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WASHINGTON - The United States has declared the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group the most dangerous it has faced in recent years, and warned that the Middle East faces a long-term battle to defeat the group.

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MALAYSIANS across the nation yesterday grieved the loss of 43 of their countrymen in the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH17 tragedy, with schools, traffic, public transportation and even cinemas coming to a standstill during a minute of silence in the morning.
THE Media Development Authority (MDA) is dropping a controversial scheme that would have allowed arts groups to give age-appropriate ratings to their own works in line with the authority's classification code.
AN 80-YEAR-OLD man was yesterday charged with murdering his daughter-in-law.



THE political career of Mr Prabo- wo Subianto cannot be written off just yet, even if his refusal to concede defeat in the July 9 presidential election has soured ties with allies and raised questions about his temperament as a leader.
JAKARTA- The rupiah hit a near one-month high yesterday after Indonesia's highest court unanimously upheld last month's presidential election result. Most emerging Asian currencies also gained as a US dollar rally lost steam.
THE handover process between the government and President- elect Joko kicked in yesterday, after the final hurdle was cleared when the Constitutional Court upheld the result of the July 9 election on Thursday night.


MONROVIA - Senegal has become the latest country to seal its border with a West African neighbour to ward off the deadly Ebola virus. The move came as the UN pointman on the epidemic said preparations must be made for a possible flare-up of the disease.
ATLANTA (Georgia) - To evaluate the condition of Dr Kent Brantly, the American aid worker who became the first person to be treated for Ebola in the United States, all anyone needed to do was notice what he was not wearing.
DRESDEN (Germany) - The trial of a German police officer accused of murdering a willing victim he met on a website for cannibalism fetishists started yesterday.


THE upcoming Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) will ease transport woes for many thousands of commuters and help send home prices north, consultants said.
THE fate of a somewhat faded Orchard Road landmark is hanging in the balance.
STUDENTS are becoming increasingly switched on about finance and the risks and rewards of investing if a lively seminar staged by The Straits Times yesterday is anything to go by.


Often thought of as an industrial neighbourhood with few leisure options, Jurong became the talk of the town this week, after plans to turn it into a "people's garden" were revealed.
Washington - It is the charity stunt that has got everyone from billionaires to pop stars and even former United States presidents drenched by buckets of freezing water.
Washington - Women who eat instant noodles at least two times a week face a greater risk of high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar and high cholesterol, United States researchers said on Thursday.


THOUSANDS of noisy mynahs roost every day in trees outside the Jurong West flat of leasing executive Clement Lim. Mr Lim has complained to several agencies to get the problem solved - but so far, it has been three years of looking for a permanent solution, and the squawking continues.
Zip is set up by the Public Service to make ministries more aware that the public sees the Government as one entity. It aims to reduce the number of agencies they approach for help.
THE new Municipal Services Office (MSO) could take its cue from the city that recently hosted the soccer World Cup, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.


PRIME Minister Lee Hsien Loong's National Day Rally put the spotlight on retirement adequacy. During the rally on Sunday, he announced a policy adjustment to let people withdraw part of their Central Provident Fund (CPF) savings in a lump sum after they turn 65, provided enough is set aside to fund monthly payouts for life.
THE acronym of the Applied Study in Polytechnics and ITE Review committee - Aspire - captures the essence of building a society of greater opportunity that is a key national objective today. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong referred to this committee in his National Day Rally speech on Sunday, when he spoke of how a university degree need not be the only route to a fulfilling career for young Singaporeans.
WORK up a sweat but do not overdo it. This is probably what a cardiologist routinely tells his patient who asks about exercise. For those who ever wished the doctor could be a tad more specific, a more quantifiable answer may finally be at hand.

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I APPLAUD the changes made to the Central Provident Fund but am afraid that they do not go far enough ("PM outlines CPF options for retirement; Monday).
I FULLY agree with Ms Elizabeth Bennett's findings on hawker food prices ("Public must accept rise in hawker food prices"; Aug 15).
I AM in full support of the "open village" concept for people who have dementia ("'Open village' for dementia residents"; last Saturday).


SINGAPORE could be celebrating its first Olympic title at the Nanjing Youth Olympics today.
IT SEEMED the decisive blow in the title race. Philippe Coutinho latched on to Vincent Kompany's sliced clearance, whipped in a first-time shot and took Manchester City's destiny out of their hands. Liverpool had a 10th successive win and the league lead.
LONDON - Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes that Arsenal's midweek trip to Turkey has benefited - not distracted - the Gunners ahead of tonight's English Premier League (EPL) clash at Goodison Park.