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Singapore denies 'coup de grace' for botched executions

Fpo - Singapore on Wednesday denied claims by a Malaysian rights group that it used a brutal "coup de grace" to finish off botched executions and ordered Yahoo and other sites to correct reports of the matter.

Catching up with Jeff Timmons: Plans for 2020, tour, digital age Special

Jeff Timmons, the founding member of the group 98 Degrees, chatted with Digital Journal about his plans for 2020, which include performing overseas with 98 Degrees.

Same-sex kiss cut from Star Wars Singapore release: reports

Fpo - A brief kiss between two women in the new "Star Wars" movie was cut from the version released in Singapore, local media said.

Scientists to harness the sun to break down plastic

Fpo - Scientists said Wednesday they have come up with an environmentally-friendly method that uses artificial sunlight to transform plastic into power-generating chemicals, as countries worldwide battle to reduce waste.

Google bans political ads in Singapore as elections loom

Fpo - Google has banned political ads in Singapore ahead of elections, an opposition party said Wednesday, sparking accusations the tech giant was "kowtowing" to the tightly-controlled city's government.

Facebook corrects post under Singapore disinformation law

Fpo - Facebook published a correction on a user's post Saturday following a demand from Singapore, the first time a tech giant has complied with the city-state's law against misinformation.

Singapore baggage handler jailed for swapping luggage tags

Fpo - A Singaporean baggage handler has been jailed for 20 days for swapping tags on nearly 300 suitcases at the city-state's airport, causing them to end up at wrong destinations around the world.

Singapore probes Hong Konger over protest discussion

Fpo - Police in Singapore are investigating a YouTube star from Hong Kong who allegedly organised a gathering to discuss the protests in his home city, a potential violation of tough public assembly laws.

E-scooter riders caught on Singapore footpaths may be jailed

Fpo - Electric scooter riders in Singapore were banned from footpaths Monday and could face jail if they break the rule, after a series of accidents linked to the trendy two-wheelers sparked anger.

Breaking Bad: UK ex-headmaster jailed in Singapore drug case

Fpo - A British former headmaster of an international school in China has been jailed for 10 months in Singapore after admitting possession and consumption of methamphetamine, officials said Tuesday.

Yale in academic censorship row in Singapore

Fpo - Yale's Singapore college has become embroiled in a row about academic freedom after axing a course on dissent, with the controversy fuelling a wider debate on whether universities are compromising their values to expand abroad.

Hover-taxi whizzes over Singapore, firm eyes Asian push

Fpo - A drone-like flying taxi whirred over Singapore's waterfront Tuesday, with the firm behind the test hoping the aircraft will revolutionise travel in traffic-choked Asian cities.

Singapore hands down first conviction for terror financing

Fpo - A Singaporean man became the first of the country's citizens to be jailed for financing terrorism after he was convicted of sending money to a radical Islamist preacher.

Singapore's 'fake news' law takes effect as critics sound alarm

Fpo - Singapore's new law to combat "fake news" came into effect Wednesday despite criticism from tech giants and activists, who labelled the tough rules a "chilling" attempt to stifle dissent.

Singapore activist in new challenge to gay sex ban

Fpo - A Singaporean gay rights activist said Wednesday he has filed a legal challenge against a law banning sex between men, the third recent bid to overturn the legislation.

Indonesian forest fires putting 10 million children at risk: UN

Jakarta - Air pollution from Indonesian forest fires is putting nearly 10 million children at risk, the United Nations warned Tuesday, as scientists said the blazes were releasing vast amounts of greenhouse gases.

Forest fire haze clears over Singapore ahead of F1

Fpo - Singapore's skies cleared Friday and air quality improved as smog from raging Indonesian forest fires drifted away, easing fears that this weekend's Formula One race may be affected.

Forest fire haze clears over Singapore ahead of F1

Fpo - Singapore's skies were clearer Friday and air quality improved as smog from Indonesian forest fires drifted away, easing fears that this weekend's Formula One race may be affected.

Malaysia raises diplomatic temperature as Indonesia burns

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia said Thursday it will raise pressure on its Southeast Asian neighbours to find a solution to recurring outbreaks of smog-belching forest fires in Indonesia, as air quality plummeted and more schools closed.

Malaysia, Indonesia shut thousands of schools over forest fires haze

Kuala Lumpur - Thousands of schools were shuttered across Malaysia and Indonesia Thursday, affecting at least 1.7 million pupils, officials said, as toxic haze from rampant forest fires sent air quality plummeting.

Schools, airports closed as Indonesia fires spark fears for Singapore F1

Kuala Lumpur - Toxic haze from Indonesian forest fires closed schools and airports across the country and in neighbouring Malaysia Wednesday, while air quality worsened in Singapore just days before the city's Formula One motor race.

Haze closes Malaysia schools, sparks fears for Singapore F1

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia closed more than 1,000 schools nationwide Wednesday and air quality worsened in Singapore days before the city's Formula One race, as toxic haze from Indonesian forest fires engulfed the region.

Singapore restaurants make history with three Michelin stars

Paris - Two Singapore restaurants have been awarded the maximum three Michelin stars for the first time ever, the French-based culinary guide said Tuesday.

Mugabe's body arrives home to divided Zimbabwe, burial dispute

Harare - The body of Zimbabwe's ex-president, Robert Mugabe, arrived home on Wednesday to an honour guard in a country divided over the legacy of a former liberation hero whose 37-year rule was marked by repression and economic ruin.

Mosquito trials raise hopes of defeating dengue

Nha Trang - Hundreds dead in the Philippines; a threefold increase of cases in Vietnam; hospitals overrun in Malaysia, Myanmar and Cambodia -- dengue is ravaging Southeast Asia this year due in part to rising temperatures and low immunity to new strains.

Review: Michael Andrew wins 50 meter butterfly at World Cup in Singapore Special

American swimmer Michael Andrew has a major reason to be proud. He took home the gold medal in the men's 50 meter butterfly at the World Cup in Singapore.

New Singapore opposition party launched as polls loom

Fpo - A new opposition party backed by the estranged brother of Singapore's prime minister was launched Saturday in a fresh challenge to the government as speculation mounts elections could be called soon.

New Singapore opposition party launched as polls loom

Fpo - A new opposition party backed by the estranged brother of Singapore's prime minister was launched Saturday in a fresh challenge to the government as speculation mounts elections could be called soon.

Social media sites block controversial Singapore race rap

Fpo - Facebook and other sites Friday blocked access to a rap video about race in multi-ethnic Singapore that is under police investigation after authorities asked for the footage to be removed.

'Brownface' ad sparks anger in Singapore

Fpo - An advertisement featuring an actor of Chinese origin with his skin darkened to portray different races has sparked anger in multi-ethnic Singapore, prompting an apology from the country's state-owned broadcaster.
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WRECKAGE: A salvage ship in the Java Sea carries the tail section of AirAsia Flight 8501 that crashe...
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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Singapore was shrouded in heavy smog in June, 2013.
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A policeman patrols the streets following a riot in Singapore's Little India district December 8, 2013. A crowd set fire to vehicles and clashed with police in the Indian district of Singapore late on Sunday
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The burnt shells of vehicles are pictured along Race Course Road following a riot near Singapore's Little India district December 9, 2013
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Over 2,700 elephant tusks weighing 7.9 tonnes were fed into an industrial rock crusher before incineration
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BRIEFING: National Transportation Safety Commission chair Tatang Kurniadi (left) briefs journalists about AirAsia Flight 8501 on Thursday at a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia.
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Singapore is cutting off Internet access for government work stations for security reasons.
Riot policemen watch burning vehicles during a riot in Singapore s Little India district
Riot policemen watch burning vehicles during a riot in Singapore's Little India district
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A view shows damaged vehicles along a road after a riot in Singapore's Little India district December 8, 2013. Local media said a mob of about 400 set fire to an ambulance and police cars during the riot on Sunday, which started after a bus knocked down a pedestrian
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MISSING: An Airasia Airbus 320 jetliner is seen taxiing at Singapore Changi International Airport in 2010.
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Officials stand around a bus with a smashed windshield following a riot in Singapore's Little India district, December 9, 2013. A crowd set fire to vehicles and clashed with police in the Indian district of Singapore
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