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Two bodies recovered after car plunges into Alexandra Canal near Valley Point Shopping Centre

A car reportedly plunged into Alexandra Canal on Sunday (Jan 24) night, with two people believed to be inside.

Eyewitnesses told The Straits Times that a silver sedan emerged from the carpark of Valley Point Shopping Centre in River Valley Road at around 9pm. 

The Straits Times understands that the bodies of two women have been retrieved from the canal. As of press time, their nationality and age are unknown.


Storm-hit US digs out but travel misery persists

Millions of people in the eastern United States dug out Sunday from a historic blizzard that brought New York and Washington DC to a standstill, but travel woes look set to persist into another week.

The storm - dubbed "Snowzilla" - killed at least 18 people after it walloped several states from Friday into early Sunday, affecting an estimated 85 million residents who were told to stay in doors and off the roads for their own safety.

Forecasters said 68 centimetres of snow fell in New York's Central Park, the second-highest accumulation in the city since records began in 1869, and more than 22 inches paralysed the capital Washington DC.


Rio steps up fight against Zika virus in Olympics run-up

 Rio de Janeiro promised stepped-up measures to eradicate Zika virus-carrying mosquitoes at Olympic venues before the Games start in six months, amid a regional health scare.

Zika, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, has been blamed for causing serious birth defects if a mother is infected during pregnancy. These include microcephaly, in which the baby is born with an abnormally small head.

A dramatic growth in incidents across Latin America, notably in Brazil, has prompted governments to warn pregnant women about travelling to the region - a sensitive topic as Rio prepares to become the first South American city to host the Summer Games, starting Aug 5.


Football: Arsenal miss chance to return to top of table, after 0-1 loss to Chelsea

Arsenal missed their chance to go back to the top of the Premier League after being forced to play with 10 men for much of the game against London rivals Chelsea on Sunday.

Arsenal's German defender Per Mertesacker was sent off after 18 minutes for denying a goalscoring opportunity to Diego Costa, who scored the only goal five minutes later from a cross by Branislav Ivanovic.

The result preserved the defending champions' unbeaten record under experienced Dutchman Guus Hiddink, who took over as interim manager last month following Jose Mourinho's sacking.


Football: Atletico Madrid held to scoreless draw by 10-man Sevilla

Atletico Madrid spurned the chance to move back top of La Liga as they failed to break down 10-man Sevilla in a 0-0 draw on Sunday.

Antoine Griezmann had the hosts' best effort when he headed against the post early in the second-half, but Atletico failed to take advantage when Vitolo saw a second yellow card just after the hour mark.

A point means Atletico and Barcelona are now level on points at the top of the table ahead of their meeting at the Camp Nou next weekend.