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Singapore PM threatens online editor with libel

Sep 02, 2019 - 3:31 PM

Singapore is admired worldwide for its economic prosperity, but its leaders are criticized for curbs on civil rights, including using libel suits to silence critics

LEE HSIEN LOONG. Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong attends the opening of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue summit in Singapore on May 31, 2019. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Brother of Singapore prime minister backs new opposition party

Jul 31, 2019 - 7:25 AM

'I wholeheartedly support the principles and values of the Progress Singapore Party,' says a Facebook post of Lee Hsien Yang, estranged brother of the Singapore Prime Minister in support of the opposition

Lee Hsien Yang, younger brother of Singapore's prime minister Lee Hsien Loong, leaves the Supreme court on April 10, 2017. Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling, the younger siblings of Singapore’s current prime minister Lee Hsien Loong, have taken the government to court for control over oral history tapes recorded by their father. ROSLAN RAHMAN / AFP

Oops! Duterte can't reach Singapore PM in ASEAN handshake

Jun 23, 2019 - 2:21 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong share an awkward moment during the ASEAN Summit in Bangkok

AWKWARD MOMENT. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte can't reach the hand of Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during the traditional ASEAN handshake on June 23, 2019. RTVM screenshot

Singapore PM says 'fake news' law not against free speech

May 17, 2019 - 4:29 PM

The legislation, approved by parliament last week, gives government ministers powers to order social media sites such as Facebook to put warnings next to posts authorities deem to be false, and in extreme cases get them taken down

SINGAPORE ON FAKE NEWS. Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaks at a business forum on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 12, 2018. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Singapore PM promotes heir apparent before power transfer

Apr 23, 2019 - 10:46 PM

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, 57, will become deputy prime minister from May 1. He will retain his post as finance minister and act as premier in Lee's absence.

NEW POST. In this file photo, Singapore Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat delivers a keynote address at the 8th World Bank-Singapore infrastructure Finance Summit in Singapore on April 5, 2018. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Singapore PM defends 'fake news' law after storm of criticism

Apr 10, 2019 - 11:08 AM

Rights groups warn Singapore's proposed fake news laws could be used to stifle online discussion, are too vague and may be used to target government critics

FAKE NEWS LAWS. Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, right, and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong smile during a joint press conference in Putrajaya, April 9, one topic from which were laws on fake news. AFP photo


First-family feud in Singapore flares anew

Jan 07, 2019 - 7:44 PM

A bitter quarrel erupts between Premier Lee Hsien Loong, and his younger brother and sister following the death in 2015 of their father, Singapore's revered founding leader Lee Kuan Yew

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaks at a business forum on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 12, 2018. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

Call for open markets as world leaders gather in Singapore

Nov 12, 2018 - 1:11 PM

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong calls for Southeast Asian companies to invest more in each others' markets and be more open to foreign competition

LEE HSIEN LOONG. Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaks at a business forum on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 12, 2018. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Singapore says hackers stole 1.5 million health records in cyberattack

Jul 20, 2018 - 6:46 PM

(UPDATED) Singapore's health and information ministries say a government database was broken into in a 'deliberate, targeted and well-planned' strike, describing the attack as 'unprecedented'

Cybersecurity roundup: April 22 to 28, 2018

Apr 28, 2018 - 2:39 PM

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LOOK: ASEAN leaders' 'family photo' at 32nd Summit in Singapore

Apr 28, 2018 - 1:48 PM

Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations pose for their annual family photo

Southeast Asia faces threats from ISIS, cyberattacks – ASEAN chair

Apr 28, 2018 - 1:11 PM

At the opening of the 32nd ASEAN Summit, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong tells fellow leaders that ISIS continues to threaten the region

Photos from ASEAN2018 Organising Committee

Singapore couple challenge annulment of marriage after sex change

Apr 02, 2018 - 6:12 PM

The Singapore government voids the marriage of a couple after the husband underwent a sex change because the operation made their partnership a same-sex union that is illegal in the city-state

CAKES. Same-sex marriage cake toppers are displayed on a shelf at Fantastico on December 5, 2017 in San Francisco, California. Photo Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

What were the other ASEAN countries up to in Manila?

