September 24, 2017 9:01 PM Najib's hold on finances 'helping him stay in power'
His influence over billions in Malaysia's govt-linked assets entrenches his position in Umno The Malaysian Prime Minister's recent offer to invest up to US$24 billion (S$32.7 billion) in the United States has cast the spotlight on state funds like Khazanah Nasional and the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), and the Prime Minister's authority to direct how and where 3
September 24, 2017 9:21 AM Deliveroo is now valued at over $2 billion after investors pumped in another $385 million
Deliveroo has raised $385 million (£285 million) from investors in a huge funding round that values it at over $2 billion (£1.48 billion) and makes it one of the most valuable tech companies in the UK. Total investment in the London-based startup, which employs over 1,000 people worldwide, now stands at around $857 million (£635 million). The lead investors 4
September 22, 2017 12:42 PM North Korea may consider H-bomb test in Pacific, Kim calls Trump "deranged"
SEOUL/NEW YORK: North Korea said on Friday it might test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean after President Donald Trump vowed to destroy the reclusive country, with leader Kim Jong Un promising to make Trump pay dearly for his threats. Kim did not specify what action he would take against the United States or Trump, whom he called a "mentally deranged 3
September 20, 2017 12:20 AM Snapchat blocks access to Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia
This being the reason that the United States owned companies like Snapchat Inc comply, as local laws are far more restrictive here. Snap said that the Saudi ministry of culture and information found the news channel's Discover Publisher Story channel in violation of local laws. The image messaging application has removed Al Jazeera from its app in Saudi 4
September 19, 2017 11:32 PM Fact-Checking Donald Trump's UN Speech: 4 Claims, Examined for Lies and Misleading Facts
President Donald Trump's speech at the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday was divisive and hyperbolic. It can cost a lot to bring a refugee to the U.S. from a war-torn land, but Trump's statement ignores that refugees add to the economy of their new home. Trump's own departments of State, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services found refugees 3
September 19, 2017 8:58 AM Younger Singaporeans at risk of diabetes eligible for S$5 screening tests
SINGAPORE: Singaporeans below the age of 40 who are assessed to be at risk of diabetes after completing an online survey are eligible to undergo a full screening of the disease for S$5. The free self-assessment survey called Diabetes Risk Assessment (DRA) aims to encourage younger Singaporeans aged 18 to 39 years old to be more aware about their risk of developing 2
September 15, 2017 3:28 AM U.S., Asian shares dip after North Korean missile launch
TOKYO - U.S. stock futures and Asian shares dipped after North Korea fired another missile over Japan into the Pacific Ocean on Friday, demonstrating Pyongyang's defiance in the face of intensifying sanctions. U.S. stock futures fell 0.2 percent while MSCI's Asia-Pacific share index excluding Japan shed 0.4 percent, though it was still up 0.4 percent 3
September 14, 2017 4:57 AM North Korea threatens to 'sink' Japan, reduce US to 'ashes and darkness'
SEOUL: A North Korean state agency threatened on Thursday (Sep 14) to use nuclear weapons to "sink" Japan and reduce the United States to "ashes and darkness" for supporting a UN Security Council resolution and sanctions over its latest nuclear test. Pyongyang's Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, which handles the North's external ties and propaganda 2
September 12, 2017 8:45 PM India up 2 spots on WEF Human Capital Index
WEF index measures a country's performance on four key areas of human capital development: capacity On the know-how sub-index, the country fares better largely due to higher scores on economic complexity and availability of skilled employees. While the former is a measure of the degree of sophistication of a country’s “productive knowledge” that can be empirically 8
September 8, 2017 1:34 PM Sing dollar climbs to more than one-year high as US dollar’s woes continue
SINGAPORE: The Singapore dollar hit a more than one-year-high against the US dollar on Friday (Sep 8), tracking the rise in other Asian currencies as the beleaguered greenback continued its losing streak. The Sing dollar last traded at 1.3371 against the US currency, up 0.2 per cent to hit its highest since April 2016. Year to date, the local dollar 5