What's News: September 12, 2016

This screen grab taken from North Korean broadcaster KCTV in Pyongyang on Sept. 9 shows KCTV presenter Ri Chun-Hee officially announcing that the country successfully tested a nuclear warhead earlier in the day.
This screen grab taken from North Korean broadcaster KCTV in Pyongyang on Sept. 9 shows KCTV presenter Ri Chun-Hee officially announcing that the country successfully tested a nuclear warhead earlier in the day. PHOTO: AFP

TOP OF THE NEWS

Pyongyang mocks US threat

North Korea has called the US threat of further sanctions following its latest nuclear bomb test "laughable", reiterating its demand to be recognised as a "legitimate" nuclear state. South Korea's military has revealed a plan dubbed the Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation system to "decimate" Pyongyang in case of a nuclear attack.


TOP OF THE NEWS

Bid to cut express bus crashes

Malaysia's transport authority told The Straits Times how it has been using technology to try and cut the number of road accidents involving express buses. It follows the Aug 31 Genting bus crash that killed one Singaporean and left nine hurt.



PHOTO: REUTERS

WORLD

Clinton regrets remark

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (photo) says she regrets describing half of her Republican rival Donald Trump's supporters as a "basket of deplorables", following a wave of derision on social media. Mr Trump has been quick to capitalise on the faux pas, asserting that Mrs Clinton was expressing her hatred for millions of Americans.


WORLD

Truce deal: Syrian rebels wary

Syrian rebels indicated that they welcome the US-Russia deal for a ceasefire in Syria, but expressed reservations about whether government forces will keep their end of the bargain. Even as world powers backed the deal, air strikes left scores dead in the north.


OPINION

Limiting the Brexit fallout

European Union leaders are hurting from Britain's decision to quit the union, but the last thing Europe needs is to be dragged down by a hard landing in Britain, writes Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal. It's best to make the separation as smooth as possible, he says.


HOME

121 Korban lambs die on flight

Some 121 lambs flown in from Ireland for the Korban ritual - to mark Hari Raya Haji today - were found to have died of heatstroke during the flight. They were part of a consignment of just over 1,700 due to be slaughtered here.


HOME

Smartphone event for seniors

A workshop to help the older generation get to grips with smartphone photography and social media saw around 500 senior citizens visiting Gardens by the Bay yesterday to learn new skills and put them to the test. The event was organised by Singapore Press Holdings and telco Singtel.


BUSINESS

Better returns with rebalance

Stock investors who regularly rebalance their portfolios will discover growth opportunities across sectors, even in a seemingly stagnant market.

Statistics have shown that such an approach can yield enticing returns despite the perceived market woes, said Singapore Exchange equities and fixed income head Chew Sutat.



PHOTO: REUTERS

SPORT

Aiming for another gold

Despite winning gold in the 100m backstroke S2 event at the Rio Paralympics, Singapore swimmer Yip Pin Xiu is staying focused on the 50m backstroke.

The 24-year-old simply said, "One goal down, on to the next", as she aims to become the first athlete from the Republic to win more than one gold medal at a single Paralympics.


LIFE

Top prize for Philippine film

The Woman Who Left, a nearly four-hour-long movie from the Philippines about a schoolteacher's thirst for revenge and her feelings of forgiveness after 30 years in jail for a crime she did not commit, won the Venice Film Festival's top prize last Saturday.


Among the acts performing at the Music Matters festival this week is local singer-songwriter Linying.
Among the acts performing at the Music Matters festival this week is local singer-songwriter Linying. PHOTO: TAN YAN LONG

LIFE

Catch rising music acts for free

Some of the most feted rising names in music across Asia and Australia will be performing free shows around town during the annual independent music festival Music Matters, which runs from today till Thursday. This year marks the sixth time the festival is taking place in Singapore.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 12, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe