What's News: August 22, 2016


PM resumes speech after rest

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong drew a standing ovation from a relieved audience when he resumed his National Day Rally speech after a scare when he was taken ill while addressing the nation. A medical team assessed that his condition was "not serious" and he returned to finish his speech after resting for an hour.


Duterte threatens to quit UN

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has derided the United Nations as "inutile" and threatened to leave the global body as he unleashed a torrent of abuse in response to calls from UN human rights campaigners for him to end extrajudicial killings that have blighted his war on crime.



Trump empire $870m in debt

On the campaign trail, Mr Donald Trump has sold himself as a businessman who has made billions of dollars. But an investigation by The New York Times reveals that companies he owns have at least US$650 million (S$870 million) in debt.


Push for a less meaty China

China's rising meat and seafood consumption, at the expense of vegetables and grains, has led to exploding rates of cancer, diabetes, obesity and heart disease. It wants people to drastically cut back on meat and seafood.


War and peace in East Asia

Much attention is focused on the potential immediate causes of war in East Asia, such as those arising from unexpected incidents. But underlying causes driven by unequal growth between rival powers also merit attention, writes political science professor Martin Wagener.


Wild boar sightings up

Wild boar sightings have increased in Punggol, sparking a mix of delight and dismay. The authorities said 24 sightings have been reported there in the first seven months of the year, double the figure for the same period last year.


Elite team for prison crises

An elite team trained to deal with prison emergencies is set to welcome a new batch of officers next month. Fewer than 10 people make it through its selection process usually, though twice as many people apply to join the Singapore Prisons Emergency Action Response Force.


Bonds can be risky after all

Singapore's corporate bond market has been going from strength to strength over the past few years but nowlooks to be entering choppy waters, with some defaults arising. Investors are learning the hard waythat these instruments, once considered safe, can be riskier than they expect.



Neymar hero on a great night

In the end, it all boiled downto the final kick in the penalty shoot-out against Germany.And what more fitting than football captain Neymar stepping up to scoreand secure Brazil's sixth and most precious gold medal of the Rio Games.He also netted the opening goal from a free kick, with the game ending 1-1 after extra time.

A scene from the Japanese period epic Ran (1985). The Asian Restored Classics screening begins on Thursday at the Capitol Theatre. PHOTO: ASIAN FILM ARCHIVE


Rare films restored and on show

Classic Asian films, restored to pristine condition, will be screened in Singapore, giving cinephiles a chance to see them in the highest-quality resolutionand projected in a cinema. The first Asian Restored Classics screening of seven films begins on Thursday at the Capitol Theatre and the line-up includes famous works such as the Japanese period epic Ran(1985) and the wuxia master piece Dragon Inn (1967) from Taiwan


Taste of southern Italy

The annual Italian gastronomy festival, Gusto Italiano, returns for its fourth edition with a focus on southern Italian cuisine and its light, bright flavours.

The festival will offer wine dinners and cooking workshops featuring 18 chefs from more than 10 Italian restaurants from Sept 1 to Oct 15.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 22, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe