What's News: Sept 25, 2017

A news broadcast of a statement by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on a public TV screen in Pyongyang last Friday.
A news broadcast of a statement by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on a public TV screen in Pyongyang last Friday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


S'porean fighter in ISIS video

The first known Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) recruitment video featuring a Singaporean fighter has surfaced on social media. The authorities said the man - Megat Shahdan Abdul Samad, 39 - left Singapore in 2014 to work in the Middle East, where he was radicalised and later joined ISIS in Syria.


Sales down at minimarts

Year-on-year sales at minimarts and convenience stores declined every month from January to July, despite the improving economy. Store operators say reasons include recent restrictions on the sale of products such as tobacco, weaker consumer sentiment and competition from supermarkets.


Trump dials up N. Korea threats

United States President Donald Trump has escalated his verbal assault on North Korea, warning the country's Foreign Minister that he and leader Kim Jong Un "won't be around much longer", as tens of thousands marched in a major anti-US rally in Pyongyang.


Najib controls purse strings

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's recent offer to invest up to US$24 billion (S$32.3 billion) in the United States has shone a spotlight on the Premier's authority to direct how and where state funds like Khazanah Nasional and the Employees Provident Fund park their investments.


High-stakes Kurdish vote

The independence referendum today by the Kurds in Iraq will not trigger any formal mechanism for independence, but it does set the Kurds on that uncertain path. There's much at stake, says Jonathan Eyal.


More non-cancer hospice patients

A growing number of patients being cared for in hospices these days do not have cancer, unlike in the past, when nearly every hospice patient had cancer. Hospice care has had to adapt to care for these patients, who often have chronic conditions such as organ failure.


Still life in physical toy shops

The bankruptcy filing of Toys 'R' Us in North America does not mean parents have stopped buying toys or are buying them online.Retailers here expressed confidence in bricks-and-mortar stores, saying people still like to hold and try out toys before buying them.


LIA reviews rival hire policies

The Life Insurance Association Singapore (LIA) is reviewing policies linked to the recruitment of rival agents, and plans to issue new guidelines to its members in the near future. The move comes after the shock migration of 300 or so Great Eastern agents - nearly 10 per cent of its agency size - to rival AIA's newly set-up financial advisory arm, AIA Financial Advisers.


Melo headed for Thunder

The New York Knicks last Saturday agreed to trade 10-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a second-round draft pick. Anthony will join Russell Westbrook and Paul George, elevating the Thunder's prospects of facing the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals next season.


MasterChef judge's S'pore ties

Despite having lived in Sydney for almost 20 years, MasterChef Asia judge and cook Audra Morrice, who is Singaporean, says she never feels homesick. Morrice, 47, who moved to the Australian city in 1998, says she always has Singapore on her mind because she keeps in touch regularly with family and friends here.


Deal for S'pore VR game

Singapore studio Gattai Games has a distribution deal with Sony PlayStation for its virtual-reality horror game Stifled. str.sg/vrgame


Handmade treat

These orh nee mooncakes with flaky multi-layered crusts are still painstakingly made by hand. See how at str.sg/mooncrust

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 25, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe