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Singapore says it deported 26 Bangladeshis for terror links

Singapore - Singapore disclosed Wednesday it arrested 27 Bangladeshi construction workers late last year for supporting "the armed jihad ideology of terrorist groups" and deported 26 of them.

Suspected match-fixer detained without trial in Singapore

Singapore - A Singaporean accused of leading the world's largest football match-fixing syndicate was ordered to be detained without trial Saturday under a special law following his rearrest earlier this week, the interior ministry said.

Singapore police extend investigation of Belgian charged with son's murder

Singapore - Singapore police have a further eight weeks to complete their investigation into a Belgian financial executive charged with murdering his five-year-old son, after state prosecutors Wednesday requested more time.

Over half of world's primates on brink of extinction: experts

Singapore - More than half the world's primates, including apes, lemurs and monkeys, are facing extinction, international experts warned Tuesday, as they called for urgent action to protect mankind's closest living relatives.

SE Asia breathes sigh of relief as rains dampen smog crisis

Kuala Lumpur - Persistent rains have cleared the air across vast stretches of Southeast Asia that have choked for weeks on hazardous smoke from Indonesian fires, with officials and citizens expressing hope Thursday the crisis could soon end.

Indonesia readies warships for haze evacuation

Jakarta - Indonesia has put warships on standby to evacuate people affected by acrid haze from forest fires which has killed at least 10 and caused respiratory illnesses in half a million, officials said Saturday.

Singapore church leaders convicted of fraud in pop music venture

Singapore - Six Christian church leaders in Singapore were convicted of fraud Wednesday for using $36 million to turn the pastor's glamourous singer wife into a global pop star to attract more followers.

SE Asia fires 'produce more greenhouse gas than US'

Jakarta - Indonesian forest and agricultural fires cloaking Southeast Asia in acrid haze are spewing more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere each day than all US economic activity, according to an environmental watchdog.

SE Asia haze 'could last until year-end'

Kuala Lumpur - The haze suffocating Southeast Asia could last for another month, Malaysia's environment minister warned Monday, while a forestry expert said it could even take until year-end to clear the air.

Malaysia again shuts schools due to Indonesia smoke haze

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia closed schools in several states and the capital Kuala Lumpur on Monday due to choking smoke from Indonesian slash-and-burn farming that has smothered much of Southeast Asia in smog for weeks.

International help arrives to tackle Indonesia fires

Jakarta - International help to assist Indonesia in combating forest and agricultural fires cloaking Southeast Asia in haze has begun to arrive on Sumatra island, an official said on Saturday.

Thai tourist islands hit by haze from Indonesia fires

Bangkok - Popular Thai holiday islands were engulfed with haze from Indonesian forest fires Thursday, forcing several planes packed with beach-bound tourists to turn back, further stoking regional tensions.

Indonesia accepts international help to combat fires

Jakarta - Indonesia agreed Thursday to accept international help to combat forest and agricultural fires cloaking Southeast Asia in haze, after weeks of failed attempts to douse the blazes that have infuriated its neighbours.

Indonesia forest fires could become worst on record: NASA

Jakarta - The forest fires blanketing Southeast Asia in choking haze are on track to become among the worst on record, NASA has warned, with a prolonged dry season hampering efforts to curb a crisis that has persisted for nearly two decades.

Malaysia again shuts schools as Indonesian smoke thickens

Kuala Lumpur - Air pollution in Malaysia's capital spiked to "very unhealthy" levels on Sunday as acrid smoke billowing from Indonesian agricultural fires intensified, in an environmental crisis that is fraying regional tempers.

Singapore slams Indonesia over haze response as schools shut

Singapore - Singapore slammed "shocking" statements from Indonesian officials over the haze crisis as it closed all schools and distributed protective face masks Friday in emergency measures after the air pollution index soared to hazardous levels.

Southeast Asia's haze: what's behind the annual outbreaks?

Jakarta - Southeast Asia has been enveloped in choking haze from agricultural fires in Indonesia over the past fortnight, prompting flight cancellations, closing schools and raising fears this weekend's glitzy Formula One night race in Singapore could be affecte...

Indonesia arrests seven over SE Asia haze

Jakarta - Indonesian police have detained seven people whose companies are allegedly connected with illegal agricultural fires that have cloaked Southeast Asia in haze, in rare arrests over the annual smog outbreaks.

Indonesia fights fires as haze cloaks SEAsia before F1

Jakarta - Indonesia Tuesday deployed an extra 1,600 military personnel to fight forest and farm fires that have cast a thick haze over the region, closing schools in Malaysia and shrouding Singapore in smog just as it prepares to host the glitzy Formula One race...

Singaporean voters opt for continuity in snap poll

Singapore - Singaporeans spooked by the prospect of a contentious two-party political system delivered a massive swing vote to keep the long-ruling People's Action Party (PAP) in power, analysts say.

Singapore votes in its most-hotly contested election

Singapore - Singaporeans voted Friday in the most hotly contested election in the country's history after massive turnouts at opposition rallies boosted chances that a two-party system will emerge from half a century of domination by the ruling party.

Singapore votes as opposition seeks end of one-party dominance

Singapore - Singaporeans will cast their votes Friday in a snap parliamentary election after a heated campaign that boosted opposition hopes of further eroding half a century of dominance by the ruling party.

Huge rallies boost opposition hopes in Singapore polls

Singapore - Singaporeans vote in snap elections Friday that the opposition hopes will dramatically boost its presence in parliament and challenge half a century of ruling party domination, after huge crowds attended its campaign rallies.

Singapore to hold snap election on September 11

Singapore - Singapore will hold a snap general election on September 11, officials said Tuesday as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong seeks a new mandate from voters worried over immigration and the high cost of living.

Singapore's Lee mulled euthanasia in final years: Daughter

Singapore - Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew, shattered by the death of his wife, asked his doctors about the possibility of euthanasia in his final years, his daughter revealed Monday.

Singapore marks 50th birthday with grand parade

Singapore - Singapore will mark 50 years since independence on Sunday with nationwide celebrations including a huge military parade and firework display that will also pay tribute to former founding leader Lee Kuan Yew.

Pacific trade deal nearing completion despite delay, Kerry insists

Singapore - Asia-Pacific countries negotiating a vast free-trade pact are "nearing completion" of a landmark agreement, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday, days after delegates failed to seal the deal in Hawaii.

Scientists: Ban live salamander imports to stop deadly fungus

Scientists in the U.S. are calling for a ban on the import of live salamanders to save their wild brethren from a deadly fungus that has wiped out their populations in the Netherlands and caused a rapid decline in salamander populations across Europe.

Singapore teen in anti-Lee video walks free after sentencing

Singapore - The Singaporean teenager behind online attacks on former premier Lee Kuan Yew was given a four-week jail term Monday but freed in view of time served since being accused of offending Christians and posting an obscene image.

Singapore activists condemn treatment of anti-Lee teen

Singapore - Prominent Singaporean intellectuals, artists and activists Saturday criticised the government's "harsh" treatment of a teenage boy behind online attacks on the late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew.
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WRECKAGE: A salvage ship in the Java Sea carries the tail section of AirAsia Flight 8501 that crashed Dec. 28 on a flight from Indonesia to Singapore.
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