What's News: May 27, 2017


Foreign militants in Marawi

The Philippine military has said foreign militants, including Malaysians and Singaporeans, are involved in the clashes that broke out in Marawi. The mainly Muslim city is located in the southern island group of Mindanao.


ITE celebrates 25th birthday

Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam called on employers and companies to take on a greater role to support the Institute of Technical Education's (ITE) transformation in the years ahead. Describing the ITE as a remarkable success story, he said it will be a key anchor for the SkillsFuture movement as it steps into its next 25 years.

Indonesian police officers securing the area outside a house after a raid in Bandung, West Java, yesterday. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY


Jakarta nabs three suspects

Indonesia's counter-terrorism police have arrested three people allegedly linked to the suicide bomb attacks in Jakarta which killed three police officers as well as the two perpetrators. President Joko Widodo has called for lawmakers to quickly ratify a government-proposed Bill to strengthen anti-terror laws.


China tougher on N. Korea: US

China has realised that time is running out to rein in North Korea's nuclear programme and is open to further sanctions, a senior US diplomat has said. But contrary to what Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton has said, Beijing noted it has not changed its position on North Korea.


Normalising violence

When we turn to violence in movies and games for our casual entertainment, we should not be surprised that violence enters our lives so casually, says Farish Noor.


Changi seeks Batam boost

Changi Airport has set its eyes on Batam to grow passenger traffic. From next week, it is offering a ferry-bus service for travellers from the Indonesian island to get to Tanah Merah ferry terminal and then to Changi, to connect to other flights.


Duo's Australian jail terms cut

Two Singaporeans detained in Adelaide, Australia, since Dec 4 last year for trying to sneak out over A$500,000 (S$514,800) in cash at the airport, have had their jail terms slashed on appeal. Ryan Pereira will now serve 11 months in jail, and Edward Choi, eight months.


S'pore factory output up 6.7%

Singapore's manufacturing output grew 6.7 per cent last month from a year ago - beating forecasts. Industrial production, which accounts for 20 per cent of overall gross domestic product, rose for a ninth straight month, led by a 48 per cent jump in electronics output.


Cavs to meet Warriors again

LeBron James scored 35 points, replacing Michael Jordan as the National Basketball Association's all-time leading play-off scorer, as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Boston Celtics 135-102 on Thursday to clinch the Eastern Conference title. The Cavs will now meet the Golden State Warriors in the Finals for the third consecutive year.

The Castlery Feat series includes the Gable Armchair by Charles Wilson. PHOTO: CASTLERY


Castlery in global tie-up

Local furniture company Castlery had always designed its own products, but now it has branched out to work with international designers. Earlier this month, it launched Castlery Feat, a series by five international designers and a design studio from outside Singapore. These designers come with strong credentials, having worked with big brands and won major awards.


Fresh fruit in Orchard

Deputy tech editor Trevor Tan takes you on a tour of Genius Grove and other interesting features oaf the new Apple Orchard Road. str.sg/appleorch


Dotty for art

Kids get to stick coloured dots on a whitewashed space, one of the installations at the Children Biennale and Imaginarium exhibition. str.sg/kidsbien

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