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SingPost taking steps to deliver better service

Singapore could be among the first in the world to roll out smart letterboxes nationwide, with features such as identity authentication for mail retrieval. It is one of the potential infrastructure upgrades that SingPost is discussing with government agencies to make receiving mail and parcels more convenient and efficient, said its Singapore head and chief […]

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Shangri-La Dialogue: Indo-Pacific is priority theatre for US, says Shanahan

The Indo-Pacific region is a “priority theatre” for the United States, where it will support partner nations against domination by any one nation, Acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan said yesterday as he presented the latest iteration of America’s geostrategic vision for the region. “I am here to affirm the US’ enduring commitment to the […]

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Shangri-La Dialogue: US urges allies to invest in their own defence

United States Acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan urged allies and partners to invest in their sovereign future, as he reiterated America’s commitment to the Indo-Pacific region, which he said remains its “priority theatre”. “We are where we belong. We are investing in the region. We are investing in you, and with you. And we need […]

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Shangri-La Dialogue: America seeks networked Indo-Pacific as response to China

The United States has said the region is increasingly confronted by a more confident and assertive China that is willing to accept friction in the pursuit of a more expansive set of political, economic and security interests. In a report on its Indo-Pacific strategy released yesterday, the US Defence Department said China, as it continues […]

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Shangri-La Dialogue: States that erode rules-based order a threat to region, says US

The greatest long-term threat to countries in the Indo-Pacific comes from those who seek to undermine the rules-based international order, Acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan said at the Shangri-La Dialogue yesterday, in an apparent reference to China. As he unveiled details of the US strategy in the region amid heightened tensions between his country […]

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PM Lee sends condolences to Yudhoyono

Singapore leaders yesterday offered their condolences to former Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on the death of his wife, Mrs Ani Yudhoyono, 66. She died yesterday at the National University Hospital, where she had been undergoing treatment for leukaemia since February this year. Mrs Yudhoyono had been a pillar of strength for her husband during […]

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Mobility scooter rider crashes into glass door at interchange

A woman on a personal mobility aid (PMA) crashed into a sliding glass door at Toa Payoh bus interchange yesterday morning, causing it to shatter and once again raising questions on their use in public places. In a video posted on SBS Transit’s Facebook page, the woman on a mobility scooter is seen hitting one […]

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Ani Yudhoyono, Indonesia’s former first lady, dies at 66

The wife of Indonesia’s sixth president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono died at the National University Hospital (NUH) yesterday. Mrs Ani Yudhoyono, 66, had been treated for leukaemia at the hospital since February this year soon after the diagnosis was revealed by Singaporean doctors. Democratic Party spokesman Imelda Sari said Mrs Yudhoyono died at 11.50am, surrounded by […]

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Changi adds second link to South Korea with flights to Busan

Changi Airport has plugged a gap in air services to South Korea as part of ongoing efforts to boost Singapore’s connectivity and air hub status. Almost 45 years after the first link between both countries was established with Singapore-Seoul services, a second destination has been added. On May 1, SilkAir started flying to Busan, South […]

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Singapore leaders send condolences to Yudhoyono

SINGAPORE • Singapore leaders have written to former Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to offer their condolences on the passing of his wife, Mrs Ani Yudhoyono. Mrs Yudhoyono, 66, who had been treated for leukaemia at the National University Hospital since February this year, died yesterday. In her letter to Dr Yudhoyono, President Halimah Yacob […]

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Singapore committed to UN goals on sustainable development: Masagos

Initiatives to reduce food waste and leverage technology to transform agriculture have been implemented so Singapore can play its part in a global campaign to end hunger, said Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli yesterday. Mr Masagos told the G-20 Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting in Niigata, Japan, that Singapore is committed to achieving the United […]

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US preparing to raise tariffs on all remaining China imports

The United States is preparing to raise tariffs on almost all Chinese imports that remain untaxed, valued at US$300 billion (S$409 billion), after trade talks ended on Friday without a deal or an end to tariffs in sight. President Donald Trump ordered trade officials to begin drawing up a new round of tariffs, prior to […]

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A twinge of anxiety amid broad consensus that Trump is on right path

US-China trade talks wound up cordially on Friday morning with no talk of collapse. Small setbacks are inevitable in bilateral negotiations, China’s Vice-Premier Liu He said, adding: “Looking ahead, we are cautiously optimistic about the future.” Meanwhile, in the United States, there remains broad, bipartisan consensus that President Donald Trump is doing the right thing […]

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Breakdown in talks another blow for American farmers

CHICAGO • The year was already shaping up to be difficult for Midwestern farmers. Incomes have slipped, farm bankruptcies have increased and widespread flooding has inundated the region, killing cattle and turning some fields into unplowable pits. Then came the news from Washington on Friday: Trade negotiations with China, long a reliable buyer of Midwestern […]

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How was ‘killer’ nurse left to murder hundreds?

