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A SINGAPOREAN post-secondary student who made plans to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and carry out attacks here has been detained under the Internal Security Act since last month.

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THE High Court has turned down the Ministry of National Development's (MND) application to appoint independent accountants to oversee government grants to the Workers' Party-run town council.
PASSENGERS and crew on a Shanghai-bound Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight had a mid-air scare last Saturday when both the plane's engines suddenly lost power during bad weather.
ZURICH - Fifa was plunged into turmoil on the eve of its congress in Zurich after the Swiss authorities arrested 14 officials in a dawn raid yesterday.


THROW litter like tissue paper and cigarette butts out of your flat's window and you may be nabbed on camera. The National Environment Agency (NEA) has been ramping up its use of electronic eyes to catch high-rise litterbugs.
A RECORD $2.2 billion worth of public-sector technology tenders will be up for grabs this year, as Singapore embarks on its smart nation journey.
A NEW dish rack, much longer warranty on the laminate flooring, free installation of safety film to prevent glass shower screens from shattering and an offer to relocate sanitary pipes in the service yards of affected four-room flats.


TWELVE policemen were arrested over suspicions that they were involved in or abetted human trafficking at Malaysia's northern border where 139 graves in 28 "death camps" were discovered last weekend, the government revealed in Parliament yesterday.
HONG KONG - No boats of South-east Asian migrants have landed since the last one washed ashore in Indonesia a week ago.
THAI Premier Prayut Chan-o-cha has confirmed that elections will be pushed back to September next year, as the government prepares for a referendum on a controversial draft Constitution which critics say consolidates an unelected elite's control over Thai politics.


BAGHDAD - Iraqi forces and militias have taken up positions on the southern outskirts of Ramadi, taking two neighbourhoods and moving into Anbar university, as they attempt to oust fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
SYDNEY - The wife and five children of an Australian believed to have been photographed while holding severed heads of Syrian soldiers will face the "full severity of Australian law" if they attempt to return home, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said.
BRITISH Prime Minister David Cameron has made good on his pledge not to "waste a single moment" in delivering on his manifesto promises, following his Conservative party's recent surprise electoral victory.


NEARLY 500 Jurong Country Club (JCC) members walked away disappointed after an intense 2 1/2-hour meeting with the club's general committee on Tuesday failed to yield clear answers.
SERVICE companies made a modest start to the year, with takings rising 3.3 per cent in the first quarter as financial firms and insurers did particularly well.
THE United States economy may grow by up to 3 per cent this year on the back of cheaper oil while Europe's recovery gains traction amid structural reforms.


Local indie music acts will take centre stage at the Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore's best music venue, for the first time on June 6.
It is the kind of big break directors dream about.
Unlike many others who would baulk at the thought of working day-in-day-out with their spouses, American actress Casey Wilson has already happily done so on two separate TV shows.


HOW long does an election take to gestate? This was the imponderable that listeners were left with after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's appearance earlier this week on Mandarin radio station Capital 95.8FM.


DO AWAY with the medal table? You might as well tell everyone that the Games will not be fun any more.
LUGUELIN Santos is not a number, a figure, a statistic. He is far more profound, he is a symbol of possibility. He won silver for the Dominican Republic in the 400m at the 2012 London Olympics and said: "The greatest pain I have suffered in my life didn't come from an injury. It is called hunger. I was really poor, I didn't even have enough money to buy shoes. S
THE humanitarian crisis of unwanted migrants in rickety boats being pushed back repeatedly into open waters in the Andaman Sea and Strait of Malacca has abated for now.

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IT IS not surprising to read that criminals continue to actively funnel large amounts of dirty money through legitimate banking systems to escape legal detection ("'Look out for dirty money in Aussie property'";
AT SOME HDB carparks, visitor vehicles are not allowed to enter once the visitor spots are all taken.
ASSOCIATE Professor Robert C. Beckman's claim that China had not officially claimed a 12 nautical mile (nm) territorial sea from any feature in the Spratlys has no merit ("China and 'might makes right' at sea"; May 20).


ZURICH - Unless the world of football shifts on its axis tomorrow, Sepp Blatter will be re-elected Fifa president at the annual congress of world football's governing body in Zurich.
Snapshots of the nine current and former Fifa officials indicted for racketeering, conspiracy and corruption.
The approximate times at which the developments were reported (Zurich time)