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Thick smoke from hundreds of forest and land fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan has caused tens of thousands of Indonesians to suffer from respiratory illnesses.
The National Disaster Management Agency said the dry weather is set to persist for several more days.
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The probe into 1Malaysia Development Berhad widens as Hong Kong police investigate bank deposits a complainant said were linked to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. A government spokesman said Datuk Seri Najib does not control any Credit Suisse bank accounts in Hong Kong.
Senate Democrats delivered a major victory to United States President Barack Obama (above) when they blocked a Republican resolution to reject a six-nation nuclear accord with Iran. But Republicans have vowed to keep fighting, saying the deal does not provide for timely inspections and does nothing to stop Iran's support for militant groups.
Thai police said the suspected mastermind of last month's bomb attack in Bangkok left for China from Bangladesh on Aug 30. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said they are investigating. Thailand is also working with Malaysia to track the suspect who planted the bomb.
Japan continues to reel from heavy rain and flooding as more rivers burst their banks, leaving at least 23 people missing and forcing over 100,000 to flee. A severe rain warning was in effect for parts of northern Japan but flood waters were slowly retreating in Joso.
By Invitation columnist Kishore Mahbubani was moved to tears when he watched SG50 movie 7 Letters, a collection of seven short films by seven local film-makers. Find out why he thinks the movie is one of the best elements of Singapore's Jubilee year.
A growing number of Singapore motorists are keeping their cars for longer by revalidating their certificates of entitlement. Transport experts believe these drivers are clinging on to their older vehicles to "ride out" the current high COE prices.
More than 110,000 people have visited an exhibition to mark the 170th anniversary of The Straits Times since it opened at the ArtScience Museum on July 17. Souvenirs including notebooks and a commemorative book have also been a hit with visitors.
Job hiring has so far been only modestly affected by the recent stock market turmoil and China's economic slowdown, Singapore headhunters say. But they predict that hiring could be halted completely in the second half of next year as the full impact of these factors flows through.
The Straits Times Star of the Month award for August by virtue of his world championships bronze medal in the 100m butterfly - Singapore's first. Schooling said: "I think it's a good achievement but it's just a stepping stone to my ultimate goal."
Ailing Hong Kong broadcaster Asia Television (ATV), which has seven months left on its broadcasting licence, has changed hands, with China Culture Media International acquiring a controlling stake. The new shareholder will set up and manage a HK$10 billion (S$1.8 billion) fund, of which at least HK$5.1 billion will be invested in applying for ATV's new licence. More immediately, the broadcaster will be able to pay wages.