What's News: July 7, 2015

Outgoing Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis.
Outgoing Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis. PHOTO: EPA


Europe in a bind over Greece

European leaders are scrambling to respond to the decisive referendum result on Sunday, with hopes that fast-track negotiations might stop the crisis from escalating even further. The most dramatic sign that a new start was in the wind came yesterday morning with the shock resignation of Greece's combative Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis.

Pressure mounts on Najib

Non-governmental groups in Malaysia are increasing pressure on Prime Minister Najib Razak to clarify claims that huge sums of money were wired to his personal accounts. Student leaders yesterday wrote an open letter to his deputy, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, urging him to temporarily take over the reins of government.



Risk of major forest fires

Indonesia has tamed a growing number of forest fires in Sumatra in recent weeks with cloud-seeding, but the operations have not been as successful as hoped. Adding to concerns, a strengthening El Nino weather pattern could prime parts of Sumatra and Borneo for major blazes in the coming weeks, which could spell haze for Singapore.

A photograph taken by a Philippine military plane last month showing alleged land reclamation by China on Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands.
A photograph taken by a Philippine military plane last month showing allegedland reclamation by China on Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands. PHOTO: REUTERS

Spotlight on China's claims to South China Sea

China's claims to the South China Sea will come under legal scrutiny for the first time as the Philippines officially begins to press its own case before a United Nations tribunal starting today. Foreign Ministry spokesman Charles Jose has said that if the tribunal rules against the Philippines, "that is the end".


Tackling the refugee problem

The world is seeing an influx of refugees again. The anti-immigrant mood in the West and the world today poses challenges, says Tommy Koh. The political leaders of the world should not give in to bigotry and prejudice.


BTO flats surge in value

When four-room Build-To-Order (BTO) flats in Sengkang were launched in 2005, they cost up to $205,000 – and attracted complaints over their location and lack of amenities. Ten years later, the area is booming and these flats are selling for almost three times the price.

Noise barriers for PIE stretch

The Land Transport Authority is calling a tender today to test 6m-high noise barriers along a section of the Pan-Island Expressway close to residences at Swiss View and Greenbank Park. Work will start next year.


Couple sue AIA over fake plan

An elderly couple caught in a fake insurance plan are suing insurer AIA and a related agency in the High Court. Mr Ong Han Ling and his wife Enny Ariandini Pramana, both 76, are suing over negligence and lack of care when handling their premium of about US$5 million (S$6.7 million).


Outclassed but still lauded

Stunned football fans praised the Japanese women's team for a mid-game fightback despite being crushed 5-2 by the United States in the World Cup final.

On Sunday, Japan's challenge was virtually over after just 16 minutes, when the US charged into a 4-0 lead, thanks to a hat-trick by Carli Lloyd.



Yen to act in new Star Wars

Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen is to star in Episode VIII of the Star Wars franchise. According to Apple Daily, he is expected to be in London early next month to start film work, playing a Chinese Jedi who meets Han Solo and becomes his ally. He and Jet Li were favoured for the role, but Disney eventually picked Yen.

'Star' duo reunite on One FM

Popular DJs Glenn Ong and The Flying Dutchman have joined SPH radio station One FM 91.3. They left MediaCorp at the end of last year. Their new gig at One FM did not surprise many. Since April, the radio station has held a contest for listeners to guess the identity of the "megastar" DJ or DJs who will be joining the station.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 07, 2015, with the headline 'What'sNews'. Print Edition | Subscribe