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September 25, 2017 3:18 PM Celebrity muay thai fight: Death raises questions about legal and health issues

Fatal celebrity bout did not come under the auspices of local amateur body, says its chief SINGAPORE - More questions were raised on Monday (Sept 25) over the death of bodybuilder Pradip Subramanian in a celebrity muay thai bout on Saturday, as it emerged that the local sports association did not sanction the fight. In a statement to The Straits Times 4

September 25, 2017 10:24 AM Trump extends travel ban to include North Korea

The restrictions range from an indefinite ban on visas for citizens of countries such as Syria to more targeted restrictions. A suspension of non-immigrant visas to citizens for Venezuela, for instance, will apply only to certain government officials and their immediate families. The announcement comes the same day as Mr Trump's temporary ban on visitors 3

September 25, 2017 8:44 AM Leading AfD figure refuses to join German party's parliamentary group

BERLIN (AFP) - The nationalist Alternative of Germany was hit by party infighting on Monday (Sept 25) just hours after winning its first seats in parliament, with its co-chief Frauke Petry declaring that she will not join its Bundestag group. "I decided after careful reflection that I will not sit with the (AfD) parliamentary group" in the Bundestag 4

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 22, 2017 10:44 AM Cool and calm, paddler Jason Chee strikes historic APG gold for S’pore

SINGAPORE – With the match poised on a knife’s edge at 2-2, it would only have been natural for Jason Chee to feel the nerves against his strongest rival in the competition. The Singaporean para-table tennis player had lost to the same opponent, Natthawut Thinathet, during the gold-medal match for the men’s Class 2 singles event at the 2015 ASEAN Para Games 3

September 22, 2017 4:26 AM Asean Para Games: Sarawakian swimmers set records en route to golds

KUALA LUMPUR: Sarawakians Anderson Jamba (pic) and Fraidden Dawan made big splashes for Malaysia on the final day of the Asean Para Games swimming competition. Barely an hour after winning the men's 150m individual medley (S4) race and setting a new Games record, Anderson returned to the pool at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil to claim his second 3

September 22, 2017 1:43 AM No White Party gay festival for KL, organiser confirms

KUALA LUMPUR — The producer of a gay festival in Thailand has denied reports that a similar event will be held in Malaysia on Sept 30, as was previously claimed by certain parties. Blue Satittammanoon, a representative of Cloud 9 Inc, which produces the White Party Bangkok, said the festival would only be held in Bangkok, Thailand, and not in other countries 1

September 22, 2017 1:36 AM Athletics: Top trio threaten marathon record in Berlin

BERLIN (AFP) - The current top long-distance runners will clash in Germany's capital on Sunday with a trio, spearheaded by Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge, threatening the world record at the Berlin Marathon. Kenya's Kipchoge, 32, and Wilson Kipsang, 35, take on Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele, 35, in an elite line-up with former record-holder Patrick Makau 3

September 21, 2017 8:35 AM Singapore investigating illegal track access and bribe claim

Two F1 race fans apparently bribed their way on to the Marina Bay race track last weekend, and Singapore's organizers are now investigating the security breach. The matter came to light as a result of an over-zealous couple posting their feat on Facebook. The post read: "3am in the morning. Bribed the security guard to let us onto the track. He not only agreed 3

September 20, 2017 6:40 AM Taylor Swift shakes off copyright lawsuit as ‘ridiculous’

LOS ANGELES — Representatives for Taylor Swift on Tuesday (Sept 19) rejected a copyright infringement lawsuit filed on Monday by two songwriters over Swift’s hit song Shake It Off as a “ridiculous claim”. Songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler said in a lawsuit filed in US federal court in Los Angeles that Swift’s song used the phrase “players, they gonna 4