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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 5:40 AM 'He died doing something he loved': Friends pay tribute to late bodybuilder Pradip Subramanian

SINGAPORE: Members of the bodybuilding fraternity have expressed shock over the sudden death of World Bodybuilding and Physique (WBPF) Singapore president Pradip Subramanian on Saturday (Sep 23). Speaking exclusively to Channel NewsAsia, WBPF Secretary-General Paul Chua expressed his grief upon learning of his protégé’s death on Saturday. “I was shocked 3

September 24, 2017 4:35 AM Auditor says he was forced to quit Vatican after finding irregularities

VATICAN CITY: The Vatican's first auditor-general, who resigned without explanation in June, has broken his silence, saying he was forced to step down with trumped-up accusations after discovering evidence of possible illegal activity. Speaking to reporters from four media organisations including Reuters in the office of his lawyers in Rome, Libero Milone 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 2:40 AM Merkel heads for German poll win, hard-right AfD for first seats

BERLIN (AFP) - Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to cruise to victory in elections Sunday (Sept 24) but also to face the breakthrough into parliament of hard-right populists for the first time in Germany's post-war history. Voting began at 0600 GMT (2pm Sunday Singapore time) in Europe’s biggest economy and exit polls are announced at 1600 GMT, with few expecting 3

September 23, 2017 9:02 PM Big home to host loved ones

At his son's baby shower in April, Mr Jimmy Lim hosted about 50 people in his jumbo flat in Woodlands Street 83. The catered food was placed in his multi-purpose room. "Many guests said this was the first time they saw catered food inside the home and not in the common corridor," says Mr Lim, 40, an insurance agent. His 2,067 sq ft flat - a three-room 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

September 22, 2017 9:02 PM ‘Tough’ but ‘tailored’ entry restrictions await Trump’s approval

The Trump administration is considering replacing a part of its controversial travel ban with more-tailored restrictions that could vary from country to country, officials announced Friday. Officials declined to say precisely what those restrictions will be, which countries they might affect or even when the president will put them into effect. The key portion 3

September 22, 2017 8:47 PM Aides warned Trump not to attack North Korea's leader personally before his fiery U.N. address

Senior aides to President Trump repeatedly warned him not to deliver a personal attack on North Korea’s leader at the United Nations this week, saying insulting the young despot in such a prominent venue could irreparably escalate tensions and shut off any chance for negotiations to defuse the nuclear crisis. Trump’s derisive description of Kim Jong Un as “Rocket 2

September 22, 2017 12:35 PM May seeks Florentine renaissance for deadlocked Brexit talks

FLORENCE, Italy (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will try to rescue stalled Brexit talks on Friday and set out a vision for future ties in a speech in the Italian city of Florence she hopes will convince the European Union she is ready to cut a fair divorce deal. Europe’s capitals and boardrooms will be watching to see if May can offer 3