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After helping at least 6,000 people lose a total of 20,000kg in six months, a nationwide campaign to get Singaporeans to shed the extra flab is bulking up.

News

New York - The French police raid a bomb-making cell in a Paris suburb, killing a suspected extremist in a gunfight. The British police arrest four men accused of plotting a bombing on the scale of the Mumbai hotel attack six years ago.
Ottawa (Ontario) - A loner. A drug addict. A criminal. A drifter. And lately, an Islamic radical.
New York - A hatchet attack on four rookie police officers in New York City was labelled an act of terrorism, although detectives found no indication that anyone other than the assailant, who was shot dead, was involved.

Invest

Moves by banks to improve transparency means customers will be less likely to be hit by those dreaded "hidden" fees that tend to creep into monthly credit card statements.
While his colleagues were grabbing drinks together after hours, Mr Lim would find an excuse to plod on home. It was 2010 and the accountant had no money to spare for leisure.
If you pay only the minimum sum required on your monthly credit card bill - usually 3 per cent to 5 per cent of the outstanding balance or a specified amount such as $50, whichever is higher - you will be charged interest daily on the outstanding balance.

Think

The 35-year-old housekeeper was five months' pregnant when she went on the run. The foetus in her womb belonged to a Chinese couple. Ms Suteera (not her real name) was supposed to hand over the baby at birth, but changed her mind.
Any news of a rise in hawker centre prices touches a raw nerve in Singaporeans. Unlike food courts, to say nothing of upscale restaurants, there is a sense of public ownership over hawker centres.
Last week, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its yearly review of the Singapore economy known as the Article IV Consultations, flagged a concern over the country's further plans to slow the inflow of foreign workers.

Lifestyle

It took all of 10 minutes for electronics firm Aztech Group's chairman Michael Mun to seal the $4-million deal with the owners of Kay Lee Roast Meat Joint.
When Japanese lifestyle department store Tokyu Hands opened its first outlet here last month, it was predicted that its wide array of beauty products and quirky crockware would score with customers.
On Monday, Ms Evelyn Lee, 77, goes for a pulsating kickboxing session at The Star Vista in Buona Vista. On Tuesday, the retiree heads to either Lot One Shoppers' Mall in Choa Chu Kang or IMM Building in Jurong for KpopX fitness, aerobics incorporating K-pop moves.

Sports

Serena Williams does not like dramatic movies. "I can't deal with the pressure. It's too stressful for me. It's too much," she had said before.
We can forensically examine Serena Williams as if she were a unique tennis specimen. We can dissect her serve from yesterday's 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) win. Twelve aces to Caroline Wozniacki's none. We can compare winners. Nineteen just on the forehand, which is more than Wozniacki's total of 15.
Away from the tennis court and without a racket in hand for domination, Serena Williams surprises you immediately. Her easy handshake belies the strength of the powerful woman who often delivers serves above 200kmh.