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October 31, 2017 1:39 PM Monster planet found orbiting dwarf star: 'surprised' astronomers

A "monster" planet, which should in theory not exist, has been discovered orbiting a faint dwarf star far, far away, surprised astronomers said Tuesday. The existence of the gassy giant challenges long-standing theories that such a big planet -- about the size of Jupiter -- cannot be formed around a star so small. Theory had predicted that small stars 217

October 31, 2017 12:15 PM I didn’t expect Aljunied GRC winning margin in 2015 GE to be so close: Low Thia Khiang

SINGAPORE – Revealing that he was confident the Workers’ Party (WP) would retain Aljunied GRC in the 2015 General Election, WP chief Low Thia Khiang conceded that he was surprised by the narrow winning margin in an interview contained in the party’s commemorative book. The WP team headed by Mr Low and consisting Ms Sylvia Lim, Mr Pritam Singh, Mr Faisal 215

October 30, 2017 9:02 PM Singapore must work hard at staying relevant: Chan Chun Sing

This means capitalising fully on global network of ideas, he says For Singapore to continue transcending its geographical limits, it must work hard at staying relevant to the world and never take that relevance for granted, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Chan Chun Sing said yesterday. In economics, this means capitalising fully on the global 195

October 30, 2017 4:32 PM Next Prime Minister will not cause 'huge discontinuity': Chan Chun Sing

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Chan Chun Sing said that the next premier of Singapore will not be someone who causes “huge discontinuity”. Calling the fourth generation of Singapore leaders – which includes himself – a “finite permutation”, Chan noted, “In Singapore, you’re not going to expect as if, if person A becomes the Prime Minister versus 195

October 30, 2017 3:46 PM Spacey under fire over teen 'sexual advance' claim

NEW YORK: Coming out as gay, Kevin Spacey sparked a furious backlash on Monday (Oct 30) over accusations, in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, that he made sexual advances on a 14-year-old boy more than 30 years ago. The 58-year-old stage and cinema actor, double Oscar winner and most recently star of the American version of "House of Cards" 207

October 30, 2017 7:20 AM Najib eyes swing voters in budget as election window narrows

KUALA LUMPUR (BLOOMBERG) - Prime Minister Najib Razak made targeted allocations to potential swing voters in the final budget before a general election, an attempt to boost disposable incomes for Malaysians facing rising living costs. Calling it the "mother of all budgets", the premier on Friday (Oct 27) offered goodies - tax cuts for the middle class 172

October 28, 2017 6:21 AM A war of words puts Facebook at the centre of Myanmar's Rohingya crisis

NEW YORK (NYTIMES) - Myanmar's government has barred Ashin Wirathu, an ultranationalist Buddhist monk, from public preaching for the past year, saying his speeches helped fuel the violence against the country's Rohingya ethnic group that the United Nations calls ethnic cleansing. So he has turned to an even more powerful and ubiquitous platform to get his message 109

October 26, 2017 11:21 PM Trump declares opioid crisis a public health emergency; critics say plan falls short

President Trump on Thursday called the nation’s opioid epidemic the “worst drug crisis in American history,” saying his administration is declaring it a public health emergency and putting its full resolve into overcoming the widespread scourge. The announcement, however, fell well short of what many health advocates had urged and was roundly criticized 99

October 26, 2017 8:24 PM Trump declares opioid crisis a 'public health emergency'

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis in the United States a national public health emergency on Thursday (Oct 26) and vowed to step up the fight against an epidemic that kills more than 150 Americans every day. "We can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic," Trump said at a sombre event at the White House attended by former 94

October 26, 2017 2:45 AM Many watching to see what a 'strong China' means: PM Lee

WASHINGTON: Chinese President Xi Jinping’s consolidation of his leadership position is a signal that this is the start of a new phase for China, according to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Wednesday (Oct 25). Mr Lee, speaking at a dialogue session at the Council on Foreign Relations during his official working visit to the US, said: “They mentioned 82