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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Deutsche Bank has continued to lend money to the president when other banks have refused. Trump wrote a check to Michael Cohen on his Capital One account.
Trump ordered changes to ensure that all asylum applications are adjudicated within 180 days, except for those representing exceptional circumstances.
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,” […]
President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Freedom to Vice President Joe Biden during an event at the White House in 2017. Obama awarded Biden with the highest civilian honor, commemorating an “extraordinary man with an extraordinary career in public service.” Bloomberg via Getty Images
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
AUSTIN, Texas ― The Texas House of Representatives voted to lower criminal penalties for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana Monday, raising optimism among reformers that the measure may make it into law before the end of the biennial session next month. House Bill 63, penned by El Paso Rep. Joe Moody […]
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.” […]
Mark Steven Domingo boasted about amassing an arsenal of weapons, but he struggled to pinpoint a target or develop a plan.
At 24, Singleton became the youngest and the first black filmmaker to receive an Oscar nomination for best director and best original screenplay for “Boyz n the Hood.”
“To our great shame, he is now part of the history of evil that has been perpetrated on Jewish people for centuries,” the family said.
The shooting adds to a growing list of violent acts with ties to fringe parts of the internet that can also be found on mainstream platforms.
Shares of Alphabet dropped 7 percent after hours after closing up 1.5 percent at a record-high of $1,296.20.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
A judge gave a Texas family permission to foster the boy, who’s 8 and was held 11 months despite having a willing sponsor.