What's News: July 9, 2016

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks to reporters after meeting with Poland's President Andrzej at the Nato Summit in Warsaw, Poland.
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks to reporters after meeting with Poland's President Andrzej at the Nato Summit in Warsaw, Poland. PHOTO: REUTERS


Obama blasts sniper attacks

United States President Barack Obama has called sniper attacks on Dallas police that left five officers dead "a vicious, calculated and despicable attack", addressing the tumult, anger and confusion at home. Thursday's coordinated attacks were launched during one of several protests across the country against the killing of two black men by police this week.


StanChart teller followed rule

The StanChart teller who handed over $30,000 to a robber had acted in line with protocol, said a bank spokesman yesterday. A security guard was at the affected branch in Holland Village yesterday, though it does not usually have a guard.

A river polluted by leaked fuel in Zhejiang province. Environmental pollution is one of the issues of greatest concern to ordinary Chinese. PHOTO: REUTERS


Naming and shaming to curb China's water pollution

Chinese environmental officials are increasingly turning to naming and shaming cities that fail to bring down pollution levels. The latest effort involves water pollution which, like that of air and soil, has reached toxic levels across much of China.

Police on guard after the suicide attack at the police headquarters in Solo on Tuesday. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY


Jakarta MPs push terror Bill

Lawmakers in Indonesia are pushing for a draft Bill, which expands police powers in counter-terrorism, to be passed immediately following Tuesday's suicide bombing in Solo, Central Java. If the amendments are passed, police could hold suspects involved in plans to mount a terror attack for up to six months, instead of just a week.


Water woes and political will

To solve Asia's water woes, what matters is not money or technology but political will and good governance. Asia's leaders must prioritise access to clean water and put competent, honest people in charge, writes Professor Tommy Koh.


Park Mall to close by end-Sept

Moving out sales are now common at Park Mall, which will be closing by end-September to make way for an office-cum-retail development. The mall, which is known for its home furnishing stores, was bought for $411.8 million by a joint venture group last December.


Woman admits beating senior

A woman pleaded guilty yesterday to attacking her elderly neighbour, punching her and stamping on her head repeatedly. Casey Sabrina Ng, 43, was caught on camera beating Madam Toh Siew Hong, 67. The attack took place in 2013.


Double tax deduction plan

Companies could soon benefit from double tax deduction for costs associated with issuing retail bonds, if proposed legislation is passed. The initiative is part of efforts to broaden the range of investment options available to retail investors, the Ministry of Finance said yesterday.


Mercedes back with a roar

Mercedes showed they are back in business after last Sunday's collision in the Austrian Grand Prix, with home fans upbeat on a third straight British race win for Lewis Hamilton, after he edged out teammate Nico Rosberg in opening free practice. Ferrari, meanwhile, said Kimi Raikkonen will stay with them next year.


Inspiration behind jazz album

Home-grown jazz singer Alemay Fernandez's first album of original tunes, Hard To Imagine, was inspired by three life-changing events in her life, including the death of her father. The 10-track work is being released on Spotify today. Tickets to her album launch concert at the Esplanade Recital Studio tonight are sold out.

Cho plays Hikaru Sulu in new film Star Trek Beyond, opening here on July 21. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY


Star Trek's Sulu 'openly gay'

John Cho, who plays Hikaru Sulu in upcoming sci-fi film Star Trek Beyond, has revealed that the fan favourite is openly gay and married in the new film. The movie opens here on July 21.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 09, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe