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September 25, 2017 5:15 PM Netanyahu muzzles Israeli officials on Kurdish referendum

JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu barred Israeli government comment on Monday's Kurdish independence referendum in Iraq, two officials said, after his Sept. 13 endorsement of Kurdish statehood irked Turkey. The plebiscite was held despite objections from the United States and Turkey, a regional power whose ties with Israel have long been troubled 3

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 24, 2017 9:00 PM Celebrity muay thai fight: 'Fight should never have been sanctioned'

Tragedy throws up questions over risk management; bout pilloried as 'reckless' Even as more experienced fight promoters in Singapore questioned the manner in which the Asia Fighting Championship (AFC) took place, the man behind the new muay thai event has maintained that it was run according to proper guidelines. AFC founder and chief executive officer 3

September 23, 2017 1:55 AM US Senator McCain opposes Obamacare repeal bill, a possible fatal blow

WASHINGTON: U.S. Senator John McCain said on Friday he opposes the latest Republican bill to dismantle Obamacare, dealing the measure what could be a fatal blow given the party's slim Senate majority. With several other Republicans still undecided on the measure, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier this week he intended to bring it to the Senate 3

September 22, 2017 9:02 PM ‘Tough’ but ‘tailored’ entry restrictions await Trump’s approval

The Trump administration is considering replacing a part of its controversial travel ban with more-tailored restrictions that could vary from country to country, officials announced Friday. Officials declined to say precisely what those restrictions will be, which countries they might affect or even when the president will put them into effect. The key portion 3

September 22, 2017 12:42 PM North Korea may consider H-bomb test in Pacific, Kim calls Trump "deranged"

SEOUL/NEW YORK: North Korea said on Friday it might test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean after President Donald Trump vowed to destroy the reclusive country, with leader Kim Jong Un promising to make Trump pay dearly for his threats. Kim did not specify what action he would take against the United States or Trump, whom he called a "mentally deranged 3

September 22, 2017 10:20 AM Uber stripped of London licence

LONDON: London stripped Uber on Friday (Sep 22) of its licence to operate from the end of September in a huge blow to the taxi app that will affect more than 40,000 drivers in one of the world's biggest cities. Regulator Transport for London (TfL) said Uber's conduct posed risks to public safety and it would not renew its licence when it expires on Sep 30. Uber has 21 days to appeal 3

September 22, 2017 4:23 AM Property agent fined, suspended for misconduct when dealing with elderly clients

SINGAPORE - PropNex Realty property agent Ng Ser Leong, 44, has been sentenced by the Council for Estate Agencies' (CEA) disciplinary committee for two charges of breaching its Code of Ethics and Professional Client Care (CEPCC) while representing an elderly couple in their 80s in selling their Housing and Development Board flat. Ng was fined $6,000 and banned 3

September 21, 2017 3:18 PM France’s National Front lost big in the last two elections. Now the far-right party is in chaos

PARIS — A little over four months ago, France’s National Front was on the doorstep of the French presidency. But now the party is drifting farther and father away from power — and maybe even into obscurity. As of Thursday, the party that has long served as the bedrock of the European far right — a potpourri of populists, nationalists and Holocaust deniers 3

September 20, 2017 1:37 PM Man charged with releasing pet stingrays into reservoir

SINGAPORE — In the first court case involving stingray abandonment here, a 48-year-old man was charged Wednesday (Sept 20) with letting three of the creatures loose at Lower Seletar Reservoir in June. Larry Tan Chin Guan allegedly released three Motoro stingrays at about 3pm to 4pm on June 2 without reasonable cause or excuse, according to court documents 4