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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 3:14 PM North Korea accuses US of declaring war, says can take countermeasures

WASHINGTON — North Korea's foreign minister said on Monday that President Donald Trump had declared war on North Korea and that Pyongyang reserves the right to take countermeasures, including shooting down US strategic bombers even if they are not in the country's air space. "The whole world should clearly remember it was the US who first declared war on our country 3

September 25, 2017 1:06 PM Calls for MMA regulatory body in Singapore after Pradip’s death

SINGAPORE — The death of bodybuilder Pradip Subramanian after taking part in a celebrity fight last Saturday has led to calls for greater regulation of full-contact combat sports, in view of their growing popularity. In particular, celebrity matches - which are taking off in other countries such as the United States, raking in profits for organisers 4

September 25, 2017 1:06 PM Calls for combat sports regulatory body in Singapore after Pradip’s death

SINGAPORE — The death of bodybuilder Pradip Subramanian after taking part in a celebrity fight last Saturday has led to calls for greater regulation of full-contact combat sports, in view of their growing popularity. In particular, celebrity matches - which are taking off in other countries such as the United States, raking in profits for organisers 4

September 25, 2017 9:55 AM Japan's Abe announces snap election amid worries over North Korea

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would dissolve parliament's lower house on Thursday for a snap election, seeking a mandate to stick to his tough stance towards a volatile North Korea and rebalance the social security system. Abe, in power for five years, had been expected to call the election for next month to take advantage of improved 4

September 24, 2017 11:30 PM Malaysia disagrees with Asean statement

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is disassociating itself from the Asean chairman statement on the Rohingya humanitarian crisis in Myanmar, calling it a “misrepresentation of the reality of the situation”. Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman (pic) said the statement was not based on consensus. “Malaysia had relayed its concerns over the issue but it was not reflected 4

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 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 10:22 AM ISIS posts video of Singaporean fighter in Syria, security agencies monitoring his activities

SINGAPORE - The first known ISIS recruitment video featuring a fighter from Singapore has surfaced on social media, and the Ministry of Home Affairs confirmed on Sunday (Sept 24) that security agencies have been monitoring his activities. It said he left Singapore in 2014 to work in the Middle East, where he was believed to have been radicalised

September 24, 2017 9:19 AM Bangladesh imposes mobile phone ban on Rohingya refugees

DHAKA: Bangladesh has banned telecommunication companies from selling mobile phone connections to Rohingya refugees, citing security concerns for the latest restrictions, officials said Sunday. Bangladesh's four mobile phone providers were threatened with fines if they provide any of the nearly 430,000 newly arrived refugees from Myanmar with phone plans 3