What's News: July 30, 2016

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (left) and US president Barack Obama (right) at the US-Asean summit at Sunnylands Estate in California on February 15.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (left) and US president Barack Obama (right) at the US-Asean summit at Sunnylands Estate in California on February 15. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

TOP OF THE NEWS

S'porean detained under ISA

For actively spreading radical ideology online and inciting violence, Singaporean Zulfikar Mohamad Shariff, 44, was detained under the Internal Security Act this month.

He had also radicalised two other Singaporeans, one of whom was detained earlier while the other was placed under a Restriction Order this month.


TOP OF THE NEWS

Orientation events suspended

All freshmen orientation activities at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have been suspended with immediate effect, following complaints about the sexualised nature of some of its orientation activities. The events cancelled include Orientation Week, a five-day event held before the semester begins.



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WORLD

Turnbull snubs Rudd

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has refused to back a bid by his predecessor Kevin Rudd (above) to become United Nations secretary-general in a move that was condemned as churlish and short-sighted. Critics called the decision a missed opportunity.


WORLD

Tussle for HK's top job

The race is on for Hong Kong's top job and two men have openly declared their interest in becoming the city's next leader. Financial Secretary John Tsang and outgoing Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang threw their hats into the ring yesterday.


OPINION

State dinner at White House

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be hosted to a state dinner by United States President Barack Obama. Professor Tommy Koh recalls the last time a Singapore prime minister attended such a dinner at the White House - in 1985.


HOME

2014 gang rape: Two jailed

Two young men were sentenced to jail and caning yesterday after admitting their roles in the 2014 gang rape of a drunken 18-year-old girl in a hotel room. Three others are contesting their respective charges in a three-week trial scheduled to start next week.


HOME

More returning books on time

One in every 25 people who borrowed library books in recent years has returned the books late, the National Library Board has said. But over the last two years, there has been a 7.8 per cent drop in the number of patrons who returned books after the due date.


BUSINESS

Top listed firms rise in value

The stock market rose in July compared with June even as choppy business conditions took their toll on banks and oil and gas firms.

The largest company, Singtel, saw its market value inch up 1.2 per cent to $66.6 billion.


The frustrated look on Rory McIlroy's face says it all as he leaves the ninth green, his final hole, after a poor 74 at Baltusrol.
The frustrated look on Rory McIlroy's face says it all as he leaves the ninth green, his final hole, after a poor 74 at Baltusrol. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

SPORT

Rory's struggles continue

World No. 4 Rory McIlroy's recent problems continued in Thursday's opening round of the PGA Championship, the year's final golf Major. His 74, with no birdies and four bogeys as he struggled around the greens, left him nine shots adrift of surprise leader Jimmy Walker.


LIFE

Elusive Taiwanese drinks


PHOTO: ABANA

Since Chun Cui He, a Taiwanese brand of tea and coffee beverages, made its debut here two weeks ago, patrons have been flocking to the shops and clearing the shelves of the drinks. The drinks have become so difficult to snag that helpful netizens have taken to social media to post updates of specific outlets that have stock of them.


LIFE

S'pore feel in Sydney street

Kensington Street, a hip and artsy precinct in Chippendale, Sydney, is shaping up to be a foodie enclave with a Singaporean flavour. It is developed by Greencliff Holdings, whose executive chairman is a Singaporean. Tenants include Singaporean chef Alex Lee's Alex Kitchen, which serves chicken rice, nasi lemak and satay.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 30, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe