What's News: July 26, 2016

World No. 30 Liang Xiaoyu is the only member of Singapore's 2014 Youth Olympic contingent at this year's Summer Games.
World No. 30 Liang Xiaoyu is the only member of Singapore's 2014 Youth Olympic contingent at this year's Summer Games.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Workers clearing the trash trapped in a part of Batu River in Selangor.
Workers clearing the trash trapped in a part of Batu River in Selangor.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

TOP OF THE NEWS

Combating money laundering

Regulators here will continue to name and shame financial institutions found to have breached anti-money laundering rules. Recent revelations of bank lapses have made a dent in Singapore's reputation as a clean and trusted financial centre, said Monetary Authority of Singapore managing director Ravi Menon.


TOP OF THE NEWS

Yahoo and Verizon seal deal

Yahoo has agreed to sell its main Web businesses to Verizon Communications for US$4.8 billion (S$6.5 billion). The deal ends its two-decade run as an independent company that took it from Stanford University start-up at the dawn of the Internet age to an also-ran that lagged behind nimbler online rivals like Google and Facebook. 


WORLD

Malaysia's rivers of rubbish

Two thousand, two hundred tonnes of rubbish - equivalent to the combined weight of more than 300 adult African elephants - are dumped into the rivers, drains and waterways of Malaysia every month, despite programmes and campaigns by the authorities for cleaner rivers. 


SPORT

Shuttler vows to fight in Olympic debut

Shuttler Liang Xiaoyu will make her Olympic debut in Rio, building on skills honed at a void deck in Marsiling Crescent. The 20-year-old is the world No. 30 and the only member of Singapore's 2014 Youth Olympic contingent at this year's Summer Games. She said: "I'm going there to fight, I'm going there to win matches - that is how I'm going to play." 


WORLD

Duterte defends war on crime

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte defended his deadly anti-crime war, as he enumerated big measures to bring economic relief to wage earners, conclude peace with Muslim rebels and fix infrastructure bottlenecks in his State of the Nation Address. 


OPINION

The art of dying well

To talk about "active ageing" but not about dying is to ignore the obvious, writes Dr Chong Siow Ann. He suggests that society consider updating a mediaeval practice called the art of dying, to help people prepare for the inevitable.


HOME

Man sexually abused daughter

A 51-year-old man who had inflicted the "gravest form of sexual abuse" on his biological daughter when she was just 10 was yesterday jailed for 12-1/2 years. He had molested her again when she was 19, leading her to report him to the police. 


HOME

Bogus cop jailed 18 months

A freelance tutor who pretended to be a policeman and molested an Indonesian domestic worker last month was yesterday jailed for 18 months. Parthiban R. Kandasamy, 39, committed the offences a day before he was due in court - also for posing as a cop.


BUSINESS

3M to expand Tuas plant

Singapore is already a key base for United States-based 3M, but its contribution is set to grow with the expansion of the company's Tuas manufacturing plant. The firm will invest $135 million over the next 2-1/2 years to increase the floor space and plans to hire about 100 more staff by the end of 2018.


LIFE

S'porean snags US book deal

Singaporean writer Clarissa N. Goenawan has clinched a book deal with American publisher Soho Press for her debut novel Rainbirds, about a Japanese man whose dreary life is shaken up by his sister's murder. The book, which will be released late next year, racked up a string of honours even before it was picked up by a publisher. 



PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LIFE

Salman Khan acquitted

An Indian court has acquitted actor Salman Khan (photo) of killing protected wildlife 18 years ago.

The 50-year-old actor was convicted in 2006 of hunting rare gazelles while he was shooting a film eight years earlier, and was sentenced to one and five years in jail for two cases of shooting the animals. But he filed appeals that kept him from serving the stints. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 26, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe