were seized and five suspected drug offenders arrested over two days this week, said the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) and the Singapore Police Force (SPF) in a joint news release on Friday (Aug…


Newborn baby found in Hong Kong airport toilet

HONG KONG: A baby was taken to hospital after being found by a cleaner in a women's toilet at Hong Kong International Airport.


Taxi driver who sublet condominium units to prostitutes jailed and fined

SINGAPORE: A cab driver who sublet condominium units to prostitutes was on Friday (Aug 17) sentenced to nine months' jail and a fine of S$10,000.


North Korea leader lambasts 'brigandish' sanctions: KCNA

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attacked "hostile forces" over "brigandish" sanctions, state media reported on Friday (Aug 17), as Washington seeks to maintain pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear programme.

Strong pool of engineering talent key for Smart Nation push: Vivian Balakrishnan

SINGAPORE: Nine recipients were awarded the inaugural Smart Nation Scholarship on Friday (Aug 17).

Maid who ill-treated 9-year-old girl with special needs sentenced to 8 months' jail

SINGAPORE: A maid who ill-treated a nine-year-old child with special needs over a period of five months was sentenced to eight months' jail on Friday (Aug 17).


Singapore July exports jump 11.8%, above expectations

SINGAPORE: Singapore's non-oil domestic exports (NODX) rose more than expected in July from a year earlier thanks to a surge in pharmaceutical shipments, official data showed on Friday (Aug 17).


Commentary: Crazy Rich Asians, a single story cannot a complete narrative make

Let’s acknowledge that a movie like Crazy Rich Asians is not and cannot be a definitive depiction of what and who we are, says Channel NewsAsia's Bharati Jagdish.

Commentary: The great disconnect between China the 'developing country' and China the great power

He’s only voicing a widely shared resentment about Chinese double-dealing in economic policy, says former US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.

From food court to IPO: Koufu fires up appetite for expansion

Hungry for growth, the Singapore-listed F&B firm has plans for overseas expansion and a new integrated facility on its plate.

Thursday, Aug 16

Chinese bombers likely training for US strikes: Pentagon

The annual report to US Congress highlights China's growing military, economic and diplomatic clout and how Beijing is leveraging this to rapidly establish regional dominance.

Malaysian parliament throws out law against 'fake news'

Malaysia's parliament on Thursday repealed a law against "fake news" introduced this year by the administration of former prime minister Najib Razak.

Kim Jong Nam murder trial to continue after Malaysia court finds sufficient evidence against 2 suspects

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's High Court on Thursday (Aug 16) ruled that the murder trial for two women accused of assassinating the half-brother of North Korea's leader will continue, in a blow to their families who insist the pair were…

Keeping older workers employed among ways to improve elderly suicide situation: Experts

SINGAPORE: While it may be statistically likely that there will be an increase in the number of suicides among the elderly here given the rising number of old folk among Singapore's ageing population, more could be done to reach out to…

Wednesday, Aug 15

July's new home sales soar 55% to 16-month high on panic buying

SINGAPORE: Private home sales by developers in Singapore surged 55 per cent in July from a year earlier to a 16-month high, boosted by panic buyers who rushed to snap up properties the night before new cooling measures took effect early…

Floodlight search for survivors after deadly Italy bridge collapse

GENOA: Italian rescuers searched through the night Wednesday (Aug 15) for any survivors under the shattered remains of a motorway bridge in Genoa as investigators probed what could have caused such a catastrophic collapse.

Dozens killed in Italy motorway bridge collapse 'tragedy'

GENOA: Italy was in shock on Tuesday (Aug 14) after dozens of people were killed when a motorway bridge collapsed in heavy rain in the Italian city of Genoa in what the government called an "immense tragedy".

A 'cat and mouse game': Unlicensed massage parlours feel the heat from new laws

While unlicensed masseuses question the efficacy of stricter legislation, the police remain committed to clamping down on such businesses.

Tuesday, Aug 14

Police probe 'terrorist' car attack outside UK parliament

LONDON: British police said they believe a man deliberately drove a car into pedestrians and cyclists on Tuesday (Aug 14) before ramming it into barriers outside London's parliament in what appeared to be the second terrorism attack on the…

Khaw Boon Wan, Azmin Ali agree to continue HSR discussions 'in the coming weeks': MOT

SINGAPORE: Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan and Malaysia's Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali met in Singapore on Saturday (Aug 11) to discuss the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project, Singapore's Ministry of…

No more Touch 'n Go top-up service at Causeway for those driving into Johor Bahru

SINGAPORE: Those driving into Johor Bahru from Singapore via the Causeway will no longer be able to top up their Touch 'n Go cards.

GST refund shortfall more than we thought: Malaysia finance minister

KUALA LUMPUR: The shortfall in Goods and Services Tax (GST) refunds totalled RM19.2 billion (US$4.7 billion) as at May 31 this year and not the RM17.9 billion stated last week, Malaysia's finance minister Lim Guan Eng said on Monday (Aug…

Monday, Aug 13

PM Lee to deliver National Day Rally speech on Aug 19 at ITE College Central

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will deliver his National Day Rally 2018 speech on Sunday, Aug 19 at the Institute of Technical Education College Central at Ang Mo Kio.

Malaysia abolishes national service programme, civics bureau

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian government has abolished the National Service Training Programme (PLKN) and the National Civics Bureau (BTN), youth and sports minister Syed Saddiq announced on Monday (Aug 13).

SMRT will win back the public’s trust, says new CEO Neo Kian Hong

SINGAPORE: The new chief executive of beleaguered transport operator SMRT said on Monday (Aug 13) he is confident of earning back the public's trust, and that he has given up his car and will rely on public transport.

Singapore maintains full-year GDP forecast as economy expands 3.9% in Q2

However, slower growth is expected in the second half of 2018 with increasing uncertainties and downside risks in the global economy.

Sunday, Aug 12

Jho Low's private jet Malaysia's next target

SELANGOR: The Malaysian government is now eyeing to bring back a private jet belonging to fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, or Jho Low, said Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad at an event on Sunday (Aug 12).

'Suicidal' airport worker steals, crashes empty plane from Seattle airport

SEATTLE: A 29-year-old "suicidal" airport worker who commandeered an empty plane from Seattle's main airport and took it on an hour-long flight chased by F-15 fighter jets before crashing into a small island did not commit any security…

Aiming for the stars: Team Singapore’s first ever paraglider eyes a medal at Asian Games

Sky’s the limit for professional paraglider Jessica Goh ahead of her historic debut in Indonesia.

Xenophobia, identity and Singaporean insecurities: Filmmaker Kelvin Tong goes On the Record

SINGAPORE: “It’s really too early to tell,” says award-winning filmmaker Kelvin Tong when I ask him what he thinks constitutes national identity.