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Singapore's relationship with China is in a good state, and China's leaders want the two countries to do more together, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The relationship is changing as China develops, and Singapore's role needs to change too for ties to stay meaningful.
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Back in 2009, there were worries over the impact on the global economy when the United States Federal Reserve began building up its balance sheet to protect its own economy from a financial firestorm. Those concerns were unfounded. Now that the Fed has signalled that it will start to pare its balance sheet next month, similar worries may turn out to be every bit as much of a non-event as well.
After threatening to obliterate North Korea, US President Donald Trump upped the ante against Iran, calling a hard-won nuclear deal an embarrassment and throwing doubt on whether he will renew the agreement. Yet, Washington and Teheran's top diplomats met on Wednesday, as envoys scrambled to find ways to prevent the deal from unravelling.
Thousands held rallies across the Philippines yesterday in the biggest protest so far against what they see as a slide towards authoritarian rule under President Rodrigo Duterte. At least 12,000 leftist activists marched near Malacanang, the seat of government, to denounce Mr Duterte's policies and actions.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may meet. They can commiserate over America's unpredictability under Mr Donald Trump, writes associate editor Ravi Velloor, and get new business flowing.
A comic book to encourage good social habits in Singapore will be unveiled tomorrow. It will depict such common-sense situations as keeping left when going up the escalator, and being neighbourly by wringing out the water before hanging laundry out to dry.
Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said the education system must evolve to meet future challenges, or Singapore will be left on the wrong side of history. He was speaking on Wednesday at Nanyang Technological University.
Spring Grove condominium in upmarket Grange Road is going back on the market just three years after a bid for collective sale failed, but with far more modest price ambitions now.
Owners at the 325-unit estate believe they can get at least $1 billion - well under the $1.39 billion they wanted in 2014.
Jose Mourinho may have won the English League Cup three times with Chelsea and once with holders Manchester United. But the Portuguese manager showed how he feels towards it on Wednesday, when he made nine changes as they beat second-tier Burton Albion 4-1, with Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial scoring.
Japanese singer Namie Amuro dropped a bombshell on her 40th birthday on Wednesday by announcing her retirement plan. Amuro, who made her professional debut 25 years ago, four days shy of her 15th birthday, said she would retire on Sept 16 next year, the 26th anniversary of her career.
The dish on stingray
Some specimens of this fish are highly prized and can grow up to more than 1m wide. http://str.sg/4jhU
Will German Chancellor Angela Merkel win a fourth term in the federal election on Sunday? A look at the key parties and issues. str.sg/deu17parties
What it should have been
Yesterday's report, "For two seniors, disappointment turns into lunch with President", carried a photo of Madam Sim Goon Hua and Madam Lim Ah Kheoh with President Halimah Yacob. The caption had transposed the names of the two seniors.
We are sorry for the error.