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Indonesian fires send smoke and haze across Southeast Asia

Air quality in Singapore rose to unhealthy levels on Friday as the acrid smoke from Borneo and Sumatra's slash and burn fires drifted across the Island.

Singapore trials driverless taxis in world first

Singapore - The world's first driverless taxis went into operation on Thursday in Singapore in a limited public trial, beating giants like Uber in the race to roll out the revolutionary technology.

Ex-Singapore president Nathan dies

Singapore - Former Singapore president S. R. Nathan, whose colourful career included stints as a spymaster and diplomat, died in hospital on Monday, the government said in a statement.

Singapore detains two men wanting to join IS group

Singapore - Singapore said Friday it had detained two men under its tough internal security law after discovering they intended to travel to Syria to fight for the Islamic State group.

Singapore PM wife sparks dino purse frenzy after White House visit

Singapore - A dinosaur print purse designed by an autistic teenage boy has completely sold out after photographs of the Singaporean prime minister's wife carrying it at the White House went viral.

Indonesia foils plot to fire rocket at Singapore

Jakarta - Indonesian police Friday arrested six suspected militants over an Islamic State-linked plot to fire a rocket at an upmarket Singapore waterfront district from a nearby island.

Indonesia foils plot to fire rocket at Singapore

Jakarta - Indonesian police Friday arrested six suspected militants over an Islamic State-linked plot to fire a rocket at an upmarket Singapore waterfront district from a nearby island.

Indonesia foils plot to fire rocket at Singapore

Jakarta - Indonesian police Friday arrested six suspected militants over an Islamic State-linked plot to fire a rocket at an upmarket Singapore waterfront district from a nearby island.

Singapore university investigates mock-rape claims

Singapore - Claims that students were subjected to sexually-charged orientation activities, including one simulating rape, are being investigated by Singapore's top university.

Singapore jails four Bangladeshis for terrorist financing

Singapore - Singapore on Tuesday sentenced four Bangladeshis to between two and five years jail after they pleaded guilty to raising money for an alleged Islamist terror plot in their home country.

Singaporean couple jailed for torturing toddler to death

Singapore - A Singaporean mother who tortured her two-year-old son to death for not eating his breakfast and disobeying her was jailed along with her boyfriend on Tuesday for what the court described as the couple's "senseless brutality".

Singapore to pursue firms over fires, despite Indonesian ire

Jakarta - Singapore is refusing to back down in its pursuit of those responsible for haze-belching forest fires in Southeast Asia last year, despite struggling to bring the perpetrators before the courts and drawing a sharp rebuke from neighbouring Indonesia.

Singapore to pursue firms over fires, despite Indonesian ire

Jakarta - Singapore is refusing to back down in its pursuit of those responsible for haze-belching forest fires in Southeast Asia last year, despite struggling to bring the perpetrators before the courts and drawing a sharp rebuke from neighbouring Indonesia.

Singapore to pursue firms over fires, despite Indonesian ire

Jakarta - Singapore is refusing to back down in its pursuit of those responsible for haze-belching forest fires in Southeast Asia last year, despite struggling to bring the perpetrators before the courts and drawing a sharp rebuke from neighbouring Indonesia.

Fire engulfs Singapore Airlines plane wing after emergency landing

Singapore - Flames engulfed the wing of a Singapore Airlines plane after it made an emergency landing at the city's main airport on Monday, with dramatic footage showing plumes of black smoke billowing from the aircraft.

Singapore crushes 8 tonnes of illegal ivory

Singapore, a major transit point to ship illegal ivory from Africa to China crushed 8 tonnes of seized ivory estimated to be worth $10 million.The remains will be used as landfill at an offshore island.

Same-sex kiss cut from Singapore staging of Les Miserables

Singapore - A kiss between two male actors in a production of Les Miserables in Singapore has been cut after complaints from the public.

Singapore destroys tonnes of illegal ivory

Singapore - Singapore on Monday crushed and burnt almost eight tonnes of ivory confiscated over two years to try to deter smugglers as activists called for tighter enforcement.Over 2,700 elephant tusks weighing 7.

In Internet-savvy Singapore, government offices to go offline

Singapore City - As one of the world’s most wired nations, Singapore’s unprecedented information technology development in recent years has been largely attributed to its fast Internet speed.

China says it doesn't fear 'trouble' in S. China Sea

Singapore - An Asian security summit ended in discord Sunday after China denounced US "provocations" in the South China Sea and declared it does not fear trouble in the contested waters.

US vows 'actions' if China builds new S. China Sea structures

Singapore - Chinese construction on a South China Sea islet claimed by the Philippines would prompt "actions being taken" by the United States and other nations, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter warned Saturday.

Obama to host Singapore PM for state visit

Washington - US President Barack Obama will host Singapore's prime minister for talks on a stalled trans-Pacific trade pact, maritime tensions with China and a prestigious White House state dinner.

Map blunder sparks Indonesia-Singapore row, troop dispatch

Jakarta - Furious officials sent troops to Indonesian islets near Singapore after an online map of an eco resort mistakenly suggested they belong to the city-state.

Valencia's Asian boss admits cultural differences

Singapore - Asian ownership of European football clubs can be tough because of cultural differences, Valencia's Singaporean president said on Friday after a turbulent period at the Mestalla Stadium.

Singapore 'to execute Malaysian murder convict on Friday'

Singapore - Singapore is expected to hang a Malaysian murder convict on Friday despite last-minute clemency pleas, his family and human rights groups said.

Japan, China battle for first high-speed railway in SE Asia

Japan and China are currently engaged in a fierce competition for the contract to build Southeast Asia’s first high-speed railway.

Singapore reports first Zika case

Singapore - Singapore said Friday it had detected the first case of Zika in someone who had travelled to Brazil, the epicentre of the outbreak.

Singapore detains 8 Bangladeshis for alleged IS-related terror plot

Singapore - Singapore said Tuesday it had arrested eight Bangladeshi men who allegedly plotted to carry out terror attacks and assassinations in their home country to establish an Islamic state.

Singapore detains Bangladeshis for alleged IS-related terror plot

Singapore - The Singapore government said Tuesday it had arrested eight Bangladeshi men who allegedly plotted to carry out terror attacks, including assassinations, in their home country to establish an Islamic state.

Driverless cars may hit road in Singapore in next 12 months

For Americans, Europeans, and most others, the concept of driverless cars is currently a sort of “pipe dream,” something that will probably happen, but not any time soon. For Singaporeans, driverless cars are coming sooner rather than later.
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AIRLINE: An Airbus 320 jetliner taxis at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya  Indonesia  in 201...
AIRLINE: An Airbus 320 jetliner taxis at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, Indonesia, in 2010.
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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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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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AIRLINER: An AirAsia Airbus 320 jet is seen on the tarmac at Singapore Changi Airport.
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Singapore: Centre square of Raffles Place
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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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Sky Greens farms in 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 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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MISSING: An Airasia Airbus 320 jetliner is seen taxiing at Singapore Changi International Airport in 2010.
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A luxury apartment building in Singapore that parks your Ferrari in your living room.
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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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Lobby, Raffles hotel, Singapore
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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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Marina Bay Floating Platform
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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 is cutting off Internet access for government work stations for security reasons.
Singapore is cutting off Internet access for government work stations for security reasons.