What's News: August 6, 2016

An Indonesian anti-terror police squad searches for evidence during a raid at a residential area in Batam Center, Batam, Riau Islands, Indonesia, on August 5.
An Indonesian anti-terror police squad searches for evidence during a raid at a residential area in Batam Center, Batam, Riau Islands, Indonesia, on August 5. PHOTO: EPA


Terror plotters held

The terror threat facing Singapore took on a more menacing face yesterday after six suspected militants - whose leader was planning a rocket attack on Marina Bay - were rounded up in an early- morning raid in Batam. Five of those arrested work in electronics factories, and one at a bank.

Mediacorp and Olympics broadcast rights holder Dentsu struck a last-minute deal to bring live coverage of the event to Singapore. PHOTO: REUTERS


Live Olympics broadcast deal at last

Singaporeans will get to watch the Olympics live after Mediacorp finalised a late deal with rights holder Dentsu yesterday. Both sides had previously inked an agreement with only delayed telecasts of the sporting action. The latest deal is believed to be worth US$3.2 million (S$4.3 million).



Obama vows to crush ISIS

US President Barack Obama has vowed to continue hammering ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria. He also blasted President Vladimir Putin's policy in Syria, saying he doubted the Russian leader could be trusted to cooperateon helping to end Syria’s bloody
civil war.


'Don't escalate missile row'

South Korea's Foreign Minister has cautioned against escalating a missile-defence row with China that has fuelled combative editorials in Beijing's state media and an apparent backlash against Korean TV and pop stars.


Is Asean still relevant?

Ambassador-at-Large Bilahari Kausikan grapples with this question and argues that the grouping hold fast to its principle of consensus, despite it being sub-optimal on controversial issues like the South China Sea.


Dog daycare centre reopens

A daycare centre for dogs, which had to be closed for a month because of a suspected outbreak of leptospiros, has reopened. Sunny Heights will keep new dogs away from those already there while the investigations continue. They have not found any rat activity, usually responsible for the disease.


Proposed law welcomed

Social workers, academics and politicians have welcomed a proposed law to protect the identities of vulnerable adults in abuse or neglect cases. The draft Vulnerable Adults Bill is going through public consultation.


Swiber: DBS rejects claims

DBS refuted claims that it had aggressively pushed Swiber bonds to its clients, noting that demand for bonds was strong to begin with. It also said that its relationship managers are rewarded based on a balanced scorecard, and there is no direct link between sales targets and remunerations.


Princess Dash to finish line

Drama teacher Zamilla Ma'Amin is encouraging her daughter Amely Sofea, six, to "role play as a princess". So, when the little girl takes part in the Princess Dash for the first time with her mother at the Great Eastern Women's Run on Nov 13, she will be picturing herself running away from an evil villain.


Actor seeks to prove himself

Little-known actor Jacky Heung (with co-star Angelababy) has the lead role in star-studded fantasy action movie League Of Gods. Heung, well aware of gossip that his parents - influential producers Charles Heung and Tiffany Chen - made the movie to promote his career, says he is going the action-star route to prove his worth.


Clint Eastwood backs Trump

Oscar-winner Clint Eastwood has excoriated the current generation of Americans as weak and overly sensitive while backing Mr Donald Trump, even though the United States presidential hopeful has "said a lot of dumb things".

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