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November 6, 2017 2:05 PM At least five dead after migrant boat sinks off Libya

TRIPOLI - At least five migrants died and an unknown number were feared missing after their boat capsized off western Libya on Monday, Libyan coastguard officials and a charity said. The rubber boat was carrying about 140 people when it overturned close to the border between Libyan and international waters, Libyan officials said. The Libyan coastguard 402

October 31, 2017 9:04 PM Do more for cat welfare in Singapore

Between 2015 and last year, there were an estimated 51,500 pet cats in Singapore, compared to 62,000 pet dogs. In the same period, there were 353 cat adoptions and 190 dog adoptions at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The Love Cats programme to allow Chong Pang residents to keep cats in their flats is reaching the end of its pilot 161

October 30, 2017 1:17 PM Man wakes up to wife screaming, 1.5m-long snake trying to eat pet bird in Pasir Ris home

SINGAPORE - Melvin Yap was asleep in his home in Jalan Loyang Besar on Monday (Oct 30) morning when he was awakened by the sound of his wife screaming. Rushing out, he found a snake curled up on top of their family pet bird's cage. It may have been trying to eat the bird, he said. "It happened around 6.30am," the 46-year-old project manager told The Straits 130

October 29, 2017 9:59 AM Missing Russian helicopter found on Arctic seabed, all on board presumed dead

OSLO (AFP) - A Russian helicopter that went down off the coast of Norway's Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic this week has been found and the eight Russians on board are presumed dead, Norwegian rescue crews said on Sunday (Oct 29). The Mil Mi-8 chopper, carrying five crew and three scientists, went missing on Thursday as it was flying to Barentsburg 101

October 28, 2017 12:47 PM Catalan police call for neutrality as Spain exerts control

MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalonia’s police force told its officers to remain neutral in the struggle over the region’s fight for independence on Saturday, a step toward averting possible conflict as the Madrid government starts to impose direct control. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy dismissed the Catalan government, took over the administration 68

October 26, 2017 9:21 AM 'Like a roar': Dozens killed in blasts at Indonesia fireworks plant

KOSAMBI, Indonesia (Reuters) - Two explosions tore through a fireworks factory on the outskirts of Indonesia’s capital on Thursday, killing at least 47 people and injuring dozens. It was one of Indonesia’s worst industrial disasters and is likely to cast a new spotlight on lax afety standards in the Southeast Asian country, where rules are often ignored 44

October 24, 2017 10:42 PM S’pore and US to deepen cooperation on multiple fronts as leaders reaffirm mutually beneficial ties

WASHINGTON — Singapore and the United States have reaffirmed their robust and multi-faceted ties, pledging to deepen economic, defence, counter-terrorism cooperation and people-to-people linkages. In a joint statement issued on Tuesday (Oct 24) following talks between visiting Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Donald Trump in the White House 46

October 24, 2017 10:09 PM Trump signs new order restricting refugees from 11 countries

President Trump imposed new restrictions on refugees from 11 mostly-Muslim target countries Tuesday, saying they still pose too much of a danger to be admitted without a compelling national interest. Mr. Trump issued a new executive order re-starting general worldwide refugee processing, updating the policy after a 120-day pause he ordered earlier this year as part of his “extreme 47

October 24, 2017 2:46 PM Saudi Arabia seeks new economy with $500 billion business zone with Jordan, Egypt

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia, seeking to free itself from dependence on oil exports, announced on Tuesday a $500 billion (£380.5 billion) plan to build a business and industrial zone extending into Jordan and Egypt. The 26,500 square km (10,230 square mile) zone, known as NEOM, to be powered entirely by renewable energy, will focus on industries including 49

October 24, 2017 11:34 AM Joint China-Asean naval exercise a way "to build trust"

MANILA — China and Southeast Asian navies aim to hold an inaugural joint maritime exercise next year, Singapore's defence minister Ng Eng Hen said on Tuesday (Oct 24), as they try to build trust amid conflicting claims over the South China Sea. "Singapore supports it," Dr Ng told reporters when asked about China's offer to hold maritime exercises. "We will push it ... for the very reason 45