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September 25, 2017 7:21 AM Singaporean doctor on trial for helping HIV-positive foreign boyfriend deceive MOM

SINGAPORE - A Singaporean doctor is on trial for allegedly helping his HIV-positive foreign boyfriend cheat the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) when the American submitted the doctor's blood for tests instead of his own in March 2008 to obtain an employment pass. Ler Teck Siang, now 36, is said to have committed a similar offence in November 2013 by helping 3

September 24, 2017 10:22 AM ISIS posts video of Singaporean fighter in Syria, security agencies monitoring his activities

SINGAPORE - The first known ISIS recruitment video featuring a fighter from Singapore has surfaced on social media, and the Ministry of Home Affairs confirmed on Sunday (Sept 24) that security agencies have been monitoring his activities. It said he left Singapore in 2014 to work in the Middle East, where he was believed to have been radicalised

September 24, 2017 4:02 AM New Zealand's ruling party ahead after poll but kingmaker in no rush to decide

WELLINGTON: The leaders of New Zealand's main parties prepared on Sunday to start talks with Winston Peters, the leader of a nationalist party who emerged as kingmaker after an inconclusive general election, but Peters indicated he was in no rush to pick a side. Prime Minister Bill English's National Party won the largest number of votes in Saturday's 3

September 24, 2017 2:40 AM Merkel heads for German poll win, hard-right AfD for first seats

BERLIN (AFP) - Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to cruise to victory in elections Sunday (Sept 24) but also to face the breakthrough into parliament of hard-right populists for the first time in Germany's post-war history. Voting began at 0600 GMT (2pm Sunday Singapore time) in Europe’s biggest economy and exit polls are announced at 1600 GMT, with few expecting 3

September 24, 2017 2:16 AM No sound wave, ‘it was natural’: Chinese, South Korean monitors conclude North Korea quake was not nuclear

After hours of uncertainty, Chinese and South Korean monitors concluded late on Saturday that seismic activity in North Korea was a natural event, and not a nuclear test. South Korea’s weather agency reported a magnitude 3.4 earthquake in an area of North Korea where the country recently conducted a nuclear test, but assessed the seismic activity as natural 3

September 23, 2017 10:59 PM New Zealand leaders line up to woo kingmaker Peters

WELLINGTON: Both of New Zealand's major political parties moved to open coalition negotiations with maverick MP Winston Peters on Sunday (Sep 23) after the country's general election stalemate left him in the position of kingmaker. However, conservative Prime Minister Bill English appeared to be in the driving seat to form government due to tensions 3

September 23, 2017 9:02 PM New Zealand election ends in stalemate

Coalition looms as neither National nor Labour has enough seats to form government WELLINGTON • New Zealand's cliffhanger election ended in a stalemate yesterday, leaving it up to a small, anti-immigration party led by a maverick populist to decide whether conservative Prime Minister Bill English or his youthful Labour challenger Jacinda Ardern forms 3

September 23, 2017 3:01 AM Road junction of fatal Hong Kong bus crash listed as traffic accident black spot for eight years in a row

The crossroads located in one of the city’s busiest districts had seen six or more traffic accidents involving pedestrian injuries or nine or more cases involving personal injuries per year since 2010, according to the Transport Department. It also made the list in 2005 and 2007. On Saturday morning, the crash site at Yen Chow Street and Cheung Sha Wan Road in Sham Shui Po where 3

September 22, 2017 8:47 PM The flip side of Trump’s ‘America First’ sentiment

For the first time since the Williams’ sisters took the centre stage, two Black American women this month found themselves in the Finals of the US Open. In fact, for the first time ever, three Black American women were in the Semis. The commentators, most of them Americans since the tournament took place on American soil, gushed about how good it all was for American 1

September 22, 2017 5:25 PM Close but no hurrah: EU welcomes May Brexit speech, but warily

BRUSSELS: Theresa May's "constructive spirit" won a cautious welcome from the European Union on Friday, though the British prime minister's keynote Brexit speech raised more questions than answers for some and they want more details next week. "The speech shows a willingness to move forward, as time is of the essence," the EU's chief Brexit negotiator 3