What's News: December 05, 2016

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaking at PAP's biennial conference.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaking at PAP's biennial conference. PHOTO: THE STRAITS TIMES


PM warns of global impact

The growing mood of anxiety and discontent and the ground gained by extreme political parties in many developed countries will impact not just the world economy but global security, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday. He told the party's biennial conference that these trends will have major consequences on small, open countries like Singapore.


ST highlights worthy causes

The Straits Times Causes Week is back for its fifth year and will spotlight various individuals and groups, and share how they are making a difference. They include conservation enthusiasts who hold regular nature walks, a lawyer who distributes leftover Starbucks food and a man who organises and pays for the funerals of the needy.



Conservatives back Trump call

Amid widespread criticism of US President-elect Donald Trump's (photo) phone conversation with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, prominent conservatives in the US are rallying around him, saying the move is "refreshing" and shows that he is standing up to China. Some analysts say the call to Ms Tsai may have been a calculated one.


Body found near air crash site

Rescuers have recovered a body from the waters off Pulau Lingga, in the Riau Islands, near the crash site of a police transport aircraft that went down last Saturday. There were 13 people on the plane, even though earlier reports based on a flight manifest had stated 15.


Merkel faces a changed world

Dr Angela Merkel appears unassailable and is expected to win in Germany's election next October. But she faces a changing political landscape, restive neighbours, and a possibly difficult relationship with Mr Donald Trump's America, says Jonathan Eyal.


'No' to ashes to diamonds

The practice of turning the ashes of loved ones into diamonds to be worn as jewellery has been forbidden by the Catholic Church. Father Ignatius Yeo, a professor of sacred liturgy at the Catholic seminary, said it is recommended that ashes be interred.


Singtel probes cause of outage

Singtel is conducting a thorough investigation into what caused an islandwide disruption of its fibre broadband service for nearly 24 hours over the weekend. The telco apologised for the disruption and said it is taking steps to review its processes to prevent a repeat.


Shenzhen-HK trading link

The Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect officially starts today after months of market anticipation, linking the Hong Kong and Shenzhen stock exchanges. This means foreign investors can now trade shares of up to 881 companies listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange through counterparty brokers in Hong Kong.


Call to probe Mourinho tax bill

British MP Meg Hillier has said football manager Jose Mourinho's tax affairs should be probed amid allegations over his tax bill. Britain's Sunday Times had reported that Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo used a network of banks and firms in Ireland, Switzerland and New Zealand to process substantial earnings for their image rights.



Zouk marks move with Let It Be

After a quarter-century of Zouk playing electronic and dance music, it was a 1970s pop classic - The Beatles' Let It Be - that was among the tunes that marked the end of an era for the nightlife institution in Jiak Kim Street yesterday morning. Some 4,000 people turned up for the club's last night operations there before its move to Clarke Quay later this month.

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