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Mugabe, banned from travelling in the EU but “walks” freely in Singapore

Robert Mugabe, former Zimbabwean leader, has been receiving treatment in Singapore for the past two months and is no longer able to walk. This was announced by current Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Saturday. While speaking to supporters a rally for his ruling ZANU-PF party, current President Mnangagwa said that Mugabe was due to return on 15 October but his …

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Taiwan’s pro-independence ruling party suffers massive losses in local elections

Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) suffered huge losses in the local elections last weekend, losing 7 of 13 cities that it won in 2014 including two strongholds Kaohsiung and Taichung, both which well to the opposition, Kuomintang (KMT). Kaohsiung was a particularly sharp loss as the city has been a power base for pro-independence DPP for over two decades. This …

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Netizens point out the irony of President Halimah’s call to encourage inquisitiveness and innovation

During her state visit to the Netherlands, President Halimah Yacob drew inspiration from the Dutch and voiced her hope that Singaporeans can take learn from the example of the the Dutch’s strong spirit of innovation. She said she was impressed with the Dutch’s ability to ‘convert adversity into opportunity’. Citing the example of how the Netherlands came up with ingenious …

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Hawker reacts to Amy Khor’ criticism that hawker complaints are merely unverified anecdotes

Public debate over the effectiveness of the social enterprise model that’s being piloted in seven hawker centres around the island is continuing to heat up. Some of the main concerns that have been raised by the hawkers themselves include high rental, high ancillary costs, the requirement of having an ‘affordable meal’ option that’s less that $3, and unreasonable contractual terms …

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Joseph Schooling broke two national records at the FINA World Cup

Singapore’s swimming hero Joseph Schooling has a fruitful time at the FINA World Cup this weekend (17 Nov), bringing home two medals and breaking two national records while he was there. In the men’s 50m butterfly, Schooling clocked a new national record of 22.04s, besting his previous record by 0.89 seconds, to bring home a bronze, just behind Russia’s Vladimir …

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Is the States Times Review editor having a case of dissociative identity disorder?

It’s a curious case, this whole STR and Singapore Herald business. On 9th November, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) asked for service providers to restrict access to the States Times Review website for publishing an article linking Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to the 1MDB investigations. After refusing to remove the article, and a failed attempt by the IMDA …

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Canada’s PM Trudeau pay respect to his roots as a descendant of William Farquhar

While in Singapore to talk business and trade at the margins of the ASEAN and East Asia summits, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took some personal time to visit Fort Canning, specifically to pay respects to this great-great-great-great grandmother Esther Bernard, who was the daughter of the first British Resident and Commandant of Singapore, Major-General William Farquhar. Mrs Bernard’s mother …

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