Deep South conflict tops agenda as Malaysian PM visits ThailandMalaysia's new leader Mahathir Mohamad meets his Thai counterpart late Wednesday in his first visit to his northern neighbour as hopes rise that he can help prospects for peace in Thailand's violence-scarred south. Thailand's mainly Muslim southern region bordering Malaysia has been in the grips of a low-level but bloody insurgency for more than a decade, as ethnic Malay militants battle the Buddhist-majority state for greater autonomy. Malaysia has long acted as a facilitator for brokering peace talks between the Thai government and Mara Patani, an umbrella group that claims to be a political wing representing the shadowy network of rebel fighters clashing with state forces.
Asia stocks struggle as global woes persist; STI up 0.3%TOKYO (REUTERS) - Asian stocks edged lower on Wednesday (Oct 24) as concerns, ranging from worries about US corporate earnings to Middle East tensions, weighed on sentiment while crude oil approached two-month lows after Saudi Arabia flagged possible supply increases
Exclusive: Ecuador no longer to intervene with UK for WikiLeaks Assange - foreign ministerQUITO (Reuters) - - Ecuador does not plan to intervene with the British government on behalf of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in talks over his situation as an asylee in the South American country's London embassy, Ecuador's foreign minister said on Tuesday. Foreign Minister José Valencia said in an interview with Reuters that Ecuador's only responsibility was looking after Assange's wellbeing, after the Australian national sued the country over new conditions placed on his asylum in the London embassy.
Singtel invests US$250 million in Airtel AfricaSINGAPORE: Singtel has entered into an agreement with its regional associate Bharti Airtel (Airtel) to invest US$250 million in Airtel Africa, the second largest telecom operator in Africa.
In a press release on Wednesday (Oct 24), Singtel said it currently holds a 39.5 per cent effective stake in ...
Changi Airport passenger traffic up 6.1% in SeptemberSINGAPORE: Changi Airport handled more passengers in September compared to the same period a year ago, with traffic boosted by growth from all regions.
A total of 5.23 million passengers passed through the airport last month, a 6.1 per cent increase compared to September 2017, said Changi Airport ...
Orang Asli settlement in Simpang Pulai unsafe - Minerals and Geoscience DeptIPOH: Kampung Pawong in the Pos Slim Orang Asli settlement in Simpang Pulai south of here has been declared unsafe for occupation after a huge crack appeared in the ground. The 50-metre-long, 1.2-metre wide and 1.5-metre deep crack, which appeared at about 3pm yesterday, has affected three houses badly, Perak Minerals and Geoscience Department director Datuk Ahmad Zukni Ahmad Khalil said today.
Bomb found at philanthropist George Soros' suburban homeNEW YORK (AP) — A bomb was found in a mailbox at the suburban New York home of George Soros, the liberal billionaire philanthropist who has been denounced by President Donald Trump and vilified by right-wing conspiracy theorists, authorities said Tuesday.
Canadian rapper dies after falling from planeOTTAWA: A Canadian rapper died after falling from the wing of a flying plane he was walking on during a music video shoot, his management team said.
Jon James, 33, died instantly in the "wing-walking" accident on Saturday (Oct 20), according to a statement issued by his management team.
Prudential scraps retirement age for employeesSINGAPORE (Oct 23): Noreen Wee has been working with Prudential Singapore for 18 years as a lead writer in policy contracts. Prudential Singapore announced Tuesday it has scrapped the retirement age for its employees. In a first for a financial institution in Singapore, the move will give Prudenti...
US tech giants split over corporate tax to help homelessTaxing San Francisco's wealthiest companies to rein in the city's homelessness problem makes sense to local campaigners -- but the local tech giants aren't all so sure. On November 6, voters in the city that is the home base of Twitter, Uber and Airbnb will decide the fate of "Proposition C," a local ballot measure brought about by a 28,000 signature petition this summer. Generally, San Francisco's tech bosses -- including Twitter's Jack Dorsey and Patrick Collison of payment start-up Stripe -- have resisted the proposal.
Gays, blacks still voting for Brazil's Bolsonaro despite rhetoricRight-wing Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro once said he'd rather have a dead son than one who came out of the closet, but that isn't stopping conservative gay voters from backing him in Sunday's decisive election run-off. For these voters, Bolsonaro is tough on crime and will help create jobs in the country's flailing economy -- and those factors trump whatever questionable comments he may have made in the past. "I don't see that wickedness in Bolsonaro that others see," says David Trabuco, a 26-year-old gay evangelical Christian and make-up artist now living near Brasilia.
