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UN chief urges Myanmar to respect human rights

Singapore - Myanmar's new leadership must overcome discrimination and promote inclusive development with "full respect" for human rights, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday on the eve of a visit to the country.

Singapore wages war on mosquitoes as suspected Zika cases reach 50

Singapore - Singapore clinics Monday reported more Zika infections, bringing the suspected total to 50, as mosquito-fighting teams saturated the scene of the outbreak.

Singapore reports 41 locally transmitted Zika cases

Singapore - Singapore on Sunday confirmed 41 locally transmitted cases of the Zika virus, which can cause deformities in unborn babies, and said more infections are likely.

Singapore trials driverless taxis in world first

Singapore - The world's first driverless taxis went into operation on Thursday in Singapore in a limited public trial, beating giants like Uber in the race to roll out the revolutionary technology.

Ex-Singapore president Nathan dies

Singapore - Former Singapore president S. R. Nathan, whose colourful career included stints as a spymaster and diplomat, died in hospital on Monday, the government said in a statement.

Singapore detains two men wanting to join IS group

Singapore - Singapore said Friday it had detained two men under its tough internal security law after discovering they intended to travel to Syria to fight for the Islamic State group.

Singapore PM wife sparks dino purse frenzy after White House visit

Singapore - A dinosaur print purse designed by an autistic teenage boy has completely sold out after photographs of the Singaporean prime minister's wife carrying it at the White House went viral.

Singapore university investigates mock-rape claims

Singapore - Claims that students were subjected to sexually-charged orientation activities, including one simulating rape, are being investigated by Singapore's top university.

Singapore jails four Bangladeshis for terrorist financing

Singapore - Singapore on Tuesday sentenced four Bangladeshis to between two and five years jail after they pleaded guilty to raising money for an alleged Islamist terror plot in their home country.

Singaporean couple jailed for torturing toddler to death

Singapore - A Singaporean mother who tortured her two-year-old son to death for not eating his breakfast and disobeying her was jailed along with her boyfriend on Tuesday for what the court described as the couple's "senseless brutality".

Fire engulfs Singapore Airlines plane wing after emergency landing

Singapore - Flames engulfed the wing of a Singapore Airlines plane after it made an emergency landing at the city's main airport on Monday, with dramatic footage showing plumes of black smoke billowing from the aircraft.

New material kills E. coli on contact in 30 seconds

Singapoe - Scientists have created a new material that can kill pathogens rapidly. In tests the bacterium Escherichia coli was destroyed within 30 seconds.

Same-sex kiss cut from Singapore staging of Les Miserables

Singapore - A kiss between two male actors in a production of Les Miserables in Singapore has been cut after complaints from the public.

Singapore destroys tonnes of illegal ivory

Singapore - Singapore on Monday crushed and burnt almost eight tonnes of ivory confiscated over two years to try to deter smugglers as activists called for tighter enforcement.Over 2,700 elephant tusks weighing 7.

In Internet-savvy Singapore, government offices to go offline

Singapore City - As one of the world’s most wired nations, Singapore’s unprecedented information technology development in recent years has been largely attributed to its fast Internet speed.

China says it doesn't fear 'trouble' in S. China Sea

Singapore - An Asian security summit ended in discord Sunday after China denounced US "provocations" in the South China Sea and declared it does not fear trouble in the contested waters.

US vows 'actions' if China builds new S. China Sea structures

Singapore - Chinese construction on a South China Sea islet claimed by the Philippines would prompt "actions being taken" by the United States and other nations, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter warned Saturday.

Thailand asks China, rivals to look beyond border rows

Singapore - Thailand on Friday urged China and rival claimants to the South China Sea to look beyond border disputes and find ways of cooperating in order to ease tensions in the region.

IS fighters in north Syria 'aspire' to foreign plots: Pentagon chief

Singapore - Islamic State jihadists in the strategic northern Syria town of Manbij "aspire" to directing international terror plots, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said Friday.

Chinese military moves key issue at Singapore forum

Singapore - Asia's largest annual security forum opens Friday in Singapore with territorial disputes in the South China Sea, North Korea's military provocations and Islamist extremism expected to dominate discussions.
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