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Japan’s emperor performs main abdication ceremony

TOKYO: Outgoing Japanese emperor Akihito on Tuesday performed the main ritual to hand over the Chrysanthemum Throne to his son Naruhito — Japan’s first abdication in more than two centuries.Akihito technically remains emperor until the stroke of midnight when the country ushers in the new imperial era of Reiwa, or “beautiful harmony”, that will last […]

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Indonesia Plans To Move Capital Out Of Sinking, Overcrowded Jakarta

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s decades-long discussion about building a new capital has inched forward after President Joko Widodo on Monday approved a long-term plan for the government to abandon overcrowded, sinking and polluted Jakarta. Widodo decided at a special Cabinet meeting to move the capital outside of Indonesia’s most populous island, Java, said Planning […]

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Mark Hamill, George Conway Join Forces To Torch Trump As He Lies For 10,000th Time

And a couple of his most persistent Twitter critics have joined forces to mock him about it.  “Star Wars” icon Mark Hamill shared a tweet from conservative attorney George Conway ― husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway ― taunting Trump for the “amazing accomplishment”:   Congrats, #DerangedDonald!! An amazing accomplishment!! No one but you could […]

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Fox News Legal Analyst Hits Back After Trump’s Attacks: ‘Classic Obstruction’

Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano isn’t backing down from his damning assessment of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report despite attacks from President Donald Trump.  Last week, Napolitano said the report exposed a pattern of obstruction by the president that was “unlawful, defenseless and condemnable.” Trump responded on Twitter by calling Napolitano “dumb” and […]

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Los Angeles Launched Its Own Green New Deal

Los Angeles just launched its very own Green New Deal, setting up the second-largest city in the country to have a carbon-neutral economy by 2050. “Politicians in Washington don’t have to look across the aisle in Congress to know what a Green New Deal is ― they can look across the country, to Los Angeles,” […]

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Trump Honors Champion College Athletes With Fast Food Again

 President Donald Trump appears to be starting his own White House tradition ― greeting star college athletes with fast food feasts. Celebrating a visit on Monday from the Baylor University women’s basketball team, winners of the NCAA championship tournament earlier this month, the president rolled out a spread of from Burger King, Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s and Wendy’s.  The […]

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Gavin Newsom Proposes More Security Funds For Religious Groups After Synagogue Attack

Days after a deadly synagogue shooting in his state, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) proposed significantly increasing security funding for synagogues, mosques and other religious and community groups that experience hate crimes and other violence. On Monday, Newsom announced that he planned to allocate $15 million for the “State Nonprofit Security Grant Program” in the May […]

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Florida Passes Bill Banning Anti-Semitism In Public Schools After Synagogue Shooting

Florida legislators approved a bill banning anti-Semitism in the state’s public schools and universities two days after a deadly synagogue shooting in Poway, California, sent shockwaves through U.S. Jewish communities. The GOP-sponsored bill passed unanimously in the state Senate on Monday and is now heading to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk, the Miami Herald reported. […]

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Sri Lanka Bans Face Veils After Easter Terrorist Attacks

Sri Lanka has moved to ban face veils following a series of deadly terrorist attacks that unfolded at hotels and churches on Easter Sunday. President Maithripala Sirisena’s office cited “emergency regulations” in its announcement Sunday that it would prohibit “all forms of face covers that may hinder one’s identity being ascertained, as a threat to national […]

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Your Shower Head Might Be Hiding A Dirty Little Secret

Showers are supposed to keep people clean, but your shower head may not be on board with that. Inside Edition recently tested 11 different shower heads for germs and discovered many are hotbeds for bacteria and fungi. Virginia Tech University microbiologist Joseph Falkingham, who oversaw the testing, was surprised by the results, saying the findings “worry me.” […]

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Blackpink members break down on stage

SEOUL • Some people, it seems, are only too happy to kill others’ love for K-pop darlings Blackpink. Seizing on any issue, however trivial, they have put the quartet, and their followers, on the defensive with their criticisms, even if some of the girl group’s alleged misdeeds and misfortunes are not of their own voluntary […]

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Fan Bingbing: I’m not China’s Kylie Jenner

BEIJING • The gradual comeback of Fan Bingbing shows no signs of abating, as the Chinese superstar accepted a media interview for the first time since her tax-evasion scandal broke in May last year. The 37-year-old actress disappeared from public view for several months last year over the scandal before resurfacing on social media in […]

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Singapore Shelf

CHILDREN’S USE YOUR FEET By Felix Cheong, illustrated by Mona Chellie Straits Times Press/Paperback/ 40 pages/$16/Major bookstores In this sequel to Cheong’s Use Your Head, young Kayden is reluctant to go to school. To change his mind, his father transforms the journey into fantastic scenes such as marching in a parade, finding his way through […]

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A celebration of American icons

The works of art-world giants Robert Indiana, Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat are on display at Opera Gallery. American Icons, which marks the international gallery’s 25th anniversary, brings together about 50 works worth nearly $60 million from some of the biggest names in American art. It runs until May 12 at the gallery in Singapore’s […]

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Meet the ‘rebel girls’ of Singapore poetry

When Marylyn Tan published her debut poetry collection Gaze Back, she received this glowing endorsement from her mother: “Eh, not very nice to write like that.” Gaze Back is not in the least “nice”. Tan, 25, writes about women, bodies and sexuality with unflinching frankness. She re-imagines Jesus as a teenage girl who “finds walking […]

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Endgame has $7.52m opening in Singapore

Avengers: Endgame has broken Singapore box-office records by ringing up $7.52 million in ticket sales during its Wednesday to Sunday opening weekend. The Marvel superhero movie, the second of a two-part story, beat the $6.13 million five-day opening weekend record set last year by the first chapter, Avengers: Infinity War. Endgame had built up such […]

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Seniors with the Cool factor

The Cool Kids is a sitcom about a rambunctious group of friends living in a retirement community. But do not expect the usual “old people jokes” and cliches, say its producers and cast, which includes veteran performers Vicki Lawrence (The Carol Burnett Show, 1967 to 1978) and David Alan Grier (In Living Colour, 1990 to […]

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Cool victory at a tremendous cost

In a daring move, the makers of Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3 decided to release the Battle of Winterfell as a radio play. Against a black screen, one could hear thrilling sounds of the combat promised in last week’s episode. However, it becomes clear that this is a normal episode, not a radio […]

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Unmasking The Phantom Of The Opera

The musical The Phantom Of The Opera, back in Singapore till June 8, has enthralled millions since it opened on West End about three decades ago. When I saw it last week for the third time, I was impressed by the improved set and the lead actor’s pitch-perfect vocals. This is Phantom at its finest, […]

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Veterans sweep top prizes at ST Life Theatre Awards

Veteran performers win Best Actor and Best Actress at The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards 2019, both taking the top prizes more than a dozen years after their last wins in these categories. The awards have been given out annually since 2001 by The Straits Times Life to honour the best of Singaporean theatre in […]