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North Korea says it tested new weapon, wants Mike Pompeo out of talks

SEOUL: North Korea said Thursday that it had test-fired a new type of “tactical guided weapon,” its first such test in nearly half a year, and demanded that Washington remove Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from nuclear negotiations.The test, which didn’t appear to be of a banned mid- or long-range ballistic missile that could scuttle […]

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66 minutes: The frantic race to save Notre Dame

PARIS: Fueled by a lattice of centuries-old timbers, the fire moved hungrily across Notre Dame’s rooftop toward the cathedral’s iconic spire. It belched yellow smoke, spitting out gritty particles of wood, stone, lead and iron and wanted more. Far below, their vision obscured by fumes and tears, firefighters, priests and municipal workers passed treasures hand-to-hand, […]

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Rapper’s lush, soulful spread

Grammy-winning singer, rapper and songwriter Anderson .Paak continues his northern trek up the Californian coast with Ventura, his fourth album. Like its predecessors, named after places in the sun-kissed United States state, the album is a delectable spread of neo-soul tunes that takes as much from 1970s Philadelphia and Motown as it does from the […]

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Mila Jovovich is ‘Biohazard’ in Japan

Known for science-fiction films such as The Fifth Element (1997) and the Resident Evil franchise (2002 to 2016), actress Milla Jovovich, 43, is in cinemas now playing the sorceress Nimue (above) in the comic-book fantasy Hellboy. Here are five things you may not know about the star. The daughter of a Serbian doctor and a […]

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Same old tale of vengeful ghost with Latino flavour

THE CURSE OF THE WEEPING WOMAN (NC16) 93 minutes/Now showing/2.5 stars Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM. Enjoy unlimited access to ST’s best work Exclusive stories and features on multiple devices In-depth analyses and opinion pieces ePaper and award-winning multimedia content

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Bold cultural critiques

Warrior and Delhi Crime have little in common on paper. The first is a martial arts drama set in the 19th century and the latter, a procedural crime series about a gang rape in India. But both show they can stand out from the glut of similar series by colouring outside genre lines and being […]

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Top 10 Movies

SINGAPORE 1. (1) Shazam! 2. (-) Hellboy 3. (2) Dumbo 4. (4) Captain Marvel 5. (5) P Storm 6. (3) Pet Sematary 7. (6) Friend Zone 8. (-) The Curse Of The Weeping Woman 9. (7) Us 10. (8) Five Feet Apart • Information from Cinematograph Film Exhibitors Association UNITED STATES 1. (1) Shazam! 2. […]

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Warm tale of a sports underdog

FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY (PG13) 109 minutes/Opens today/4 stars Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM. Enjoy unlimited access to ST’s best work Exclusive stories and features on multiple devices In-depth analyses and opinion pieces ePaper and award-winning multimedia content

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Wrestling with life in and outside the ring

On a sleepless night in London while filming Fast & Furious 6 in 2012, actor Dwayne Johnson came across a documentary about an English family of working-class professional wrestlers. Their story struck a chord with the star, a former pro wrestler whose father was one as well. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading […]

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Relationship and career jeopardised

HONG KONG • Hong Kong actress Jacqueline Wong has apologised after she was caught in a cheating scandal with singer-songwriter Andy Hui. The 30-year-old TVB actress and former Miss Hong Kong first runner-up wrote on Instagram yesterday that what she had done was wrong and unforgivable and she sincerely apologised to everyone who has been […]

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Shaw unveils shining Jewel: Cineplex is ‘the culmination of everything I have learnt’

Mr Mark Shaw says the cineplex at Jewel Changi Airport that bears his family name is “the culmination of everything I have learnt”. He has learnt that details such as the size of the lobby and leg room and investing in Imax large-screen technology matter. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full […]

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Rocky romance: ST retraces Andy Hui and Sammi Cheng’s tumultuous relationship

Cantopop’s golden couple Sammi Cheng, 46, and Andy Hui, 51, have had a roller-coaster relationship, full of twists and turns and highs and lows. When they finally got together and tied the knot around 2014, it seemed like the perfect ending to a longrunning saga. Hong Kong actorcomedian Dayo Wong called their story “the fairy […]

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France launches global contest to replace Notre-Dame spire

PARIS: France on Wednesday announced it would invite architects from around the world to submit designs for replacing the spire of Notre-Dame cathedral after a devastating blaze, as the government braced for a mammoth restoration challenge.Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the contest would decide whether the monument should have a new spire at all and […]

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Donald Trump vetoes bill to end US support for Saudi-led Yemen war

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Tuesday vetoed a resolution from Congress directing him to end US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, the second such move of his presidency.The resolution was a harsh bipartisan rebuke to Trump that took the historic step of curtailing a president’s war-making powers – a step he condemned in […]

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Ready to wrangle over Native Son

The director and cast of the racially charged movie Native Son, available now on HBO Go, are prepared for it to spark some controversy. The dramatic thriller maps the tragic events set in motion when a young black man, Bigger Thomas (Ashton Sanders), starts work as a chauffeur for a rich white Chicago family and […]