Japan PM Abe 'relieved' at hostage's release but wants to confirm identityJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday that he was "relieved" that a Japanese hostage believed to have been captured in Syria three years ago had been released, but added that the government still needed to confirm the man's identity. Late on Tuesday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tokyo had received information that a man believed to be Jumpei Yasuda, a freelance journalist, had been released. Speaking to reporters, Abe also thanked Qatar and Turkey for their cooperation in the hostage's release.
Dyson to build electric car in Singapore, aiming at ChinaDyson, the British company best known for vacuum cleaners and prized hair dryers, said Tuesday it will build its new electric car in Singapore as it joins the increasingly crowded race to create the next generation of clean vehicles. The bespoke manufacturing facility is due for completion in 2020 ...
TODAY's morning brief for Wednesday, Oct 24Good morning! Here are our top reads of the day: • Get TODAY delivered straight to your mobile devices via WhatsApp and Telegram. To sign up for the new service, save the number 9327 6484 to your contacts list and send a WhatsApp message to us saying “JOIN”. Or, save th
Cars and buses start crossing Pearl River Delta as Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge opens to trafficThe first cars and buses started crossing the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge on Wednesday morning, as the heavily delayed mega project finally swung into action. The 55km bridge, the world’s longest sea crossing, had been officially opened by President Xi Jinping on Tuesday. More than 20 vehicles were seen queuing at the SkyCity Interchange near the airport shortly before the opening time of 9am, waiting to enter the Hong Kong Port.
El Salvador issues arrest order for Archbishop Romero's killerSAN SALVADOR: A Salvadoran judge on Tuesday ordered the arrest of a former military officer suspected of ordering the 1980 killing of Archbishop Oscar Romero, a Latin American human rights icon recently named a Roman Catholic saint.
The order called for the arrest of Alvaro Rafael Saravia, a 78 ...
Climate change swelling Central American migration to US: ExpertsPANAMA CITY (AFP) - Deepening climate change will swell Central American migration to the United States, the region's environment ministers and experts warned Tuesday (Oct 23) as a caravan of mostly Honduran migrants trekked towards the US border in defiance of President Donald Trump
Hurricane Willa lashes Mexico's Pacific coastThe centre of Hurricane Willa moved over Mexico's Pacific coastline on Tuesday evening with winds of more than 100 miles per hour (160 kph), buffeting buildings and dumping rain on tourist resorts where thousands of people had moved to safety. Willa, a Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, veered inland near the town of Teacapan, about 60 miles (100 km) south of the coastal resort of Mazatlan in the state of Sinaloa, satellite images showed. Dousing the Pacific coast with heavy rain, Willa by early evening had maximum sustained winds of about 120 miles per hour (193 kph) with higher gusts, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.
Meghan takes spotlight in Fiji to back female educationBritish royal Meghan Markle recounted her own struggles to afford university as she passionately promoted female education to Fijian students in her first speech of the Oceania royal tour Wednesday. The pregnant American-born wife of Britain's Prince Harry took centre stage at the University of the South Pacific to push the case for open access to education, particularly for women. "Providing them with access to education is the key to economic and social development.
Government policy largely shapes social attitudes - The Online CitizenWhile I am heartened that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (PM Lee) is talking about inequality, I am not really sure if he has said anything new or offered any solutions to the issue. That said, I am encouraged that he is at least willing to openly admit that it exists. I do however have …
Italy's Populists dig in after EU rejects their budget as a dangerROME (NYTIMES) - In what is becoming a dangerous game of chicken for the global economy, Italy's populist government refused to budge on Tuesday (Oct 23) after the European Union (EU) for the first time sent back a member state's proposed budget because it violated the bloc's fiscal laws and posed unacceptable risks
WeChat Pay to roll out at over 600 Singapore retail outletsThe service will be available from November 1 Last week, Singapore’s largest cashless payment provider, NETS, announced it has teamed up with Tencent to let NETSPay users transact at terminals that accept the Chinese giant’s e-payment platform, WeChat Pay. This would allow NETSPay users to easil...
Congress postpones questioning U.S. Justice official on Trump, Russia probeTwo U.S. congressional committees postponed a closed-door interview with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein set for Wednesday where he had been expected to face tough questions about whether he discussed secretly recording Donald Trump and potentially removing the president from office. Representatives Bob Goodlatte and Trey Gowdy, chairmen of the House of Representatives Judiciary and Oversight committees, said on Tuesday they postponed Rosenstein's interview because the amount of time allotted for the session was too short. Rosenstein's appearance before the panels will be rescheduled and could become a public hearing rather than a closed-door interview, Goodlatte and Gowdy said in a statement.
Ford appoints new China CEO to revive falling salesFord Motor Co said on Wednesday it had appointed a new head of its China operations to help turn around flagging sales in the world's largest auto market and fill a post vacated when the firm's previous China head abruptly stepped down in January.
Who are the 15 Saudis who came to Turkey ahead of Khashoggi's killing?DUBAI: Saudi Arabia has detained 18 people and dismissed five senior government officials as part of an investigation into the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of Saudi policies, disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on ...
UK PM May's Brexit transition plan could last for years - London TimesAccording to the leaked documents, the plan "could in theory, lead to a long running IP (implementation period)" and the arrangement could last for many years on a "rolling" basis with an "annual decision point" where any transition extension is reviewed, the Times reported http://bit.ly/2EJ625L. The documents reveal that cabinet ministers have been presented with different models to work out what would happen if a trade deal to govern UK's future relationship with the EU was not reached by the end of the transition period, the Times said.
11:30 AM Too light sentence...causing someone to die
11:30 AM It is a normal thing to do . Get a life bro don complain like a typical Singaporean it is because of u this type of people make Singapore a FINE country . U mean when u young u don explore things ? So climbing up this bridge in which area hurt u ?
11:29 AM While lot of BUULSHITS..integral???? If the PAP POLITICAL PARTY attitudes does not changed..
don't expect the CITIZENS likewise... REDUCED ALL THE MINISTERS WAGES TO 25% of the current WAGES and have only a 13th month bonus flat...then we can TALK...if NOT forever there will be inequality across the BOARD!!!
11:27 AM Bird brain is better than this guy with no brain!
11:27 AM Michael Leong you have never answered my questions but only give consolation for PAP’s action. Two ministers from PAP brought this issue during the last GE, to undermine WP ward. They cannot take any legal action, under corruption or criminal or commercial laws. They now try and make their wrongs right! The next GE is probably in Sept 2019 and they want to make a mountain out of a molehill.
11:27 AM Jimmy R Silva not true. Many also take public transport.
11:26 AM Why don’t Today paper get excited about Khashoggi’ s murder as they are doing with WP case??
11:23 AM Looks so scary..hope everyone's safe out there 😨😨😨
11:23 AM Iskandar Zul corruption yes it damages a country
But LGBT is human
They didnt force u turn gay what
Backwards thinking u have
11:23 AM Maybe his assignment is to bring only one baseless deflection out, then if kena question, just say you take over. Wah. Like that also can ah.
Now, back to the main topic of the news.....WAH, no written agreement. You say, i say, who say sial.
11:23 AM 'Twinkle Koay Natalie Bian lai liao lai liaooo!!!
11:23 AM Michael Leong do you know that at one year Tanjong Pagar TC paid over $400k for pest control and the cleaning Contractors were not implicated, when they are supposed to keep the estate clear of rats and roaches, etc.
11:23 AM They always talk about changing their mindset, be humble, listen to the people, etc. BUT .... when they are assured of their control over the Parliament, they are back to their usual elitist aristocratic behavior! I'm not taken in by such talk
11:23 AM Overloaded. Always best to leave 1 step gap between each pax
11:22 AM Tan Choon Yong Really? Other PMs not corrupted
11:22 AM Yusri Supiyan apa lagiiii.. Weekend soccer lah mcm ni.
11:22 AM All these PR they Don't appreciate at all now also you think they will start a family here? Once they save enough they will go back to their mama land. So jus issue work permit. Lots of Malaysian n PRC you think they rally like Singapore. Most of the answers is No. Is the currency that they r interested. Sad but true. End of the day the Malaysian n the PRC will take what ever they have n invest in their mama land n laugh at Singapore. So do treat them too good jus work permit. Any offence jus send bk.
11:22 AM Then you drive the bus since you’re so careful
11:21 AM That is why there is so many consultant sprouting out teaching you how to claim pic
No claim No pay
The Gov happy to tax us to pay for crooked schemer
11:21 AM Itsss spaarrrtaaa!!!!! Hope those injured get well soon
11:21 AM Michael Leong that’s not facts, that’s fabrication to break down the opposition. The fact is the authorities were not in the picture and that this is a private and civil suit. So do you know how much the PAP ward is paying Singh and where is the funds from? Can you answer this question?