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 2022-06-30 16:05 

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'Not business as usual': Geopolitical shocks mean S'pore must be prepared for troubled times ahead, says Ng Eng Hen...

SINGAPORE — Recent world events have resulted in a...

 2022-06-30 15:18 

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Bhutan to welcome tourists 'who can spend' for first time since Covid-19...

KATHMANDU — Bhutan will reopen for international tourists from September for the first time since the pandemic began more than two years ago, officials said on Thursday (June 30), as the tiny Himalayan kingdom looks to revive its economy....

 2022-06-30 14:29 

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Thailand scrambles fighters after Myanmar jet airspace breach...

BANGKOK — Thailand scrambled fighter jets near its border with Myanmar on Thursday (June 30) and ordered its defense attache to issue a warning to the military government, its air force said, over what it called an airspace violation during a combat...

 2022-06-30 13:16 

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Russia quits Snake Island, in blow to blockade of Ukraine ports...

KYIV — Russian troops have abandoned their positions on a captured Ukrainian island, a major setback to their invasion effort that weakens their blockade of Ukraine's ports, defence officials said on Thursday (June 30)....

 2022-06-30 12:31 

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Emission thresholds to be tightened in rebate, surcharge scheme to encourage purchase of 'cleaner' cars...

SINGAPORE — A scheme that offers tiered rebates and surcharges to car buyers, with the amounts based on how clean or polluting emissions from the car model are, will have its pollu...

 2022-06-30 12:07 

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France's new wave of Covid-19 infections expected to peak end-July, says scientist...

PARIS — A new wave in France of Covid-19 infections fuelled by emerging variants of the disease should peak towards end-July, the French government's top scientific adviser Jean-Francois Delfraissy said on Thursday (June 30)....

 2022-06-30 11:12 

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After rapes by Russian soldiers, a painful quest for justice...

KYIV (Ukraine) — Every day, Ms Viktoriya has to walk past the house where she was raped by a Russian soldier the same age as her teenage son....

 2022-06-30 10:31 

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Singapore to import chilled, frozen, processed chickens from Indonesia; live chickens not part of arrangement...

SINGAPORE — Singapore has added Indonesia as a new source for the import of chilled, frozen and processed chicken, said the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) on Thursday (June 30)....

 2022-06-30 10:25 

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Australia part of Asia, minister says on visit to Malaysian birthplace...

SYDNEY — Visiting the Malaysian city where she was born, Australian foreign minister Penny Wong said her story showed that Australia was part of Asia, as new data showed more than half of Australians were born overseas or had an immigrant parent....

 2022-06-30 10:24 

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New Chief Digitalisation Officer to be appointed to lead SAF's digital efforts...

SINGAPORE — The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will appoint a Chief Digitalisation Officer to lead and drive its digital transformation, the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) said as it embarks on several intiatives on that front....

 2022-06-30 09:40 

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Business leaders say new Hong Kong chief must open up city, rebuild its image...

HONG KONG — Business executives in Hong Kong have a wish list for its new leader: Scrap Covid-19 quarantine rules, and promote the rule of law and transparent regulations to revive foreign investor confidence — before the territory becomes a h...

 2022-06-30 09:29 

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Singapore football legend Fandi Ahmad leaves FAS after 7-year stint in various roles...

SINGAPORE — Football great Fandi Ahmad will step down from his role as head of elite youth on Thursday (June 30) upon the completion of his contract, said the Football Association of Singapore (FAS....

 2022-06-30 09:28 

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Man emailed photos of his genitals to female police investigation officer, jailed 9 weeks...

SINGAPORE — Frustrated that an investigation officer had allegedly not attended to his case several years ago, Lau Kian Tiong emailed the female officer photographs of his penis along with an obscene suggestion....

 2022-06-30 09:00 

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How severe are Covid-19 reinfections, and should we be worried?...

The Covid pandemic has been going on for well over two years now. During this time, SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes Covid-19) has slowly mutated, allowing it to evade the immune system enough to infect people many times....

 2022-06-30 08:59 

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China summer railway travel expected to rebound as Covid-19 curbs ease...

BEIJING — As China loosens its months-long Covid-19 curbs, railway travel is expected to see an uptick in passengers just in time for the summer transport season, which starts on July 1....

 2022-06-30 08:30 

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Chinese leader Xi says Hong Kong 'reborn of fire' as visit to city begins...

HONG KONG — Chinese president Xi Jinping said Hong Kong had been...

