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November 1, 2017 8:34 PM US stocks end mostly higher as Fed keeps rates unchanged

NEW YORK: Wall Street stocks finished mostly higher on Wednesday (Nov 1) following another round of solid US data and an upbeat appraisal on economic conditions by the Federal Reserve. The Fed, as expected, kept interest rates unchanged as it reported the US was growing at a "solid pace" and was not significantly dented by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. That statement 7

October 31, 2017 11:02 AM China, South Korea agree to mend ties after THAAD standoff

SEOUL/BEIJING: Seoul and Beijing on Tuesday agreed to move beyond a year-long stand-off over the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea, a dispute that has been devastating to South Korean businesses that rely on Chinese consumers. The unexpected detente comes just days before U.S. President Donald Trump begins a trip to Asia, where 11

October 30, 2017 5:22 PM Spanish stock market rallies on Catalan relief

LONDON: The Madrid stock market soared on Monday (Oct 30) on investor relief over an apparent easing in Spain's Catalan independence crisis, dealers said. Other European, and also Asian, equity markets meanwhile diverged in hesitant trade before this week's key Japanese and US central bank announcements. Wall Street was lower as stocks pulled back from recent 3

October 30, 2017 1:02 PM Public transport fares largely unchanged after review, 2 off-peak trials to end

SINGAPORE — Public transport fares will remain largely unchanged, the Public Transport Council (PTC) announced on Monday (Oct 30) after its latest review. The Council also announced that free morning pre-peak hour travel will cease from Dec 29. But discounts of up to 50 cents will be given to this group of commuters. The discount will apply to commuters 3

October 27, 2017 6:09 AM Private home prices rise by 0.7 per cent in Q3, confirming earlier signs of recovery

SINGAPORE — In a further sign of a recovery in the private home market, latest data from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) showed a 0.7 per cent increase in private home prices in the third quarter of the year, confirming an uptick seen in flash estimates earlier this month. The figure released by the URA on Friday (Oct 27) is slightly higher than that given 5

October 26, 2017 9:04 PM Singapore passports to sport new design and security features

They will be tougher to forge or tamper with; documents with new design for applications from Oct 21 The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) is introducing a new design for the Singapore biometric passport, which comes with additional security features. This will make the Singapore passport harder to forge or tamper with, ICA said yesterday 4

October 26, 2017 9:00 PM S'pore passports to sport new design and security features

They will be tougher to forge or tamper with; documents with new design for applications from Oct 21 The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) is introducing a new design for the Singapore biometric passport, which comes with additional security features. This will make the Singapore passport harder to forge or tamper with, ICA said yesterday 4

October 26, 2017 12:55 PM Catalan leader Puigdemont set to call regional election

BARCELONA/MADRID: Catalan president Carles Puigdemont is set to call a snap regional election, political allies said, a move that could help break a one-month deadlock between the Madrid government and separatists seeking a split from Spain. The uncertainty remained high however as Puigdemont who had announced he would deliver an address at 1.30 p.m. (1130 GMT), first 5

October 25, 2017 9:00 PM Singapore passport now world's 'most powerful'

Republic's inclusive diplomacy cited as it pips Germany to be first Asian nation to top index With Paraguay removing visa requirements for Singaporeans, the Singapore passport is now the "most powerful" in the world, with a visa-free score of 159. This marks the first time an Asian country has the most powerful passport, according to the index, which 10

October 25, 2017 10:40 AM Singapore has “most powerful passport” in the world: Passport Index

SINGAPORE – Singapore has become the first Asian country to hold the “most powerful passport” in the world. The Singapore passport edged out Germany to take the top spot after Paraguay removed visa requirements for Singaporeans. The top 10 “most powerful passports” in the world have historically been European countries with Germany taking the lead for the past two years 5