Nov 16, 2017 - 2:00 PM

A rundown of the main concerns and activities of the ASEAN member-states at the 31st Summit in Manila

ASEAN SUMMIT. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and leaders and representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states do the traditional ASEAN handshake as they pose for a photo following the signing ceremony of the ASEAN Concensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of the Migrant Workers at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Singapore's ASEAN 2018 chairmanship to focus on 'resilience and innovation'

Nov 15, 2017 - 11:46 AM

Lee calls ASEAN the 'lifeboat' of Southeast Asian countries

NEXT CHAIR. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong addresses the closing ceremony of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila, November 14, 2017. Photo from ASEAN Media Pool

WATCH: PH hands over ASEAN chairmanship to Singapore

Nov 15, 2017 - 10:28 AM

Singapore's chairmanship for 2018 will have the tagline 'Resilient and Innovative'

NOW IN HIS HANDS. Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong holds up a symbolic gavel as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte looks on, during the turnover ceremony of the ASEAN Chairmanship, at the closing ceremony of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits in Manila, November 14, 2017. ASEAN Media Pool photo

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Singapore protest demands inquiry into PM family feud

Jul 16, 2017 - 12:18 AM

The rally is the first public protest since the Lee family feud burst into the open in June

FAMILY TROUBLE. This photograph taken on June 2, 2017 shows Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong at an event at the Istana presidential palace in Singapore. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Singapore PM accused of lying in parliament by brother

Jul 04, 2017 - 8:09 PM

Lee Hsien Yang accuses Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of falsely telling parliament that their father had been open to reconsidering plans to demolish a century old family bungalow

FAMILY FEUD. This handout photo released by the Ministry of Information and Communication (MCI) on July 3, 2017 shows Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaking at parliament house in Singapore. Handout photo from the Parliament House of Singapore via Singapore Ministry of Information and Communication/AFP

Singapore PM denies nepotism amid family feud in parliament speech

Jul 03, 2017 - 2:10 PM

UPDATED It is an escalation of a feud over what to do with a family bungalow that has simmered since the death in March 2015 of the elder Lee

FAMILY TROUBLE. This photograph taken on June 2, 2017 shows Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong at an event at the Istana presidential palace in Singapore. Roslan Rahman/AFP

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Jun 20, 2017 - 12:25 PM

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Singapore PM says sorry for family feud

Jun 20, 2017 - 7:41 AM

Lee and two younger children of revered founding leader Lee Kuan Yew have been attacking each other on Facebook and international media for days as a dispute over the patriarch s estate became public

CONTROVERSIAL HOME. This picture taken on June 17, 2017 shows residents walking past the house of Singapore's late prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at 38 Oxley Road in Singapore. Toh Ting Wei/AFP

In family feud, siblings accuse Singapore PM of abusing power

Jun 14, 2017 - 1:44 PM

UPDATED Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling: We have felt threatened by Hsien Loong’s misuse of his position and influence over the Singapore government and its agencies to drive his personal agenda

UNITED IN GRIEF. This photograph taken on March 29, 2015 shows Lee Wei Ling (2nd R), the younger sister of Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, along with family members walking out of parliament house during the late founding father Lee Kuan Yew's funeral procession in Singapore. Mohd Fyrol/File/AFP

IN PHOTOS: How Duterte bonded with ASEAN leaders

Apr 24, 2017 - 7:03 PM

From eating durian with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to singing with Malaysia s Najib Razak President Duterte has fond memories to share with the leaders he is welcoming to Manila for the 30th ASEAN Summit

BONDING. President Rodrigo Duterte embraces Thailand Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-chan after the state dinner. Photo by Simeon Celi/Presidential Photo

8 country leaders, Suu Kyi to attend ASEAN Summit

Apr 24, 2017 - 12:31 PM

UPDATED The heads of government will start arriving in Manila on Friday April 28

ASEAN SUMMIT IN MANILA. Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi is accompanied by Parliament Speaker Mann Win Khaing Than (L) at the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Interparliamentary Assembly in Naypyidaw on September 30, 2016. File photo by Aung Htet/ AFP

