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North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun more popular than Singapore’s Straits Times

The Straits Times published a news report saying that it "continues to be Singapore's best read newspaper". Quoting the latest annual Singapore Media Index Report released by Nielsen, ST said that 29.8 per cent of Singapore residents aged 15 and above read ST everyday. "It marks a percentage point improvement from last year," ST proudly proclaimed. However, when compared with …

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Conscientious objection now considered among “justifiable grounds” for military enlistment exemption under landmark South Korean court ruling

In a 9-4 historic ruling by South Korea's apex court on Thursday (1 Nov), South Korea has declared that conscientious objection against military conscription based on religious grounds is now considered "justifiable grounds," and has subsequently removed its status as a crime in the eyes of the law. The landmark decision will result in the acquittal of more than 900 …

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Around 18 killed and 178 injured in Taiwan train crash

Approximately 18 deaths were recorded after a train in Yilan County in northeastern Taiwan went off its track, resulting in five out of its eight carriages being overturned in a crash on Sunday (12 Oct), according to Taiwanese authorities. The Puyuma Express No. 6432, which was carrying 366 passengers on board, was en route to the southeastern county of Taitung …

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US Deputy Secretary of State: Disputes surrounding the South China Sea ought to be resolved by international law and not “a unilateral decision by one country”

Deputy Secretary of State of the United States of America John J. Sullivan has stated that ASEAN countries and the U.S. jointly believe that international law ought to be followed in disputes surrounding the South China Sea instead of "a unilateral decision by one country". Speaking at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting at Lotte New York Palace …

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Singapore hotel tycoon’s alleged involvement in Maldives’ rampant corruption revealed in leaked files

Singaporean luxury hotelier Ong Beng Seng was accused of being involved in what was dubbed by reporters of the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) as "an orgy of corruption" in the Maldives. Ong, who is the co-founder and managing director of Hotel Properties Limited (HPL), which owns the Four Seasons and Hilton hotels in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the United …

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Reuters journalists in Singapore protest imprisonment of colleagues in Myanmar; Singapore Police Force warns public of illegality of public assembly without permit

Following a protest by Reuters journalists and editors outside their Asia-Pacific headquarters at 18 Science Park Drive on Monday (3 Sep), Singapore Police Force (SPF) has issued a warning to the public regarding organising and/or participating in a public assembly without a police permit, stressing that doing so would be illegal. Persons who are found guilty of organising a public …

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Trump-Kim summit in Singapore “doomed to failure from the beginning”: Former US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

Former United States Defense Secretary and CIA director under President Barack Obama's administration, Mr Leon Panetta, has expressed his lack of confidence in US President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in Singapore in June regarding the looming nuclear threat, stating that it was “doomed to failure from the beginning”. “I’m very worried about the situation because frankly, I …

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UN urges International Criminal Court to investigate Myanmar military leaders for genocide, war crimes & crimes against humanity

A UN backed fact finding mission, mandated by the Human Rights Council to investigate allegations of abuse of the Rohingya in Myanmar, have called for the leaders of Myanmar’s military to be prosecuted for genocide in the Rakhine state as well as for crimes against humanity and war crimes in Rakhine and northern Myanmar. The group of investigators issued the …

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South Korea paving way towards alternative forms of national service for conscientious objectors

In a landmark Constitutional Court ruling on 28 June this year, South Korean authorities were ordered to impose substitutes to military conscription against conscientious objectors in the Republic's national service, nearly 65 years post-Korean War. However, the court remained steadfast in its decision to uphold the imprisonment of able-bodied South Korean men between the age of 18 to 35 who …

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