What's News: November 17, 2015

The tie-up with Fitness First will provide 200 international memberships for Team Singapore athletes.
The tie-up with Fitness First will provide 200 international memberships for Team Singapore athletes.ST PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN
NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi attending Myanmar's first Parliament meeting yesterday after the Nov 8 elections.
NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi attending Myanmar's first Parliament meeting yesterday after the Nov 8 elections.PHOTO: REUTERS


France on the offensive

France has gone on the offensive after last Friday's terror attacks on Paris, conducting raids and launching air strikes on Islamic State in Iraq and Syria targets. French President Francois Hollande said the terror attacks were planned in Syria, organised in Belgium and carried out in France. 


Asian stocks slide

Asian stocks fell towards the lowest level in six weeks after Europe's worst terror attack in a decade and as data showed Japan's economy fell back into a recession.

The MSCI Asia Pacific Index declined 1.2 per cent to 130.59 in late Asian trading. 


NLD faces tough challenges

Public expectations are high when the National League for Democracy (NLD) forms a new government in March to dish up Myanmar's first taste of civilian rule in almost 50 years, as the party faces a range of challenges, such as reducing poverty. But observers say expectations should be tempered as a country is built "piece by piece over decades". 


Trade may take back seat

South China Sea tensions and security fears following the Paris terror attacks are overshadowing efforts by Pacific Rim leaders to hammer out deals to boost trade at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit this week. 


History of the Magna Carta

A version of the Magna Carta will be on display here for five days. Professor Simon Chesterman goes on a ride through history to shed light on how a document crafted to keep an English king in power has come to symbolise the freedom of citizens to enjoy the rule of law, democracy and human rights. 


Hard line on City Harvest case

The public prosecutor is calling for City Harvest Church founder Kong Hee to face 11 to 12 years in jail, The Straits Times has learnt. All six leaders found guilty last month of misusing $50 million in church funds could face stiff sentences if the prosecution gets its way. 


CPF offices to move on Monday

The Central Provident Fund (CPF) Board's offices will move to Novena on Monday, from their Robinson Road premises as part of the Government's efforts to "free up prime office space". The CPF Building was put up for sale in a public tender in September. 


New private home sales up

Two condo launches bolstered sales in October after the doldrums of September, which had the lowest sales of any month this year, but experts say the market will stay flat. A total of 546 new private homes were sold last month, up 60 per cent on the 341 moved in September, according to the Urban Redevelopment Authority. 


Fitness First to get Team Singapore in shape

Singapore athletes will find it more convenient to get in shape for major tournaments, after the Singapore National Olympic Council secured a three-year, $1.3 million sponsorship from Fitness First. The regional health and fitness group will offer 200 international memberships. 


Art fair sees $3.9m in sales

The latest edition of the Affordable Art Fair, which was held from last Thursday to Sunday, saw $3.9 million in sales and 15,150 visitors. This is a substantial increase from the $2.8 million rung up at April's edition of the fair, which had 13,400 visitors. This is the second year in a row that the Affordable Art Fair is holding two editions in one year. 

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