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Japan says North Korea ‘ballistic missile launch’ violates UN resolutions
Japan strongly condemned North Korea's launch of a "ballistic missile" that violated UN Security Council resolutions. The launch, which North Korea claimed was an attempt to put a satellite in space, raised concerns about the country's development of intercontinental ballistic missiles. Japan activated its missile alert warning system but reported no damage.
Josephine Teo rejects Transformative Justice Collective’s application to cancel correction direction
Minister Josephine Teo has rejected an application by the Transformative Justice Collective (TJC) to cancel a correction direction issued to them under Singapore's Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA). The correction direction was issued in response to TJC's Facebook post regarding the execution of Tangaraju S/O Suppiah. The Ministry of Home Affairs stated that the posts contained false statements about Tangaraju's case. TJC has 14 days to file an application to the High Court to set aside the correction direction.
North Korea says spy satellite ‘crashed into sea’
North Korea's military spy satellite, Malligyong-1, launched from the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground but crashed into the sea due to an "abnormal starting" of the second-stage engine, according to state media. Despite criticism and concerns from South Korea and Japan, North Korea remains determined to develop its satellite capabilities, potentially providing cover for testing intercontinental ballistic missiles. This launch raises speculation about future provocations, including a possible nuclear test, and highlights North Korea's ongoing military development efforts. The international community condemns the launch as a violation of UN resolutions.
North Korea’s military satellite launch: five things to know
North Korea's plan to launch a military reconnaissance satellite by 11 June has raised concerns from Seoul, Tokyo, and Washington over potential violations of UN sanctions. Although North Korea claims the satellite launch is separate from ballistic missile technology, experts argue that the two use similar rocket systems. Previous satellite launches by North Korea have been considered disguised tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles. The upcoming launch is seen as an attempt to assert North Korea's military capabilities and gather intelligence on South Korea's defense posture.
Broader national security law takes effect in Macau
Macau's new national security law, similar to legislation in China and Hong Kong, imposes stricter restrictions on political opposition and civil society. The amendments broaden the definition of offenses, expand surveillance and detention powers, and allow extraterritorial jurisdiction for the police. Critics fear these measures will curtail liberties and rights, and potentially lead to arbitrary law enforcement. The amendments received unanimous support from Macau's legislature and are separate from the national security clause added to the city's gambling law
Letters: A Watershed Moment for Singapore’s Trust in the PAP
by Lawrence Seow For the better part of May, the entire Singapore has been watching the fiasco of Ridout Road. Singaporeans love their country (not...
Humble Ministers’ Abode or Palatial Retreat? A Closer Look at the Ministers’ Black-and-White Houses
The grandeur of the estates occupied by Singapore's Cabinet Ministers K Shanmugam and Vivian Balakrishnan, the Singapore Land Authority's role in its maintenance and upgrades, and extensive tree clearance starkly contrast with the humble image projected by SLA's latest TikTok videos and Facebook comments for these black-and-white houses. Far from being a humble abode, 26 Ridout Road, previously occupied by Biscuit Baron, Rajan Pillai and now Minister K Shanmugam was once characterized in a 1995 New Paper report as a veritable palace.