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September 24, 2017 10:10 AM Fighter in Islamic State video is believed to be radicalised Singaporean: MHA

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Sunday (Sep 24) said it believed a person featured in an Islamic State video was a Singaporean man named Megat Shahdan Abdul Samad. The video, allegedly made by the media wing of Islamic State, features a fighter who claims to be "Abu 'Uqayl from Singapore". The 3min 30sec clip has been circulating on social 2

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 1:46 AM 'We must be very careful that we don't fall into trap of extremists': Vivian Balakrishnan in UN speech

SINGAPORE: Leaders should be "careful and measured" in their response to extremists, Singapore's Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said in his speech at the 72nd session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on Saturday (Sep 23). "Extremists everywhere actually have a common playbook," he said. "First, commit an egregious act of violence 3

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 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 9:00 PM Harder for some kids to find foster care

Older kids, those with special needs face issue even as Govt works to grow foster family pool Five months ago, housewife Gerrene Toh opened her home and heart to her first foster child, a 10-year-old with special needs. Anne (not her real name), who has global developmental delay, would throw tantrums almost daily in the first two months she was at the family's 3

September 23, 2017 2:35 PM Traditional Chinese Medicine to play important role as Singapore population ages: PM Lee

SINGAPORE: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) institutions will play an increasingly important role as Singapore's population ages, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Saturday (Sep 23). Speaking at a charity dinner to mark the 150th anniversary of Thong Chai Medical Institution, Mr Lee said TCM "will continue to supplement the medical system 3

September 23, 2017 1:11 PM Small North Korean quake likely natural, not nuclear test: Experts

BEIJING/SEOUL: A small earthquake near North Korea's nuclear test site on Saturday (Sep 23) was probably not man made, the nuclear proliferation watchdog and a South Korean official said, easing fears Pyongyang had exploded another nuclear bomb just weeks after its last one. Chinese earthquake officials said the magnitude 3.4 quake detected at 0829 GMT was a "suspected 3

September 23, 2017 5:18 AM Myanmar govt to set up working group for 'urgent repatriation' of refugees

YANGON: Myanmar's government will set up a working group to conduct a systematic verification process for "urgent repatriation" of refugees - hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled Rakhine State to Bangladesh over the past few weeks, according to the office of the country's de facto leader and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. The repatriation 3