The Online Citizen

Singapore air ‘unhealthy’ ahead of F1 race

Pollution from forest fires in Indonesia pushed Singapore’s air quality to unhealthy levels for the first time in three years Saturday, the government said, a week ahead of the Formula One night race. The toxic smoke caused by burning to clear land for plantations is an annual problem for Indonesia’s neighbours but has been worsened this year by particularly dry …

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Indonesia forest fires surge, stoking global warming fears

by Dessy Sagita The number of blazes in Indonesia’s rainforests has jumped sharply, satellite data showed Thursday, spreading smog across Southeast Asia and adding to concerns about the impact of increasing wildfire outbreaks worldwide on global warming. Illegal blazes to clear land for agricultural plantations have been raging on Sumatra and Borneo islands, with Indonesia deploying water-bombing helicopters and thousands …

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Letter: Is our government doing enough to control the cost of living?

by KT I am a 39-year-old a true-blue Singaporean, earning about $3,000* a month working as a warehouse supervisor for the past 8 years. My wife has been working part-time as a retail assistant, earning around less than $1,800 a month and retail business has been bad and she might even lose her job. The standard of living in Singapore …

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Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss: When will the next General Election be called?

by Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss Under Singapore’s electoral rules, the ruling party decides: when to form the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC); who shall comprise the EBRC; what would be the EBRC’s terms of reference; when to announce the formation of the EBRC; when to dissolve Parliament and to call for the next general elections (GE); and the date of the GE. …

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10 countries cited for extreme media censorship: watchdog

Eritrea is the world’s worst country for press censorship, a media watchdog said Tuesday in a report which also cites extreme measures in nine other countries including North Korea, China and Saudi Arabia. Under the three worst regimes — Eritrea, North Korea, and Turkmenistan — the media “serves as a mouthpiece of the state, and any independent journalism is conducted from exile,” said a report by the US-based Committee to …

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Indonesian police arrest dozens over Papua riots

Indonesian authorities have arrested 85 people linked to weeks of deadly unrest in Papua, police said, as Jakarta accused an exiled separatist leader of stoking riots in its easternmost territory. Tens of thousands protested across Papua — on the western half of New Guinea island — as anger over racism and fresh calls for self-rule fuelled mass demonstrations and violent …

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Relatives, officials attend mass for Mugabe in Singapore

Relatives and government officials attended a mass for Zimbabwe’s ex-president Robert Mugabe in Singapore on Tuesday after arriving in the country where he died to collect his body. Mugabe, a guerrilla leader who swept to power after Zimbabwe’s independence from Britain and went on to rule for 37 years until he was ousted in 2017, died on Friday, aged 95. …

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Hong Kong leader tells US not to ‘interfere’ after fresh protests

by Jasmine LEUNG / Sean GLEESON Hong Kong’s embattled leader warned the United States on Tuesday not to “interfere” with her government’s response to the city’s pro-democracy movement after fresh protests called on Washington to ramp up pressure on Beijing. Millions of people have demonstrated over the last 14 weeks in the biggest challenge to China’s rule of the financial …

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