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Macron Sets Five-Year Deadline To Restore Notre Dame

PARIS (AP) — Nearly $1 billion in donations have poured in for the vast restoration of the fire-ravaged Notre Dame cathedral — but a pledge by French President Emmanuel Macron that it will be completed within five years was facing accusations of being wildly off track. Macron said the renovations to restore iconic 19th century […]

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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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Chaplain Helped Save Relics From Burning Notre Dame

A Parisian chaplain who aided survivors during a 2015 terrorist attack in his city is being credited with running into the burning Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday to help rescue its priceless relics. Rev. Jean-Marc Fournier, the chaplain to the Paris Fire Brigade who previously served as a military chaplain in Afghanistan, entered the cathedral with firefighters […]

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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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Book Sales For ‘The Hunchback Of Notre Dame’ Soar In France After Cathedral Fire

Victor Hugo’s classic novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” skyrocketed to the top of Amazon France’s bestseller list on Tuesday after the iconic cathedral was engulfed in fire the day before. The French landmark lost its spire to the flames, but city officials confirmed on Monday night that the main structure was “saved and preserved.” Hugo’s […]

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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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Pope Francis Responds To Fire At Notre Dame Cathedral

Pope Francis offered prayers as Paris’ iconic Notre Dame cathedral was engulfed in flames on Monday. “Today we unite in prayer with the people of France, as we wait for the sorrow inflicted by the serious damage to be transformed into hope with reconstruction,” stated a tweet from the pontiff’s account on Tuesday. Today we […]

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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. […]

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Rapturous sax-playing conjures memories of bygone age

REVIEW / CONCERT MEMORIES OF 2055 TO Ensemble Esplanade Recital Studio/Last Friday The year is some time in a dystopian future. An artificial intelligence consciousness called HAL 2055 presents memories of Earth that transpired before the 2045 cataclysmic event, referred to as the Singularity. As end-of-days plots beloved by the TO Ensemble go, this one […]

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Brisk action in premiere of final season of Thrones

Let’s get back to our roots, someone at HBO said. Capital idea, someone replied. So the premiere episode of the final season of Game Of Thrones became one long callback to Season One. Soul-searching in the Winterfell crypts? Check. Unnecessary nudity? Check. Eunuch jokes? Check. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full […]