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September 22, 2017 8:47 PM The flip side of Trump’s ‘America First’ sentiment

For the first time since the Williams’ sisters took the centre stage, two Black American women this month found themselves in the Finals of the US Open. In fact, for the first time ever, three Black American women were in the Semis. The commentators, most of them Americans since the tournament took place on American soil, gushed about how good it all was for American 1

September 22, 2017 1:59 AM Apple’s new iPhone 8 launched today – but the crowds stayed away

Apple’s new iPhone 8 launched today – an event normally marked with long lines outside Apple stores – but the crowds stayed away. At 6am, two hours before opening, at the Sydney Apple Store there was about 20 people in the line. Apple security cleared excess barricades about 90 minutes before the store opened because the large crowds anticipated didn’t 3

September 21, 2017 10:35 AM South Korea approves aid to North Korea, North calls Trump 'barking dog'

SEOUL: South Korea approved a plan on Thursday to send US$8 million (5.93 million pounds) worth of aid to North Korea, as China warned the crisis on the Korean peninsula was getting more serious by the day and the war of words between Pyongyang and Washington continued. North Korea's foreign minister likened U.S. President Donald Trump to a "barking 3

September 21, 2017 3:46 AM Biggest mistake is to think 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it': DPM Tharman on Singapore's education

SINGAPORE - The biggest mistake for Singapore's education system is to think that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", said Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam on Wednesday evening (Sep 20). In a speech addressing some 1,500 students, academics, university students and members of the public, he laid out the challenges for the education system 3

September 20, 2017 3:19 AM Trump's fiery UN address redefines US role in the world

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - President Donald Trump's debut speech at the United Nations featured saber-rattling aplenty, but it also showed glimmers of a Trump doctrine that could transform America's place in the world. It was described by one observer as a "42-minute tweetstorm" and by another as president George W. Bush's "'axis of evil' speech on steroids" 3

September 20, 2017 1:20 AM Nearly 140 killed in powerful Mexico quake

MEXICO CITY - Nearly 140 people were killed when a powerful, 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, toppling buildings in the capital and sowing panic on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake. The toll could rise further. Rescue crews and volunteers in Mexico City - home to 20 million people - were clawing through the rubble of at least 4

September 19, 2017 9:00 PM How Singapore-China ties have kept up with the times

China is undergoing a big rejuvenation as its tech-based businesses lead the world. A successful China is good for Singapore and the world, says PM Lee. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is on an official visit to China which started yesterday and ends tomorrow. These are highlights from an interview in Mandarin he gave to Xinhuanet last Saturday 3

September 19, 2017 4:20 PM Hurricane Maria bears down on St. Croix, Puerto Rico after trashing Dominica

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico: Hurricane Maria, the second maximum-strength storm to hit the Caribbean this month, killed at least one person in Guadeloupe and bore down menacingly on the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Tuesday after devastating the tiny island nation of Dominica. Maria, a rare Category 5 storm at the top end of the five-step Saffir-Simpson 3

September 18, 2017 9:40 PM The danger of forsaking America's civil service

on pay raises for U.S. government employees was just another of many slights to a civil service that has been under siege since Trump launched his campaign pledging to “drain the swamp.” Whether he and his ideological followers know it, or care, these dedicated professionals are not the swamp. What they are is economists, engineers, intelligence officers 5

September 18, 2017 1:28 AM Football: Mourinho shrugs off City rivalry in title race

MANCHESTER (AFP) - Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho claimed drawing level with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table did not enter his mind following their 4-0 win over Everton. United have the same points and goal difference as Pep Guardiola's side after goals from Antonio Valencia, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony 3