What's News: September 26, 2016

An overall view of a United Nations Security Council emergency meeting on the situation in Syria, at the United Nations in New York on Sept 25, 2016.
An overall view of a United Nations Security Council emergency meeting on the situation in Syria, at the United Nations in New York on Sept 25, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

TOP OF THE NEW

SUN meets over Syria violence

The UN Security Council held an emergency session yesterday to discuss the sharp escalation in violence in the Syrian battleground city of Aleppo, a week after a ceasefire collapsed. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon said the violence was "chilling", while British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Russia was guilty of prolonging the civil war.


TOP OF THE NEWS

Man found dead in Bishan flat

A 61-year-old man was found dead in a Bishan flat last Saturday night, and a man aged 25, believed to be the victim's son, has been arrested. Neighbours said they heard a lot of noise coming from the unit shortly before the police arrived.


A neighbourhood in Aleppo reduced to rubble after being hit by air strikes last Saturday.
A neighbourhood in Aleppo reduced to rubble after being hit by air strikes last Saturday. PHOTO: REUTERS

WORLD

Humanitarian crisis in Aleppo

The rebel-held Syrian city of Aleppo has been reduced to an apocalyptic battlefront under a relentless bombing campaign. Doctors at one of the last functioning hospitals said that medical supplies have been exhausted and they were being forced to carry out swift amputations just to keep some of the survivors alive.


WORLD

China's base plans on hold?

China appears to have put on hold plans to build a military base on the disputed Scarborough Shoal, as it makes efforts to build a friendship with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Analysts say China is keen to wean the Philippines away from its treaty alliance with the US.


OPINION

Say 'no' to post-truth politics

This may appear to be an era of post-truth politics when politicians can mislead people at will. But facts still matter and it's time professionals, including those in the media, stand up to expose blatant lies, writes Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


HOME

Plans for new laundry racks

The Housing Board is considering new designs for the external laundry drying racks that are a familiar sight in Singapore's public housing landscape. HDB has put up tenders calling for 11 types of drying systems.


HOME

Fitness test for the elderly

With many senior citizens fearing that exercise increases their risk of injury, a special fitness test has been set up for the elderly that determines whether they are suitable for physical activity and what sort. Around 100 seniors took the test at Pasir Ris Sports Complex yesterday.


BUSINESS

Impact of shipping downturn

The collapse of South Korea's Hanjin Shipping has thrown the global shipping sector into disarray. While Singapore is closely tied to maritime trade, its port is likely to be relatively unscathed, and it is smaller firms that could be hit harder. The bigger question is what the protracted downturn in shipping means for Singapore in the long run.


Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez (left) scoring the opening goal against Chelsea last Saturday. Arsenal won the match 3-0.
Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez (left) scoring the opening goal against Chelsea last Saturday. Arsenal won the match 3-0. PHOTO: REUTERS

SPORT

Wenger off to great start in 21st year at Arsenal

A satisfying 3-0 thumping of London rivals Chelsea in the Premier League marked the start of Arsene Wenger's 21st year at Arsenal. Goals by Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil made it their biggest win over the Blues since the Frenchman's first meeting with them in April 1997.


LIFE

Tay Ping Hui's other projects


PHOTO: THE CELEBRITY AGENCY

Mediacorp actor Tay Ping Hui may not appear as regularly on Channel 8 dramas as before, but he has not been "twiddling his thumbs". He has been working on other projects, from hosting travelogues to playing Mongolian conqueror Genghis Khan in a television drama in China.


LIFE

Arts House Limited CEO quits

After three years at the helm, Ms Lee Chor Lin, chief executive of Arts House Limited, which manages the Singapore International Festival of Arts, has quit. But the 52-year-old says her decision to "move on" has nothing to do with a public spat two years ago with festival director Ong Keng Sen. The reason, she says, is that she has completed what she set out to do.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 26, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe