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Singapore motorists entering Malaysia must register vehicles; RM20 entry fee starts on Oct 1

Singapore vehicles entering Malaysia are required to be registered with Malaysia's Road Transport Department (RTD) or they would be refused entry in a new rule that will come into effect on Sept 1.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said the mandatory registration applied to all private vehicles, public buses, taxis, goods vehicles as well as diplomatic cars, The Star reported.

The online registration would start on Aug 15, and vehicle owners are required to pay RM10 (S$3.60) for the road charge, which is valid for five years.


Biden mulling White House run: NYT

Inspired in part by his late son, US Vice-President Joe Biden is actively exploring a possible presidential run, a move which would jolt the Democratic field and its frontrunner Hillary Clinton, The New York Times reported Saturday.

Traditionally, a Democrat would not take on a fellow party member who was leading the field decisively – and Biden has not done so officially.

Still, “Biden’s advisers have started to reach out to Democratic leaders and donors who have not yet committed to Mrs Clinton, or who have grown concerned about what they see as her increasingly visible vulnerabilities as a candidate,” the Times reported.


Brother of Zimbabwe’s lion Cecil appears alive and well, says researcher, amid death claims

The brother of Cecil, the lion killed in Zimbabwe by an American hunter last month, is not dead, a researcher monitoring the pride told Reuters, contradicting media reports that Jericho had been killed.

“He looks alive and well to me as far as I can tell,” said Brent Stapelkamp, field researcher for the Hwange Lion Research Project which is monitoring the lion with a GPS tag.

A group called the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force posted on its Facebook page that Jericho had been killed at 4pm on Saturday, a report picked up by some Western news media that was rapidly spread on Twitter.


Swimming: Italian wins swim gold... and a wedding promise

Italy's Simone Ruffini won the world championship men's marathon 25km open water gold medal on Saturday and celebrated by proposing to his girlfriend on the podium.

Ruffini edged out Alex Meyer of the United States and compatriot Matteo Furlan for the title after first overcoming a stomach complaint.

But even that challenge was nothing compared to the nerves needed to unfurl a hastily-written proposal convincing Italian teammate Aurora Ponsele to marry him just as he received his medal.


Rapper Snoop Dogg stopped in Italy airport with over $500,000 in cash

Italian police stopped California rapper Snoop Dogg on Friday as he prepared to board a private plane bound for Britain with US$422,000 (S$577,000) in cash in his Louis Vuitton luggage, said an Italian lawyer representing the entertainer.

In the European Union, the maximum amount of undeclared cash one can take on board a plane is €10,000 (S$15,000), as part of efforts to combat money laundering.

During a security check at Lamezia Terme airport before the rapper boarded his private jet, police saw two bags full of cash.