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North Korea stunned many observers by pulling off its fifth and most powerful nuclear test to date yesterday, drawing condemnations from world leaders. The test could provide more justification for the US deployment of a controversial anti-missile system in South Korea, analysts say.
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Health Minister Gan Kim Yong and Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli will make ministerial statements on tackling the Zika threat when Parliament sits next Tuesday. Parliament will also pay a special tribute to the late Mr S R Nathan, who died on Aug 22, aged 92.
In his first state visit to Indonesia, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday told his counterpart Joko Widodo that Manila will allow the Indonesian maritime authorities to pursue pirates in Philippine waters. Mr Duterte repeated his vow to crack down on crime, saying he is accountable only to the people of the Philippines.
China has unveiled a list of seven new free trade zones (FTZs) across the country, a move analysts say demonstrates its resolve to deepen reforms and open up. Chinese President Xi Jinping said Singapore can play a useful role in developing these zones.
China's great policy dilemma is whether to go for less debt or more growth. Professor John Wong says artificial stimulus and growth spurts have had their day. An L-shaped, less-debt, less-growth approach is now being signalled.
Former China tour guide Yang Yin produced photos of him with wealthy widow Chung Kin Chun in court yesterday, to show he had treated her well. The prosecution asked for 10 to 12 years' jail for Yang for misappropriating $1.1 million.
The proposed Vulnerable Adults Bill, which gives the authorities more power to protect such adults, has received "strong support", the Ministry of Social and Family Development said yesterday. The ministry had received 43 responses to the Bill in a public consultation ending last month.
Australian lenders have reportedly appointed receivers to rent-making properties owned by International Healthway Corp (IHC) Down Under. This has raised questions whether the Catalist-listed IHC may have been more pressed for liquidity than it has disclosed to its shareholders.
Anfield's new Main Stand, which has increased the capacity of the ground by 8,500, is an important factor in Jurgen Klopp's vision of a sustained assault on the Premier League title this year. The Reds meet champions Leicester City today and Klopp warns that the extra presence of thousands of Liverpool fans is "more power and we should use this".
Steering clear of the common practice of putting a modern spin on the old, film-maker Daniel Yun chose instead to pay tribute to the time his Housing Board flat was built - the 1980s. The 1,500 sq ft flat in Ang Mo Kio is kitted out with fittings from that era, including old-school terrazzo floor tiles.
Self-professed conmen, mentalism duo Jean-Christophe Celestin and Chris Kwong will be performing here on Sept 24. They are practitioners of mentalism, a type of performing art which combines magic with psychology, giving the illusion of mind-reading or psychic abilities.