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September 25, 2017 3:18 PM Celebrity muay thai fight: Death raises questions about legal and health issues

Fatal celebrity bout did not come under the auspices of local amateur body, says its chief SINGAPORE - More questions were raised on Monday (Sept 25) over the death of bodybuilder Pradip Subramanian in a celebrity muay thai bout on Saturday, as it emerged that the local sports association did not sanction the fight. In a statement to The Straits Times 4

September 25, 2017 12:25 PM Trump's new travel ban could be harder to fight in court

NEW YORK: President Donald Trump's announcement on Sunday restricting travellers from an expanded list of countries has already been roundly criticized by immigrant and civil rights groups as no more lawful than his previous travel ban, but it could stand a better chance of holding up in court, legal experts said. The new presidential proclamation, which 3

September 25, 2017 9:22 AM Longer immigration checkpoint clearance expected with new thumbprint scanning for car travellers

Heads up if you are amongst those who regularly drive across the border to visit Malaysia - you might soon experience a longer wait time at checkpoints. Soon, all car travellers aged six and above will need to step out of their vehicles to scan both thumbprints as they go through immigration clearance at car counters. This will be implemented via the new BioScreen 4

September 25, 2017 8:44 AM Leading AfD figure refuses to join German party's parliamentary group

BERLIN (AFP) - The nationalist Alternative of Germany was hit by party infighting on Monday (Sept 25) just hours after winning its first seats in parliament, with its co-chief Frauke Petry declaring that she will not join its Bundestag group. "I decided after careful reflection that I will not sit with the (AfD) parliamentary group" in the Bundestag 4

September 25, 2017 8:15 AM Nearly 50,000 flee amid fears of Bali volcanic eruption

KARANGASEM, Indonesia (AFP, REUTERS) - Nearly 50,000 people have evacuated their homes amid fears of an imminent volcanic eruption on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, disaster officials said on Monday (Sept 25). Mount Agung, about 75km from the tourist hub of Kuta, has been rumbling since August, threatening to erupt for the first time in more than 50 years 3

September 25, 2017 2:15 AM Merkel wins 4th term as nationalists enter German parliament

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term Sunday, but now faces the tricky prospect of forming a coalition with two disparate new partners after voters weakened her conservatives and a nationalist, anti-migrant party surged into parliament. Merkel’s center-left challenger, Martin Schulz, conceded his Social Democrats had suffered a “crushing 3

September 25, 2017 1:12 AM Germany's Angela Merkel hangs on to power but bleeds support to surging far-right

BERLIN - Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office on Sunday (Sept 24) but will have to build an uneasy coalition to form a government after her conservatives haemorrhaged support in the face of a surge by the far-right. The anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) stunned the establishment by winning 13.1 per cent of the vote, projected 4

September 23, 2017 8:07 PM North Korea says strike on US is 'inevitable' as Pentagon flies bombers off coast

North Korea's foreign minister called U.S. President Donald Trump "a mentally deranged person full of megalomania" and promised a strike on the American mainland was "inevitable" in a blistering speech to the United Nations General Assembly Saturday. The address by Ri Yong Ho began as the Pentagon announced that it had flown bombers and fighter escorts 2

September 23, 2017 6:28 PM Tragedy strikes at Asia Fighting Championship as bodybuilder Pradip Subramanian dies

SINGAPORE - Tragedy struck at the inaugural Asia Fighting Championship on Saturday (Sept 23) night at the Marina Bay Sands, as World Bodybuilding & Physique Sports Federation (WBPF) President Pradip Subramanian died after his muay thai match. The 32-year-old had reportedly looked shaken after his bout with YouTube personality Steven Lim and had to be helped 3

September 23, 2017 1:55 AM US Senator McCain opposes Obamacare repeal bill, a possible fatal blow

WASHINGTON: U.S. Senator John McCain said on Friday he opposes the latest Republican bill to dismantle Obamacare, dealing the measure what could be a fatal blow given the party's slim Senate majority. With several other Republicans still undecided on the measure, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier this week he intended to bring it to the Senate 3