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September 20, 2017 11:19 AM Halimah’s rise to become President ‘reaffirms S’pore’s meritocratic system’

SINGAPORE — The election of Madam Halimah Yacob as Singapore’s President last week has been lauded by observers from Indonesia and Malaysia, who say the rise of an ethnic minority to the country’s highest office in the country has enhanced Singapore’s reputation as a meritocratic state. Indonesian labour activist-turned academic Dr Surya Tjandra told TODAY 3

September 20, 2017 11:03 AM Hurricane Maria hammers Puerto Rico with force not seen in 'modern history'

SAN JUAN — Hurricane Maria roared ashore on Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the strongest storm to strike the island in more than 80 years while panicked residents fled to high ground and huddled in shelters hoping to withstand powerhouse winds that have already left death and devastation across the Caribbean. "On the forecast track, [Maria] would be the most destructive 3

September 20, 2017 9:39 AM PM Lee Hsien Loong's China trip demonstrates closeness of bilateral ties: President Xi Jinping

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's visit to China demonstrates the closeness of bilateral ties and embodies mutual consensus to advancing relations between both countries, said Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday (Sept 20). Both leaders had pledged then to build on that, and to keep the relationship growing in an orderly and healthy way. "In sum, I believe 3

September 20, 2017 7:36 AM Xiaomi Redmi 4, Redmi 4A to go on flash sale today on Amazon at 2PM and 6PM respectively

Amazon India is holding a four-days Great Indian sale which starts from September 21. But before that, there's a flash sale of Xiaomi Redmi 4 and Redmi 4A which is taking place today at 2PM and 6PM respectively, on both Amazon as well as company's own website Mi.com. The Xiaomi Redmi 4 was launched in May this year. The smartphone sports a 5-inch screen 1

September 20, 2017 6:50 AM South Korea says Trump's warning to North Korea "firm and specific"

SEOUL/TOKYO: U.S. President Donald Trump's speech to the United Nations, where he warned he would "totally destroy" North Korea if threatened, reinforced the need for Pyongyang to realise it must give up its nuclear weapons, South Korea said on Wednesday. In a hard-edged speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump mocked North Korean 3

September 20, 2017 6:00 AM ‘Warm, long-standing’ ties reaffirmed as PM kicks off China visit

BEIJING — Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang reaffirmed the warm and long-standing friendship between their two countries during a meeting Tuesday (Sept 19). During their talks, both leaders reviewed the extensive cooperation between the two countries, and welcomed Singapore’s support of China’s Belt and Road Initiative 4

September 20, 2017 6:00 AM Merkel heading for fourth term in splintered German vote: poll

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is on track to win a fourth term in Sunday's national election despite a dip in support that narrows her conservatives' lead over their Social Democrat (SPD) rivals, a poll showed on Tuesday. The weekly survey, conducted by Forsa for RTL television and Stern magazine, showed support for Merkel's CDU/CSU bloc - known 4

September 20, 2017 5:52 AM Schäuble will be elected on Sunday but will he be finance minister?

Price paid by Merkel for coalition may see the flinty politician sidelined in favour of FDP candidate When German voters go to the polls on Sunday, one result is certain: Wolfgang Schäuble will be returned to the Bundestag, where he has been a member since 1972, for a record 13th term. Less certain is whether he continues as federal finance minister 8

September 20, 2017 5:50 AM North Korean envoy calls on Johor crown prince

JOHOR BAHRU: The crown prince of Malaysia's southern state of Johor granted an audience to a North Korean envoy on Tuesday (Sep 19), with the diplomat granting the royal the "highest honour" of full access to North Korean airspace. The meeting between Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, who is also the president of the Football Association of Malaysia, and North 4

September 20, 2017 5:29 AM Strong quake near Mexico City kills almost 150, rescuers dig through collapsed buildings

MEXICO CITY - Rescue crews and ordinary citizens searched through rubble for survivors as night fell on Tuesday on battered cities in central Mexico, including the capital, where the death toll from a major earthquake grew to at least 149. The magnitude 7.1 quake toppled dozens of buildings, broke gas mains and sparked fires less than two weeks after 4