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CHINA has pledged openness and resolve in establishing closer partnership and integration with Asia-Pacific economies, even as rival free trade pacts championed by Washington and Beijing have led to fault lines in the 21-member Apec grouping.

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SINGAPORE and Britain will renew a partnership in scientific research first formalised in 2004, President Tony Tan Keng Yam announced in London yesterday.
THE number of elderly home owners servicing private mortgage loans has ballooned in the past few years, as more people buy homes in their later years for investment.
OTTAWA - A soldier was shot dead at the National War Memorial in Ottawa by a gunman who later ran into nearby Parliament buildings, where police believe at least one more accomplice had been waiting.

Singapore

SINGAPORE mathematics is going places, and there are no signs of it slowing down.
THEY call it monkey herding: stationing a specially trained guard at a hot spot to shoo monkeys away from residential areas. The guard may tap a stick, an umbrella or a net on the ground, or just tell the monkeys to go away.
A TOTAL of $15 million in government grants has been awarded to seven research teams here to develop clean energy sources and small-scale power grids.

Asia

BEIJING - China will launch its latest lunar orbiter in the coming days, state media said yesterday, in its first attempt to send a spacecraft around the moon and back to Earth.
TOKYO - Japanese prosecutors must decide this week whether to charge Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) executives for their handling of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, in a process that could drag the operator of the stricken nuclear plant into criminal court.
BEIJING - The soaring, grimy chimneys of the Gaojing coal-fired power station have belched the last of their choking fumes into Beijing's air, the authorities say - but experts doubt the closure will ease the capital's smog.

World

SANLIURFA (Turkey) - The men who snatched Mr Abu Issa from the streets of this south-eastern city were Turkish gangsters, but their client was the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and they had been promised good money to spirit the Syrian rebel commander across the Turkish border into Syria.
ERBIL - Mr Aram Sarbast worked in a supermarket in Bolton, northern England. Now he is in Erbil, northern Iraq, fighting alongside his fellow Kurds.
BEIRUT - Syria's air force has destroyed two fighter jets operated by militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Information Minister Omran Zoabi said in remarks published by Syrian state news agency Sana on Tuesday.

Money

SINGAPORE is increasingly becoming a test-bed for new technologies that will help other fast-growing cities in Asia be more environmentally sustainable.
WE ARE moving closer to the long-vaunted goal of being a cashless society, with a big push by banks and other firms this year to roll out convenient new services.
THE owners of an ageing District 9 residential property are launching their fourth attempt at a collective sale.

Life!

Even after two Oscar nominations, American actress Viola Davis has not had the luxury of picking meaty roles. Feted for her Academy Awardnominated performances as a troubled boy's mother and then a maid during 1960s America in the movies Doubt (2008) and The Help (2011), she is getting her first major starring role only now, at the age of 49, in the new television drama, How To Get Away With Murder.
Viola Davis' charismatic lawyer Annalise Keating is the latest strong
American jazz guitar virtuoso Pat Metheny will be back in Singapore for a gig at the Esplanade Concert Hall on Monday and he is bringing along, in his words, "the best band" that he has ever played with.

Insight

THE headlines last month seemed like cause for celebration. Households in the bottom fifth have seen the fastest income growth among all groups and an improving quality of life, thanks in part to more government help.
MUCH political attention has been paid to households in the bottom 20 per cent, whether as an indicator of how well the poor are doing, part of the income inequality picture, or even a suggested peg for ministerial salaries.
PORT rigger Abdul Latiff Abdul Wahab, 63, earns about $1,000 more a year now compared with five years ago. He takes home $1,700 to $1,800 a month from his job at Jurong Port, and the Workfare Income Supplement scheme boosts this by about $1,000 a year.

Opinion

SINGAPORE'S early settlers set up its first military volunteer corps in 1854. Amid bloody clashes between rival Hokkien and Teochew clans, the European Community needed to bolster internal security.
COME next month, when the Indian Parliament sits, it will be looking to not just legislate new laws but also axe old, obsolete ones. On the table will be a Bill for repealing nearly 300 statutes that the Law Ministry is expected to submit. This is on top of another Bill for repealing 36 archaic laws that was tabled during the parliamentary session that ended last month.
PINK is best, but green will do just as well. Both colours represent citizenship for Myanmar's minority Muslim Rohingya. A camp for the displaced, housing some 3,000 residents in Myebon town in Rakhine state, has been chosen for a pilot project that offers citizenship, only if they meet certain conditions.

Forum Letters

LEADING public intellectual Ho Kwon Ping discussed both politics and governance in his lecture on the future of Singapore ("The next 50 years in Singapore politics"; Tuesday).
I AM a pharmacist at a public restructured hospital.
I APPLAUD Mr Ho Kwon Ping's bold and frank analysis of the future of Singapore ("The next 50 years in Singapore politics"; Tuesday).

Invest

The biggest names in women's tennis have descended here.

Sports

BEFORE yesterday, Simona Halep had never taken so much as a set off any opponent ranked in the top three, much less a match.
ANA Ivanovic had it all to do last night against rising star Eugenie Bouchard in their WTA Finals Singapore round-robin clash.
PETRA Kvitova complained she would normally be asleep rather than playing tennis after coming off court at nearly 1am at the WTA Finals in the Singapore Indoor Stadium.