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Singaporeans bade farewell to former president S R Nathan yesterday, lining the streets from Parliament House to Kent Ridge. At a state funeral service, seven eulogists paid tribute to Mr Nathan, sharing accounts of how, in various public service posts and as head of state from 1999 to 2011, he shaped Singapore and its institutions.
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Singapore's manufacturing sector started the second half of the year on a weak note.
The sector shrank 3.6 per cent in July compared with the same month last year, disappointing economists who had expected growth of 0.8 per cent.
The Philippines' police chief urged drug users who had surrendered to the police to kill traffickers and burn their homes, amid President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on illegal drugs. But a presidential spokesman denied the police chief was publicly calling for murder and arson.
Hopes of finding more survivors faded yesterday, three days after a powerful earthquake hit central Italy, with the death toll rising to 267. Some worried that the hard-hit towns might take decades to bounce back from the impact of the temblor.
Mr Ban Ki Moon has been secretary-general of the United Nations for 10 years but remains misunderstood and maligned by the Western media. Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh defends the track record of Mr Ban, who will be in Singapore on Monday to deliver a public lecture.
Some customers of wedding company Lagun Sari have voiced concerns after an employee there was fired for allegedly pocketing customers' deposits. The firm had taken out an advertisement to say the worker, now being investigated by the police, is no longer with it.
An accreditation mark scheme was launched yesterday to recognise companies that are supportive of national service (NS). The scheme has two tiers, with the higher NS Mark (Gold) given to companies that have NS-friendly policies.
Interest rate hikes could be on the way, with the US economy on solid ground, said United States Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen in a key speech last night.
She said the Fed "continues to anticipate that gradual increases in the federal funds rate will be appropriate over time".
Singaporean Imran Hamid has been elected vice-president of the Asian Cricket Council, a first for the country.
One of the 59-year-old lawyer's top priorities in his new role is to negotiate with international cricket associations to push for the sport's inclusion in the Olympics.
Local band LC93's debut album, Wiser Stronger Together, revisits the music found in Lion City Hardcore, a seminal home-grown compilation CD released in 1993, which has been hailed as a landmark work in the underground music scene.The band's name - short for Lion City 1993 - is also a reference to the iconic collection.
Former wrestler Dwayne Johnson has been named the world's highest-paid actor by Forbes, with US$64.5 million (S$87 million).Its earlier-released list of top-paid actresses was led by Jennifer Lawrence, with US$46 million. The disparity is sure to stoke an ongoing debate about gender pay gap.