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Singapore diplomat urges repeal of 'antiquated' gay sex law

Fpo - One of Singapore's most influential diplomats called Tuesday for the repeal of a law criminalising sex between men, saying it was time for the modern city-state to abandon the "antiquated" legislation.

Fresh challenge lodged against Singapore gay-sex ban

Fpo - A Singaporean disc jockey has lodged a court challenge against a law banning sex between men in the city-state, his lawyers said Wednesday, inspired by last week's landmark ruling in India.

Malaysian island city in trouble as PM targets China-linked projects

Kuala Lumpur - An ambitious $100 billion island city being built off Malaysia has found itself in troubled waters as the new government takes aim at the development, the latest in a series of China-linked megaprojects started under the scandal-plagued ex-premier to c...

'Crazy Rich Asians' author wanted in Singapore over national service

Fpo - The author of "Crazy Rich Asians", which has been adapted into a hit Hollywood movie, is wanted in his native Singapore for allegedly dodging mandatory national service, authorities said Wednesday.

France marks Bastille Day with major military parade

Paris - Fighter jets streaked over Paris on Saturday as part of a massive military parade in a "demonstration of controlled force" on France's national day, due to be followed by a street party if "Les Bleus" win the World Cup.

Japan, Singapore to be France's Bastille Day honorees

Paris - Japan and Singapore will be guests of honour at this year's Bastille Day parade in Paris, France announced Thursday, a year after US Donald President Trump enjoyed a front seat at the military display.

Palm oil giant still linked to Indonesia logging: Greenpeace

Fpo - The world's largest palm oil trader is still linked to deforestation in Indonesia despite committing five years ago to stop logging the archipelago's vast tracts of jungle, Greenpeace said Monday.

Singapore spent $12 million on US-N.Korea summit

Fpo - Singapore said Sunday it spent Sg$16.3 million ($12 million) on the historic US-North Korea summit, adding it was less than initially anticipated after some in the city-state complained about the high cost.

US triggers sniggers by 'reunifying' Singapore, Malaysia

Fpo - As the US prepared for a summit some hoped may bring peace to the long-divided Korean peninsula, Washington accidentally hinted at another unlikely reunion by listing Singapore as part of Malaysia.

North Korea media herald Kim's Singapore stroll

Pyongyang - North Korea's state media provided extensive coverage Tuesday of a late night stroll taken by Kim Jong Un around staunchly capitalist Singapore, with a barrage of photos accompanying the young leader's effusive praise for the island state's economic mo...

Find the leader: Kim's cat-and-mouse journey to Singapore

Fpo - North Korea's capacity for distraction and sleight of hand was on show Sunday as leader Kim Jong Un flew to Singapore for his summit with US President Donald Trump.

Trump and Kim lookalikes hold 'summit' in Singapore

Fpo - While access to the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will be tightly restricted, hundreds of Singaporeans got the next best thing on Saturday when two lookalikes showed up at a downtown mall.

Tightly-controlled Singapore rolls out tough summit security

Fpo - Singapore's reputation for rigid law and order was seen as a major factor for being chosen to host Tuesday's US-North Korea summit -- and the tiny city-state is determined not to disappoint.

Who's getting this? North Korea's summit bill

Fpo - North Korea has a habit of making others pick up its overseas travel tabs, and experts say either Singapore or South Korea is likely to get stuck with an eye-watering bill for next week's historic North-US summit in a luxury resort.

Kim Jong Un lookalike questioned in Singapore before summit

Fpo - A Kim Jong Un lookalike said Friday he was questioned on arrival in Singapore ahead of a historic US-North Korea summit and told to stay away from sites linked to the event.

Trump attorney says Kim Jong Un 'begged' for summit: report

Washington - Donald Trump's attorney said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un begged "on his hands and knees" for a summit with the US president, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. "They...

Singapore top diplomat to visit Pyongyang before Trump-Kim summit

Fpo - Singapore's foreign minister will make a two-day trip to Pyongyang starting Thursday, as preparations for a summit in the city-state between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un accelerate.

Singapore says foreign minister to visit Pyongyang

Fpo - Singapore's foreign minister will make a two-day trip to Pyongyang starting Thursday, as preparations for a summit in the city-state between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un accelerate.

Placid Singapore braces for Trump-Kim storm

Fpo - Singapore hotel rooms are being snapped up, police are preparing to lock down the city and thousands of journalists are set to jet in for the greatest media circus on Earth -- the US-North Korea summit.

Singapore Airlines to launch world's longest flight

Fpo - Singapore Airlines said on Wednesday that it will relaunch the world's longest commercial flight in October, a journey of almost 19 hours from the city-state to New York, but it will not be available to economy travellers.

Malaysia's Mahathir axes Singapore high-speed rail link

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Monday he was scrapping a project to build a high-speed railway to Singapore, in an ominous sign for the neighbours' famously fractious relationship.

Neutral and stable, Singapore is natural choice for Trump-Kim

Fpo - With one foot in the East and one in the West, ultra-modern and secure -- to the point of sometimes being mocked as dull -- Singapore was a natural choice for the historic first meeting between the unpredictable leaders of the US and North Korea.

Why Singapore for the Trump-Kim summit?

Fpo - It has one foot in the East and one in the West, is ultra-modern, secure and sometimes mocked as being a little dull -- Singapore was the safe pick for a historic first meeting between the unpredictable leaders of the US and North Korea.

Helicopter taxi apps offer escape from traffic-choked megacities

Fpo - Within minutes of using an app to book a ride, Agostino Fernandes was looking down on lush greenery from a helicopter taxi high above Bangalore -- one of several Uber-style chopper services taking off to help commuters tackle increasingly congested meg...

Malaysia's tense vote fuels damaging ethnic 'brain drain'

Fpo - Malaysia's racially divisive elections are fanning resentment among minorities, and risk escalating a "brain drain" of disillusioned ethnic Chinese and Indians in an exodus experts say is hurting the nation's economic ambitions.

Singapore-Kuala Lumpur is world's busiest international air route

Fpo - The trip between Singapore and the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur is the world's busiest international air route, with more than 30,500 flights between the cities in the year to February, a new study showed.

No formal request about Trump-Kim summit: Singapore PM

Fpo - Singapore has not received any "formal" request to host an eagerly awaited meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the city-state's prime minister said Saturday.

Inuka, first polar bear born in the tropics, is put down

Fpo - Inuka, the first polar bear born in the tropics, was put down Wednesday after a rapid decline in health, with Singapore Zoo mourning the loss of one of its best-loved animals.

Fuzzy crab, shiny-eyed shrimp discovered on Java expedition

Fpo - A hermit crab, a shiny-eyed shrimp and a crab with fuzzy spines are among over a dozen new species discovered in a deep-sea expedition off the Indonesian island of Java, scientists said.

Inuka, first polar bear born in the tropics, may be put down

Fpo - An elderly polar bear at Singapore zoo, one of the site's most beloved animals, may be put down after its health deteriorated markedly, the zoo operator said Thursday.
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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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Singapore: Centre square of Raffles Place
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A luxury apartment building in Singapore that parks your Ferrari in your living room.
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Singapore is cutting off Internet access for government work stations for security reasons.
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Riot policemen watch burning vehicles during a riot in Singapore's Little India district
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AIRLINER: An AirAsia Airbus 320 jet is seen on the tarmac at Singapore Changi Airport.
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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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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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