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Hong Kong, Singapore agree 'travel bubble'

Fpo - Hong Kong and Singapore on Thursday said they had agreed "in principle" to set up a bubble allowing residents to travel freely between the two financial hubs as long as they test negative for the coronavirus.

Stir-crazy 'passengers' gobble up tickets to dine on parked Singapore jets

Fpo - Tarmac meals have become an unlikely hit for coronavirus-battered Singapore Airlines, with hundreds of "passengers" paying the equivalent of a budget ticket just to dine inside grounded A380 jumbos.

Singapore PM's defamation suit against blogger begins

Fpo - Singapore's prime minister testified in court Tuesday at the start of his defamation suit against a blogger who shared an article on Facebook linking the leader to a corruption scandal.

Green shoots: Rooftop farming takes off in Singapore

Fpo - On the rooftop of a Singapore shopping mall, a sprawling patch of eggplants, rosemary, bananas and papayas stand in colourful contrast to the grey skyscrapers of the city-state's business district.

Singapore Airlines drops 'flights to nowhere' after outcry

Fpo - Singapore Airlines said Tuesday it had scrapped plans for "flights to nowhere" aimed at boosting its coronavirus-hit finances after an outcry over the environmental impact.

North Korean man in Malaysia challenges US extradition bid

Kuala Lumpur - A North Korean man launched a legal challenge Friday against a US bid to extradite him from Malaysia over allegations he supplied goods to his country in breach of sanctions.

12 days for assault: Fury at weak penalties for attacks on women

Fpo - Sexual harassment and assaults against women are not being taken seriously enough in Singapore, activists warn, after students at elite universities were given punishments criticised as too lenient for their crimes.

Singapore crushes massive ivory haul on eve of World Elephant Day

Fpo - Singapore began destroying nine tonnes of seized ivory Tuesday, the largest such action globally in recent years, including contraband tusks that came from more than 300 African elephants.

Singapore company director charged over Wirecard scandal

Fpo - A company director has been charged in Singapore with falsifying letters linked to scandal-hit German payments giant Wirecard, according to court documents, as the fallout from the firm's collapse spreads further around the world.

Uber keeps Asia HQ in Singapore, ditching Hong Kong move

Fpo - Uber will keep its Asian headquarters in Singapore for now, the ride-hailing giant said Thursday, blaming regulatory uncertainty for thwarting a mooted shift to Hong Kong.

Lee Kuan Yew grandson convicted of contempt of court in Singapore

Fpo - A grandson of Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew and nephew of the current prime minister was convicted Wednesday of contempt of court over a Facebook post criticising the judiciary during a bitter family feud.

Will Hong Kong become like tightly-ruled but stable Singapore?

Fpo - Limited democracy but high living standards and stability form a trade-off that most Singaporeans seem willing to live with -- and some now suggest rival Asian finance hub Hong Kong can emulate the model as China tightens control.

Virus-hit Singapore plunges into recession as economy shrinks 41%

Fpo - Singapore's economy shrank more than 40 percent in the second quarter as the coronavirus plunged the Southeast Asian financial hub into recession for the first time in more than a decade, official data showed Tuesday.The 41.

Virus-hit Singapore plunges into recession as economy shrinks 41%

Fpo - Singapore plunged into recession in the second quarter as growth fell 41.2 percent quarter-on-quarter with the trade-dependent economy hammered by the coronavirus, preliminary data showed Tuesday.Year-on-year, the economy shrank 12.

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.
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