What's News: November 16 2015

Priority queues at the Joo Koon Integrated Transport Hub.
Priority queues at the Joo Koon Integrated Transport Hub. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG


G-20 rallies against terror

Leaders of the world's major economies began the Group of 20 summit with a strong message against terror. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on leaders to set up a platform for a joint struggle against terrorism, and US President Barack Obama said the US will redouble efforts against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group, which has claimed to be behind the Paris massacre.


First 3 nominees for ST award

The first three nominees for The Straits Times Singaporean Of The Year 2015 award have been unveiled. They are a builder of schools for the poor, a nurse who risked her life to fight the Ebola virus disease in West Africa and a pair of ultramarathoners.

A Syrian activist's tribute to victims of last week's terror attacks in Paris. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY


Steps to end Syria's civil war

Spurred on by last Friday's attacks in Paris, 17 nations overcame their differences on how to end Syria's civil war and adopted a timeline that will let opposition groups help draft a Constitution and elect a new government by 2017. As a first step, the UN agreed to convene Syria's government with opposition representatives by Jan 1.


Smooth power transition

Myanmar President Thein Sein has said historic polls won in a landslide by Ms Aung San Suu Kyi's party were the consequence of his government's reforms. The country's political big-hitters are looking to negotiate a long transition which will see him retain his position until March.


Long battle against terror

France is but one of several big European countries with large migrant communities where men of violence can easily find recruits. Keeping tabs on all suspects is impossible, and intelligence slip-ups are inevitable, writes Europe Correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


Priority queueing at bus hubs

Priority queueing zones will be rolled out at new bus interchanges and integrated transport hubs following a successful pilot, said the Land Transport Authority. These zones will have seats and tactile paving to help those with visual disabilities locate them.


Stints at Swiss atom smasher

National University of Singapore students have been going for stints at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland to work with a vibrant scientific community since 2010. Described as the world's greatest scientific experiment, the collider allows sub-atomic particles to be smashed together.


Dual-class share opportunity

Singapore could benefit from allowing dual-class shares, after a move by Hong Kong to reject it earlier this year. This could help boost the tepid market sentiment and place Singapore's stock market ahead in the race to become Asia's pre-eminent stock exchange, say analysts.

Malaysia's former world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei secured his second Super Series title this year with his China Open win. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Chong Wei wins China Open

Former badminton world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, fighting his way back to the top after a drug ban, stunned top seed and current No. 1 Chen Long 21-15, 21-11 to clinch the China Open in Fuzhou for his second Super Series title this year. He had upset another former No. 1 - Lin Dan - in the semis.


Cartoon bears a hit

A cartoon about three bears by animator Daniel Chong, the son of Singaporean immigrants to the United States, has become a hit with both adults and children on the Cartoon Network. The animated series, We Bare Bears, shows how three bear siblings - a panda bear, a polar bear and a grizzly - awkwardly attempt to fit into human society.


S'pore designer going places

Home-grown designer Jo Soh (photo), 39, is discontinuing her label Hansel, after being appointed Laura Ashley's head of fashion in Asia. She says the Welsh company approached her in May after reading about her. She has no regrets and is looking forward to the lessons she will learn.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 16, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: November 16 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe