What's News: November 21, 2016


S'pore to amend laws for TPP

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Singapore will amend legislation to bring into effect the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal by early next year. All 12 TPP leaders had pledged to press on with the landmark trade deal, which was dealt a blow after the US election, at a meeting held on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.


Trump eyes Romney as key pick

US President-elect Donald Trump is considering one of his fiercest critics, Mr Mitt Romney, as secretary of state. He has also reportedly narrowed his choice for defence secretary to retired Marine General James Mattis.



Park 'accomplice in scandal'

South Korean prosecutors said yesterday that President Park Geun Hye (photo) was an accomplice in the corruption scandal that has rocked her administration, but her lawyers and the Blue House have rejected the assertion as "fantasy". The prosecutors' comments are likely to spur stronger calls for Ms Park to step down or be impeached.


Facebook to tackle fake news

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has outlined several ways the firm will try to stop the spread of fake news, just a week after trying to reassure the public that hoaxes on the social media platform did not shape the outcome of the US presidential election.


Class that decides elections

It is the end of an era as working class voters in the West shun the centre-left political parties set up to represent them, writes Europe Correspondent Jonathan Eyal. These parties' leaders have lost touch with their base, paving the way for a tide of populism.


Ambassadors for safe cycling

The People's Association and the Singapore Cycling Federation have teamed up to train 200 volunteers as safe cycling ambassadors. The ambassadors will give safety tips as more people use bicycles as a mode of transport and as Singapore pushes for a "car-lite" regime.


Faulty traffic lights cause jam

Faulty traffic lights at the junction of Yio Chu Kang Road and Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5 caused a chaotic jam during the downpour yesterday. Bus passenger Dilah Ali said motorists refused to give way when she was there at 12.30pm. The lights were working again by 1.15pm.


Hazy outlook for oil prices

Some observers say a Donald Trump presidency could raise oil prices, as his business-friendly policies could reduce regulation and facilitate the completion of key infrastructure projects in the US. However in the shorter term, the oil markets are likely going to be swayed more by production and economic conditions.



Rooney blasts detractors

Disgraceful and lacking respect. That is Wayne Rooney's (photo) angry reaction to what he feels is over-the-top criticism of his off-field behaviour during England duty. "I'm proud to play for my country and I'm proud of my achievements. It's not finished yet," the captain said defiantly.

Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake will be staged at The Theatre at Mediacorp here from Wednesday to Sunday.
Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake will be staged at The Theatre at Mediacorp here from Wednesday to Sunday. PHOTO: ST PETERSBURG BALLET THEATRE


Soldier turns ballet impresario

Russian impresario Konstantin Tachkin, 49, who founded the renowned St Petersburg Ballet Theatre in Russia, was once a member of the Soviet special forces.His 22-year-old ballet company is in Singapore this week to stage Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake at The Theatre at Mediacorp.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 21, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe