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Olympics: S'pore routed by China in women's table tennis semi-final; to play Japan for bronze

Getting the better of world powerhouse China again proved to be mission impossible for Singapore, when the national women's table tennis team were routed 3-0 on Monday morning (Brazil time) in the semi-finals.

Feng Tianwei and Co will now play familiar foes Japan in the bronze play-off on Tuesday, in an attempt to retain the medal they had won four years ago at the London Olympics.

With a team that consisted of world No. 1 Liu Shiwen, 2016 singles champion Ding Ning and 2012 champion Li Xiaoxia (who is runner-up in the singles here), the odds against Singapore were always overwhelming.


Donald Trump is already making our country less safe, says US Vice President Joe Biden

US Vice President Joe Biden said on Monday that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's remark that President Barack Obama founded Islamic State in Iraq and Syria had increased threats to the physical safety of US troops in Iraq.

"Trump is already making our country less safe," Biden told a crowd at a joint Scranton, Pennsylvania, in his first joint campaign appearance with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

He vouched for her empathy for the working class but then shifted into a scathing attack on Trump's grasp of national security and his remarks about Russian President Vladimir Putin and allies. He zeroed in on Trump's statement last week that President Barack Obama founded Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which the Republican has said was meant to be sarcastic.


Wall Street ends at record highs; commodity shares climb

All three major US stock indexes ended at all-time highs on Monday, extending their record-setting climb of the past few weeks as the dollar's weakness boosted commodity-related shares.

Deal news also bolstered stocks. Shares of Xylem rose 3.9 per cent to US$50.32 after the water technology company said it would buy Sensus USA for about US$1.7 billion ($2.28 billion) in cash.

Oil rose to five-week highs, driving the S&P 500 energy index up 0.6 per cent, while other commodity-related shares also rose as the US dollar eased. The S&P 500 materials index gained 1 per cent.


Football: Late Diego Costa strike gives Antonio Conte winning Chelsea debut

Chelsea's fiery Spain striker Diego Costa snatched a last-minute goal to secure a 2-1 home win over West Ham United and hand new manager Antonio Conte a winning start to his Premier League career on Monday.

The bearded Costa collected a header from new signing Michy Batshuayi and thumped it low beyond West Ham goalkeeper Adrian's outstretched right hand to claim the points.

Visiting defender James Collins had threatened to spoil the Italian coach's debut with a 78th minute equaliser in a high tempo match full of energy and intensity.


Parents of Nigeria's missing Chibok girls 'wounded' after watching Boko Haram video

Parents of Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram more than two years ago said on Monday they felt wounded after watching a video posted by the Islamist militants that showed dozens of the girls.

In the video published by the militants on social media on Sunday, a masked man stands behind a group of the girls, and says some of them have been killed in air strikes.

Many of the girls' parents in the northeastern town of Chibok said they tried to watch the video straight away, but were unable to see it due to the poor internet connection.