What's News: Sept 5, 2017

Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha was arrested on Sunday.
Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha was arrested on Sunday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


UN urged to take strong action

The United States has urged the United Nations to take the "strongest possible measures" against North Korea over its latest nuclear test, with Ambassador Nikki Haley warning that Mr Kim Jong Un was "begging for war". The test has rattled global stock markets.


Property agents up in arms

More than 1,000 property agents upset about a fee hike by Singapore's largest property portal have banded together to lobby for their interests. The group, Agents United, is also looking into forming a union. The move comes as real estate brokers grapple with a growing do-it-yourself culture among home buyers. 


Cambodia 'will resist criticism'

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday vowed to resist foreign interference in the country's affairs following the arrest of his main rival Kem Sokha for treason and a crackdown on his critics. One of China's closest allies in the region, Mr Hun Sen has increasingly ignored criticism from Western donors as their support is no longer as critical as during the early years of his rule.


Govt reshuffle in Taiwan

Taiwan is to get a new premier and undergo a Cabinet reshuffle after incumbent Lin Chuan announced that he will step down on Thursday. Tainan city mayor William Lai is expected to take over as the head of the country's Executive Yuan, or Cabinet.


Testament to region's rich past

South-east Asian writing has for too long been marginalised as exotic, though it is as global as the Western canon, writes academic Farish Noor. Manuscripts and early books on display at the National Library testify to the region's rich past as a major centre of learning.


Spike in near misses at LTA sites

There was a 16 per cent drop in the number of work-related accidents at the Land Transport Authority's project sites between 2015 and last year. But near misses - incidents which could have resulted in worker injury or damage to property - jumped from 73 to 3,126.


Rape victim faced family scorn

A 34-year-old technician is on trial on two charges of raping his 14-year-old biological daughter in the family flat. Yesterday, the High Court heard that the victim's mother and paternal grandmother had poured scorn on her allegations. The girl now stays at a shelter.


S'pore, HK eye derivatives pie

Singapore and Hong Kong are seeking to snare a bigger share of the US$540 trillion (S$733 trillion) global derivatives business, taking advantage of tough new British and European banking rules and uncertainty created by Britain's plans to leave the European Union. 


Bus turns into steamroller

At the bottom of their Asian Cup qualifying group with a point from two games, the defensive-minded Lions have no choice but to attack against Turkmenistan tonight at the Jalan Besar Stadium. Normally known for parking-the-bus tactics, Singapore coach V. Sundram Moorthy wants them to steamroller past the Central Asian side with a new 3-4-3 formation, unveiled last Thursday in a 1-1 friendly home draw with Hong Kong.



Cho defends his drawings

Comic artist Frank Cho is known for drawing female characters who are feisty, powerful and very voluptuous. While detractors have said he objectifies women, Cho, who will be in town this weekend for the Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention, maintains he is drawing women as realistically as he knows how.

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Fighting hate with love

Singaporean Shereen Aziz-Williams moved to Wales in 2005 and now tackles hate crime, violent extremism and inequality there. http://str.sg/4Hzo


Sun-dried goodness

Actress Shu Qi swears by it. ST checks out the popular KiKi instant noodles from Taiwan. http://str.sg/4HDb

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