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September 25, 2017 2:03 PM German election: Merkel vows to win back right-wing voters

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she wants to win back the voters who deserted her party for right-wing nationalist AfD. Mrs Merkel is now set for a fourth term in office, and said she would still talk to the Social Democrats. They have ruled out another coalition with Mrs Merkel, meaning she may turn to the liberals and Greens. After winning 4

September 25, 2017 1:20 PM After the election, Germany’s democracy faces its hardest test since 1949

Germany, my country: It is a somber day for you, for me and for democrats across the West. In Germany’s earthquake national elections, a radical right-wing party entered the federal legislature for the first time in more than half a century. Founded in 2013, Alternative for Germany (AfD) failed to pass the 5 percent threshold in that year’s elections 4

September 25, 2017 11:13 AM The anti-Muslim AfD just scored big in Germany’s election. What does this mean for German Muslims?

At the height of the refugee crisis two years ago, many Germans thought that Angela Merkel’s days as chancellor were numbered. Merkel’s open embrace of Syrian refugees upset the conservative wing of her own Christian Democratic Union (CDU), and fired up the far-right, anti-Muslim Alternative für Deutschland (AfD). Fast forward to Sept. 24, 2017, and the CDU lost millions 4

September 25, 2017 9:55 AM Japan's Abe announces snap election amid worries over North Korea

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would dissolve parliament's lower house on Thursday for a snap election, seeking a mandate to stick to his tough stance towards a volatile North Korea and rebalance the social security system. Abe, in power for five years, had been expected to call the election for next month to take advantage of improved 4

September 25, 2017 8:10 AM Johor launderette for Muslims only stirs debate: Reports

SINGAPORE: A self-service launderette in Muar, Johor, has made the news for allowing only Muslim customers to use its facilities. The matter came to light after a photo made its rounds on social media, showing a sign at the launderette that said "Only for Muslims", along with instructions for customers to remove their shoes before entering 2

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 3

September 24, 2017 11:12 AM Gold 905 DJ Jamie Yeo gives birth to baby boy

SINGAPORE: Radio deejay and TV host Jamie Yeo has given birth to a son, she announced on Sunday (Sep 24). She and her husband Rupert welcomed their son, Luke, a little earlier than expected, she revealed. "Arrived 29 August, a little early at 35 weeks, but healthy and at a respectable 2.35kg," she wrote in a social media post. Her second child, Luke went home on Sunday 3

September 24, 2017 10:22 AM ISIS posts video of Singaporean fighter in Syria, security agencies monitoring his activities

SINGAPORE - The first known ISIS recruitment video featuring a fighter from Singapore has surfaced on social media, and the Ministry of Home Affairs confirmed on Sunday (Sept 24) that security agencies have been monitoring his activities. It said he left Singapore in 2014 to work in the Middle East, where he was believed to have been radicalised

September 24, 2017 10:10 AM Fighter in Islamic State video is believed to be radicalised Singaporean: MHA

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Sunday (Sep 24) said it believed a person featured in an Islamic State video was a Singaporean man named Megat Shahdan Abdul Samad. The video, allegedly made by the media wing of Islamic State, features a fighter who claims to be "Abu 'Uqayl from Singapore". The 3min 30sec clip has been circulating on social 2