 2022-06-30 08:05 

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#trending: Viral video shows ants working together to move necklace in 'gold heist'...

KOCHI, INDIA — A viral video reposted on Twitter on Tuesday (June 28) shows a small army of ants working together to transport a gold chain. Netizens have dubbed it a...

 2022-06-30 08:04 

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Shanghai Disneyland theme park re-opens after three-month closure...

SHANGHAI — More than a thousand visitors streamed in on Thursday (June 30) as Walt Disney's Shanghai Disney Resort theme park opened after a closure of three months, with face masks and social distancing the order of the day....

 2022-06-30 08:00 

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Philippine President Marcos Jr praises rule of dictator father...

MANILA — Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr on Thursday (June 30) praised his dictator father's rule after being sworn in as the country's new leader, completing a decades-long effort to restore the clan to the country's highest of...

 2022-06-30 07:58 

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Your Say: More needs to be done to help people with disabilities take up physical activities...

The Government's new physical activity guidelines encourage people with disabilities to engage in physical activities every day and aim for at least 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week.&...

 2022-06-30 07:32 

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New co-funding scheme for couples undergoing pre-implantation genetic testing...

SINGAPORE — A new co-funding scheme will be introduced for couples undergoing pre-implantation genetic testing (PGT), the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced on Thursday (June 30)....

 2022-06-30 05:19 

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4 years' jail, caning for youth who sexually assaulted unconscious schoolmate after night of drinking...

SINGAPORE — A night of drinking to celebrate the opening of the school year, turned into a nightmare for a 19-year-old after she lost consciousness was sexually assaulted by her schoolmate....

 2022-06-30 05:02 

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SP Group to raise household electricity tariff by about 8% on average from July to September amid 'higher energy cost'...

SINGAPORE — The electricity tariff for households will increase by an average of 8 per cent from July to September this year, compared with the previous quarter....

 2022-06-30 04:09 

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Macau Covid infections rise as spread extends to medics, police...

HONG KONG — Authorities in the world's biggest gambling hub Macau are scrambling to contain the city's biggest coronavirus outbreak since the pandemic began, requiring all residents test daily and stay home as much as possible....

 2022-06-30 04:05 

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Ex-Certis Cisco officer, food delivery rider jailed for leaking LTA's 'green man' e-scooter enforcement plan...

SINGAPORE — When Syarifah Nur Nabilah Syed Omar quit her job as an active mobility enforcement officer with Certis Cisco, she remained in her team's WhatsApp group chat that discussed the Land Transport Authority (LTA) daily plans to deploy offi...

 2022-06-30 03:35 

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R&B singer R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison in sex case...

NEW YORK — R. Kelly was sentenced on Wednesday (June 29) to 30 years in prison, following the multiplatinum R&B singer's conviction for exploiting his stardom and wealth over decades to lure women and underage girls into his orbit for sex....

 2022-06-30 03:30 

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18 months' probation for poly student who detonated homemade bombs at East Coast Park...

SINGAPORE — A 19-year-old polytechnic student was sentenced to 18 months' probation on Thursday (June 30) for making several improvised bombs at home and detonating some of them at East Coast Park....

 2022-06-30 02:39 

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Indonesian president offers to take message from Ukraine's leader to Putin...

KYIV — Indonesian President Joko Widodo offered on Wednesday (June 29) to deliver a message from Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskiy to Russian leader Vladimir Putin to try to boost peace hopes....

 2022-06-30 01:15 

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Nato backs military aid for 'heroic' Ukraine, Russia steps up attacks...

MADRID/KYIV — Nato on Wednesday (June 29) branded Russia the biggest...

 2022-06-30 00:52 

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New Zealand PM says China more assertive, more willing to challenge rules...

WELLINGTON — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday (June 29) China has become...

 2022-06-30 00:25 

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Snap launches paid version of Snapchat app...

SANTA MONICA — Snap on Wednesday (June 29) launched a paid version of the Snapchat app in the United States, priced at US$3.99 (S$5.56) a month, and a few other markets, in a major step away from a revenue model dependent mostly on advertising....

 2022-06-30 00:06 

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3 town councils marked down for overdue conservancy charges in MND report, with 1 citing renovation delays...
 2022-06-30 00:03 

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BBC asked Shanmugam about S'pore's 'social controls', 'draconian' drug laws and Section 377A. Here's how he responded...
 2022-06-29 23:58 

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Singapore reports 9,392 new Covid-19 cases, 1 death...
 2022-06-29 23:58 

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Nearly 1 in 4 globally at risk from severe flooding: Study...

