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PM Lee Hsien Loong arrives in Jerusalem, takes stock of ties with Israel

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong arrived in Israel from Jordan on Monday, on the second leg of his week-long trip to the Middle East.

His first stop here was the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he met its leadership and received an honorary doctorate.

Speaking at the ceremony and thanking them for the honour, he took stock of Singapore's long friendship with Israel, in particular the role it played in helping build a credible and professional Singapore Armed Forces (SAF).


Bomb rips through Jerusalem bus, wounds 21 people

A bomb blast ripped through a bus in Jerusalem on Monday and sparked a fire, wounding at least 21 people, Israeli police said, in an apparent escalation in a wave of violence.

Details were still emerging, but police said a bomb had exploded on one bus in a relatively isolated area of Jerusalem, with the flames spreading to another one as well as a car.

Israeli domestic security agency Shin Bet referred to the explosion as a "terror attack".


Pope's Syrian refugee families settle into Roman life

The 12 Syrian asylum seekers Pope Francis brought back with him from Lesbos are settling into new lives, with Italian lessons and strolls around Rome, their hosts said Monday.

The three Muslim families are being housed temporarily by the Saint'Egidio religious community in the Rome district of Trastevere while they await longer-term accommodation being prepared for them in the Vatican, said community spokesman Maximiliano Signifredi.

"Yesterday they had their first Italian lessons. They have been going for walks around Trastevere, a new life is opening up in front of them," he said. "Each of the three families has been assigned a small flat with everything they need while they are awaiting the more spacious apartments the Vatican is getting ready for them."


Football: Tottenham run riot at Stoke to cut Leicester's EPL lead to five points

Harry Kane and Dele Alli scored two goals apiece as a rampant Tottenham Hotspur thumped Stoke City 4-0 to slice Premier League leaders Leicester City's lead to five points on Monday.

The visitors produced a scintillating display of attacking football and took the lead after nine minutes when Kane curled a shot past Stoke keeper Shay Given.

Christian Eriksen struck the bar for Tottenham before halftime and the visitors wasted several good chances before Eriksen played in Alli to make it 2-0 in the 67th minute.


Athletics: Ethiopia sweep at Boston Marathon

Lemi Berhanu Hayle and Atsede Baysa led an Ethiopian clean sweep at the 120th Boston Marathon on Monday with victory in the men's and women's races of the prestigious event.

Berhanu Hayle clinched victory in the men's race in a time of 2hr 12min 44sec, coming home ahead of compatriot and defending champion Lelisa Desisa in second.

Another Ethiopian, Yemane Adhane Tsegay was third in 2:14.02.