What's News: Feb 13, 2016


Market sell-off continues

Fear gripped Asian markets yesterday, with Tokyo taking a beating as investors dumped stocks in search of safe havens. The benchmark Nikkei 225 dived 4.8 per cent to round out its worst week since 2008. The trigger was a sharp strengthening of the yen to 16-month highs against the US dollar as investors flocked to bonds and gold.


'Yes' to Syria ceasefire plan

World powers have agreed on an ambitious plan to cease hostilities in Syria within a week and ramp up humanitarian access. If executed, the agreement, would mark the first sustained and formally declared halt to fighting in Syria since the civil war began in 2011.



Drug rings in Malaysia busted

Malaysian police said they have smashed major drug rings masterminded by Nigerians and Iranians, halting a six-year reign in the country by these syndicates with the arrest of 1,280 suspects. Some 30 drug gangs from the two dominant nationalities were broken up between 2010 and last year, with 45 "drug lords" nabbed.


US, S. Korea to discuss missiles

South Korea could begin detailed discussions with Washington as early as next week on bringing in an advanced US missile defence system, after North Korea's rocket launch and its fourth nuclear test on Jan 6. But China and Russia say this could trigger an arms race.


Taking stock of  US-Asean ties

US President Barack Obama hosts Asean leaders to a historic summit on Monday and Professor Tommy Koh sets out his hopes that the meeting will institutionalise US-Asean ties in a way that will endure no matter who becomes the next US president.


Cheat jailed more than 7 years

A salesman who posed as a lawyer to trick over 20 property buyers, misappropriating nearly $1.8 million, was jailed for seven years and two months. Sim Tee Peng, 39, received an extra 12 weeks' jail for forging stamp duty certificates.


GST cheats tried to get $334k

Ten people prosecuted for abusing a goods and services tax tourist refund scheme over the past five years had tried to cheat the taxman of $334,000, said the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore. They included Singapore citizens and permanent residents, as well as Indian and Filipino nationals.


Gold rush amid market woes

Gold is making a comeback as stock market turbulence across the world drives investors into safe havens, triggering a gold rush.

The yellow metal has been the best performing commodity this year so far, shooting up 17 per cent this year to US$1,242.16 an ounce as at 8pm yesterday.

Khairul Anwar (in red) playing in the Asean Para Games opening match against Indonesia last November. Singapore won the match 1-0. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG


Cerebral palsy footballer in the running for ST award

With a never-say-die attitude, Khairul Anwar and his band of merry men captivated crowds at the National Stadium on their way to an unlikely bronze medal at the Asean Para Games. Now the cerebral palsy football captain is in line for the Straits Times Athlete of the Year award.


Smart zombie solves murders


Zombies have acquired a bad reputation over the years, often portrayed as soulless ghouls with an insatiable craving for human flesh. The television show iZombie, on the other hand, has an attractive, well-intentioned and crime-solving zombie as its heroine, Liv Moore.

Rose McIver, the New Zealand actress who plays her, says the character has become an unlikely role model for many fans.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 13, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: February 13, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe