What's News: April 12, 2017


N. Korea makes nuke threat

Tensions boiled over as North Korea indicated it has braced itself for an "invasion" from the United States and was ready to hit back with a nuclear attack. US President Donald Trump responded by saying that Pyongyang was "asking for trouble". Temperatures have risen swiftly since the US decided to deploy warships to the Korean peninsula.


DBS tokens to go digital

DBS is rolling out "soft" tokens to replace the hardware tokens that its customers now use to generate one-time passwords for online banking. The digital token will be embedded in the bank's app and personalised for every user. It is expected to replace the physical tokens by June next year.



Speaker barred from travel

Indonesia's Speaker of Parliament Setya Novanto has been slapped with a six-month travel ban, following allegations that he received millions of dollars in kickbacks from a biometric identity card project in 2010. The probe first began in 2014 and two former officials are now on trial in what could be the biggest graft scandal in Indonesia's history.


9 killed in Abu Sayyaf attack

Nine people were killed yesterday when Philippine government forces clashed with suspected Abu Sayyaf militants in Bohol, an island province popular with tourists, sparking concern that the group may be diverting its kidnapping activities to central Philippines.


Watch values of old HDB flats

Housing Board flat buyers are indifferent to whether the homes they buy are 25 years old or 50. But they should care, because analysts warn that as flats cross 64, values will fall sharply due to loan and Central Provident Fund limits, says Wong Siew Ying.


Man lied to get travel papers

A Singaporean whose passport was impounded over a custody battle in Britain was so desperate to return home that he sneaked into Turkey, where he obtained travel documents. Details of his case emerged after he pleaded guilty last week to giving false information.


Man admits inciting violence

A retired Singapore Polytechnic lecturer yesterday pleaded guilty to inciting violence on Jan 14 last year. Tang Koon Huat, 63, had set up a Facebook page under a moniker and called for a Singaporean vigilante group to beat up Caucasians.


24 bids for Toh Tuck site

A tender for a Toh Tuck Road site closed with a record 24 bids yesterday, including a top bid of $265 million from Malaysian developer SP Setia. The 99-year leasehold plot, set to yield about 325 private homes, is the first of five residential sites under the Government Land Sales confirmed list for the first half of this year.


Arsene Wenger on 3-0 loss

Despite Arsenal losing vital traction in their battle for fourth spot in the EPL, manager Arsene Wenger says the uncertainty over his own future is not affecting his players. The Gunners had only one away loss to Crystal Palace, suffered in 1979, but their 3-0 defeat to Sam Allardyce's resurgent side yesterday was "a big worry", the Frenchman said.

Chuck Berry - and his guitar - in a mahogany coffin. PHOTO: REUTERS


Goode tribute to Chuck Berry

At the funeral of rock 'n' roll pioneer Chuck Berry, blues musician Billy Peek, who had played alongside Berry for decades, pulled out his guitar and belted Johnny B. Goode. Berry died on March 18 at age 90. He was laid out in a mahogany coffin and his red Gibson guitar rested on the white inner lining of the coffin lid.


Woman at the wheel

"Women are great drivers," said Charlize Theron, who plays the villain with the power to control the cars in Fast & Furious 8. str.sg/fastcars


Perfect eggs and other tips

Rebecca Lynne Tan shows you how to make perfect soft-boiled eggs in the last episode of video series Basic Kitchen Tips. str.sg/kitchentips

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