What's News: May 16, 2017

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attending the test launch of a Hwasong-12 missile at an undisclosed location on Sunday.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attending the test launch of a Hwasong-12 missile at an undisclosed location on Sunday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


China signs Belt, Road pacts

China inked deals with 68 countries and international organisations during the two-day Belt and Road Forum, Chinese President Xi Jinping has revealed. Mr Xi said the high-level gathering has sent out a positive message on cooperation under the umbrella of his signature project. 


RSN celebrates golden jubilee

To celebrate the Republic of Singapore Navy's golden jubilee, 46 vessels formed up yesterday in the waters off Changi Naval Base for Singapore's first International Maritime Review. President Tony Tan Keng Yam said the gathering is testament to Singapore's strong network of global friendships. 


N. Korea test-fires new missile

North Korea has test-fired a new type of missile with an unprecedented range that it says can carry a large, heavy nuclear warhead. The new ground-to-ground missile Hwasong-12 hit its target 700km away after soaring to an altitude of 2,112km, which suggests that it has a range of 4,500km or more if flown for maximum distance.


S'pore firms to help build city

A Singaporean consortium has been awarded the contract to develop the commercial core of the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh state in India, Amaravati. The Ascendas-Singbridge and Sembcorp Development consortium will be the master developer of the "start-up area". 


Japan must make amends

With China-US ties warming, Japan risks being left stranded like a jilted lover, writes Jean-Pierre Lehmann. He argues it is time Japan makes peace with its neighbours, and that includes apologising to its former victims, China and Korea. 


Crow nuisance at reserve

The National Parks Board (NParks) and several nature enthusiasts have expressed concerns about the growing number of house crows at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. The birds are known to harass other birds. NParks will take steps to control the crow population.


Underground link for Tai Seng

An underground walkway linking Tai Seng MRT station on the Circle Line to the 18 Tai Seng retail centre is set to be completed in the second half of the year. Tai Seng is the only stop on the eastern part of the line that does not have an underground link to the other side. 


Global trade 'key for S'pore'

Singapore needs to keep boosting its international trading links, given the global economic slowdown and political uncertainty, Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob said yesterday. She noted how trade enables Singapore to further capitalise on its comparative advantage and deepen economic linkages with its partners. 


Age no barrier for Kim

A flawless final round by South Korean golfer Kim Si Woo made him the youngest winner of the Players Championship at Sawgrass. Kim, 21, shot a three-under 69 to finish on 10 under. He is the fourth player in the past 25 years to achieve two wins on the PGA Tour before the age of 22. 


Hartono in Great Wall musical

Singer Nathan Hartono will star in a new musical titled The Great Wall: One Woman's Journey, which runs from July 14 to 30 at the Drama Centre Theatre. The creative team includes Singaporean playwright Jean Tay and British music composer David Shrubsole. 

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Living small

Singaporean couple Lim Wei Wen and Tan Yan Han show what life is like in their tiny 150 sq ft flat in Hong Kong. str.sg/HKnano


Big, bad Putin

His manly pursuits include playing ice hockey and driving fast cars. See how Russian leader Vladimir Putin hones his tough-guy image. str.sg/toughvlad

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 16, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe