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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 1:26 PM Lions to face Qatar in friendly next month

The Lions have just two points after three games and are bottom of Group E. They will need a win in Ashgabat on October 10 to stay in contention to qualify for the 2019 Asian Cup, after a 1-1 home draw with Turkmenistan earlier this month. Lions coach V Sundramoorthy said: “Preparations in Qatar will be key for the tough away AFC Asian Cup qualifier 4

September 25, 2017 8:44 AM Leading AfD figure refuses to join German party's parliamentary group

BERLIN (AFP) - The nationalist Alternative of Germany was hit by party infighting on Monday (Sept 25) just hours after winning its first seats in parliament, with its co-chief Frauke Petry declaring that she will not join its Bundestag group. "I decided after careful reflection that I will not sit with the (AfD) parliamentary group" in the Bundestag 4

September 25, 2017 8:10 AM Johor launderette for Muslims only stirs debate: Reports

SINGAPORE: A self-service launderette in Muar, Johor, has made the news for allowing only Muslim customers to use its facilities. The matter came to light after a photo made its rounds on social media, showing a sign at the launderette that said "Only for Muslims", along with instructions for customers to remove their shoes before entering 2

September 25, 2017 5:19 AM Rape offence more serious than another form of penetration: Apex court

SINGAPORE – Rape is a more severe sexual offence than another form of penetration, a five-judge Court of Appeal ruled on Monday (Sept 25), in a case involving a former Sentosa beach patrol officer who faced one charge of each offence. As a result, the court lowered Pram Nair’s overall sentence by two strokes of the cane. This came after it reduced his sentence 3

September 25, 2017 1:16 AM New Order Indefinitely Bars Almost All Travel From Seven Countries

For Mr. Trump, whose efforts on health care, infrastructure improvements and tax reform are gaining little steam, the new order is a third attempt to make good on his campaign promise to respond to terrorist threats by tightening entry at the nation’s borders. In December 2015, he called for a complete ban on travel to the United States by Muslims “until 1

September 25, 2017 1:12 AM Germany's Angela Merkel hangs on to power but bleeds support to surging far-right

BERLIN - Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office on Sunday (Sept 24) but will have to build an uneasy coalition to form a government after her conservatives haemorrhaged support in the face of a surge by the far-right. The anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) stunned the establishment by winning 13.1 per cent of the vote, projected 3

September 24, 2017 9:02 PM Latest video a sign of ISIS' focus on South-east Asia: Experts

The latest Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) recruitment video featuring a Singaporean fighter is a "game changer", said security experts yesterday, noting that it was evidence of the terror group's determined focus on South-east Asia and its English-speaking Muslims. The 31/2-minute-long video, which surfaced yesterday, featured a Singaporean fighter 2

September 24, 2017 4:20 PM U.S. air strikes kill 17 Islamic State militants in Libya: U.S. military

WASHINGTON - Six U.S. air strikes on an Islamic State desert camp in Libya killed 17 militants and destroyed three vehicles, the U.S. military said on Sunday. U.S Africa Command said in a statement that strikes on Friday targeted a camp 150 miles (240 km) southeast of Sirte, a city that was once its stronghold in Libya. The camp was used to move fighters 3

September 24, 2017 3:03 PM Singaporean worker dies in Kranji worksite accident

SINGAPORE: A Singaporean man died on Sunday (Sep 24) after being injured while working at a SP Group worksite at Kranji Loop. According to the utilities group, the man, who was a subcontractor with James Contractor, was injured while carrying out cable jointing. The Singapore Civil Defence Force said it was alerted to the incident at around 11.30am and dispatched 3