Four Indian soldiers killed in battle with Kashmir militants: PoliceSRINAGAR, India: At least four soldiers died Monday (Feb 18) in a fierce gunfight with rebels in Indian-administered Kashmir just four days after a suicide bomber killed 41 paramilitaries in the troubled territory, officials said.
One soldier and one civilian were also critically wounded in the ...
NTU Japanese cultural event on Sook Ching anniversary raises eyebrowsSINGAPORE — The choice of date for a Japanese cultural event organised by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) students has raised some eyebrows among members of the public. This year’s edition of the Japanese Cultural Festival, held by the NTU Japanese Appreciation Club, takes pl
UK plans to make plastic packaging producers pay for waste disposalBritain is to set out plans to overhaul its recycling system on Monday, including making plastic packaging producers pay the full cost of dealing with their waste and introducing a deposit return scheme for cans and bottles. The plans, which also aim to make household rubbish collections more consistent around the country, will be introduced by Environment Secretary Michael Gove and go out for consultation for three months. "We will introduce a world-leading tax to boost recycled content in plastic packaging, make producers foot the bill for handling their packaging waste, and end the confusion over household recycling," Gove said in a statement.
Australia says 'state actor' hacked parties, parliamentAustralia on Monday said a "sophisticated state actor" had hacked the country's main political parties and parliament, just weeks before a closely fought election. Prime Minister Scott Morrison told lawmakers that investigators looking into a hack of parliament computer systems revealed two weeks ago "also became aware that the networks of some political parties" had been breached. "Our cyber experts believe that a sophisticated state actor is responsible for this malicious activity," he said.
N. Korea faces 'historic turning point', says state media ahead of summitNorth Korea is facing a "significant, historic turning point", state media said on Monday, ahead of a highly-anticipated second summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. The meeting between the two leaders -- which will be the second time the pair have come together following their Singapore summit in June -- is scheduled for Hanoi, Vietnam on February 27-28. Attention has been focused on whether the US team will offer to lift some economic sanctions on North Korea, in return for Pyongyang taking concrete steps toward denuclearisation.
Bulgaria's largest opposition party votes to quit parliamentLawmakers from Bulgaria's opposition Socialist Party (BSP) are leaving parliament for an unspecified period, saying fair elections could not be guaranteed following recent Election Code amendments. As the Socialists control 79 of the 240 seats in parliament, the move, approved by BSP's national council on Saturday, could lead to numbers in parliament more frequently falling short of those it needs to pass legislation. BSP, heir to Bulgaria's once-mighty Communist Party, said the legislation had been made "in the interests of companies and oligarchs, and behind-the-scenes party arrangements only in the interests of certain parties".
Catholic Church credibility on the line at abuse meetingThe Vatican will gather senior bishops from around the world later this week for a conference on sex abuse designed to guide them on how best to tackle a problem that has decimated the Church's credibility, but critics say it is too little, too late. The unprecedented four-day meeting, starting on Thursday, brings together presidents of national Roman Catholic bishops conferences, Vatican officials, experts and heads of male and female religious orders. "I am absolutely convinced that our credibility in this area is at stake," said Father Federico Lombardi, who Pope Francis has chosen to moderate the meeting.
Alabama jury awards $152 million in Ford Explorer rollover caseThe jury awarded $100 million in punitive damages and the rest in compensatory damages after finding on Friday that the 1998 Ford Explorer did not meet Ford's own safety guidelines and that Ford "acted wantonly" in designing the vehicle, according to a court document seen by Reuters and lawyers for plaintiff Travaris "Tre" Smith. Ford said it plans to appeal.
Weld says six more years of Trump 'antics' would be bad for AmericaFormer Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, the first Republican to challenge President Donald Trump for their party's presidential nomination in 2020, said on Sunday that six more years of Trump's "antics" in the White House would be bad for America. Weld said the national emergency that Trump declared on Friday to obtain funding for a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border showed his readiness to divide the country. "I don't think he knows how to act. He thinks he has to humiliate whoever he's dealing with or else he's half a man," Weld told ABC's "This Week" in an interview.
Ex-congressman Weiner released from prison after sexting scandalWeiner, 54, has been released from the Federal Medical Center in Devens, Massachusetts, and is under the supervision of a residential re-entry management office in Brooklyn, according to prison records. The seven-term congressman who ran unsuccessfully several times for New York City mayor will be free on May 14, records show, about three months earlier than his 21-month sentence. The FBI discovered a trove of emails belonging to his then-wife, Huma Abedin, a senior aide to Hillary Clinton, on Weiner's laptop.
Desperate measures: Pakistani women seek abortions as birth controlPregnant, desperate, and poor, Pakistani mother Zameena faced a stark choice: risk her life by having a secret abortion, or risk her life bearing her husband a sixth child. In the end, she opted for the former, one of more than two million women a year to do so in a country where religious leaders are critical of family planning measures and there is a lack of sex education and access to contraception. Almost half of all pregnancies in Pakistan -- around 4.2 million each year -- are unplanned and around 54 percent of those end in termination, according to a report by US research firm Guttmacher Institute.
Polish PM cancels trip to Israel in wake of comments on Poles in HolocaustPoland's prime minister has cancelled a trip to Israel in the wake of reported remarks made by his Israeli counterpart suggesting Polish complicity during the Holocaust, an aide in his office told Polish media on Sunday. A government spokeswoman confirmed to Reuters that Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki would not attend the summit and would send Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz instead. Morawiecki informed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of his decision to cancel his visit in a telephone call on Sunday afternoon, spokeswoman Joanna Kopcinska said.
Facebook needs independent ethical oversight: UK lawmakersLONDON: Facebook and other big tech companies should be subject to a compulsory code of ethics to tackle the spread of fake news, the abuse of users' data and the bullying of smaller firms, British lawmakers said on Monday (Feb 18).
In a damning report that singled out Facebook chief executive ...
U.S. cannot back Syrian forces who align with Assad - U.S. commanderThe United States will have to sever its military assistance to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) battling Islamic State if the fighters partner with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad or Russia, a senior U.S. general said on Sunday. The remarks by Army Lieutenant General Paul LaCamera, who is the commander of the U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, underscore the tough decisions facing the SDF as the United States prepares to withdraw its troops from Syria.
Spanish victims of sex abuse priests speak outA trickle of accusations of sexual abuse against priests in schools and seminaries is starting to erode the wall of silence in Catholic Spain, whose Church representatives are set to attend a major Vatican meeting on child protection. "This is only the tip of the iceberg," warned Miguel Hurtado, who recently made his case public. For 20 years, Hurtado stayed quiet, trying to come to terms with the abuse he suffered when he joined a boy scout troup at the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, which sits high up in jagged mountains northwest of Barcelona.
Istanbul vets make city's stray animals feel at homeConcerned for the health of a black cat roaming around the university campus where she works, Mevlude dropped off the feline at the veterinary clinic for street animals run by the Istanbul municipality. Visitors to the Turkish city, who admire its centuries-old mosques and Ottoman palaces, are often surprised to see cats and dogs making themselves at home on the streets, and watch them taking the best seats in cafes and restaurants without a care for the world. Like Mevlude, many Istanbul residents try to help these four-legged friends in their neighbourhood, putting out bowls of food and offering shelter by their doors or windows.
US agency submits auto tariff report probe to White HouseThe U.S. Commerce Department sent a report to U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday that could unleash steep tariffs on imported cars and auto parts, provoking a sharp backlash from the industry even before its contents are revealed.
Support for Australian government rallies ahead of May electionSupport for Australia's conservative government has risen to its highest levels in more than six months, a widely watched poll showed on Monday, boosting Prime Minister Scott Morrison's re-election prospects ahead of a national poll due by May. Morrison's coalition government now trails the opposition Labor Party by 49 percent to 51 percent on a two-party preferred basis under Australia's preferential voting system, where votes from minor parties are redistributed, a Fairfax-Ipsos poll showed. The last Fairfax-Ipsos poll in December showed the government trailing by 8 percent.
Asian markets rally on growing trade deal hopesAsian markets rallied with oil and high-yielding currencies Monday as investors grow increasingly confident that China and the United States will eventually hammer out a deal to end their long-running trade war. While talks ended Friday in Beijing with no deal, negotiators shift to Washington this week with Donald Trump saying discussions were going "extremely well" and suggesting he could extend a March 1 truce deadline for an agreement to be reached. The high-level discussions between the economic superpowers are expected to yield a memorandum of understanding ahead of a meeting between Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to finalise a pact.
Thousands brave freezing cold in vigil for Illinois shooting victimsMore than 2,000 people braved icy rain in sub-freezing temperatures in Illinois on Sunday for a vigil paying respects to five people killed and five police officers wounded by a factory worker who opened fire on Friday after losing his job. Solemn mourners stood before five white crosses with the names of the dead that became a shrine to the victims bearing pictures and hand-written remembrances outside the factory where the shooting took place in Aurora, about 40 miles (64 km) west of Chicago. "My heart is broken again for the family members of the victims," said Mary Kay Mace, mother of the late Ryanne Mace, who was killed 11 years ago in a mass shooting at Northern Illinois University.
UK concludes it can mitigate risk from Huawei equipment use in 5G: ReportsLONDON: The British government has decided it can mitigate the risks arising from the use of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd in 5G networks, the Financial Times (FT) reported on Sunday (Feb 17), citing two sources familiar with the conclusion of Britain's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).
Exclusive: U.S. blocks North Korean air traffic revival ahead of Trump-Kim summit - sourcesMONTREAL/SEOUL (Reuters) - The United States has blocked efforts by a U.N. agency to improve civil aviation in North Korea at a time when Pyongyang is trying to reopen part of its airspace to foreign flights, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The U.S. move is part of a negotiating tactic to maintain sanctions pressure on North Korea, one of the sources said, ahead of a second summit between President Donald Trump and leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam in late February. Washington is seeking concrete commitments from Pyongyang at the summit to abandon its nuclear and missile programmes.
U.S. Senator Rubio warns Venezuela's Maduro not to act against oppositionU.S. Senator Marco Rubio, visiting the Colombia-Venezuela border on Sunday, warned Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of severe consequences if he takes action against the country's opposition leader and self-declared president or U.S. citizens. In a televised interview, Rubio declined to say if he would support U.S. military action against Venezuela, which is mired in a political and economic crisis.
Venezuela denies EU lawmakers entry given 'conspiratorial motives'Venezuela denied a group of European Parliament deputies entry into the country on Sunday, arguing they had "conspiratorial motives" for flying to Caracas in the throes of a political crisis. The European Parliament last month joined a slew of Western nations in recognizing Venezuelan opposition chief Juan Guaido as interim head of state after President Nicolas Maduro won a second term in an election last year that critics denounced as a sham. The four deputies from the center-right European People's Party (EPP) were traveling to Venezuela to meet with Guaido, one of them said in a video distributed via social media.
Australia says 'state actor' hacked parties, parliamentSYDNEY: Australia on Monday (Feb 18) said a "sophisticated state actor" had hacked the country's main political parties and parliament, just weeks before a closely fought election.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison told lawmakers that security agencies looking at a hack "also became aware that the ...
Australia under pressure to explain lucrative PNG refugee contractsCanberra came under pressure Monday to explain how an obscure firm with a beach shack as its registered office won contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars to provide security at Pacific refugee camps. The Singapore-registered Paladin Holdings was awarded more than Aus$420 million (US$300 million) -- about Aus$17 million a month -- in contracts to provide services at three transition centres for refugees on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island. The operations are part of Canberra's harsh policy of processing asylum-seekers who try to reach Australia by boat at remote offshore Pacific camps, where hundreds of refugees have been stranded for five years.
Saudi crown prince begins Asia tour with $20 billion Pakistan investment pledgeCrown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday said Saudi Arabia has signed investment agreements worth $20 billion during his high-profile visit to Pakistan, where tensions were flaring up with nuclear-armed rival India. Kicking off his tour of South Asia and China with a far higher Pakistan investment than expected, the crown prince said the $20 billion figure represents only the start of an economic tie-up that would bring the historic Muslim allies even closer. "It’s big for phase 1, and definitely it will grow every month and every year, and it will be beneficial to both countries," said the crown prince.
Former Indonesian president Yudhoyono will not take part in election campaignJAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Democratic Party chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will not participate in any campaign events ahead of the 2019 general election as he has decided to stand by his wife Kristiani Herrawati - better known as Ani Yudhoyono - who is being treated for leukemia in Singapore
Gen Y Speaks: Let’s put a stop to trial by social mediaOver the past three months, three videos showing people acting in what could be deemed socially undesirable ways have gone viral online. All of them had one thing in common: in every case, the identity of the one who was perceived to have misbehaved was widely shared. On Dec 2
iX Biopharma to sell Chemical Analysis unit for A$12.5mSINGAPORE - IX Biopharma has entered into an agreement with independent third party Eurofins Australia New Zealand Holding for the proposed disposal of its entire stake in its wholly-owned subsidiary, Chemical Analysis, for A$12
Chingay brings spectacle of lavish costumes, displays to ChinatownSINGAPORE: It was all bright lights and a kaleidoscope of colours in Chinatown on Sunday (Feb 17), as Chingay rolled into the precinct to mark the end of this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations.
While light rain persisted throughout the evening, scores of visitors continued to crowd the area ...
Singapore January exports down 10.1%, biggest drop in 2 yearsSINGAPORE: Singapore's non-oil domestic exports (NODX) fell by 10.1 per cent in January from the high base a year ago, , data from trade agency Enterprise Singapore showed on Thursday (Jan 17).
That missed the 1.6 percent decline predicted by 10 economists in a Reuters poll. This is the biggest ...
With ‘voluntourism’ trend on the rise, cruises get on boardSINGAPORE — Instead of visiting a mall, guests onboard Genting Cruise Lines can volunteer to paint the walls of a school when their ship docks at the island of Phuket in Thailand later this month. With voluntourism — where people volunteer while they travel overseas — becoming inc
Split with Bajin not over money - OsakaWorld number one Naomi Osaka was adamant that her shock split with coach Sascha Bajin had nothing to do with money but it was because she was determined that her career would not be about putting "success over happiness".
Opelka claims first tour title with victory over SchnurREUTERS: Reilly Opelka blasted 43 aces and won his first ATP Tour title with a 6-1 6-7(7) 7-6(7) victory over Canadian Brayden Schnur at the New York Open on Sunday.
The 21-year-old American paved the way for the victory by successfully challenging what Schnur thought was a crucial ace at 7-7 in ...
DBS Q4 net profit climbs 8%, supported by rise in net interest marginSINGAPORE: DBS Group Holdings Ltd , Singapore's biggest lender, reported an eight per cent rise in quarterly profit that came in line with market expectations, powered by a robust increase in its net interest margin.
Fourth-quarter earnings increased to S$1.32 billion versus S$1.22 billion a year ...
First new-generation neighbourhood centre opens along Punggol WaterwaySINGAPORE — Cascading garden terraces overlooking the Punggol Waterway, access to a polyclinic and childcare centre, and more than 100 shops across seven storeys — these are what Punggol residents can look forward to at their new neighbourhood centre. Touted as the Republic’s firs
Pakatan Harapan candidate for Semenyih by-election clears air over PhD studiesSEMENYIH (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - With the credentials of several government leaders coming under scrutiny, Malaysian ruling coalition Pakatan Harapan's candidate for the by-election in Selangor's Semenyih, Mr Muhammad Aiman Zainali, is finding himself having to explain his own, two days into the campaign trail
Thousands brave freezing cold in vigil for Illinois shooting victimsAURORA, Illinois: More than 2,000 people braved icy rain in sub-freezing temperatures in Illinois on Sunday (Feb 17) for a vigil paying respects to five people killed and five police officers wounded by a factory worker who opened fire on Friday after losing his job.
