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Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor at Manish Malhotra's Summer Couture 2018 show at Atlas on March 25, 2018.
Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor at Manish Malhotra's Summer Couture 2018 show at Atlas on March 25, 2018.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR


Kareena Kapoor closes show at Manish Malhotra fashion show in Singapore 

Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor, whom Indian designer Manish Malhotra, calls his "little sister" and "forever muse", was the show stopper for the 51-year-old's first full-fledged fashion show in Singapore.

The event to showcase the famous designer's summer couture collection of bridal wear, was set against the art deco interiors of the resplendent Atlas bar in Parkview Square on Sunday night (March 25). The invite-only show saw around 300 guests in attendance.

The actress who wore an opulently-beaded lehenga for the finale was also joined by up-and-coming bollywood actor Kartik Aaryan, in a show that featured a multi-ethnic cast of around 30 models who walked on a purpose-built ramp in the middle of the bar.


Trump not adding two lawyers to legal team, citing conflicts

US President Donald Trump will not hire two lawyers to his legal team handling the special counsel's probe despite announcing their addition last week, Trump's personal lawyer said on Sunday (March 25), adding to uncertainty about the president's legal representation in the Russia investigation.

"The president is disappointed that conflicts prevent Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing from joining the president's special counsel legal team," Jay Sekulow said in a statement.

"However, those conflicts do not prevent them from assisting the president in other legal matters. The president looks forward to working with them."


At least 12 killed, 69 missing in shopping mall fire in Siberia

At least 12 people were killed and 69 were unaccounted for on Sunday (March 25) when fire tore through a shopping mall in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, Russian news agencies reported, citing local authorities. 

TASS news agency, citing the crisis centre set up after the fire, said 40 of those missing were children. 

The Investigative Committee, which investigates high-profile crimes and reports directly to President Vladimir Putin, said as many as 35 people could be missing, while five were dead. 


US House panel to probe China military footprint in Africa: Chairman

US House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said his committee will investigate China's efforts to gain military and economic power in Africa.

The California Republican told "Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo" that China's investment in African countries would allow Beijing to strengthen its grip over world trade.

The Trump administration has stepped up actions to punish China over what he says is theft of US intellectual property, moving last week to impose tariffs on US$60 billion (S$79 billion) worth of Chinese imported good.


Tennis: Cilic survives Pospisil test to advance in Miami

Croatian second seed Marin Cilic survived a tough examination by Canadian Vasek Pospisil to reach the Miami Open fourth round with a 7-5 7-6(4) victory after nearly two hours on Sunday (March 25).

The big-hitting Cilic fired six aces and saved all three break points he faced, but the 77th-ranked Pospisil made it more difficult than the Croat probably expected.

Trailing 5-6 0-40 in the second set, the Canadian saved three consecutive match points and hit a running forehand pass to cap a 33-shot rally before Cilic claimed victory in the tiebreak.