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Singapore ruling party's support slips in pandemic poll

Fpo - Singapore's long-ruling party retained power Saturday but its support fell sharply, while the opposition made gains, in a general election held under the shadow of a coronavirus outbreak.

Brits banned from working in Singapore for lockdown pub crawl

Fpo - Four British men have been banned from working in Singapore after going on a pub crawl in a breach of coronavirus curbs that sparked fury in the city-state, authorities said.

Huawei loses out in Singapore 5G bid

Fpo - Nokia and Ericsson have been chosen as Singapore's main 5G network providers, telecom operators said, leaving Huawei with only a minor role as the Chinese tech giant faces growing US pressure.

Singapore PM's brother joins opposition before polls

Fpo - The Singapore prime minister's estranged brother said Wednesday he has joined an opposition party ahead of elections next month, presenting a new challenge to the country's long-ruling government.

Virus-hit Singapore heads for election 'like no other'

Fpo - Singapore's leader called a general election "like no other" Tuesday as the prosperous city-state struggles to recover from a major coronavirus outbreak that swept through crowded migrant worker dormitories and raised questions about the treatment of t...

Singapore heads for polls despite virus outbreak

Fpo - Singapore's parliament was dissolved Tuesday for an election even as the city-state struggles to recover from a major coronavirus outbreak that has swept through crowded migrant worker dormitories.

Back to school in masks as Singapore eases virus curbs

Fpo - Pupils wearing face masks returned to school in Singapore on Tuesday and some workplaces re-opened as coronavirus restrictions were eased in the hard-hit city-state.

Singapore minister sheepishly admits woolly thinking over cotton

Fpo - A Singaporean minister has sheepishly admitted to saying that cotton came from animals rather than plants in a slip-up during an interview that triggered bleats of mockery online.

Facebook slams 'severe' Singapore misinformation law

Fpo - Facebook said Monday Singapore's use of an online misinformation law is "severe" and risks stifling free speech, after the company was again forced to block a page in the city-state.

Robot dog on virus park patrol in Singapore

Fpo - A yellow robot dog called Spot which found fame online for dancing to hit song "Uptown Funk" has been deployed to patrol a Singapore park and ensure people observe social distancing.

Singapore slammed for 'cruel' Zoom death sentence

Fpo - Singapore was criticised for being "cruel and inhumane" Wednesday after a death sentence was handed down via video-conferencing platform Zoom.

For Singapore penguins, shuttered zoo is flippin' fun

Fpo - One cute group is making the most of Singapore's partial virus lockdown -- penguins at the city-state's zoo, who are being given the run of the empty complex and revelling in the chance to do some exploring.

Singapore launches first drone delivery service

Fpo - Singapore's first drone delivery service has begun by taking vitamins to a ship, with its operator saying Wednesday the devices are crucial in reducing human contact during the coronavirus pandemic.

Singapore extends coronavirus curbs as cases surge

Fpo - Singapore on Tuesday extended restrictions to fight the coronavirus until early June, the city-state's leader said, as cases surged past 9,000 due to a growing number of infections among migrant workers.

Singapore police probe oil trading giant

Fpo - Singapore has launched a probe into an oil trading firm that allegedly covered up hundreds of millions of dollars in losses, police said Tuesday.

Singapore reports record jump in coronavirus cases

Fpo - Singapore reported a record daily jump of more than 1,400 coronavirus cases Monday, taking its total to over 8,000, with almost all new infections linked to dormitories housing foreign labourers.

Singapore disinfecting robot trialled in virus fight

Fpo - Singapore researchers have invented a disinfecting robot with an arm that mimics human movement, to help take the load off overworked cleaners during the coronavirus pandemic.

Lessons about the coronavirus can be learned from Singapore

Before the disease even had a name, Singapore had stringent travel restrictions and an efficient contact-tracing operation that contained the coronavirus's spread. But in recent days, the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus has rocketed.

Singapore teachers drop Zoom after online class gatecrashed

Fpo - Singapore's teachers have stopped using controversial video-conferencing app Zoom for remote education during the coronavirus lockdown, officials said Friday, after intruders reportedly made lewd comments in a virtual class.

Singapore moves migrant workers out of dorms after surge in virus cases

Fpo - Thousands of migrant workers are being moved out of crowded dormitories in Singapore after a surge in new coronavirus cases linked to the sites, authorities said Thursday.

'Dead city': Singapore closes workplaces in virus fight

Fpo - Singapore's usually bustling business district was almost deserted Tuesday as most workplaces in the city-state closed to stem the spread of the coronavirus after a surge in cases.

Singapore activist picks jail over fine for criticising courts

Fpo - A Singaporean activist said Tuesday he had begun serving a one-week jail term after refusing to pay a fine for questioning the independence of the city-state's judiciary in a Facebook post.

Singapore court rejects challenge to gay sex ban

Fpo - A fresh bid to overturn a Singapore law banning gay sex failed Monday as a court dismissed several challenges, a setback for efforts to promote greater LGBT rights in Asia.

In virus fight, Singapore may jail people who stand close

Fpo - Singaporeans could be jailed for up to six months if they intentionally stand close to someone else, under tough new rules announced Friday to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

Tough combined measures key in virus fight: study

Paris - Quarantining infected people, workplace distancing and school closures are most effective in combatting the spread of the new coronavirus when implemented together, according to new research released Tuesday looking at Singapore's response to the kille...

Malaysia travel ban compounds Singapore virus woes

Fpo - A ban on Malaysians leaving the country, imposed to halt the spread of the coronavirus, will deal a heavy blow to neighbouring Singapore, which relies on huge numbers of workers who commute from next door.

E-learning and Nintendo: coping with virus school shutdowns

Apo - When Mayumi Iijima heard that schools across Japan would close over the new coronavirus outbreak, leaving her to juggle her job and two small children, her first reaction was horror."I just said 'no, no, no, no... what are we supposed to do?

Singapore orders anti-govt website to warn readers of falsehoods

Fpo - Singapore ordered the Facebook page of an anti-government website Saturday to warn readers it regularly posts falsehoods, the first time authorities have taken such action under a tough law against misinformation.

Boeing sounds alarm about virus impact on aviation

Fpo - Boeing issued a stark warning Wednesday about the impact of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, saying there was "no question" it would hammer the aviation industry and the broader economy.

Coronavirus clips wings of Asia's biggest air show

Fpo - Asia's biggest air show opened in Singapore Tuesday under the shadow of a deadly coronavirus outbreak that has forced companies to withdraw, kept visitors away and is battering the aviation industry.
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