What's News: August 03, 2016

TOP OF THE NEWS

PM Lee visits White House

With a 19-gun salute and a military band playing, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was welcomed to the White House by United States President Barack Obama yesterday. Mr Lee, who is on an official visit to the US, called on the US Congress to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership soon to send a signal that the US will continue to lead in the Asia-Pacific.


TOP OF THE NEWS

China to target foreign ships

Foreigners operating vessels that trespass repeatedly into China's 12 nautical mile territorial waters despite past warnings or convictions could face prosecution and up to a year's jail, according to new rules by China's highest court.


Japanese naval vessels at a fleet review near Kanagawa prefecture last year.
Japanese naval vessels at a fleet review near Kanagawa prefecture last year. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

WORLD

China 'out to alter status quo'

In its annual defence review, Japan said China's muscle-flexing in the East and South China seas is an attempt to change the status quo by coercion. The paper also highlighted North Korea and terrorism as key threats.


WORLD

Travel warning in US over Zika

Officials have urged pregnant women to stay away from a Miami neighbourhood where they have found more cases of Zika infections - the first time the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has advised people not to travel to a place in the continental US.


OPINION

New normal in property tax

What if the Additional Buyer's Stamp Duty never gets lifted? Far-fetched? Not so, if you look at what Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said at a recent tax symposium. Welcome to the new normal in property taxation, writes Rennie Whang.


HOME

Cashing in on Pokemon Go

Some businesses here are hoping to cash in on popular mobile game Pokemon Go, in anticipation of its launch in Singapore. Companies like book retailer Times Publishing Group have plans to introduce promotions linked to the game.


HOME

Dengue cases could surge: NEA

The number of dengue fever cases here could surge again, the National Environment Agency (NEA) has warned, with rising numbers of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads the disease. The warning came as dengue cases crossed the 10,000 mark this year.


BUSINESS

Home loan 'price war'

A price war has broken out in the home loans market with banks correcting their spreads, resulting in effective interest rates not seen in over a year. This comes as interest rates in Singapore have pulled back recently, as expectations for rate hikes by the US Federal Reserve dissipate.


Fiji's rugby sevens team training at Yio Chu Kang Stadium in April. The Pacific islanders are back-to-back world series champions.
Fiji's rugby sevens team training at Yio Chu Kang Stadium in April. The Pacific islanders are back-to-back world series champions. TNP FILE PHOTO

SPORT

Fiji looking good for first Olympic medal

Fiji has never won an Olympic medal since making its Games debut in 1956 in Melbourne. But that is set to change with rugby's return to the Games after 92 years with the sevens variant, in which the Pacific islanders are the title favourites, being world series champions for the past two seasons.


LIFE

Couple fine with love scenes


PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Celebrity couple Huang Xiaoming and Angelababy (photo) used to report to each other before filming intimate scenes. But that is no longer the case. Huang, 38, says they now understand each other well. They got married last year after a six-year courtship.

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