What's News: Oct 4, 2017

A still from I Not Stupid, starring (from left) Huang Po Ju, Shawn Lee and Joshua Ang.
A still from I Not Stupid, starring (from left) Huang Po Ju, Shawn Lee and Joshua Ang.PHOTO: MEDIACORP


United against terror threat

Singapore's Parliament yesterday resolved to keep the country united against the growing threat of terrorism, with MPs from both sides of the House noting that the Muslim community had taken measures to counter extremism. They also stressed the importance of all communities standing together. 


Kim trial points to poisoning

Mr Kim Jong Nam could barely breathe, had abnormally small pupils and was sweating excessively when he turned up at a clinic in Kuala Lumpur's airport in February, a court heard yesterday. The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un later started to have seizures and fell unconscious before he died of poisoning, allegedly perpetrated by two women. 


Rising slums in Asia-Pacific

East Asia and the Pacific are now home to the largest slum population in the world as the region's cities grow at a rapid pace, with more than 250 million people living in slums, according to the World Bank's latest report on urban poverty, released yesterday. That surpasses sub-Saharan Africa's 200 million, and South Asia's 191 million. 


Europe's nationalist wave

The Scots wantautonomy like the Catalans. And the Catalanswant the ease by which the Scots are able to hold an independence referendum. This constant loop of one nationalist demand pushing for another, if not stopped, could plunge Europe into its biggest border-changing wave in 200 years, says Jonathan Eyal. 


Handling initial coin offerings

The rise of initial coin offerings as a way to raise funds, using complex technology-backed currencies, holds perils for individual investors. But Singapore cannot afford to outlaw them altogether, says correspondent Grace Leong. 


Loved ones' ashes in garden?

A new burial concept is being planned which would allow people to scatter the ashes of a loved one in a garden rather than have cremated remains interred in a niche or scattered at sea. Though details are not known yet, there are similar practices in other countries.


UN given data on gender bias

A coalition of 13 Singapore non-governmental organisations (NGOs) has submitted a joint report on gender inequalities to a United Nations committee. This came after more than half of the 60 NGOs involved in discussions had decided not to support the report. 


Ezion makes debt proposal

Ezion Holdings wants holders of its bonds and perpetuals to stick it out for another six to 10 years before they get their $575 million in full. The liftboat operator said it is in talks with lenders to bring down its debt, and has been promised a fresh line of up to US$100 million (S$136 million) from six banks to help fund the modification and deployment of vessels over the next 12 months. 


Star gymnast out with injury

Kohei Uchimura's eight-year reign as the undisputed king of gymnastics came to a dramatic end as he was eliminated at the World Championships in Montreal on Monday, after suffering an injury to his left ankle. The Japanese two-time Olympic champion, 28, said he will concentrate on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. 


See classics at S'pore film fest

Two iconic Singapore films will celebrate their 15th anniversary at the upcoming Singapore International Film Festival - I Not Stupid and TalkingCock The Movie. The festival will also highlight Asian spy flicks from the 1950s to the early 1980s in its Classics section. 

Straits Times Digital


Path to recovery

Burn survivor Elizabeth Elida Edward, 15, now wears a smile, not a mask. Find out how she overcomes the odds. http://str.sg/survive


Speaking out

Soh Rui Yong, the first Singapore man to win back-to-back SEA Games marathon titles, explains why it is important to fight for what he believes in. http://str.sg/speak

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 04, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe