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Gunmen Kill At Least 6 In Church Attack In Burkina Faso

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mother’s Day Special: Time for mums to cut themselves some slack

SINGAPORE – It took only seconds. We’d just finished breakfast of finger foods, carrots and pears, along with sweet potato puree. I was loading the dishwasher and singing The Wheels on the Bus, while my daughter Happy, then nine-months-old, swayed in a mechanical swing, clumsily clapping her chubby hands. Then came the shriek, followed by […]