PH, Singapore to cooperate on nabbing Singaporean terrorist

Dec 16, 2016 - 3:28 PM

Philippine officials give their host government the name of the Singaporean leading a terrorist cell in the Southern Philippines

COOPERATION. President Rodrigo Duterte and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shake hands during their meeting at the Istana in Singapore on December 15, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

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Dec 16, 2016 - 11:44 AM

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Duterte, Singapore's Lee agree to fight terrorism, drugs

Dec 15, 2016 - 8:50 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte meets Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Tony Tan during his two day state visit

SINGAPORE-PH TIES. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong meet at Istana in Singapore on December 15, 2016. RTVM photo

PM Singapura Lee akan bertemu Jokowi pada 14 November

Nov 13, 2016 - 8:11 PM

Lee Hsien Loong sempat batalkan kunjungan ke Indonesia karena jatuh sakit pada Agustus 2016

TUNDA KUNJUNGAN. Perdana Menteri Singapura, Lee Hsien Loong menunda kunjungannya ke Indonesia pada 24 Agustus 2016 karena sakit. Foto oleh Kementerian Komunikasi dan Informasi Singapura

Duterte sits down with 6 leaders in 1st int'l trip

Sep 10, 2016 - 7:13 AM

Vietnam promises a long term supply of rice to the Philippines while Japan vows to uphold the rule of law in the disputed South China Sea

LAO PM. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith in Vientiane, Laos, on September 6, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

PM Singapura tunda kunjungan ke Indonesia karena alasan kesehatan

Aug 22, 2016 - 10:26 PM

PM Lee Hsien Loong disarankan oleh dokter untuk beristirahat hingga Senin 29 Agustus

TUNDA KUNJUNGAN. Perdana Menteri Singapura, Lee Hsien Loong menunda kunjungannya ke Indonesia pada Rabu, 24 Agustus karena sakit. Tim kedokteran menyarankannya agar dia beristirahat total hingga Senin, 29 Agustus. Foto oleh Kementerian Komunikasi dan Informasi Singapura

Singapore PM takes break after fainting spell

Aug 22, 2016 - 6:40 PM

I m glad to report that the doctors think I am ok but they have advised me to rest so I will be on medical leave for this week says Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

PM Singapura jatuh sakit ketika sedang menyampaikan pidato hari nasional

Aug 21, 2016 - 10:44 PM

Pejabat berwenang menjelaskan PM Lee tidak mengalami serangan jantung melainkan dehidrasi

JATUH SAKIT. Perdana Menteri Singapura, Lee Hsien Loong tiba-tiba jatuh sakit di saat tengah menyampaikan pidato hari nasional yang disiarkan secara langsung di televisi. Foto dari video Facebook Page

Scare in Singapore as PM faints in televised speech

Aug 21, 2016 - 10:10 PM

3rd UPDATE Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong eventually resumes his speech after falling ill due to prolonged standing heat and dehydration

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Jun 10, 2016 - 8:30 PM

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Singapore PM defends government Internet blockage

Jun 10, 2016 - 3:15 PM

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says the defense and foreign affairs ministries already have separate computers for Internet access and for handling sensitive communications

INTERNET BLOCKAGE. In this file photo, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong attends a plenary session of the ASEAN-Russia Commemorative Summit in Sochi, Russia, May 20, 2016. File photo by EPA

Obama to host Singapore PM Lee for state visit

Jun 02, 2016 - 8:11 AM

White House: The two leaders will discuss how our relationship can continue to address international challenges and advance a rules based order for the Asia Pacific

In this file photo, US President Barack Obama (R) speaks with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (L) as they take part in a security in Asia-Pacific plenary session during a meeting of the ASEAN at the Sunnylands estate on February 16, 2016 in Rancho Mirage, California. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Singapore PM feuds in public with sister

Apr 11, 2016 - 8:45 AM

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong denies abusing his power and attempting to establish a dynasty as a family feud went public after the first anniversary of the death of his father Lee Kuan Yew

This photograph taken on March 29, 2015 shows Lee Wei Ling (2nd R), the younger sister of Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, along with family members walking out of parliament house during the late founding father Lee Kuan Yew's funeral procession in Singapore. