What's News: November 19 2015

Members of special French RAID forces seen at a raid zone in Saint-Denis, near Paris, France, Nov 18, 2015, during an operation to catch fugitives from recent deadly attacks in the French capital.
Members of special French RAID forces seen at a raid zone in Saint-Denis, near Paris, France, Nov 18, 2015, during an operation to catch fugitives from recent deadly attacks in the French capital. PHOTO: REUTERS


Two dead in Paris police raid

A woman suicide bomber blew herself up and another militant died yesterday when police raided an apartment in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis over last week's attacks in the French capital. Phone taps, surveillance and witness accounts led French investigators to believe that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who is suspected of organising the attacks, was in Saint-Denis.


Fewer new teachers this year

Only about 900 graduates and school leavers are expected to qualify as teachers this year, as the Ministry of Education (MOE) scales down recruitment. But it is still looking to boost numbers in areas such as music and the humanities.



PM Lee: Educate public on TPP

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was among 12 Apec leaders who underlined the importance of educating the public about the benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement yesterday.

People have to undertake the economic reforms that are inevitable when trade barriers come down, he said.


Suu Kyi's pledge on China ties

Ms Aung San Suu Kyi has pledged to pay "special attention" to ties with China when her party takes office and said foreign investments would need public support to help boost ties. But complicating the picture for China is the fact that its Myanmar investments have been unpopular.


The danger of e-cigarettes

E-cigarettes are normalising smoking among the young in several countries and one medical journal has labelled them a "gateway" through which teenagers get addicted to nicotine. Jalelah Abu Baker reports on the risks for the young.


'Terror attack' drills in CBD

Just days after the atrocities in Paris, Singapore's Home Team held its annual anti-terror exercise yesterday. A series of simulated attacks were staged in the Central Business District to test emergency preparations.


'Nationalise public transport'

Singapore should have a new "Public Transport Board" which merges trains, buses, taxis and shared vehicles. Professor Kishore Mahbubani, dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public

Policy, suggested this yesterday in an address at the Future Mobility symposium.


Malls in right location shine

Suburban malls in the right location seem to be the only bright spots in the gloomy retail scene, going by results of landlords from the September quarter. For instance, Frasers Centrepoint Trust's suburban malls were the steady performers, with rents and occupancy rates holding up despite the overall weak retail sector.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (kneeling) celebrating with his teammates after qualifying for the Euro 2016 in Copenhagen on Tuesday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Zlatan's double propels Sweden into Euro 2016

Sweden captain and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic's double in a 2-2 second-leg draw in Copenhagen against Denmark ensured their qualification for Euro 2016 4-3 on aggregate. He said the finals in France will be "magic" but it will likely be his last tournament with the team.


More local artists in Art Week

Singapore artists will have a bigger presence at next year's Singapore Art Week - a nine-day event featuring more than 80 art shows in galleries and museums, as well as festivals and talks that will take place islandwide. The event's fourth edition will run from Jan 16 to Jan 24.



Beckham named Sexiest Man

David Beckham was named People magazine's 2015 Sexiest Man Alive on Tuesday. The 40-year-old former Manchester United football star said his wife and fashion designer Victoria Beckham, 41, told him "congratulations", and added that he had the most ribbing from their 16-year-old son Brooklyn.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 19, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: November 19 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe