What's News: November 14 2015

 Potential car buyers at the Audi showroom at Alexandra Road.
Potential car buyers at the Audi showroom at Alexandra Road. PHOTO: ST FILE


US bombers in S. China Sea

Two United States B-52 bombers were given verbal warnings by a Chinese air traffic controller when they flew close to disputed islands in the South China Sea this week. It was the latest challenge by Washington to Beijing's claim over the Spratly Islands ahead of a visit by President Barack Obama to Asia next week that will see territorial disputes at the fore of discussions.


Car sales help lift retail index

Consumer sentiment, weighed down by a slowing economy, continued to languish. But a boost from car sales helped the retail sales index in September to rise by 4.6 per cent over last year. Take out car sales and turnover would have slipped 1.4 per cent.


Najib rejects idea of a council

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has said in a blog post that any appointment of a council of elders to guide the premier is undemocratic and against Malaysia's Constitution. His comments came just a week after his biggest critic, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, floated the idea that it would be useful to have an "outside council" to advise the premier.


Forest fires linked to polls

New research indicates that the number of forest fires in Indonesia rises within a year leading up to a local election because of an illicit "land for votes" culture. The Centre for International Forestry Research used satellite data in the study.


US 'should lead by example'

The way to persuade the Chinese to abide by international law in the South China Sea is not by sending US military vessels into the disputed waters. Instead, the US should announce it will abide by all international laws in adjudication of territorial spats, putting pressure on China to reciprocate, writes Professor Kishore Mahbubani.


Angullia Mosque to be rebuilt

Angullia Mosque in Little India will be rebuilt to double its capacity, with construction expected to start by the end of next year. Built in the 1890s by trader and investor Mohamed Salleh Eusoof Angullia, the mosque is popular among both locals and foreign workers.


FairPrice checks all scales

NTUC FairPrice has checked the weighing scales at all its outlets and re-weighed produce to make sure they are correctly tagged. The tray on a scale at one outlet was misaligned, causing readings to be higher - and customers to pay more - for items. FairPrice said the mistake had been corrected.


Earnings forecasts cut

The disappointing results in the third quarter may mean the numbers for corporate profits next year will be even less impressive.

The poor outlook has prompted analysts to downgrade their earnings forecasts for next year, pointing to the challenging global and regional economies that have taken their toll on firms.


Early Djokovic-Federer clash

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and great rival Roger Federer have been drawn together for the ATP World Tour Finals.

They are favourites to progress to the semis, with Tomas Berdych and Kei Nishikori making up the group. Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer are in the opposite half.


No blues for nature lovers

Nature lovers embraced the cancellation of an art project that planned to colour trees blue. The Blue Trees, an art installation by Egypt-born artist Konstantin Dimopoulos, was supposed to take place over the Nov 7 and 8 weekend at Dhoby Ghaut Green. Following protests by tree lovers, the National Parks Board withdrew its support and the event was cancelled.

A US judge has tossed out a US$42 million (S$59 million) suit against Taylor Swift filed by R&B singer Jessie Braham. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


$59m copyright suit against Taylor Swift dismissed

Taylor Swift has shaken off a copyright lawsuit, with a US judge making a ruling that cheekily borrows lyrics from the star's hit songs. Little-known R&B singer Jessie Braham, who records as Jesse Graham, had filed a US$42 million (S$59 million) suit against Swift, accusing her of copying lyrics from his 2013 song Haters Gone Hate for her hit Shake It Off.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 14, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: November 14 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe