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September 20, 2017 11:19 AM Halimah’s rise to become President ‘reaffirms S’pore’s meritocratic system’

SINGAPORE — The election of Madam Halimah Yacob as Singapore’s President last week has been lauded by observers from Indonesia and Malaysia, who say the rise of an ethnic minority to the country’s highest office in the country has enhanced Singapore’s reputation as a meritocratic state. Indonesian labour activist-turned academic Dr Surya Tjandra told TODAY 3

September 20, 2017 11:03 AM Hurricane Maria hammers Puerto Rico with force not seen in 'modern history'

SAN JUAN — Hurricane Maria roared ashore on Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the strongest storm to strike the island in more than 80 years while panicked residents fled to high ground and huddled in shelters hoping to withstand powerhouse winds that have already left death and devastation across the Caribbean. "On the forecast track, [Maria] would be the most destructive 3

September 20, 2017 9:45 AM Mexico City earthquake: Force India driver Sergio Perez donates to fund

Force India driver Sergio Perez has donated three million pesos (£124,500) to victims of the earthquake in his native Mexico. Tuesday's earthquake killed more than 200 people, toppled many buildings in Mexico City and caused major damage in neighbouring states. The Mexican GP is set to take place in the capital from 27-29 October. "I'm deeply concerned 3

September 20, 2017 9:39 AM PM Lee Hsien Loong's China trip demonstrates closeness of bilateral ties: President Xi Jinping

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's visit to China demonstrates the closeness of bilateral ties and embodies mutual consensus to advancing relations between both countries, said Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday (Sept 20). Both leaders had pledged then to build on that, and to keep the relationship growing in an orderly and healthy way. "In sum, I believe 3

September 20, 2017 9:10 AM Mexico City Earthquake: Children Dead After School Collapses

A huge earthquake that struck central Mexico Tuesday destroyed a school in the south of the capital, leaving dozens of children dead or missing amid a death toll that runs to the hundreds. The center of the quake, which had a magnitude of 7.1, was in Puebla state, about 75 miles from Mexico city, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). But it also caused 3

September 20, 2017 6:00 AM CPIB says new polar bear mascot is its ‘friendly’ public face

SINGAPORE – Defending its newest “employee” Kopi Lim, the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) said the polar bear mascot is part of its new public outreach effort to “bring more insights into our anti-corruption work”. Kopi Lim, a bespectacled, stuffed polar bear, was introduced to the public over the weekend on the bureau’s Facebook page and YouTube 3

September 20, 2017 6:00 AM ‘Warm, long-standing’ ties reaffirmed as PM kicks off China visit

BEIJING — Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang reaffirmed the warm and long-standing friendship between their two countries during a meeting Tuesday (Sept 19). During their talks, both leaders reviewed the extensive cooperation between the two countries, and welcomed Singapore’s support of China’s Belt and Road Initiative 4

September 20, 2017 5:29 AM Strong quake near Mexico City kills almost 150, rescuers dig through collapsed buildings

MEXICO CITY - Rescue crews and ordinary citizens searched through rubble for survivors as night fell on Tuesday on battered cities in central Mexico, including the capital, where the death toll from a major earthquake grew to at least 149. The magnitude 7.1 quake toppled dozens of buildings, broke gas mains and sparked fires less than two weeks after 4

September 20, 2017 5:07 AM Hurricane Maria takes aim at Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands as Category 5 storm strengthens

Hurricane Maria is taking aim at Puerto Rico as the Category 5 storm barreled toward the U.S. territory Tuesday night with disastrous winds and "life-threatening" flooding, according to forecasters. Maria, a "potentially catastrophic" storm, has top sustained winds of 175 mph, and was located about 120 miles southeast of San Juan, as of the National 4

September 20, 2017 3:48 AM PM Lee meets China's anti-corruption czar Wang Qishan; visits AI start-up in Beijing

BEIJING - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Wednesday (Sept 20) met top Chinese official Wang Qishan and visited a Chinese technology company that focuses on artificial intelligence (AI) and facial recognition technologies. Mr Wang, a member of the Chinese Communist Party's Politburo Standing Committee, heads the party's commission for discipline inspection 3