What's News: August 15, 2016

Members of the New York City Police Department at the scene where Imam Maulama Akonjee was killed, on August 13.
Members of the New York City Police Department at the scene where Imam Maulama Akonjee was killed, on August 13. PHOTO: REUTERS

TOP OF THE NEWS

Instigator of terror plots

A Malaysian man has been identified by police as the one who has been pulling the strings of several militants in the country. Muhammad Wanndy Mohamad Jedi, 26, from his base in Syria, uses social media to contact Malaysian militants to plot attacks, according to police sources.


TOP OF THE NEWS

NY imam, assistant shot dead

A gunman shot and killed a New York imam and his assistant near their mosque in the borough of Queens in a brazen attack carried out in broad daylight after Saturday afternoon prayers. Police said the motive is unknown and no arrests have been made.



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WORLD

'Mastermind' ordered blasts

A "mastermind" gave the order for last week's wave of bombings and arson attacks, Thai police said yesterday as their ongoing probe found several unexploded devices. No one has claimed responsibility for the blasts, which rocked tourist spots, including Hua Hin and Phuket, last Thursday and Friday, which was a national holiday.


WORLD

Brexit may be delayed till 2019

Britain's exit from the European Union could be delayed until late 2019 as civil servants struggle with the task. French and German elections may also hold up the start of exit negotiations. Brexit minister David Davis is said to have hired only half the number of staff he needs.


OPINION

History advisers for US leader?

Lack of historical perspective has contributed to big errors in US foreign policy making. Two Harvard dons called for a council of historians to assist future presidents in this area. It's a great idea but unlikely to work, says Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


HOME

Spurring more to donate skin

Singapore General Hospital aims to get more people to donate their skin after they die. Locally donated skin was used in just 18 per cent of transplants last year and the deficiency had to be made up with the help of overseas skin banks.


HOME

Community nursing not easy

Nurses who go out to work in the community say their job is just as demanding as that of working in a hospital - even though their role has long been considered "cushy". The Agency for Integrated Care has boosted its efforts to draw nurses to the community care sector.


BUSINESS

S'pore firms in Turkey are fine

Turkey may still be reeling from the attempted coup last month that shocked the world but for Singapore companies in the country, it is business as usual. Many of the 40 Singapore businesses in Turkey say nothing has changed and they continue to see bright prospects for the country in the long run.


Usain Bolt (centre), Britain's James Dasaolu (left) and Trinidad and Tobago's Richard Thompson in a 100m heat on Saturday.
Usain Bolt (centre), Britain's James Dasaolu (left) and Trinidad and Tobago's Richard Thompson in a 100m heat on Saturday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

SPORT

Bolt looking to take home 3 golds again

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is aiming to emulate his three-gold haul from each of the last two Olympic Games. But US sprinter Justin Gatlin, who won the 100m event at the 2004 Olympics and took the bronze in 2012, is determined to wreck those plans. Bolt ran 10.07 seconds in the first round of the 100m, while Gatlin clocked in at 10.01 seconds.


LIFE

Chef recovering from cancer

Local celebrity chef Sam Leong of the one-Michelin-starred Forest restaurant has revealed that he was diagnosed with stage four nose cancer in February. The chef-consultant, 50, says he is on the road to recovery. Cancer is not the end, he says, and he is planning ways to improve his restaurant and retain the star.



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LIFE

Rockstar physicist

Professor Brian Cox (photo), who once toured with Led Zeppelin founder Jimmy Page, is taking his science documentaries mainstream with a new BBC One series, Forces Of Nature. The TV presenter reveals nature's laws and beauty on the show, which premieres on BBC Earth this Thursday.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 15, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe