What's News: July 10, 2017

Military jets flying over South Korea during a joint live-fire drill by the South and the US.
Military jets flying over South Korea during a joint live-fire drill by the South and the US.PHOTO: REUTERS


Iraqi PM hails 'victory' over ISIS

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in Mosul yesterday and congratulated the armed forces for their "victory" over the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) after eight months of urban warfare, bringing an end to three years of militant rule in the city.


N. Korea slams US over drill

North Korea yesterday lashed out at a live-fire drill the United States and South Korea staged in a show of force against Pyongyang, accusing Washington of pushing the peninsula to the "tipping point" of nuclear war. Saturday's drill saw two US bombers destroy "enemy" missile batteries, and South Korean jets mount precision strikes against underground command posts.


China tops Unesco sites list

China has tied with Italy at the top of the Unesco World Heritage Sites list with help from a tiny island known for pianos. China now has 52 world heritage sites after Gulangyu, the pedestrian-only island near the city of Xiamen in Fujian province, was put on the prestigious list as a cultural site last Saturday, Xinhua news agency reported.


Kushner met Russian lawyer

US President Donald Trump's eldest son arranged a meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer linked to the Kremlin. Mr Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner attended the previously unreported meeting, two weeks after Mr Trump clinched the Republican presidential nomination last year.


Setback in US-Russia ties

President Donald Trump came to office planning to boost ties with Russia, but a series of missed opportunities means chances of a strategic dialogue between the US and Russia are fading, says Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


More lifeguards needed: Study

A study by the Singapore General Hospital and Singapore Civil Defence Force has found that lifeguards were not present in seven out of 10 drowning and near-drowning cases that happened between 2012 and 2014. Four out of 10 victims were kids under 10.


Dip in drunk, disorderly acts

Since the Liquor Control Act was rolled out in April 2015, there have been fewer public order incidents related to liquor consumption islandwide. Police figures show that from 251 cases in 2014, the number dropped to 97 cases in 2015, and 135 cases last year.


No recovery for oil market yet

The return of the bears to the oil market in recent weeks has undermined any semblance of a recovery for local offshore and marine players. Brent crude, the global benchmark, stood at US$47 a barrel last Friday - an improvement over the US$45 levels seen last month, but not any better than a year ago.


Schooling makes his point

Singapore's Olympic 100m butterfly champion Joseph Schooling is peaking perfectly for the World Championships in Budapest in a fortnight, clocking the year's second-fastest time of 50.96 seconds at a Texas meet last Saturday night. He and American Caeleb Dressel are the only sub-51sec swimmers in the event this year.



Human face of Syrian conflict

The biggest misconception about the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is that it is irrational and insane, says film-maker and former war correspondent Sebastian Junger. His latest documentary, Hell On Earth: The Fall Of Syria And The Rise Of ISIS, takes a close look at the human face of the conflict in Syria.

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Sniff out the best

Journalist Fabian Koh, who does not like durians, gets tips on how to pick the best of the king of fruits. str.sg/duriansniff


Bake a castella

Make an Earl Grey tea version of the fluffy castella cake with this step-by-step video recipe by chef Pang Kok Keong. str.sg/castellacake

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