What's News: September 23, 2016

Barcelona's Lionel Messi (right) with the team's doctor after being injured during the match against Atletico Madrid.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi (right) with the team's doctor after being injured during the match against Atletico Madrid.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Fumigation under way in New Delhi.
Fumigation under way in New Delhi.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


KL deports 3 with terror links

The growing threat of terror in the region was underlined again yesterday as Malaysia revealed it had detained one of its citizens and deported three foreigners with links to militant groups. This follows the arrest last month of three Islamic State in Iraq and Syria operatives for plotting attacks on the country's independence day celebrations.


Duterte welcomes probe

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said yesterday he was inviting the United Nations and European Union to investigate thousands of killings that have been linked to his war on crime.


Delhi hit by Aedes diseases

India's capital is reeling from a double whammy of chikungunya and dengue - both viral diseases spread by the Aedes mosquito which is also responsible for Zika - with hospitals reporting dozens of cases.


Major disappointments for Barcelona

Having scored first against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, Barcelona then had to deal with two disappointments. First, the La Liga champions lost control of the match, which ended in a draw. Second, Lionel Messi limped off with an injury that is expected to keep him out for three weeks.


US, Russia hold talks on Syria

The United States and Russia held another round of discussions on the war in Syria hours after they clashed over the issue in a United Nations meeting this week. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the war will "drag on" as long as other countries interfere in it.


Modi needs to show restraint

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's hopes of making peace with Pakistan have been dashed by the slaying of 18 Indian soldiers in Kashmir. Hardliners are calling for retaliation, but Mr Modi would do well to show restraint, writes Associate Editor Ravi Velloor.


Many S'poreans follow a diet

A survey has found that 57 per cent of Singaporeans follow a diet that limits or omits ingredients such as fats and carbohydrates. The survey polled more than 30,000 people online in 63 countries, including 514 people from Singapore.


Furniture firm on the carpet

A furniture retailer set up just a year ago has left its clients high and dry after collecting payments from them. The Consumers Association of Singapore said it has received 54 complaints since April against Royal House (The Rome Gallery) for its failure to fulfil contracts ranging from $500 to $6,500.


Debt restructuring continues

Restructuring efforts continue in the offshore marine and shipping sectors, with Marco Polo Marine and Rickmers Maritime Trust in discussions with creditors. Marco Polo Marine is proposing to use part of the land it owns in Batam as collateral for noteholders. It is also in talks to include the rest of the land as a second mortgage.



S'pore Transformers unveiled

Home-grown collectible statue producer Imaginarium Art is rolling out two statues of Transformers characters, Ultra Magnus and Soundwave (photo), which stand at 70cm and 81cm, respectively. It is possibly the first to build models of the characters on such a scale.


Covering the Brangelina split

US tabloids are racing to figure out how to present the story of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's divorce. So far, it has been a lot of Jolie as she was the one who filed for divorce and her sources told TMZ.com that "she believes Brad poses a danger to the kids", with substance-abuse issues. But Pitt is fighting back.

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