OLDENBURG (Germany) • The new nurse arrived at the intensive-care unit of Delmenhorst hospital with a solid letter of reference, describing him as someone who worked “independently and conscientiously”. In a crisis, it said, he reacted “with consideration” and was “technically correct”. It gave no indication that officials at his former hospital in Oldenburg had […]

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China lists 3 hurdles in the way of trade deal with US

Three issues lie in the way of an agreement between China and the United States, which will have to be ironed out in upcoming talks in Beijing, China’s chief trade negotiator said as the US moved to impose higher tariffs on Chinese goods after a five-month truce. Spelling out for the first time what these […]

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My conscience is clear, says official of suspended taekwondo body

After more than two decades with the Singapore Taekwondo Federation (STF), its secretary-general Wong Liang Ming has decided to cut her ties with the body. “I’m not standing for election at all (at the STF’s extraordinary general meeting on May 19). I also made an announcement in the middle of the week that I will […]

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Durians and taxes: A thorny issue

When Mr Alvin Teoh opened his durian stall in Geylang 18 years ago, he did not just source for quality durians. He also hired an accountant. “Every year we will have to declare our earnings and in Singapore, we need to pay taxes. So, of course, I had to hire an accountant. How would I […]

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180 nations reach deal to curb plastic ending up in oceans

GENEVA • Around 180 countries have reached a deal that aims to sharply reduce the amount of plastic that gets washed into the world’s oceans and clamp down on shipments of plastic waste to poorer countries, the United Nations said. Imports of waste plastic from wealthier nations to South-east Asia, particularly Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand, […]

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New walking trail tells story of Kallang

Today, the Singapore Sports Hub is a sprawling 35ha area comprising sporting and entertainment facilities, such as the National Stadium, Singapore Indoor Stadium and Kallang Wave Mall. But the area was once home to the Kallang Airport, a shipyard and wetlands near the Kallang Basin. While old landmarks, such as the Oasis Theatre restaurant, Niteclub […]

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Medical records, bank account details, e-mail passwords and Netflix login can be bought for $1,000 on Dark Web

On the data black market, thieves peddle stolen medical records, bank account details, e-mail passwords and even Netflix logins. Priceless to you, perhaps. But on the Dark Web, an online space that can be accessed using only special software, they can be traded for less than $1,000. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading […]

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Good jobs for Singaporeans a key focus: DPM Heng Swee Keat

Transforming the economy, ensuring inclusive growth and creating good jobs and opportunities for Singaporeans amid rapid changes in the global landscape are key areas which Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat and his colleagues are focused on in the immediate term. But the “biggest unknown” in the years ahead is how politics in Singapore will […]

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Fake Singapore passports a hot seller online

He peddles all sorts of forged papers on the black market, but the bright red Singapore passport – one of the most powerful travel document in the world – is among his hot sellers. The seller on the Dark Web claims the fake documents are as good as state-issued ones, adding that the authorities will […]

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Thai King formally crowned

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn sitting on a golden royal palanquin following his coronation ceremony at the Grand Palace in Bangkok yesterday. Also known as King Rama X, he was formally crowned yesterday as part of an elaborate three-day ceremony, over two years after he ascended the throne. It is the country’s first coronation in almost […]

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Johor Sultan to hand over land for rail link to S’pore

Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar is ready to surrender his plot of land in Bukit Chagar to the Malaysian government for free to be used for a planned rail link with Singapore. The monarch was responding to recent news reports which claimed that the Rapid Transit System (RTS) project was delayed because the federal […]

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Hyflux mystery white knight is UAE’s Utico

Embattled water treatment firm Hyflux could get a $400 million lifeline from UAE utilities provider Utico FZC for “equity and working capital purposes and possible urgent interim funding”, the company said in an SGX announcement late on Friday. The offer comes just weeks before Hyflux’s debt moratorium is set to expire on May 24, and […]

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Jho Low agrees to sell $53m Los Angeles mansion

KUALA LUMPUR • US prosecutors and representatives of fugitive Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho want to sell a US$39 million (S$53 million) mansion in Los Angeles that he bought in 2012 with money allegedly stolen from the state-owned 1MDB investment fund. The empty mansion above the trendy Sunset Strip is falling into further disrepair by […]

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Accessibility in Bukit Panjang improved by restored bridge

It will never be a bridge too far again for residents of Senja ward, in Bukit Panjang. For a year, it would take teenager Ricardo Tan, who lives at Block 629 Senja Road, about 35 minutes to get to school – even though it is less than 600m from his home. That was because a […]

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Beluga whale found in Norway waters a ‘Russian-trained spy’?

OSLO • A spy, a faraway visitor or a fugitive on the run? A mysterious Beluga whale, caught wearing a suspicious harness, has ignited the imagination of Norwegians. But more than a week after the mammal was first spotted by fishermen in the Arctic waters off the coast of northern Norway, its origin remains unknown. […]

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Managing change to ensure continuity in Singapore politics

How different are the concerns of Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat and fourth-generation ministers from those of generations before? What shifts in leadership style can Singaporeans expect when they take charge in a few years? How might Singapore politics change? Not too different, going by Mr Heng’s first interview with the media since his […]