What's News: April 2, 2016


US hustings a worry: PM Lee

The anti-establishment, anti- globalisation groundswell that has fuelled much of the US presidential campaign is a worry for Singapore, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. In his most extensive remarks yet about the chaotic election campaign, he stressed that the United States continues to play a critical leadership role in the world .


Man in stand-off with police

A woman was locked in a flat with her son, a suspected drug dealer, in a dramatic 13-hour stand-off with the police that started on Thursday night. Residents in the block had to be evacuated for the sake of their safety during the episode, which ended only at around 10am yesterday when the man was arrested.



China's property headache

As big Chinese cities like Shanghai and Shenzhen  grapple with runaway home prices, the smaller cities remain saddled with huge inventories. Experts say this diverging trend highlights the complex regulatory challenges in China, already mired in a painful economic slowdown.


Flyover collapse: Five held

Indian police yesterday said they detained five staff at the company building a flyover that collapsed on Thursday, killing at least 25 people, as hopes of finding more survivors faded. Nearly 100 people were pulled from under huge slabs and girders that fell onto a Kolkata street.


Cross-border terror threat

National security agencies are overwhelmed as terrorist threats become more cross-border in nature. Singapore students are lured to foreign universities offering dubious Islamic studies. It is time to develop a local degree programme, says Barry Desker.


Trouble in a six-pack

Six-packs of premium Beck's beer are being re-labelled after drinkers complained they had been "fooled" into thinking they were "imported" from Germany. Distributor Carlsberg Singapore claims it was a "technical printing error".


Boy's fall 'a sad misadventure'

A coroner has ruled that the four-year-old boy who fell nine storeys from his Yishun home last October died from a "truly sad misadventure". Darien Riley Zabiq had been left at home with his younger sister when he placed a chair in front of a window to reach it and push it open.


Home prices dip at slower pace

Public and private home prices here fell at a slower pace in the first quarter than the quarterly average last year, but some analysts say the bottom may not quite be in sight. Housing Board flat resale prices eased about 0.1 per cent while private home prices slid about 0.7 per cent to mark the 10th straight quarter of decline, according to flash estimates out yesterday.

All eyes will be on Kane (right), Dier (centre) and Alli at Anfield today. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Spurs get chance to close gap

Despite the exploits this season of Harry Kane, ably aided by Eric Dier and Dele Alli, Tottenham have largely flown below the radar in the shadow of shock English Premier League leaders Leicester. Today, they have a chance to improve on their woeful record at Anfield by beating an erratic Liverpool, and put pressure on the Foxes.

The Game Of Thrones: Ascend The Wall virtual-reality experience seen through the Oculus Rift headset. PHOTO: HBO ASIA


Heart-stopping 90 seconds

The 90-second Game Of Thrones: Ascend The Wall virtual-reality experience at Ion Orchard is so visceral, it comes with a warning ominously telling fans to "participate at your own risk", and bars pregnant women and minors under 16 from taking part. It is available free to the public from today to Thursday.

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