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September 25, 2017 3:16 PM Indian-Origin Bodybuilder, 32, Dies An Hour After First Kick-Boxing Match

A 32-year-old Indian-origin bodybuilder in Singapore died, an hour after he stepped into the ring for his first-ever Thai kick-boxing match. Pradip Subramanian had taken on YouTube personality Steven Lim, 42, in the "celebrity" Muay Thai match at Marina Bay Sands for the inaugural event of the Asian Fighting Championship last evening. Mr Subramanian 3

September 25, 2017 2:03 PM German election: Merkel vows to win back right-wing voters

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she wants to win back the voters who deserted her party for right-wing nationalist AfD. Mrs Merkel is now set for a fourth term in office, and said she would still talk to the Social Democrats. They have ruled out another coalition with Mrs Merkel, meaning she may turn to the liberals and Greens. After winning 4

September 25, 2017 11:21 AM 'Mass Hindu grave' found in Myanmar's Rakhine state

The Myanmar authorities have accused Muslim Rohingya militants of killing 28 Hindu villagers whose bodies were allegedly found in a mass grave. The army says the bodies of 20 women and eight men and boys were found in two pits in northern Rakhine state. The state has been in turmoil since 25 August when Rohingya militants launched deadly attacks on police 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 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 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 2:16 AM No sound wave, ‘it was natural’: Chinese, South Korean monitors conclude North Korea quake was not nuclear

After hours of uncertainty, Chinese and South Korean monitors concluded late on Saturday that seismic activity in North Korea was a natural event, and not a nuclear test. South Korea’s weather agency reported a magnitude 3.4 earthquake in an area of North Korea where the country recently conducted a nuclear test, but assessed the seismic activity as natural 3

September 24, 2017 1:46 AM 'We must be very careful that we don't fall into trap of extremists': Vivian Balakrishnan in UN speech

SINGAPORE: Leaders should be "careful and measured" in their response to extremists, Singapore's Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said in his speech at the 72nd session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on Saturday (Sep 23). "Extremists everywhere actually have a common playbook," he said. "First, commit an egregious act of violence 3

September 24, 2017 12:51 AM Bodybuilder Pradip Subramanian dies after fight with Steven Lim at the Asia Fighting Championship

Pradip Subramanian, who faced Steven Lim in a Muay Thai match at the Asia Fighting Championship (AFC) yesterday (Sep 23), has died following the conclusion of the bout. In a Facebook post, Steven, 41, a YouTube personality who competed in singing contest Singapore Idol back in 2004, expressed his condolences for his opponent. "Rest in peace, my really 13

September 23, 2017 9:02 PM Travel alert on possible eruption of Bali volcano

DENPASAR • Singaporeans have been advised to avoid travelling to Mount Agung on the Indonesian island of Bali after the alert status for the volcano was raised to its highest level, meaning there was an increased possibility it would erupt. In a travel advisory issued yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Singaporeans currently in Bali are advised 3