What's News: May 05, 2016

Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne (left) in action against Villarreal's Samuel Castillejo in the Europa League semi-final first leg last Thursday.
Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne (left) in action against Villarreal's Samuel Castillejo in the Europa League semi-final first leg last Thursday.PHOTO: REUTERS


Trump seals nomination

Businessman Donald Trump effectively sealed the Republican Party nomination with a win in Indiana on Tuesday, forcing out his closest rival, Senator Ted Cruz. Even some Republican party leaders who once had plotted on how to stop Mr Trump's insurgent campaign acknowledged that the tycoon was now the presumptive nominee of the party. 


Study on haze impact

Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei and Indonesia will conduct an in-depth study for the first time on the impact of the haze on the region. The haze that plagued the region last year was the worst on record. 

Labour's candidate for London mayor Sadiq Khan in east London yesterday.
Labour's candidate for London mayor Sadiq Khan in east London yesterday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


'Super Thursday' in Britain 

Britain goes to the polls today in the biggest set of ballots outside of a general election in many years. These include elections to the Scottish Parliament, as well as all local authorities in England, while London voters elect a new mayor. Neither the ruling Conservatives nor the opposition Labour is likely to claim total triumph. 


No shift in Xi's views: Experts 

After having presided over tighter control of public, party and media discourse, President Xi Jinping recently made some surprisingly conciliatory remarks on freedom of expression. But experts say this is likely to be temporary, rather than a sign of a shift in Mr Xi's views.


Philosophy of SkillsFuture 

SkillsFuture is part policy, part philosophy and that may explain why many people don't yet get what it's about. It's a movement for Singaporeans to become masters not only of specific skills but of their own destinies, writes Amelia Teng. 


Shark victim flown to S'pore 

An American man who was bitten by a shark while surfing in Bali is recovering in hospital in Singapore. Mr Ryan Boarman, 26, was flown to Raffles Hospital for surgery on his injured right arm. The shark bite had cut through muscle and injured a nerve and a ligament in his arm.


SMRT settles lawsuit

SMRT has settled a lawsuit brought by a woman who was paralysed after falling into the shaft of an escalator under maintenance in 2013. Since the incident at Tanah Merah Station, Ms Azlin Amran has had to give up her old job as well as an active and outdoor lifestyle.


Weak Q1 growth for Indonesia

Indonesia's economy logged disappointing growth in the first three months of the year amid weak commodity prices and lacklustre export growth across the region. Analysts saw the latest data, which came in below expectations, as a setback to President Joko Widodo's efforts to implement reforms and rejuvenate the economy. 


Klopp confident Reds will be ready for Villarreal 

He has suffered the first back-to-back losses of his Anfield reign but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is confident his team will rediscover their mojo in time for today's Europa League semi-final second leg at home against slick Villarreal. The Reds trail the Spanish side 0-1. 



Mega stars at mega festival

The Rolling Stones (above), Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and The Who - some of the most celebrated acts in rock 'n' roll - will perform at a mega festival in October in the California desert. The same venue hosts the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, one of the world's highest-grossing festivals.


Film fest director charged 

South Korean prosecutors have pushed ahead with embezzlement charges against the former director of the Busan International Film Festival, despite criticism that the allegations are politically motivated. South Korean film-makers have vowed to boycott this year's festival, saying its artistic independence has been compromised. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 05, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe