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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.

Singapore teen in anti-Lee video to undergo mental tests

Singapore - A Singapore court on Tuesday ordered psychiatric tests for a teenager who made online attacks on late former leader Lee Kuan Yew as international rights advocates sought his release.

Asia security summit under guard after police shoot man outside

Singapore - An Asia-Pacific security summit was briefly put on lockdown Sunday after police shot dead a local motorist who tried to flee a checkpoint in a car later found to contain drugs, officials said.

Singapore teen in trouble again for re-posting anti-Lee video

Singapore - Singapore prosecutors on Wednesday demanded that a rebellious teenager be sent to a reformatory after he re-posted a controversial video attacking the late independence leader Lee Kuan Yew.

Singapore says 14 people missing after barge capsizes

Singapore - Fourteen people -- 13 Chinese nationals and a Malaysian -- were missing Wednesday after their sand-carrier barge capsized in Singapore waters, officials said, as authorities despatched naval and coast guard vessels to search for them.

Singapore nets biggest ivory seizure in decade

Singapore - Singapore authorities seized the biggest illegal shipment of ivory and other exotic animal parts in more than a decade Tuesday, with the haul from Kenya worth an estimated Sg$8 million ($6 million).

Singapore Prime Minister publishes his code for his Sudoku solver

In a rather unusual technology story, Singapore's Prime Minister has posted the code for his C++ Sudoku solving program onto his Facebook page and then asked members of programming communities to help him to debug the source he wrote a few years ago.

Banknotes or airport? Singapore mulls Lee Kuan Yew tribute

Singapore - Lee Kuan Yew International Airport? A banknote with the founding Singaporean leader's face on it? A new national holiday?

Mediterranean migrants could surge to 500,000 this year: IMO chief

Singapore - The number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean could surge to 500,000 this year, with deaths at sea reaching thousands if no action is taken against the people who traffic them, the head of the UN's maritime agency warned Wednesday.

Singapore high school maths problem stumps the Internet

Singapore - A maths problem that first appeared in a test for Singapore's elite high school students has baffled Internet users around the world after it went viral, prompting a rush of attempts to solve it.

Singapore teen in court over anti-Lee Kuan Yew video

Singapore - A Singaporean teenager arrested after posting an expletive-laden YouTube video attacking the country's late founding leader Lee Kuan Yew and Christianity was charged Tuesday with jailable offences including obscenity and hurting religious feelings.

Singapore teen behind anti-Lee Kuan Yew video arrested: Police

Singapore - Singapore police said Monday they have arrested a teenage boy who posted an expletive-laden video on YouTube attacking Christianity and the country's late founding leader Lee Kuan Yew, but the exact charges were unclear.

Grateful Singapore gives Lee Kuan Yew a hero's funeral

Singapore - Tens of thousands of Singaporeans gave founding father Lee Kuan Yew a hero's funeral Sunday, ending a week of mourning in the city-state he led from poverty to prosperity.

Singapore overwhelmed by huge crowds mourning founding leader Lee

Singapore - Tens of thousands of Singaporeans braved waits of up to 10 hours outside parliament Friday to pay their last respects to founding leader Lee Kuan Yew, despite appeals from overwhelmed officials to honour him elsewhere.

Emotions raw as Singapore pays tribute to Lee Kuan Yew

Singapore - Singaporeans wept on the streets and queued in their thousands Wednesday to pay tribute to founding leader Lee Kuan Yew after his flag-draped coffin was taken on a gun carriage to parliament for public viewing.

Singapore in mourning as first PM Lee Kuan Yew dies

Singapore - Singapore plunged into mourning and world leaders united in tribute Monday after the death of Lee Kuan Yew, the iron-fisted politician who forged a prosperous city-state out of unpromising beginnings.

Singapore's founding leader Lee 'weakens further': govt

Singapore - The health condition of Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew weakened further on Sunday as he battles severe pneumonia in hospital, the government said.

Singapore on edge as Lee Kuan Yew's condition worsens

Singapore - The health of independent Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew has worsened, the government said Saturday as one of the foremost figures of 20th century Asia struggled with severe pneumonia.

Indonesia to end search for Flight 8501 victims on Sunday

Jakarta - Search and rescue officials in Indonesia plan to call off the search for victims of an AirAsia plane that crashed over the Java Sea in December even though the bodies of 56 of the plane’s 162 passengers were never found.

Singapore ex-PM Lee Kuan Yew's health worsens

Singapore - The health of Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew has worsened due to an infection after nearly six weeks in hospital, the government said Tuesday.

Singapore founding PM Lee Kuan Yew in ICU but 'stable'

Singapore - Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew, credited with transforming the city-state to one of Asia's wealthiest economies, is in hospital breathing with the help of a machine but in stable condition, the government said Saturday.

Singapore PM Lee faces surgery for prostate cancer

Singapore - Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo surgery on Monday, but is expected to recover fully after a week's medical leave, his office said Sunday.

U.S. Navy censures three admirals in bribery scandal

Washington - The U.S. Navy said it has censured three admirals for their roles in a widening bribery scandal, the highest-ranking officers to be punished in the case so far.

Divers may have found crashed AirAsia co-pilot's body

Jakarta - Indonesian divers have found a body believed to be the French co-pilot who was steering an AirAsia plane when it crashed in December with 162 people onboard, an official said Saturday.Coordinator of the search and rescue effort S.B.
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