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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 116

November 1, 2017 10:35 PM Asylum seekers barricaded in Papua New Guinea camp call for aid

SYDNEY: Asylum seekers refusing to leave a detention centre in Papua New Guinea began digging wells on Thursday to try find water as their food supplies dwindled, in a stand-off that human rights groups warn could become a humanitarian crisis. Australia and PNG are trying to close the Manus Island centre, one of two remote Pacific camps that Canberra 106

November 1, 2017 9:00 PM Case for sensitive approach to maintaining monuments

Today's article marks the end of The Straits Times' weekly Heritage Gems series on Singapore's 72 national monuments. For more than a year, ST has shone the spotlight on the architecture of these monuments, as well as the people whose personal histories were intertwined with them. The monuments range from the former Keng Teck Whay Building, previously 120

November 1, 2017 3:07 PM 848 more HDB blocks to be installed with solar panels

SINGAPORE – Around 850 additional Housing Development Board (HDB) blocks and 27 government sites will be equipped with solar panels by mid-2020. The HDB and the Singapore Economic Board (EDB) launched its third bulk tender for solar panels on Wednesday (Nov 1). It is the largest tender under the SolarNova programme, which aims to spur growth of Singapore’s 101

October 30, 2017 9:58 PM What The Tech? Creepy shopping apps

Before shopping online many of us shop in the App Stores. Retail apps make it easy to shop and save money during the holidays and shoppers download them in droves. Among all of those free apps are sure to be some fakes that could steal information or install a malicious program on your phone. Last November hundreds of counterfeit apps were discovered 103

October 27, 2017 9:32 PM Rosier outlook for Singapore economy

Singapore's economic recovery is gathering pace due in part to a sustained increase in global electronics demand, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said. While pockets of weakness remain in some sectors, growth is broadening beyond trade-related industries, with economic expansion expected to remain steady in the coming year, the central bank noted 109

October 27, 2017 6:09 AM Private home prices rise by 0.7 per cent in Q3, confirming earlier signs of recovery

SINGAPORE — In a further sign of a recovery in the private home market, latest data from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) showed a 0.7 per cent increase in private home prices in the third quarter of the year, confirming an uptick seen in flash estimates earlier this month. The figure released by the URA on Friday (Oct 27) is slightly higher than that given 106

October 27, 2017 1:19 AM Private home prices up 0.7% in Q3, first rise in nearly 4 years: URA

SINGAPORE: Signalling the upturn of the property market, private home prices in Singapore went up 0.7 per cent in the third quarter, rising for the first time in nearly four years, according to latest figures from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) on Friday (Oct 27). The rebound compares with a 0.1 per cent decline between April and June, and is also better 86

October 25, 2017 10:00 AM Crown prince says Saudis want return to moderate Islam

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has said the return of "moderate Islam" is key to his plans to modernise the Gulf kingdom. He told reporters that 70% of the Saudi population was under 30 and that they wanted a "life in which our religion translates to tolerance". He made the comments after announcing the investment of $500bn (£381bn) in a new city and business 24

October 25, 2017 1:47 AM Thailand's royal cremation: Mourners allowed into ceremony grounds for King Bhumibol's farewell

BANGKOK - Mourners who have camped out on the streets of Bangkok near the designated areas for watching the royal cremation ceremony of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej were let inside the ceremony grounds early Wednesday (Oct 25). Long queues of mourners had formed around the Sanam Luang field near the Grand Palace since as early as Monday, with many hoping 13