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November 2, 2017 12:45 PM The Latest: Central bank warns of cost of Catalan crisis

Spain’s central bank is warning of the economic costs of the Catalan political crisis, which it says could damage the country’s growth. The Bank of Spain assesses the consequences of two possible scenarios. The first is a temporary period of uncertainty in the fourth quarter of 2017, which it predicts could shave 0.3 percentage points off forecast growth 124

November 1, 2017 9:58 PM US charges NY suspect who 'felt good' about attack

NEW YORK: The Uzbek immigrant charged with federal terrorism offenses over the New York attack "felt good about what he had done" and began planning a strike a year ago, a charging document alleged on Wednesday (Nov 1). Prosecutors unveiled the terrorism charges against 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, saying he had waived his rights and openly confessed 116

November 1, 2017 9:50 PM Super Salah shows his class as Klopp's Reds show signs of promise

Liverpool's transfer strategy has been criticised, but Salah is one signing the Reds got spot on It was all decidedly low key but Liverpool moved a step closer to the last 16 of the Champions League with an ultimately routine victory over Maribor at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp's men remain at the summit of Group E and if they win either of their final two games 108

November 1, 2017 9:00 PM Case for sensitive approach to maintaining monuments

Today's article marks the end of The Straits Times' weekly Heritage Gems series on Singapore's 72 national monuments. For more than a year, ST has shone the spotlight on the architecture of these monuments, as well as the people whose personal histories were intertwined with them. The monuments range from the former Keng Teck Whay Building, previously 120

November 1, 2017 10:51 AM Australia Bans Climbing on Uluru, a Popular Site Sacred to Indigenous People

Climbing the 1,141-foot-tall rock in Australia’s Northern Territory will be banned as of Oct. 26, 2019, a historically significant date for the site. On that day in 1985, the government returned ownership of Uluru to the Anangu people. As part of that agreement, the Anangu lease the site back to the government, and the two parties jointly manage it. Uluru 110

November 1, 2017 6:46 AM Johor bans preachers Mufti Menk and Haslin Baharim

JOHOR BARU: Two foreign preachers Ismail Menk and Haslin Baharim have been banned from entering Johor, a day after Malaysia's deputy prime minister said the government had no intention to prevent the speakers from entering the country. Johor Islamic Religious Affairs Committee chairman Abdul Mutalip Abdul Rahim said the Sultan of Johor had decreed on Wednesday 101

October 31, 2017 9:00 PM FBI indictment just the first salvo by special counsel

With his job approval ratings at historic lows, President Donald Trump now faces a clearly widening probe into his campaign aides' potential collusion with Russia to interfere in last year's presidential election. Washington was rocked on Monday by the FBI's indictment of Paul Manafort, the President's campaign manager who resigned in August last year, and Richard 95

October 31, 2017 3:22 PM Negligence by SMRT crew tantamount to criminal offence, analyst says

SINGAPORE — The negligence of the SMRT crew responsible for the maintenance of a water pump system borders on a criminal offence, Dr Park Byung Joon said. The urban transport expert from the Singapore University of Social Sciences was commenting on the preliminary findings of rail operator SMRT’s internal investigation into the flooding of MRT train 99

October 31, 2017 1:02 PM Malaysia has no plan to ban preachers Mufti Menk, Haslin Baharim: DPM Zahid

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has no plan to follow Singapore in banning preachers Ismail Menk and Haslin Baharim as they did not flout the country's law, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times on Tuesday (Oct 31). Singapore's Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced on Monday that the pair will not be allowed 93

October 30, 2017 12:43 PM Two foreign preachers barred from entering S’pore to preach on religious-themed cruise

SINGAPORE – Two foreign Islamic preachers who were previously barred from preaching here are now banned from setting foot in Singapore, the Ministry of Home Affairs said on Monday (Oct 30). This comes after authorities learned that Ismail Menk – better known as Mufti Menk, originally from Zimbabwe – as well as Malaysian Haslin Baharim have been engaged 91