While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Nov 17 edition

Be mentally prepared to deal with terror attack if it happens: PM Lee

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday warned Singaporeans that the violence wrought on Paris last Friday could happen in Singapore and they have to be psychologically prepared for it.

"We are in the middle of a region (where) ISIS is active," he said, referring to terror group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Mr Lee made the point at a press conference with Singapore reporters at the end of the Group of 20 (G-20) Summit here, where terrorism was a key topic, including tackling the growing flow of foreign fighters into the ranks of ISIS.


Paris attacks: President Hollande outlines fightback against ISIS in historic speech

 President Francois Hollande unveiled France's riposte to Islamic State in Iraq and Syria on Monday after its atrocities in Paris, vowing tough new anti-terror measures and intensified bombing of Syria in a historic speech to parliament.

Describing the coordinated attacks on Paris as "acts of war", Hollande urged a global fightback to crush ISIS and said he would hold talks with his US and Russian counterparts on a new offensive.

"The need to destroy Daesh (ISIS) ... concerns the entire international community," he told lawmakers, who burst into an emotional rendition of the La Marseillaise national anthem after his speech - only the second time in more than 150 years a French president has addressed a joint session of parliament.


Paris attacks: Belgian extremist probed as Paris attacks mastermind, says French source

A leading Belgian extremist in Syria who has boasted in videos about planning attacks in Europe and evaded police in his home country is being investigated as a possible mastermind of the Paris attacks, a French source said Monday.

Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a 28-year-old Belgian of Moroccan descent, has fought along the Islamic State (ISIS) group in Syria and has been on the run since police stormed a extremist cell in eastern Belgium's Verviers in January.

Investigators now see a link with the worst terror attacks in French history, which on Friday night led to the deaths of 132 people and were claimed by ISIS.


Paris attacks: Eiffel Tower reopens three days after the violence, bathed in blue, red and white

The Eiffel Tower reopened on Monday, three days after closing because of the wave of terror attacks on Paris.

The iconic tower - like monuments the world over following the deadly extremist attacks on Paris - was lit up in the French national colours blue, red and white at sundown on Monday.

Normally visited by between 15,000 and 20,000 people a day, the tower was closed until further notice after Friday's attacks.


Actor Charlie Sheen to make 'personal announcement' after rumours he has HIV

 Former Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen is to make a "revealing personal announcement" on the Today show on Tuesday, according to broadcaster NBC, following reports in online and tabloid media that the Hollywood actor has been diagnosed as HIV positive.

Sheen's representatives could not be reached for comment, and Reuters was not able to verify reports on the state of his health.

NBC said in a statement on Monday that Sheen, 50, would make an announcement in a live interview on its morning Today show.