What's News: July, 25 2015

Malaysia's Home Ministry suspended the publishing permits of The Edge Media Group for three months, saying its reporting on the scandal swirling around state-owned company 1MDB threatened “public order”.
Malaysia's Home Ministry suspended the publishing permits of The Edge Media Group for three months, saying its reporting on the scandal swirling around state-owned company 1MDB threatened “public order”. PHOTO: THE STAR


KL suspends papers' permits

The Malaysian authorities yesterday suspended for three months the publishing licences of two newspapers under The Edge Media Group, on grounds of being prejudicial to national interest.

Journalists feared this was a harbinger of a wider crackdown on critics of the debt-ridden state investment fund, 1Malaysia Development Berhad.


HDB resale volume up 28%

The number of HDB resale flats sold in the last quarter went up by 27.8 per cent, with 5,286 homes changing hands. This comes even as prices continued to drop, but at a lower pace than before, in a sign that the resale market is stabilising.


Thai govt curbs alcohol sales

The Thai government has said no to the sale of alcohol near educational institutions, in view of the rapid increase in the number of youth drinkers. But restaurant and bar owners said the ban would throttle the tourist country's economy.

Turkish plain-clothes police officers escorting a suspected ISIS member for a check-up in an Istanbul hospital yesterday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Turkey joins battle against ISIS

Turkey has, for the first time, joined the United States-led allied forces to bomb the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, in response to the recent border bloodshed blamed on the extremists. The operations are just a beginning, said Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.


Who decides what's fair play?

Announcements on electoral boundaries have a way of stirring debate over alleged unfairness to the opposition. One can be fair by sharing something equally, or by allocating a thing based on need or merit. In politics, the electorate has a say, writes Willie Cheng.


Abused mum 'was fed faeces'

A court heard yesterday that an elderly woman who drew public concern after a video showed her being slapped by her daughter had been fed excrement. A neighbour was charged in court with abetting the daughter in feeding faeces and urine to the woman.


Be ready, not lucky: PM Lee

Singapore must be able to defend itself and not count on being lucky when problems arise, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong last night at a dinner to mark the 50th anniversary of the Singapore Armed Forces.


'Accidental' move made good

Getting into the futures trading industry was an "accidental" move for Mr Phupinder Gill back in 1987.

The global financial crisis had wiped out jobs in the United States and nearly left him stranded. His first job was as a price reporter on the trading floor of the Chicago Board Options Exchange.


S'pore aquatic team in Russia

Three divers and eight synchronised swimmers are in Kazan, Russia, aiming to do Singapore proud at the World Aquatic Championships. While the 11 women have no medal chances, they want to achieve personal bests and continue the good progress shown in these two disciplines in recent years.


School makes amends

Popular Japanese cooking school ABC Cooking Studio, which opened here in April, is extending its customers' memberships by a year, giving them more time to take their lessons. Many members have been unhappy because there are not enough classes and slots are taken up quickly.


Swift says sorry to Minaj

Pop superstar Taylor Swift has apologised to rapper Nicki Minaj after a Twitter row over the MTV Video Music Awards nominations. Minaj said the American music industry preferred "very slim" white women. To which, the very slim Swift responded that it was unlike Minaj "to pit women against each other".

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 25, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: July, 25 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe