Suspected Japan arsonist a reclusive, quarrelsome gamer, neighbour saysThe man suspected of killing 34 people in an arson attack in Japan lived alone, hundreds of kilometres from the torched Kyoto Animation studio, where he played video games non-stop and "terrified" his neighbour just days earlier. Police suspect 41-year-old Shinji Aoba caused Japan's worst mass killing in two decades on Thursday when he went to the studio in western Japan, poured fuel around the entrance and shouted "Die" as he set the building ablaze, according to public broadcaster NHK. Aoba lived alone on the ground floor of a two-floor apartment building on the outskirts of Omiya, a commuter suburb of Tokyo and some 500 kilometres (310 miles) east of Kyoto.
Thousands protest in Moscow after opposition barred from city voteMore than 10,000 people took to the streets of Moscow on Saturday to protest against the exclusion of most opposition-minded candidates from an election for the Russian capital's legislature. Election officials barred around 30 candidates, mostly opposition-leaning, from running for the 45-seat legislature on the grounds they failed to garner enough genuine signatures from voters to qualify. The barred candidates say they have secured the required number of signatures, but that they had been excluded because they were challenging the control over the legislature exercised by those loyal to President Vladimir Putin.
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Photos from CNA's postFervent fans, tempers flaring and ... a proposal ❤️ as Manchester United and Inter Milan face off at the International Champions Cup in Singapore.
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Anwar v Azmin: Who's who in the PKR feud?KUALA LUMPUR - Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Anwar Ibrahim was uncontested at last November's party election, making the deputy president's contest between his right-hand man Rafizi Ramli and Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali a proxy referendum
China opens up finance sector to more foreign investmentBEIJING: China lifted some restrictions on foreign investment in the financial sector Saturday (Jul 20), as the world's second largest economy fights slowing growth at home and a damaging trade war with the US.
China will remove shareholding limits on foreign ownership of securities, insurance and ...
India's selectors face questions over life after DhoniThe future of long-serving wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni and finding a solution to the number four batting conundrum will top the agenda when India's selectors meet in Mumbai on Sunday to pick the squads for the team's tour of West Indies.
AFCON defies logic to turn event into unexpected successCAIRO: Played in the searing heat of the Egyptian summer, against a backdrop of chaos in the regional governing body CAF and enlarged to an unwieldy 24 teams, this year's Africa Cup of Nations defied logic and, on the pitch at least, turned into a surprising success.
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Vatican opens ossuaries in search for missing bodiesForensic experts extracted bones from two ossuaries within the walls of the Vatican on Saturday as part of an investigation aimed at resolving the case of a girl who vanished in 1983. Following an anonymous tip-off, the Vatican earlier this month opened two tombs to see if the body of Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican clerk, was hidden there. Instead, they ran into a new mystery when nothing was found, not even the bones of two 19th century princesses who were supposed to be buried in the Vatican's tiny Teutonic Cemetery.
China opens up finance sector to more foreign investmentChina lifted some restrictions on foreign investment in the financial sector Saturday, as the world's second largest economy fights slowing growth at home and a damaging trade war with the US. China will remove shareholding limits on foreign ownership of securities, insurance and fund management firms in 2020, a year earlier than originally planned, the Financial Stability and Development Committee said in a statement posted by the central bank Saturday. Foreign investors will also be encouraged to set up wealth management firms, currency brokerages and pension management companies, the statement said.
Bosnia buries 86 victims of 1992-95 war recovered from grisly ravineThousands of relatives from Bosnia and across Europe gathered in the village of Hambarine for the burial of 86 Bosniak Muslims on Saturday, 27 years after they were killed and dumped in a ravine in one of the most gruesome incidents of the Bosnian war. The victims, mainly prisoners from the war-era detention camps for non-Serbs near the town of Prijedor, were told they were being released in a prison exchange but instead were driven to the Koricani Cliffs in central Bosnia, lined up by the edge of the ravine and shot by Bosnian Serb forces in August 1992. Jasna Elezovic, standing by five coffins draped in green cloth which held the remains of her father, brother, two cousins and uncle in the nearby Kamicani graveyard, said their bodies were found only last year.
Anime studio fire 'an arson attack', Japan police sayThe horrifying fire at a renowned anime firm which killed dozens in Kyoto is being treated as arson and murder, Japanese police have said, with scores of detectives investigating the deadliest violent crime for decades in the famously safe country.
Death toll rises to 12 after China gas plant blastThe death toll from a huge explosion that rocked a gas plant in central China rose to 12, state media said Saturday, with three people still missing. Friday's blast at the Henan Coal Gas Group factory left another 13 people seriously wounded and more with light injuries, said official news agency Xinhua. It occurred in the air separation unit of Henan Coal's factory, state broadcaster CCTV said, with Xinhua saying a device in the factory exploded at 5:45 pm on Friday.
Hong Kong police uncover 'homemade explosive lab'Hong Kong police on Saturday said they had uncovered a makeshift factory producing high-powered explosives alongside pro-independence leaflets, a discovery which comes as the city is rocked by unprecedented political protests.
Hong Kong police uncover 'homemade explosive lab'HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong police on Saturday (July 20) said they had uncovered a makeshift factory producing high-powered explosives alongside pro-independence leaflets, a discovery which comes as the city is rocked by unprecedented political protests
Thousands rally in support of Hong Kong policeHong Kong has been rocked by more than a month of huge and largely peaceful protests -- as well as a series of separate violent confrontations with police -- sparked by a proposed law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China and other countries. Saturday's rally was a moment for the establishment to muster their own supporters. "Friends who used violence say they love Hong Kong too, but we absolutely cannot approve of their way of expressing themselves," said Sunny Wong, 42, who works in insurance.
Spain's Socialists confident of reaching government deal with PodemosSpain's Socialists said on Saturday they were confident of reaching a government agreement with the far-left Podemos party that would pave the way for acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to be sworn in by parliament next week. Socialist leader Sanchez, who won the most seats but fell short of a majority in a parliamentary election in April, hopes to be sworn in as prime minister but even with Podemos's support he will still need some extra votes from other parties. After days of increasing confrontation and stalled power-sharing talks, negotiations between the Socialists and Podemos reached a turning point on Friday after the far-left party's leader, Pablo Iglesias, said he was willing to give up having a post in a coalition government, accepting a key condition of Sanchez.
Vatican opens burial chambers in hunt for princesses and missing teenThe Vatican on Saturday opened two burial chambers discovered under a trapdoor as it attempts to get to the bottom of a riddle involving two 19th century princesses and a teenager who went missing 36 years ago. The ossuaries were found last week under the floor of the Pontifical Teutonic College after the shock discovery earlier this month that the bones of the princesses had disappeared from two tombs in the Teutonic Cemetery. The graves of Princess Sophie von Hohenlohe and Princess Charlotte Federica of Mecklenburg, who died in 1836 and 1840, had been exhumed after an anonymous tip-off that they may hold the remains of an Italian youngster.
Western allies back UK over tanker seizureIran's seizure of a UK-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz has further heightened tensions in the Gulf region after the US military claimed it had downed an Iranian drone. - 'Nothing but trouble' - US President Donald Trump said he would hold talks with Britain about the tanker's seizure by Iran's Revolutionary Guards.
Man rescued from fire in Bukit Batok flat diesSINGAPORE: A 40-year-old man who was rescued from a fire in Bukit Batok has died.
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The man was unconscious when taken to the hospital after the incident and "subsequently succumbed to his injuries", the police said in a ...
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Russia opposition to rally against 'fraudsters' ahead of locals pollsAngry Russian opposition politicians and their supporters were set Saturday to protest at the refusal of the electoral authorities to allow popular candidates to register for local polls. More than 8,000 people said they planned to attend or were interested in a central Moscow rally to support allies of President Vladimir Putin's top foe Alexei Navalny and other Kremlin critics in their bid to run for the capital's parliament in September. Organisers urged Muscovites to take to the streets at 1100 GMT to support a new crop of popular politicians including Ilya Yashin, Lyubov Sobol and Dmitry Gudkov after the election authorities refused to register them.
Walking on the MoonFifty years after humans first landed on the Moon, there are plans to go back, this time to stay.
Thai anti-junta party hits back at fresh legal troublesA Thai anti-junta party hit back Saturday against accusations it is attempting to "undermine the constitutional monarchy", a day after the popular movement was hit with fresh legal troubles. Billionaire Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit's youth-oriented Future Forward Party has been hit by more than a dozen legal cases since its success in elections held in March, when it stunned the military establishment by securing over six million votes. The constitutional court -- which dissolved another anti-junta party in February -- accepted a petition against the political group "for using its freedom to undermine the constitutional monarchy," a statement said late Friday.
