Golf and sumo on Trump's Japan agenda

Japan is rolling out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump as he starts his four-day state visit today, although the pomp and pageantry may appear to be a ploy to distract from the big elephant in the room – trade. Both Japanese and American officials have talked up their “closer-than-ever” relationship, as they stress the significance of what […]

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China accuses US officials of misleading public on trade war

BEIJING (REUTERS) – China on Friday (May 24) accused US officials of lying to the public about their trade war, as rising tensions between the world’s two largest economies kept financial markets in a state of unease. Talks to end the trade dispute collapsed earlier this month, with the two sides in a stalemate over US demands that China change […]

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The Mumbai fires people forgot about

In the last one month, more than 30 people have died in five separate fires in the western Indian city of Mumbai. But most people have only heard about the blaze at the trendy Kamala Mills district complex that killed 14 people. The BBC’s Medhavi Arora explores why this is the case. The outpouring of public anger that followed the […]

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Why Mount Everest’s summit gets so crowded

If you imagine the summit of Mount Everest, you might picture a quiet, snowy peak far from civilisation. But a striking photo, taken by mountaineer Nirmal Purja, shows how the reality can be a lot more crowded. Mr Purja’s photo has attracted attention around the world – amid the tragic news that seven climbers died on Everest in the past […]

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Play zookeeper at Mandai resort

Beyond snoozing in the middle of five wildlife parks, overnight guests at the future eco-resort in Mandai will be able to participate in behind-the-scenes activities where they can work with keepers and learn about the animals. Mr Mike Barclay, group chief executive of Mandai Park Holdings, said during a media conference yesterday that the resort will offer a unique opportunity […]

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Bombing at Afghan Mosque Kills Popular Religious Scholar

KABUL, Afghanistan — A popular Afghan religious scholar who had voiced support for Afghanistan’s military and police was killed on Friday in a bombing at a mosque in Kabul, the latest among dozens of Islamic scholars targeted for death during the country’s long war. The scholar, Samiullah Rayhan, was one of two people killed when an explosion ripped through Al-Taqwa […]

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New Science Centre at Jurong Lake Gardens to be bigger and offer more hands-on opportunities

SINGAPORE – The new Science Centre at Jurong Lake Gardens, slated to be ready around 2025, will be larger to house more exhibitions and laboratories for visitors to conduct experiments and create new inventions. Leveraging the waterfront location, it will have more outdoor programmes for visitors to explore nature and science within the green space. The Science Centre’s design will […]

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Singapore must guard against misperception of cannabis use portrayed by Western media: Shanmugam

SINGAPORE – Singapore must guard against the misperception of cannabis use portrayed by Western media, and continue educating its youngsters, many of whom obtain drug-related information from overseas media sources. Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam said on Friday (May 24) that one key challenge that Singapore faces currently is the increasing number of countries calling for alternative drug […]

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Three More Die on Mount Everest During Crowded Climbing Season

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Three more people died Thursday on Mount Everest, as crowds of climbers added to the dangers of attempting to scale the world’s highest peak. The three died just days after a widely-circulated photo showed a long line of climbers extending along a narrow ridge, waiting to reach the 29,029-foot summit and its expansive view of the Himalayas. […]

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