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Bank job bored veteran actress Hong Huifang

When a then 19-year-old Hong Huifang began working at a bank, she was so bored with her job that she felt sleepy whenever she stepped into the office and had to seek refuge in the toilet to take 40 winks. “I am not suited for a nine-to-five job,” the local actress, now 59, said of […]

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Remembering the forgotten ‘houseboys’ of colonial times

An exhibition at the Deck arts space in Prinsep Street sheds light on a lesser-known aspect of Singapore’s history – the servitude of “houseboys” in the colonial era.  The artworks by Singaporean artist Tristan Cai are mostly digitally manipulated archival images of British people and their servants from the 1850s to 1930s. Please subscribe or […]

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Heightened bleakness in the dark

Voices will cut through the darkness of the Esplanade Concert Hall on Friday, when the stage lights are turned off for the performance by choral group Schola Cantorum Singapore and six soloists from Sydney’s The Choir of St James’.  The 70-minute rendition of Estonian composer Arvo Part’s Passio – his 1982 musical setting of the […]

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New products, Apr 17, 2019: Xiaomi Mi 9, Beats Powerbeats Pro and more

Xiaomi Mi 9SMARTPHONE $579 (64GB), $699 (128GB) It may have a price tag that is significantly less than other flagship smartphones, but Xiaomi’s latest flagship Mi 9 still packs in the top features. It comes with a rear triple-camera system, which consists of a 48-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera and a 12-megapixel […]

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Excellent and affordable mirrorless camera

The X-T30 is the mid-range model of Fujifilm’s acclaimed X-T series, famed for its excellent image quality and retro DSLR-style design with classic-looking control dials.  This camera is essentially a smaller version of the X-T3 (159g lighter and 37 per cent smaller in volume), the series’ flagship model. Both models have the same 26.1-megapixel X-Trans […]

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It’s time to ditch your mobile contract: New telcos pulling out all stops with no-contract plans

The arrival of five new telcos over the last two years has upped the ante in the battle for the wallets of Singapore consumers. “Unlimited” data plans, free caller ID, monthly rebates, affordable XL-sized data bundle and unlimited talk time are now common offerings in a very competitive mobile marketplace. Please subscribe or log in […]

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Pity smart audio doorbell has no camera

Ding-dong, the doorbell is dead. If smart home firms like Nest and Ring have their way, old-school doorbells are heading for the exit, replaced by smart versions that let you see and talk to the person at the door. Such doorbells, when equipped with motion-detection technology, can even alert you when someone is outside your […]

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First look: Quality wefies from Galaxy A80

How many times have you complained about the quality of the selfie camera on your smartphone and wished that it could be as good as the rear camera? My friends and I have had this issue several times, especially when attempting to take selfies in low-light situations. The new Samsung Galaxy A80 solves this problem […]

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Ready, set, Pokemon Go: Trainers gather for Pokemon safari

Vietnamese national Khanh Pham started making travel plans once he heard the Pokemon Go Safari Zone event is going to be held in Singapore. In fact, the 50-year-old doctor was so eager to take part that he booked his air tickets without knowing if he had won in the ballot for the event’s ticket – […]

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Bahrain jails 138 for planning Iran-linked ‘terror’ group

DUBAI: The Gulf state of Bahrain on Tuesday jailed 138 people and revoked their citizenship for plotting to form a “terror” group with links to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, the public prosecutor said.The verdict was swiftly condemned by the Bahraini opposition, while human rights group Amnesty International decried the “mockery of justice” and “mass arbitrary denaturalisation”.The […]

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Erdogan’s AK Party submits appeal for rerun of Istanbul elections

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party has submitted its appeal for the annulment and rerun of Istanbul‘s municipal elections, broadcaster CNN Turk said on Tuesday, more than two weeks after the vote.Initial results showed the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) narrowly won control of Turkey‘s biggest city in the elections, seemingly ending 25 […]

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Nawaz Sharif may undergo heart surgery

LAHORE: Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif may undergo a heart surgery if his angioplasty is not possible, said his personal physician.Sharif, 69, who has been serving a seven-year imprisonment in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills graft case, was examined on Monday by the doctors of Aga Khan University at the Sharif Medical City in Lahore, […]

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Anthony Wong wins third Best Actor award

HONG KONG • Anthony Wong has not always been proud of the movies he acted in, even if they helped him clinch three Best Actor prizes in the Hong Kong Film Awards (HKFA). He bagged his first one in 1994 for The Untold Story, in which he played a serial killer. But he dismissed the […]

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Banning Netflix from Oscars may be against the law

NEW YORK • It is a showdown. Netflix may already have Oscars under its belt, but its acceptance by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hangs in the balance. The latter is set to re-examine whether the streaming giant will remain eligible for such awards, amid a warning from the United States Justice […]

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Fire breaks out at Coachella

A fire broke out early last Saturday at a mobile shower facility during the first weekend of activities in Indio, California. Fans were quick to upload photographs of the blaze. At one point, people were told to evacuate the areas closest to the incident, but the fire was soon put out. No injuries were reported. […]