READ: Illinois factory gunman ...
Toddler in Malaysia dies after falling onto knifeIPOH: A two-year-old girl died after falling onto a kitchen knife, which pierced her abdomen, in her home in Kuala Kurau in the Malaysian state of Perak on Sunday (Feb 17).
Nur Qhaisara Medina Supian was pronounced dead at the Parit Buntar Hospital.
The victim’s mother, Hana Mazlan, 27, said the ...
12:37 PM Daniel Wee there was one in 1927...already expired. The 1961 agreement also expired in 2011. Now existing 1962 and 1990.
12:35 PM Benny Benny maybe you are stupid...end of the day they own the raw materiel. A commodity that is sought be every Singaporean. Their consumption is no where what ours is. ..dummy
12:34 PM Will applying as a PR have a better chance of being employed?
When I try to get employed, they ask so much details, just short of knowing my preferred choice of sauce in Subway. But these recent spate of cases seem to show like the employers don’t care about the person’s background at all.
12:34 PM Franky Frank Lee yes, your missing big time. Criminals suppose to go to court and be sentenced in the country where they commit the crimes. You get it now?
12:34 PM Peter Andrew 😂😂 why you scare from pakistan bloody cow piss drinker indian😂
12:33 PM Settle each Case separately. Own ministry settle own businesses. Then only the G2G conclusion can be worked out progressively by showing each party give and take one by one. If not, nothing will ever resolved.
12:33 PM Kahkahkah...butthurt singaporean...malaysia using your SGD and enjoy it at home...while singaporean idiot like you still living in a tiny expensive island...kahkahkahkahkah....force to believe that every sacrifice you make for singapore is worth it..kahkahkahkah....
12:28 PM Very bust...? What...? Eating expensive chapatti on the quiet...? 🤡
12:28 PM The goods are illegal to begin with. No matter how you set it up, it still cannot escape the law. You obviously know nuts and trying to act smart.
12:27 PM Lin Rex Jack if your U can be bold will be stronger and firmer post. Simply love this post of yours!
12:26 PM Jessica Chan you England is hard to understand ... you have translated on the computer your text makes no sense... on the other hand you IB ‘s get paid for every post... can try again in simple English.
12:26 PM He (Trump) must have begged Abe nominate him🤣
12:26 PM Jessica Yeoh This. I ask them to combine one bag, they look at me like I one kind then say: later not nice, must separate!
12:26 PM Givary Muhammad belum aku belum pernah ke Indonesia
12:26 PM If we are all prepared to pay a higher price for our water from PUB then the gahment will be able to pay Malaysia more for the price of raw water.
12:25 PM Stolen items return to owner, then buyer how? They bear the loss?
12:25 PM Sounds like they got the perfect scapegoat to "frame" this leak.
What if this guy did not do it?
What are other sceanrios?
How come they were so quick to dump everything on him? What abt those he mentioned in his FB post?
How come no investigation on those to prove they were not involved.
12:22 PM Eric Ong Let me try again. There are policyholders who get an illness after buying the policy, and premium goes up for these people because their risks have become higher. Many may not be able to continue paying and they lose their mefical coverage. The guarantees from both the insurance association and the Government are to prevent this from happening, which is in the right direction. At no point in my original post have I talked about policyholders lying to the insurers.
As for DNA testing and insurance, if you have time, read this...
Laws have to be enacted to prevent DNA information from being used by the insurance industry.
12:22 PM Talk so much for what. Our government also not interested in it.
12:21 PM Adrian Pok, yup... it is a big “May”. There are also no clear indications on how they going to maximise this technology. Probably something I can think of is quick advertisement within the local town council (sales from grocery shop, kopitiam, RC events, tuition etc). A lot of options can be explore provided they can think “out of the box”. Can also save paper and replacement of old notice boards in some old estate. Just my personal POV. Let the GRLs think of how to maximise this utility.