What's News: December 12, 2016

Flowers are seen at the scene of Saturday's blasts in Istanbul, Turkey on Dec 11, 2016.
Flowers are seen at the scene of Saturday's blasts in Istanbul, Turkey on Dec 11, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS


38 killed in Istanbul blasts

Two bomb blasts outside a stadium in Istanbul during a soccer match killed 38 people and wounded 155 others, in what is believed to have been a coordinated attack on security personnel by Kurdish militants. Turkey has declared a day of national mourning as the country struggles to recover from a spate of bombings this year.


More cases of falling windows

Corroded aluminium rivets contributed to most of the 41 cases of windows falling from flats between January and November this year.They mostly involved casement windows while sliding windows were responsible for eight cases.There were 11 fewer cases for the same period in 2015.

Indonesian cops checking out a house in West Java during a raid.
Indonesian cops checking out a house in West Java during a raid. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY


Plot to attack Jakarta palace

The suspected female suicide bomber arrested in West Java was planning an ISIS-inspired terror attack on the presidential palace in Jakarta. She was arrested with a homemade pressure cooker bomb similar to the devices used in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and three of her accomplices have been detained.


Direct Australia-Europe flight

Australian national carrier Qantas Airways is launching its first regular passenger flight directly linking Australia and Europe, with planned flights between Perth and London using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The 14,498km journey will take just 17 hours, with the first flight taking off in March 2018.


Obama's foreign policy legacy

ST correspondent Jonathan Eyal's report card on United States President Barack Obama's foreign policy: When it comes to the fight against terrorism, nuclear policy and the Asia pivot, Mr Obama's record is decidedly mixed.


New international school

The Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) will open an international school next year offering the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), the equivalent of the O levels.


Plea for QC rejected

A Queen's Counsel will be admitted here only when needed to argue complex cases beyond the competence of local lawyers, the High Court has clarified. China Machine New Energy Corporation had made a bid to bring in a QC to argue a judicial review of a $185 million arbitration award.


FSMOne confident of plans

The newest online investment platform in town, FSMOne, had to halt its service last Friday, but the chief executive of its parent firm iFast says it will resume FSMOne's services once it is approved as a Singapore Exchange trading member. This will allow it to offer investors stocks and exchange- traded funds on the local bourse.


Ruth Aitken's memorable stint

Ruth Aitken's stint as Netball Singapore's technical director and head coach brought her trophies at the Asian championship and SEA Games, and also gave her an extra element as she returned to New Zealand. The weight of national expectation and the relationships formed made it a rich and fulfilling stint for the veteran coach.



Marriage of two DJs

One FM 91.3 DJ Glenn Ong is tying the knot with Class 95 DJ Jean Danker on Friday. There are a few firsts for him in his third marriage. He had his first stag night party and he will be writing his own wedding vows. The couple dated for two years before getting engaged in 2011. This is Danker's first marriage.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 12, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe