The news in 5 minutes


Jubilee bonus for civil servants

CIVIL servants will each get a $500 one-off payment to mark Singapore's Jubilee year, the Public Service Division (PSD) said yesterday. This will be on top of their mid-year bonus, which will amount to half a month's pay this year.

Strife ends Pakatan alliance

PARTI Keadilan Rakyat said the demise of the opposition coalition was a result of the strife between the other two member parties. But all three parties will keep ties alive, said PKR president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.


ISIS filling a void

THE Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militants' governing efforts, from inspecting food to offering perks to newly-weds, have brought a stability unavailable from national governments. With no political solutions in sight, little has prevented the group from entrenching itself.

 Political showdown in HK

HONG KONG braced itself for a political showdown yesterday as lawmakers debated a divisive reform package ahead of a key vote. Tensions also remained high over an alleged explosives plot. The former British colony has reinforced security after mass protests crippled parts of the city late last year.

Australia, China ink FTA

AUSTRALIA and China have signed a free trade agreement with Prime Minister Tony Abbott hailing it as "history-making" for both countries. The deal, expected to boost growth and employment by slashing tariffs, came after a decade of talks.

Trade pact's significance

THE Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal should be more a reflection of the United States' strategy towards Asia than its economic considerations, Foreign and Law Minister K. Shanmugam told US lawmakers yesterday.


Need to uphold legacy of inclusiveness in Malaysia

The rift in Malaysia's opposition alliance between the secular Democratic Action Party and the Parti Islam SeMalaysia is symptomatic of larger trends in the body politic. Political accommodation is crucial for Malaysia to preserve its legacy of social inclusiveness.

Too young to climb?

THE recent tragedy on Mount Kinabalu has sparked debate over whether children as young as 12 should be climbing a big mountain. Danson Cheong examines arguments on both sides and weighs in with his observations on climbing trips and the lessons mountains hold for people of all ages.


More Mensa kids

YOUNG, gifted... and Singaporean. Mensa says it is taking on around 70 per cent more children each year because more parents are taking their young children for psychological testing to see if they are intellectually gifted.

Quake survivors' reunion

SURVIVORS of the Sabah earthquake reunited at Tanjong Katong Primary yesterday. Three surviving Malaysian trainers came to the school and spent over an hour catching up with pupils and parents. They also shared stories of their ordeal.

Pre-pregnancy study

WOMEN are wanted for a new study on how their health can indirectly impact the development of their unborn babies. KK Women's and Children's Hospital is recruiting some 900 who are actively trying for a baby for its pre-pregnancy study.


Slugfest over Noble

EMBATTLED commodity trader Noble Group and investment banker Michael Dee yesterday traded barbs over claims and counterclaims about the company's accounting methods and asset valuations. Mr Dee also demanded that Noble founder Richard Elman resign.


Reds given tough run-in

BRENDAN Rodgers became the favourite to be the first English Premier League manager to get the sack after the new season's fixture list handed Liverpool a gruelling start. The Reds begin the season away at Stoke City, the start of a tough run-in as they travel to all five clubs who finished above them.


Playing on parents' fears

THE new Steven Spielberg-produced television drama The Whispers taps on parents' guilt about being too busy or distracted to give their children their full attention. The series - which stars Lily Rabe, Barry Sloane and Milo Ventimiglia - will tap into every parent's fears about the unseen forces shaping their children's lives.

Neverland in JB

HOME-GROWN nightlife brand Neverland Group is on an expansion spree. It will open a new club in Johor Baru next year and venture into property development for the first time. The group is also on track to have its Malaysian business arm, Pixie Entertainment Group, listed on the Australian stock exchange.


Grand old dame of Chinatown

THE Lai Chun Yuen building in Chinatown began life in 1887 as a theatre. Now it plays host to tourists as a heritage hotel. Read about its long history in our Singapore Slider series on places Then & Now at


Reunited after 47 years

ST VIDEO captures veteran Hong Kong actress Petrina Fung Bo Bo's excitement when she meets her Singaporean godmother after 47 years. Watch the reunion at


Golden goalie

GOALKEEPER Izwan Mahbud was the hero of the Lions' goal-less draw against Japan in a World Cup qualifier. See some of his stunning saves and the memes that followed at

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 18, 2015, with the headline 'The news in 5 minutes'. Subscribe