Joe Biden compares Trump to segregationist George WallaceJoe Biden, former U.S. vice-president and Democratic presidential candidate, compared President Donald Trump on Friday to the late George Wallace, a prominent supporter of racial segregation. Wallace, known for his white supremacist views, served as governor of Alabama for 20 years from 1967 and unsuccessfully sought the Democratic presidential nomination several times. Wallace died in 1998.
Malaysian police arrest two more suspects in sex tape scandalKUALA KUBU BHARU, Selangor: Malaysian police have detained another two suspects in connection with investigations over the distribution of sex videos allegedly implicating a federal minister.
Last month, sex videos purporting to show Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali, seen as a potential ...
UK's Hunt says Iran may be on 'dangerous path' after seizing tankerBritish foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said on Saturday that he was worried that Iran had taken a "dangerous path" after it seized a British-flagged tanker on Friday. "Yesterday's action in Gulf shows worrying signs Iran may be choosing a dangerous path of illegal and destabilising behaviour after Gibraltar’s LEGAL detention of oil bound for Syria," Hunt said on Twitter. The British navy seized Iran's Grace 1 tanker in Gibraltar on July 4 on suspicion of smuggling oil to Syria in breach of European Union sanctions.
Carlos Ghosn sues Nissan-Mitsubishi in the Netherlands: paperCarlos Ghosn has launched a court case in the Netherlands against Japanese carmakers Nissan Motor and Mitsubishi Motors , who ousted him as chairman of their alliance last year on charges of embezzlement, Dutch newspaper NRC reported on Saturday.
Hong Kong lawmaker visits murder suspect who sparked ill-fated extradition bill and urges him to surrender to Taiwan authoritiesA pro-establishment lawmaker has visited the man at the centre of the extradition bill storm and has tried to persuade him to surrender to Taiwan authorities.Chan Tong-kai is wanted on the self-ruled island in connection with the death of his pregnant girlfriend, but cannot be transferred there because the two places lack an extradition agreement.Presently in jail in Hong Kong after being found guilty of money-laundering, Chan could be released as early as October, at which point he would be free to leave Hong Kong.Ann Chiang Lai-wan, of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, said she visited Chan in Pik Uk Correctional Institution last Friday, and had a 40-minute conversation with him.Her visit came as Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said the extradition bill was “dead”. Lam’s announcement came after weeks of protests involving Hongkongers opposed to an amendment that would have allowed the transfer of fugitives from Hong Kong to Taiwan,
International Champions CupThe 2019 International Champions Cup in Singapore will see four of Europe’s biggest teams – Manchester United, Inter, Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur – take on each other at the National Stadium on 20 and 21 July.
Hong Kong actor Simon Yam stabbed in stomach on stage in ChinaHong Kong actor and film producer Simon Yam was stabbed in the stomach while speaking on stage during a promotional event in China on Saturday morning (Jul 20).
The South China Morning post reported that the 64-year-old star was a guest at the opening of a new Beijing Easyhome store in the ...
China and Philippines need a fishing deal for the South China Sea, but can they find one?A formal agreement on fishing rights in the South China Sea would help ease tensions between Beijing and Manila, but reaching one without sparking a public outcry in either China or the Philippines might be easier said than done, according to observers.The problem, they say, is that negotiators will find it almost impossible to agree such a deal without reinforcing or supporting the two sides’ respective, but unresolved, territorial claims.Zhang Mingliang, an associate professor at Jinan University in Guangzhou who specialises in South China Sea studies, said that reaching a joint fishing agreement was “definitely the ideal solution”.“But both sides face enormous [domestic] opposition to doing so … because it means that you are allowing the other side to fish in the waters you have clearly claimed, which might be unconstitutional and spark a public outcry.”The debate comes ahead of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address on Monday, during which
AT&T drops CBS channels from its cable systemsREUTERS: CBS Corp said on Saturday AT&T Inc has removed CBS's television stations from the channels of DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW and AT&T U-verse TV customers.
CBS Sports Network has also been removed nationally from DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW, the company said in a statement.
"While we continue to ...
50 years ago, humanity's first steps on another worldFifty years ago on Saturday, American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans in history to set foot on the Moon, an event watched on television by half a billion people. On Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence is due to deliver a speech from the Kennedy Space Center, from where Armstrong, Aldrin and Michael Collins, the third crew member took off. It is within this charged context, with President Donald Trump publicly questioning NASA's plans to return to the Moon to test technology for Mars, that the US is celebrating the anniversary of the epoch-making Apollo 11 mission.
9:25 PM Chomel Montel I have read most of holy books and I know what I am saying.
9:23 PM Chuck Cheng There’s much more permanent sinister damage to millions of civilized peaceful individuals by changing laws that only benefit these greedy politicians, compared to few people getting physically hurt!
9:23 PM Everyone who has something nasty to say about the Russian beauty queen, the legitimacy of the baby, or the lustfulness of the King... why be so mean? What does it say about you when you take such joy in others' suffering? Often times, marriages break down to simple reasons like not getting to know each other well before marriage, incompatibility, breakdown of communication, lack of maturity etc. It doesn't always have to do with sex, adultery, cheating etc.
9:20 PM Lily Lee Government dictate and set the rules. Amendment is necessary for the betterment of the country. As citizens please comply if not happy or agree, go somewhere you think is good for you.
9:19 PM Lily Lee ~ being violent, causing riots and hang a British colonial flag in HK Lego are considered up holding the rule of law?
9:19 PM Meanwhile there are so many Malaysians trying to make ends meet.
But yeah, it's more important to focus on the sultan's divorce, and some supposedly politically motivated sex video
9:19 PM Humidity played a part in temper flaring too. Too hot 🥵 to handle stress 🤭🇸🇬
9:18 PM I think the Sultan should sue the Singapore lawyers for publicising his private life. I think they breached some code of conduct here.
9:17 PM Yum Yum sure, both of them suffered and it was not a fairy tale ending. The lesson we learn is, it takes more than love or even commitment to make a marriage work. It's also about compatability and maturity.
9:17 PM Lee Nguang Chua They are hooligans. Please don't come to Singapore. Thanks
9:17 PM A celebrity’s fan(s) may turn against him or her anytime, anywhere and for any reason.
That’s why security measures critical at gala events where celebrities are present.
9:17 PM "A poor man has one wife , he will suffer, A rich man has plenty of wives,he too will suffer" ~ Bagawan Osho~
9:16 PM What happened in these 50 years? The giant leap that never was?
9:16 PM Err.. why Sultan use Singapore lawyer? Malaysia got no lawyers ?😳😳
9:16 PM Selina Pang Not true. JC H1 chinese is for those who did not take secondary school o-level higher chinese. Some even failed their chinese, but their L1R5 score is low enough because of other better subjects, they can enter JC. When they are at JC level, some cannot even speak proper mandarin sentences, let alone read a full mandarin passage or newspaper in your case. There are lots of such cases out there, and I believe the featured person here is of similar case. Just FYI.
9:15 PM Good news to those FT working here without degree engineering...
9:15 PM Singapore 🇸🇬 can be neutral..
Just like Switzerland 🇨🇭..
9:13 PM Lily Lee 2 million is a lie. Technology has determined that the police was correct in their estimate.
9:13 PM Dan-Wee Loh when you fight for democracy against an undemocratic state... you are termed as freedom fighters that will be venerated by the West.... but if you do that againat a western liberal state... you are a terrorist
9:13 PM US s trying all sorts of ways to sow discord about China with all countries in d world , this is d US strategy of containing China . Today is Singapore, tomorrow other countries. Singaporeans are well educated enough , such strategy is naive
9:13 PM Tomorrow may be the final battle.. Stay tune..
9:12 PM Kheng Seng Goh until now... you see our local msm has never ready condemn them at all.... because as part of the western msm affiliation... this is protest for democracy... so it will be protest
9:10 PM Sangha Vandana the fugitive china billionaire who is in US now is funding with his US connections... this video with him and an ex-young mp
9:10 PM Agares Kee you really want to know what actually happened? My friend being a foreigner, intervened when the 1st victim was attacked and that caused her death! So please I am not going further on this matter. I am not condemning but simply sharing. You can visit China every day for all I care. If you don’t like what I have shared, keep your opinion to yourself. I am not here to justify nor am I here to debate with anyone.
9:07 PM Jean Yap
You mind your words are you Singaporean
This is news is not Singaporeans don’t accuse us
We can sue you for deframation of character you better wake up
9:07 PM Elvin Goh yup.... but there will SGeans believe its a conspiracy by prc govt.... because to them... these protestors are poor people fighting for their freedom and peaceful.... always finding excuses for them
9:07 PM So these people supporting the police are paid. Wonder how much is from the communist.
9:06 PM Stay strong fellow Hong Kongers, stay strong for Simon yam ...... Revenge is near