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Malaysia jails six over 'nude games'

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian court sent six men to jail for a month on Thursday and will try four other people over a nudist gathering that triggered outrage in the Muslim-majority country, a defence lawyer said.

Panasonic revolutionizes agri-tech in growing vegetables

Electronics giant Panasonic is well-known for televisions and home theater systems. But Singaporeans got a surprise last week when a unit of the corporation started selling fresh radishes and lettuce to a chain of Japanese restaurants in Singapore.

Malaysia air quality 'unhealthy' as haze obscures skies

Kuala Lumpur - Air quality around Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur and on Borneo island was "unhealthy" on Tuesday, as haze mostly from forest fires in Indonesia, obscured skies.

Genetic cause of common breast tumors in women

Singapore - Singapore scientists have discovered the genetic cause of common breast tumors in women. The study was led by researchers from the National Cancer Centre Singapore, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School.

Singapore halts destruction of 'pro-gay' children's books

Singapore - Singapore on Friday stopped its national library from destroying two children's books with gay themes following an outcry over literary censorship in the tightly regulated city-state.

Australia bushfire survivors in record class action win

Sydney - Survivors of a devastating 2009 bushfire in Australia won a nearly Aus$500 million (US$470 million) payout Tuesday in the biggest class action settlement in the nation's history.

Australia bushfire survivors in record class action win

Sydney - Survivors of a devastating 2009 bushfire in Australia won a nearly Aus$500 million (US$470 million) payout Tuesday in the biggest class action settlement in the nation's history.

Singapore doubles riot police after guest worker fracas

Singapore - Singapore is doubling the size of its frontline anti-riot forces and stepping up surveillance after a rampage by Indian workers exposed police weaknesses following four decades of strict social order.

Neighbors must put WWII behind them

Washington - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore has stated in an interview today that it is time for Japan's neighbors to "put World War Two behind them" in the interests of peace in Asia.

Singapore match-fixers planned to rig World Cup, says new book

Singapore - Singapore authorities last year placed leaders of a global match-fixing ring operating from the city-state in indefinite detention after uncovering plans to rig the World Cup, according to a new book released Monday.

Pirates free Indonesia-bound Thai tanker after cargo theft

Kuala Lumpur - Pirates have released an Indonesian-bound Thai tanker after stealing its oil cargo, in the latest attack in Southeast Asian waters, the International Maritime Bureau said Monday.

US accuses China of 'destabilising' acts in South China Sea

Singapore - US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned China Saturday against "destabilising actions" in the South China Sea, and backed Japan's plans to take on a more muscular military role as a counterweight to Beijing.

Singapore-based companies sell at record pace to investors

Singapore-based companies are seeing a huge surge in purchases of public businesses as take-private transactions have hit a record $7.94 billion in the four months to April 2014.

Singapore says economy slowed sharply in January-March

Singapore - Singapore's economic growth slowed sharply in the first three months of the year, data showed Monday, but the central bank stood pat on monetary policy saying it would be lifted by a pick-up in global growth.

Singapore pulls 'cringe-worthy' tourism video from YouTube

Singapore - Singapore's tourism board has been forced to remove a YouTube video designed to promote the city-state to the Philippine market, after it was derided as "so bad it will go viral".

OCBC offers US$4.95 bn for Hong Kong's Wing Hang bank

Singapore - Singapore's Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp. (OCBC) said Tuesday it has offered to buy Hong Kong's Wing Hang bank for $4.95 billion as it seeks to boost its presence in the giant Chinese market.

Global support for reduction in govt control of web domain names

Singapore - A plan to give control of the Internet's technical operations to a diverse range of groups, including governments and businesses, instead allowing the state sole power, is gathering international support.

Internet transition to speedier IPv6 accelerating

Singapore - The transition to the next-generation Internet protocol IPv6 is set to speed up this year as web addresses under the previous system IPv4 run out, a senior industry figure said at a meeting about the future of the web Thursday.Internet protocol is the ...

Earth Hour to tap crowdfunding for green campaigns

Singapore - Lights will go off in some 7,000 cities around the world for this weekend's Earth Hour event, which will aim to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for environmental projects worldwide, organisers said Thursday.Organisers WWF have partnered with pay...

Video games linked to aggressive behavior in kids

Washington - Youths who play video games are more likely to think and act in aggressive ways, suggested a study out Monday of more than 3,000 schoolchildren in Singapore.The research, published in JAMA Pediatrics, a journal of the American Medical Association, was ...

Singapore talks on Internet's future hear plea for freedom

Singapore - Control of the Internet should be handed from US supervision to a diverse group of stakeholders, and not to governments that could limit freedoms, a meeting on the web's future heard Monday.Organisers also said that a US decision to relinquish control ...

Tigerair buys 37 Airbus A320neo, option for 13 more

Singapore - Singapore budget carrier Tigerair said Monday it will buy 37 Airbus A320neo planes valued at $3.8 billion, enabling the airline to cut fuel costs and fly to new, more distant destinations.Tigerair, which is 40 percent owned by Singapore Airlines, said ...

Singapore man pleads guilty in US Navy bribery scandal

Washington - A Singapore businessman has pleaded guilty to defrauding the United States as part of a widening bribery scandal involving contracting services for US Navy ships.Alex Wisidagama, 38, a citizen of Singapore and cousin of the executive running the firm a...

Li's Watson to raise up to $6 bln in June IPO

Hong Kong - Asia's richest man Li Ka-shing is planning to raise up to $6 billion through a dual listing of his flagship retail chain in Hong Kong and London, a report said on Tuesday, in what would be the world's biggest initial public offering since late 2012.Li ...

DBS buys Societe Generale's Asian private banking business

Singapore - Singapore's DBS Bank said Monday it had agreed to buy the Asian private banking business of French lender Societe Generale as well as parts of its trust business in a deal worth $220 million.DBS said in a statement the deal "will accelerate DBS's ambit...

Singapore to regulate Bitcoin exchanges, vendors

Singapore - Singapore's central bank said Thursday it will regulate "intermediaries" for the Bitcoin virtual currency to prevent them from being used for money laundering and terrorist financing.Intermediaries such as Bitcoin exchanges and operators of vending mac...

Singapore police probes 'unnatural death' of American Bitcoin CEO

Singapore - Singapore's police said Thursday they were investigating the "unnatural death" of a young American woman who headed a company dealing in the Bitcoin virtual currency.Autumn Radtke, chief executive of Singapore-based Bitcoin exchange company First Meta,...

Singapore named world's costliest city

Singapore - The soaring cost of cars and utilities as well as a strong currency have made Singapore the world's most expensive city, toppling Tokyo from the top spot, according to a survey Tuesday.

Wifi in the sky looks set for takeoff

Singapore - Wifi in aircraft, hobbled in the past by slow speeds, could soon take off as new technology enables passengers to surf the web as if they were in a coffee shop, Internet executives say.More airlines are rolling out new and improved services thanks to s...

Ministers cite progress at Pacific free trade talks - but no deal

Singapore - Asia-Pacific trade ministers negotiating a huge US-led Pacific free trade area said Tuesday they were making headway but differences remain over market access.In a joint statement at the end of a four-day meeting in Singapore, the 12 prospective member...
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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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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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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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Marina Bay Floating Platform
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Singapore was shrouded in heavy smog in June, 2013.
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Sky Greens farms in Singapore.
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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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A luxury apartment building in Singapore that parks your Ferrari in your living room.
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Singapore: Centre square of Raffles Place
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Using the latest in farming technologies, Panasonic Corp. is revolutionizing agriculture.
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Marina Bay, Singapore
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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 crowd set fire to vehicles and clashed with police in the Indian district of Singapore late on Sun...
A crowd set fire to vehicles and clashed with police in the Indian district of Singapore late on Sunday, in a rare outbreak of rioting in the city state
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Singapore's Downtown Core on 7 October 2006, when it was affected by forest fires in Sumatra, Indonesia.
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Lobby, Raffles hotel, Singapore
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