What's News: July, 13 2015


Greek bailout deal on edge

A bailout deal for Greece was on a knife-edge yesterday as euro zone finance ministers resumed an acrimonious debate to extend a three-year loan to the embattled economy. A planned summit of all 28 European Union leaders was scrapped at the last minute.


MH370 search: $150m spent

The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, missing since March last year, has cost more than $150 million.

The bill has been borne by search leader Australia, Malaysia and China, but Australia is now seeking support from other nations.

A woman convicted of “immoral acts” at a public caning in Aceh last month. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Life under Islamic law

Supermarkets with separate counters for men and women, an 11pm curfew for women and caning for skipping Friday prayers - these are just some rules under Islamic law in Indonesia's Aceh, Malaysia's Kelantan, and Brunei. Straits Times regional correspondent Amy Chew discovers what life is like for residents in these places.

There has been a backlash among residents in the popular Spanish island of Mallorca against the bad behaviour of tourists who flock to the beach haven, according to the mayor there. PHOTO: NEW YORK TIMES


Crackdown on misbehaving tourists

Popular tourist destinations are cracking down on unruly tourists, some of whom have insulted local sensibilities and recklessly damaged historic sites. Measures include fines, limiting group tourism and even calling for reinforcements in the form of the Spanish Civil Guard.


Race to end Iran stand-off

Ahead of a deadline today, world powers negotiated furiously to end a 13-year stand-off with Iran. The P5+1 group - Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the US - are seeking to clinch a deal to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear bomb, in exchange for lifting sanctions.


Lesson from Greek fallout

As the drama over Greece's bailout unfolds, economists have rushed to point out that Europe's currency arrangements were flawed from the start. The real lesson is not that currency unions must be perfectly designed, but that governments must be vigilant in operating such unions, writes Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


Hot library pick: E-books

E-books are picking up more fans, as people buy into the ease of reading on their mobile devices.

The National Library Board says 11 million e-books were checked out last year, almost four times as many as were borrowed in 2009. Most of them were fiction titles. B1


Hungry for expansion

Neo Group founder Neo Kah Kiat is busy expanding his business.

Not content with focusing on catering, he has acquired a food manufacturing company and other related businesses. C1


No victory for War Affair

Reigning Horse of the Year War Affair came up just short in its bid for a clean sweep of the Singapore Four-Year-Old Challenge.

Having won the Stewards' Cup and Patron's Bowl, the Emirates Singapore Derby favourite was edged out by a head in the $1.15 million 2,000m Group 1 race, losing to winner Quechua.



Hong Kong breakthrough

Home-grown singer Alex Chia has broken out in Hong Kong by topping the Metro Radio Pop Chart with a Cantonese song aptly titled Breakthrough. It is all thanks to his manager Paco Wong, whose portfolio of clients has included the likes of Sally Yeh and Andy Lau. D6


Atticus Finch a racist?

The biggest bombshell of Harper Lee's new novel Go Set A Watchman is an explosive plot twist: Atticus Finch - the crusading lawyer of To Kill A Mockingbird - is depicted as an ageing racist. This will probably alter readers' views of Mockingbird, a staple of high school curriculums for its lessons on racism and inequality. D9

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 13, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: July, 13 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe