What's News: April 11, 2017

Filipino fishing boats alongside a Chinese vessel near Scarborough Shoal last Thursday.
Filipino fishing boats alongside a Chinese vessel near Scarborough Shoal last Thursday.PHOTO: REUTERS
Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook
Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE- PRESSE


AGC seeks church case review

The Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) filed a rarely invoked criminal reference yesterday to seek a definitive ruling by the Court of Appeal on "questions of law of public interest" regarding the City Harvest Church case.


China, S. Korea warn North

China and South Korea agreed during talks between Seoul's chief nuclear envoy Kim Hong Kyun and China's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Affairs Wu Dawei to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea if it carries out nuclear or long-range missile tests. This comes as a US Navy strike group headed to the region.


China acts to ease sea row

China still calls the shots at the Scarborough Shoal, backed by a small armada of coast guard vessels projecting its power at the disputed feature in the South China Sea. But the presence of Philippine fishing vessels shows President Rodrigo Duterte's overtures, and a ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration rejecting China's claim over most of the waters, have motivated Beijing to make some concessions.


Sea trials for costliest warship

The USS Gerald Ford, the first aircraft carrier built for the US Navy in 40 years, has finally begun sea trials, more than two years behind schedule. Built at a cost of $18.2 billion, it is the most expensive warship in the world, with the capability of carrying 75 aircraft and up to 5,000 personnel.


Way forward for China, US

While America rose as a dominant power, China was impoverished, occupied and culturally plundered, writes Jean-Pierre Lehman. To keep the peace between the two, efforts to help China heal from its deep scars must continue.


Thumbs up for new cab fares

Taxi commuters gave ComfortDelGro's new flat-fare option the thumbs up for its simplified charges.The firm, which owns close to 16,500 cabs, yesterday started offering commuters a single, upfront fee for trips booked through its app.


Court hears LKY interview case

The Court of Appeal yesterday heard the final arguments against a High Court ruling on an interview agreement then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew made with the Government. The case centres on whether his estate can use or make copies of the transcripts.


Ex-HUDC estate up for sale

A former HUDC estate in Hougang Avenue 7 is now up for sale. Owners at Rio Casa, formerly called Hougang N3, are expecting offers above $450.8 million, which translates to a price tag of about $586 per sq ft per plot ratio. The price includes a lease top-up premium of about $57.5 million for a fresh 99-year lease, as well as $141.5 million for intensification of the site.


Westbrook makes history

Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook said he was "blessed, very blessed", after scoring his 42nd triple-double of the season to eclipse the 1961-62 feat by Oscar Robertson. He had already emulated Robertson by averaging a triple-double over the course of an entire season. Westbrook's 50 points included the three-pointer that sealed a 106-105 victory against the Denver Nuggets.


Janet Jackson, hubby split up

Pop star Janet Jackson has split up with her third husband, Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana, months after giving birth to her first child, say reports. A source said she thought he had become too controlling during the pregnancy and that she had already allowed him to dictate her appearance.

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Pets on wheels

Wheelchairs for pets let handicapped animals like Saviour, which was born with two legs, enjoy a better quality of life.



Hot out of the oven

Pastry chef Frederic Deshayes shows how he makes hot cross buns, a treat traditionally eaten over the Easter weekend.


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