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SINGAPORE'S economy will enjoy no year-end festive cheer even though third-quarter growth was better than expected.

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CIVIL servants will get a year-end bonus of 0.8 month this year amid a slowing economy, with lower- wage officers receiving a minimum payout of $1,200.
KUALA LUMPUR - The national security threat posed by foreign terror groups working with local militants has reached "a whole new level", Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.
AN OPERATION to clear a protest site in Mong Kok turned chaotic yesterday, casting fresh doubts on how the authorities intend to end the nearly two-month-long Occupy movement.

Singapore

MORE tourists are unhappy with restaurants and hotels here, the latest Customer Satisfaction Index of Singapore has found.
TWO of Changi Airport's key markets - China and Thailand - recorded growth in passenger traffic last month, after almost a year of decline.
FORMER China tour guide Yang Yin, accused of manipulating a wealthy widow into making himself her guardian for his personal gain, no longer has any say over her welfare and finances.

Asia

RELATIONS between the Philippines and China appear strained again, just weeks after the two nations' leaders supposedly had a "meeting of minds" on disputed territorial issues.
SINGAPORE yesterday restated its concerns to Malaysia over land reclamation projects in the Strait of Johor , given their close proximity to Singapore.
MANILA - Vietnam yesterday showed off its two most powerful warships in its first port call to the Philippines, even as a Philippine official stressed that there was no intention to raise tensions in the disputed South China Sea.

World

UNITED States Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel's sudden resignation has sparked a storm of speculation in the US capital, with many wondering why the Pentagon chief is leaving the post at a time when the US military is engaged in major challenges abroad.
WASHINGTON - It's about to get a lot tougher to hide from calories in the United States. Chain restaurants, vending machines, grocery stores, coffee shops and pizza joints will soon have to display detailed calorie information on their menus.
STRASBOURG (France) - Pope Francis has urged an "elderly" Europe to overcome economic crises and rising nationalism to reclaim a global leadership role.

Money

SINGAPORE'S growing expertise in the area of devising policies and processes for sustainable urban living could put local firms working in the sector in pole position for contracts overseas, according to Ms Grace Fu, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office.
CONSUMER goods giant Unilever Asia believes that business has always been about doing well by doing good.
A BODY set up to deal with disputes between financial institutions and consumers handled more cases in the last 12 months - and solved them faster.

Life!

For 10 years, Jennifer Aniston was the undisputed queen of the sitcom, her stint as the goofy-but-gorgeous Rachel on Friends (1994-2004) making her one of the biggest actresses on television.
Jennifer Aniston was one of six unknowns who hit the jackpot when they were cast in this sitcom about the lives and loves of a group of young Manhattanites.
If this movie about men and jobs were to be given a performance appraisal, it might read: "Continues to underperform; in fact, delights in mediocrity. Immediate dismissal recommended."

Insight

ALARM bells have gone off over the financial health of Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC), after it failed to get its audit done on time for the third year running.
What do you think of the blueprint (an update of the 2009 masterplan setting out targets and strategies for sustainable development until 2030)?

Opinion

JUST over six months after Thailand's latest military coup, the country's politics appears calm and puzzling at the same time. Events that should be taking place on the ground are not, and those that have transpired have been unanticipated and counter-intuitive.
SINGAPORE'S proposal to conduct an East Asia Summit symposium on the deradicalisation of extremists is a contribution to a two-front war on the resurgence of the global terrorist menace. The first front is military, with a hot war being waged on Middle Eastern battlefields where the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has entrenched itself.
THE recent vandalism of an SMRT train that resulted in the arrest of two German men is worrying several quarters in the Government. And rightly so.

Forum Letters

LAST Friday's report ("More homes go under the hammer in weak market") was attention-grabbing but unlikely to cause any ripples in the financial and property markets.
THE Housing Board should be applauded for its measures to boost the supply of flats and help applicants, especially newlyweds, obtain homes.
COMMINGLED recycling bins are provided in housing estates to make it more convenient for residents to recycle, so that they do not need to spend additional time and effort segregating the different types of recyclables - paper, metal, plastic and glass ("Partition recycling bins" by Dr V. Subramaniam; last Wednesday).

Sports

SINGAPORE football's past and present are set for a collision course tonight, one firmly set in motion yesterday.
UNDER the spotlight for all the wrong reasons a few days ago, Baihakki Khaizan needs to be at his ball-clearing best for Singapore's hopes to remain alive in the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup.
SINGAPORE striker Khairul Amri will never forget the booming yet fatherly voice that drilled into him the simplest advice a footballer can get.