What's News: July 2, 2015

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras addressing the nation.
Greek PM Alexis Tsipras addressing the nation. PHOTO: REUTERS


Greece blinking in stand-off?

There were strong signs that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras blinked yesterday in the stand-off with European Union officials over his nation's predicament. A day after Greece became the first advanced economy to default on an International Monetary Fund loan, the sense of crisis intensified, with thousands of retirees besieging banks to withdraw cash from their state pensions.


SAF needs more women

The SAF has appointed its first female general, 22 years after it gave out its first Merit Scholarships to women. It now wants and needs to attract more women to sign on as the dire alternative is to leave some of its positions unmanned. Defence correspondent Jermyn Chow discusses the issues.


She wanted to save lives

Megan Loy wanted to be a doctor and save lives, but is now in a hospital fighting for her own.

The young Singaporean was seriously hurt at a party in Taipei last Saturday when coloured powder used in the celebration sparked a fire.


New Singapore-JB trains

Malaysians coming to Singapore for work or school have a faster trip with a new shuttle train service.

The first two leaving JB Sentral for Woodlands yesterday were sold out. It takes just five minutes to travel between the two points.


ISIS attacks Egypt checkpoints; at least 70 killed

ISIS militants launched a coordinated assault on several military checkpoints in Egypt's
North Sinai (above) yesterday. PHOTO: REUTERS

Violence escalated in the Sinai Peninsula after Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militants launched a coordinated assault on military checkpoints in Egypt's North Sinai yesterday. At least 70 people died in the onslaught, raising fears about the government's ability to contain the militants.


Indonesia's young tycoons

Meet Indonesia's young business tycoons. Unlike their spotlight-shy predecessors, these overseas-educated, media-savvy heirs to powerful business empires, some based in Singapore, are not afraid of being in the spotlight, The Straits Times discovers.


Smaller turnout for HK rally

A sense of resignation reigned as Hong Kong's annual march yesterday against Chinese rule drew just a fraction of last year's 150,000-strong turnout. After a year of failing to wrest political concessions from Beijing, many seemed downcast but turned up to show their discontent anyway.


Levies 'just adding to costs'

A reprieve for companies from foreign worker levy hikes this year may not be enough. Some business leaders say the levies no longer serve their original objectives, but are instead just adding to their costs.


S'pore a 'very generous host'

Malaysia will not be as "generous" to regional rivals when it hosts the next SEA Games as Singapore was last month.

Mr Sieh Kok Chi, secretary- general of the Olympic Council of Malaysia, feels that Singapore - pipped to overall top spot by Thailand - included sports and events that benefited others more than itself.


Donna Karan steps down

Donna Karan, the 66-year-old founder and chief designer of Donna Karan International, a brand which defined the way American working women dressed for decades, announced on Tuesday that she was leaving the helm of the house that bears her name. She wants to devote more time to her Urban Zen line, which centres on wellness and artisanal goods, and its foundation.


Affleck and Garner break up

Hollywood A-list couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announced the end of their 10-year marriage on Tuesday, ending months of rumours.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 02, 2015, with the headline '(No headline) - 5DEFAULT02'. Print Edition | Subscribe