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November 2, 2017 12:45 PM The Latest: Central bank warns of cost of Catalan crisis

Spain’s central bank is warning of the economic costs of the Catalan political crisis, which it says could damage the country’s growth. The Bank of Spain assesses the consequences of two possible scenarios. The first is a temporary period of uncertainty in the fourth quarter of 2017, which it predicts could shave 0.3 percentage points off forecast growth 12

November 2, 2017 3:46 AM Australia has stranded hundreds of refugees on a remote island

For four years, Australia has detained hundreds of refugees on a remote island belonging to Papua New Guinea. From the start, those refugees, who had attempted to reach Australia illegally by boat from all over the world, protested the detention center's terrible conditions. They clamored for the center's closing, and many in Australia took to the streets 11

November 1, 2017 12:17 PM Investigators scour Manhattan attack suspect's background and note left in truck

Investigators worked through the night to determine what led a truck driver to plow down people on a riverfront bike path near the World Trade Center, brandishing air guns and yelling "God is great" in Arabic as his deadly route of terror ended with a crash, authorities said. Eight people were killed and 11 seriously injured in a Halloween afternoon 3

November 1, 2017 10:12 AM Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo tie the knot

South Korea's triple-A celebrities Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo, who co-starred in the smash-hit KBS TV drama "Descendants of the Sun" in 2016, tied the knot at The Shilla Seoul on Tuesday. The groom, 32, and the bride, 35, held a private wedding in the banquet annex Yeong Bin Gwan at the hotel in Jung-gu. There was tight security as dozens of security 30

November 1, 2017 4:52 AM Official wedding photos of Song couple released

SEOUL (THE KOREA HERALD/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo tied the knot in a tightly guarded private ceremony that nevertheless was the target of heated media attention on Tuesday (Oct 31). Their agencies Blossom Entertainment and UAA Entertainment released official wedding photos on Tuesday night after the celebrations. The photos 27

November 1, 2017 3:33 AM Song Joong-ki, Song Hye-kyo wed in private ceremony

Life imitated art as actors Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo, who starred as romantic leads in the hit drama series “Descendants of the Sun,” married in a private ceremony in Seoul on Tuesday. Drone camera photos taken by Chinese media outlets showed groom Song Joong-ki in a black tuxedo and bride Song Hye-kyo in a white dress with a squared neckline 11

November 1, 2017 2:14 AM 1.37m Singaporeans to receive GST voucher in November

SINGAPORE: About 1.37 million eligible Singaporeans will get S$280 million in GST vouchers this month, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) said in a press release on Wednesday (Nov 1). Announced in Budget 2017, the GST Voucher - Cash Special Payment aims to help lower-income households with their expenses. It follows the GST Voucher - Cash (Regular) payout 12

October 31, 2017 9:01 PM SMRT must take tough action, say observers

The fact that work neglect went undetected for a year 'suggests problem is deep-seated' If SMRT personnel did, indeed, falsify maintenance records, then tough action should be taken against them, observers said. The lapse resulted in flooding that led to a 20-hour breakdown of the North-South Line last month. The rail operator revealed yesterday that though 4

October 31, 2017 9:00 PM ST forum writers seek more space to air views

Forum page serves to reflect views across a range of positions: ST editor Is The Straits Times averse to publishing Forum letters that are critical of the Government or government policies? How are Forum letters selected for publication? Why should people continue to pay for newspaper content? Questions like these dominated a lively question-and-answer 2

October 31, 2017 9:00 PM FBI indictment just the first salvo by special counsel

With his job approval ratings at historic lows, President Donald Trump now faces a clearly widening probe into his campaign aides' potential collusion with Russia to interfere in last year's presidential election. Washington was rocked on Monday by the FBI's indictment of Paul Manafort, the President's campaign manager who resigned in August last year, and Richard 6