PARIS — Almost a quarter of the world's population are exposed to significant flood risks, according to new research published Tuesday (June 29), which warned those in poorer countries were more vulnerable....

 2022-06-29 23:53 

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Man arrested after slashing incident near coffee shop in Jalan Bukit Merah...
 2022-06-29 23:43 

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2 to face cheating charges after man allegedly took driving theory test in place of older man...
 2022-06-29 15:24 

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Mucky business: Thai prisoners clean Bangkok sewers after Covid-19 delay...

BANGKOK — Flecked with sewage, a Thai prisoner grapples with an overflowing bucket as he and his fellow inmates clean Bangkok's congested drains for the first time in two years....

 2022-06-29 14:53 

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#trending: 'Wear your clothes properly, I'm warning you' sound clip by angry 'auntie' resurfaces on TikTok...

SINGAPORE — An old audio clip has been making its rounds again among TikTok users in Singapore, in which an older woman berates a young lady, telling her to "wear (her) clothes properly"....

 2022-06-29 14:52 

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Nato invites Finland, Sweden to join, says Russia is a 'direct threat'...

MADRID — Nato invited Sweden and Finland on Wednesday (June 29) to join the military alliance in one of the biggest shifts in European security in decades after Russia's invasion of Ukraine pushed Helsinki and Stockholm to drop their traditional...

 2022-06-29 14:35 

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China's easing of Covid-19 curbs spark travel inquiry surge, and caution...

BEIJING — Online searches for Chinese airline tickets on domestic and international routes surged on Wednesday (June 29), after Beijing said it would slash Covid-19 quarantine requirements and made changes to a state-mandated mobile app used for loc...

 2022-06-29 14:14 

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Singapore reports 9,392 new Covid-19 cases, 1 death...

SINGAPORE — Singapore reported 9,392 new Covid-19 cases as of noon on Wednesday (June 29), comprising 8,789 local infections and 603 imported cases....

 2022-06-29 13:40 

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Man arrested after slashing incident near coffee shop in Jalan Bukit Merah...

SINGAPORE — A 50-year-old man was arrested by the police on Wednesday (June 29) after he allegedly slashed the head of another man with a knife near a coffee shop along Jalan Bukit Merah....

 2022-06-29 13:27 

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Malaysia PM announces special task force to address runaway inflation...

KUALA LUMPUR — The Cabinet has approved the formation of a special task force to combat inflation and rising cost of living in Malaysia, prime minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced on Wednesday (June 29)....

 2022-06-29 11:51 

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3 town councils marked down for overdue conservancy charges, with 1 citing renovation delays...

SINGAPORE — All 17 town councils received the highest rating in estate cleanliness and maintenance, and lift performance in the latest annual management report released on Wednesday (June 29), though three were marked down for their management of se...

 2022-06-29 11:38 

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2 to face cheating charges after man allegedly took driving theory test in place of older man...

SINGAPORE — A 28-year-old man allegedly impersonated an older man to take a computerised theory driving test at the Singapore Safety Driving Centre in his place, the police said on Wednesday (June 29)....

 2022-06-29 10:43 

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R&B singer R. Kelly to be sentenced for luring women, girls for sex...

NEW YORK — Multiplatinum R&B singer R. Kelly will be sentenced on Wednesday (June 29) for exploiting his stardom and wealth over decades to lure women and underage girls into his orbit for sex....

 2022-06-29 10:24 

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Widespread relief for Shanghai's restaurant sector as dine-in resumes...

SHANGHAI — Restaurants and eateries in China's largest city Shanghai begun reopening their doors to diners on Wednesday (June 29), bringing widespread relief to an industry that was badly hit by the city's two-month Covid-19 lockdown....

 2022-06-29 10:01 

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BBC asked Shanmugam about S'pore's 'social controls', 'draconian' drug laws and Section 377A. Here's how he responded...

SINGAPORE — Taking on a series of questions about Singapore's laws on gay sex, foreign interference and the death penalty, Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam explained the Government's stance in an episode of BBC's podcast HardTal...

 2022-06-29 09:57 

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Crunch time for power grid as Japan's heatwave gets even hotter...

TOKYO — Japan braced on Wednesday (June 29) for its hottest day yet of a record-breaking heatwave,as prime minister Fumio Kishida called for a ramp-up of nuclear power use amid fears of a shortage of electricity to keep air conditioners whirring....

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