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The Jubilee weekend got off to a rousing start yesterday as Singaporeans took advantage of the special day off to mark the nation's 50th year of independence. They thronged heartland centres, visited landmarks such as the Botanic Gardens and enjoyed picnics at Marina Bay and Sentosa. A Sing50 concert at the National Stadium was a highlight.
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Three long-serving MPs are stepping down to make way for new blood. The two making way in Tampines GRC are Mr Mah Bow Tan, who has been an MP since 1988, and Ms Irene Ng, who has been an MP since 2001. The other is Mr Hawazi Daipi, 61, an MP for Sembawang GRC.
Russia has begun a drive to destroy Western food smuggled into the country in violation of a year-old embargo, sparking outrage. Around 319 tonnes of food, including fruit and vegetables, were crushed or incinerated. The embargo was in response to sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis.
Hospitals are looking to get former nurses to return to the profession, as they are valued for their experience. Two hospitals have started "refresher courses" to help these former nurses.
Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva is not optimistic about the new Thai Constitution drafted by a committee picked by the military. He said that, going by earlier drafts, the focus of the Constitutional Drafting Committee appeared to be to weaken political parties.
Self-serving tendencies are part of human nature but it is important to cultivate attitudes that help us put nation above self, says By Invitation columnist David Chan. He suggests the "Home" way to do this: Be humble, objective, magnanimous and empathetic.
Three local Internet users who allegedly downloaded the film, Dallas Buyers Club, illegally have received letters demanding that they pay $5,000 to the Hollywood studio that produced it.
Crocodile International started selling singlets almost 60 years ago and has grown into a major international brand. The label - named after a "tough animal with a long lifespan", according to its founder Tan Hian Tsin - is one of Singapore's most endearing brands that have become part of the fabric of daily life here.
Former Formula One champion Jenson Button and his wife Jessica Michibata were gassed at a rented holiday villa in France by thieves who escaped with items worth more than £300,000 (S$645,000).
French police believe the criminals pumped anaesthetic gas via air-conditioning vents into the property in St Tropez.
Channel 8 stars Joanne Peh and Qi Yuwu (above) welcomed their first child, a daughter, two days ahead of Singapore's Golden Jubilee.
Peh, 32, gave birth to the girl naturally around noon yesterday at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, said Shin Min Daily News.
The iconic Land Rover Defender is finally bowing out after an unbroken 67-year production run. The Land Rover factory in Solihull, United Kingdom, will stop making the four-wheel-drive utility vehicle at the end of this year because it does not meet stricter safety and emission rules. Its replacement has not been announced.