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September 24, 2017 8:32 AM France renews half of senate in test for Macron

By Dominique Vidalon and Elizabeth Pineau PARIS (Reuters) – France on Sunday renews half of its senators’ seats, in a vote that is important for President Emmanuel Macron’s reform plans and will be a test of his declining popularity, just four months after his election in May. Macron’s Republic on the Move (LREM) is not expected to win majority, both because 3

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 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 7:42 PM North Korea says rockets to US 'inevitable' after Donald Trump calls Kim Jong Un 'rocket man'

UNITED NATIONS (REUTERS) - North Korea said on Saturday targeting the US mainland with its rockets was inevitable after “Mr Evil President” Donald Trump called Pyongyang’s leader “rocket man”, further escalating rhetoric over the North’s nuclear weapons and missile programmes. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho’s remarks to the United Nations General 3

September 23, 2017 7:03 AM Adelaide 36ers trounce Singapore Slingers in Merlion Cup

Adelaide 36ers have trounced the Singapore Slingers in a 43-point 95-52 rout in the Merlion Cup at OCBC Arena. After an impressive win over Chinese Taipei's Yulon, which saw seven players score in double figures on Thursday night, the 36ers continued their strong performance with six reaching double figures on Friday night. Mitch Creek stood out above 3

September 23, 2017 3:56 AM Friends, family and fellow servicemen see off 3SG Gavin Chan at his military funeral

SINGAPORE - Under a grey sky, more than 100 friends, family and fellow servicemen paid their final respects to the late Third Sergeant Gavin Chan Hiang Cheng at his Pasir Ris home on Saturday (Sept 23). When the cortege left Pasir Ris at about 10.15am for Mandai Crematorium, rain started pouring. More than 300 people were waiting at the crematorium to receive 3

September 23, 2017 3:04 AM 7 businesses that have popped up to serve students and kiasu parents

For many Singaporeans, an easy way to make cash on the side is to profit from stressed out students and the anxiety of kiasu parents whose mission in life is to ensure Junior gets top scores in the PSLE, O levels and A levels, and gets into a great university. Uni students have an entire semester to write their end-of-semester essays, but obviously many will leave 3

September 23, 2017 12:00 AM The Trump Administration Could Change How its Travel Ban Works

The Trump Administration is considering replacing the so-called travel ban with more narrowly tailored travel and screening restrictions for foreigners coming to the United States. The changes are expected as a review period called for in the President's executive order banning travel from six Muslim-majority countries comes to a close. The review period 7

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