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Malaysia and Indonesia have agreed to build on already strong bilateral ties, pledging to resolve outstanding border issues, enhance protection and welfare for migrant workers and, possibly, revive an old Asean car project. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad was on a two-day visit to Indonesia.
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CapitaLand Commercial Trust is selling Twenty Anson, a 20-storey office building in Tanjong Pagar, for $516 million in the largest office real estate deal so far this year.
The buyer is believed to be a foreign private equity fund.
A man brandishing a shotgun and carrying smoke grenades walked into the office of a small newspaper in Maryland and killed at least five people in a targeted assault, one of the deadliest attacks recorded on a US media outlet. The chilling attack on the Capital Gazette on Thursday was covered in real time by some of the journalists who found themselves under siege.
Australia's most populous state will consider banning the use of smartphones in school to prevent bullying, stalking and distractions during class time. The measures will be considered during a review by New South Wales into school phone use across all grades. This follows growing concerns about an increase in phone-based bullying.
People with disabilities or mental health issues have sexual desires and a need for love like anyone else, but these are often ignored by the able-bodied, says Professor Chong Siow Ann.
It will be a massive "migration" for the animals in more than 20 shelters when they move from Pasir Ris Farmway to The Animal Lodge in Sungei Tengah. In addition to the challenge of moving, the shelters will also have to contend with higher bills at their new home.
Four companies have applied for licences to operate dockless bicycle rental services here. Anywheel, Mobike, ofo and SG Bike have to control their fleet sizes and ensure their users park responsibly. One firm, oBike, has bowed out, citing onerous licensing requirements.
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is reviewing investigation findings on the cause of the wrong deduction of premium charges for more than 20,000 Prudential customers here last month. Prudential and its payment bank Standard Chartered Bank said yesterday that the "isolated incident" was due to "introduction of a file format change".
If the World Cup Group G match between England and Belgium on Thursday was an opportunity for the England reserves to stake their claim for a starting place against Colombia in the last 16, they failed the audition. Coach Gareth Southgate introduced eight changes, but the second-stringers put up a "flat" show. The lack of a game changer from England's reserves could scupper their title hopes.
Famed Hong Kong actor Anthony Wong (above) has admitted that he has an illegitimate child. This was after a reader identified only as Joyce disclosed to Hong Kong's Apple Daily that she gave birth to his son in Britain 20 years ago.
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