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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Singaporean documentary maker, Jason Soo among those on board of freedom flotilla intercepted by Israel Defense Forces

Singaporean documentary maker, Jason Soo and Co-Founder and Patron of British charity Medical Aid for Palestinians and widow of Singapore exile Francis Khoo, Dr Ang Swee Chai, were among the 22 multi-national activists on board of the al-Awda ("The Return") Freedom Flotilla that was intercepted by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) yesterday. According to the Israel Navy, the vessel's journey …

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Investigations into 1MDB-related activities in Singapore still running, said MAS managing director

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is closely monitoring and probing new leads surfacing from Malaysia and elsewhere in relation to the 1MDB scandal, said MAS managing director Ravi Menon on 4 July. In a briefing on the central bank’s annual report, Mr Menon said that the MAS has “proactively” responded to “every request for information made by the Malaysian authorities," according …

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How much world leaders make compared to the citizens in their country?

It's no surprise that Singapore’s PM Lee Hsien Loong is still paid the highest salary among all world leaders. But how does the salary of other world leaders compare to the citizens in their country? For example, Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minster of Australia, earns 10x average salary in Australia. IG Index analysed the annual base pay of Organisation for Economic Co-operation …

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Canada to become second country to legalise use of marijuana

Canada will be the second country, and the first G7 nation, to legalise the recreational use of marijuana after the Canadian Senate passed a "historic" bill on Tuesday with a vote of 52-29. In the neighboring country of United States (US), nine states and the District of Columbia now allow for recreational marijuana use, and 30 allow for medical use. …

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EIU Analyst on US-North Korea summit in Singapore: “A huge win for the DPRK”

Commenting on the North Korea-US summit in Singapore on Tuesday, Ms. Anwita Basu, Analyst at The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU), said: “The statement is quite vaguely worded as was expected but has the right phrases such as ‘commitment to complete denuclearization’ and ‘security guarantees’ and ‘stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula’”. “Notably, there is no mention of sanctions …

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