MALAYSIA has widened its search for a missing jetliner following revelations that it might have attempted to turn back, as Prime Minister Najib Razak ordered a tightening of airport security measures in response to security lapses that allowed at least two impostors to board the ill-fated flight.
THE Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) was rapped by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean yesterday for a second checkpoint breach in two months.
A CAR could not be stopped by a security barrier at the Woodlands Checkpoint, and the authorities are now looking into how this could have happened, even as it emerged that drugs could be behind the breach on Saturday.
SECURITY guards in Singapore may soon have a day to call their own, if the efforts of an industry group bear fruit.
SINGAPOREANS were snapping up air purifiers over the weekend as PSI readings remained in the "moderate" range.
THE first premium flats from the Design, Build and Sell Scheme (DBSS) have been on the resale market for months, but hefty price tags are making deals unlikely, said experts.
FOR some low-income families living in Pasir Ris West, paying for necessities such as shampoo or medicine for upset stomachs can now be done using community vouchers instead of cash.
INDIAN politicians may be an unpopular lot in India but that has not stopped an army of retired military officials, bureaucrats and technocrats from joining political parties to contest the general election to be held over April and May.
MANILA - The Philippines also has the right to defend every inch of its territory, President Benigno Aquino's spokesman said yesterday, after China made a similar warning.
KABUL - Afghan Vice-President Mohammad Qasim Fahim, formerly one of the country's much feared warlords, has died of natural causes at the age of 56, officials said yesterday.
TEHERAN - European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton says there is "no guarantee" that talks with Iran on its disputed nuclear programme will lead to a comprehensive agreement.
TRIPOLI - Libya has threatened to bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker if it tried to ship oil from a rebel-controlled port, in a major escalation of a standoff over the country's petroleum wealth.
HILLA (Iraq) - A suicide bomber killed at least 34 people, including two state television employees, near Baghdad yesterday, after Iraq's Premier accused Riyadh and Doha of fuelling bloodshed in the country.
THE global commodity chemical industry may be in a down cycle, but new plants and investments are expected to continue at a healthy pace at Singapore's Jurong Island.
FRESH graduate Lim Weison was determined to find something more than a regular office job last year after finishing his studies.
AS A young Economic Development Board (EDB) officer based in Milan, Italy, Mr Edwin Chow saw how vibrant the small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) there were.
When feathered mullet hairdos, fingerless gloves and big shoulder pads were fashionable in the 1980s, a young Alfie Leong was awash with ideas on how to dress cool.
Do not dump leftover food. Instead, give them new life and make the most of them in everyday cooking.
London - Some companies use in-home shopping parties to get customers to spend on items such as jewellery and Tupperware in the company of friends and a lot of alcohol.
AS A child, Mr Edmund Wan dreaded taking public buses to school so much that he would walk half an hour in the heat instead.
JUST how many Singaporeans are disabled is unclear, which has prompted calls for better data.
GETTING to school on time used to be a challenge for Mohamed Shukur, 15, who is permanently in a wheelchair.
"THIS is our 9/11," remarked a senior European diplomat recently, as he scrambled to deal with the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
THE ugly and, at times, tragic effects of online harassment and stalking in various cities have shown up gaps in the law that only some developed nations have begun to plug.
MANY parts of the world are now facing droughts. These include cities in Australia, the United States and many in South-east Asia.
IT IS time for the Ministry of Education (MOE) to relook the annual school sports competition format ("Singapore Sports School at a crossroads"; last Thursday).
STUDENT athletes train hard in the hope of getting a medal.
I AM heartened by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth's (MCCY) call for athletes to train full time for six months to prepare for the 2015 SEA Games ("SEA Games hopefuls to get help going full-time"; March 1).
LONDON - Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal can use their march into the FA Cup semi-finals as a springboard for a comeback in their Champions League tie at Bayern Munich tomorrow.
MADRID - Barcelona delivered one of their worst performances of their season ahead of the visit of Manchester City in the Champions League, offering the English Premier League (EPL) side hope of causing an upset in the round of 16.
SINGAPORE National Olympic Council vice-president Low Teo Ping will lead a three-person committee to investigate the bitter spat that has split the Singapore Athletics Association (SAA).