What's News: December 21, 2015

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola will leave the German club at the end of the season after a successful spell.
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola will leave the German club at the end of the season after a successful spell.PHOTO: REUTERS


Ferry sinks; about 80 missing 

Nearly 80 people are missing about 24 hours after a ferry carrying 118 people ran into trouble while en route from Kolaka town in Indonesia's south-east Sulawesi province to Siwa port in South Sulawesi. Search-and-rescue operations were hampered by rough conditions and waves up to 5m high.


ISIS-linked militants arrested

Indonesian police have arrested at least five militants with links to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group who were planning attacks on the Shi'ite community, as well as during Christmas and New Year celebrations. The arrests come as Indonesia's counter-terrorism forces are on alert following signs that domestic militants are homing in on Jakarta. 


Spaniards go to the polls

Spain has voted in a parliamentary election where newcomer parties were expected to make big gains, heralding a new era of compromise politics. Polls predict that the ruling Popular Party will win the largest share of the vote, but end up short of an absolute majority, with Socialists second, while Podemos and Ciudadanos vie for third place. 


Billionaire blues

Billionaire Guo Guangchang has tried to strike a balance between appeasing China’s political elite and tapping into a market-led economy. But that balance seems to have been thrown off kilter: The Fosun Group founder was recently hauled up to assist in a probe, sparking talk that he was a target of the country’s anti-graft drive.


Perils of a confused policy

Confused American policy on the Middle East during United States President Barack Obama's administration has alienated even its stalwart allies and left behind a region in flames, says Jonathan Eyal.


Help with new BTO flats

Around a third of residents of new Build-To-Order flats approach Building Service Centres for help after collecting their keys, the Housing Board has revealed. At these centres, residents can report defects, get advice and borrow equipment to perform checks. 


Counter-suit against club

A former employee of Keppel Club is counter-suing it for wrongful dismissal and lost wages after she was sacked in October last year over allegations of a membership fraud involving an estimated $37 million. Ms Setho Oi Lin, 67, claims she was not solely in charge of membership files.


Hoping for benefits from AEC

Singaporeans are looking forward to being part of a wider formalised community - hoping it will lead to more jobs and trade opportunities, a new poll has found. People here hope the formation of the Asean Economic Community will reduce business costs and allow for seamless travel within the 10-country grouping.


Ancelotti to replace Guardiola at Bayern Munich

Highly sought-after football manager Pep Guardiola will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season and be replaced by Carlo Ancelotti, after two successful seasons. The Spaniard, 44, has won back-to-back league titles with Bayern and also lifted the German Cup last year. 


Finding love in Funan

Long-time tenants of Funan DigitaLife Mall have fond memories of the 30-year-old shopping centre. For some, it was where they found love. For others, it is a vestige of their childhood. The mall is set to close in July for three years of redevelopment. 


Simpsons not splitting up

The patriarch and matriarch of the popular animated TV series, The Simpsons, are not breaking up, executive producer Al Jean reassures fans. Netizens were livid a few months ago when Jean said the couple would be "legally separated" in an episode in the upcoming Season 27. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 21, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: December 21, 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe