What's News: March 11, 2016

A worker in a protective suit and mask taking notes at the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant in Okuma town last month.
A worker in a protective suit and mask taking notes at the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant in Okuma town last month.PHOTO: REUTERS


Ex-ISIS member leaks names

In what could be an unprecedented leak for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group, a disillusioned former member has released thousands of documents said to detail the personal information of ISIS recruits. Some 1,736 forms reveal that 70 per cent of ISIS recruits are Arabs while most of the European recruits are from France and Germany. 


Myanmar's next President

Mr Htin Kyaw, 69, a trusted veteran of the National League for Democracy and long-time family friend of party leader Aung San Suu Kyi, is set to become Myanmar's next President after being nominated by the party. Analysts say his nomination is bound to have been agreed on in backroom talks with the powerful army. 



Jitters over China remain

A slew of policies to spur growth and pledges from Chinese leaders to keep the world's No. 2 economy on an even keel may have temporarily assuaged fears of a "hard landing", but experts say the risks of a sharp slowdown are not over as many of the growth boosters will not solve the structural problems. 


Radiation still strong at crippled nuclear power plant

Five years after one of the worst earthquakes in history triggered a 10m-high tsunami that crashed into the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station, causing multiple meltdowns, the radiation at the plant is still so powerful that it has proven impossible to get into its bowels to find and remove the extremely dangerous blobs of melted fuel rods. 


Challenges awaiting The Lady

Myanmar is poised for a dramatic economic and political transition - and its most iconic leader Aung San Suu Kyi will have her hands full leading that change, while managing relations with the military, says Ravi Velloor in the Speaking of Asia column. 


2 more NUS overseas colleges

The National University of Singapore (NUS) will set up two overseas colleges in Switzerland and Germany to add to its existing six in countries such as China. With eight such colleges, about 350 students a year from NUS will get to study at its partner institutions. 


Tourists jailed for $500k theft 

Two Vietnamese tourists who lost money at the Marina Bay Sands casino decided to "recoup" their losses by breaking into a fruit store at Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre and stealing half a million dollars in January. The men were yesterday jailed for 4-1/2 years each. 


ECB cuts rate to zero

The European Central Bank (ECB) yesterday surprised markets by cutting its main refinancing rate to zero from 0.05 per cent, while raising the size of its asset purchase programme by a greater-than- expected extent. The news sent European markets soaring. 


Nadal: I have never doped

Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal says Maria Sharapova should be punished for her failed drug test as she was negligent, while at the same time denying that he has ever used performance-enhancing drugs.

He defended his training methods and insists he has never doped to get an edge or to speed up recovery from injury. 


S'pore designers at French fair 

Singapore brands and designers are having a strong showing at this year's Maison&Objet Asia, with offerings such as nature-inspired carpets and the ultimate man cave filled with lavish furnishings. The annual French design trade show, known as one of the world's best interior design trade fairs, is in its third edition here. 



Singer denies rumours

In her first public appearance after her divorce announcement, S.H.E singer Selina Jen asked the media to give her estranged husband, lawyer Richard Chang, a little space. She also denied all the rumours about the break-up, including the speculation that their sexless marriage caused the divorce. 

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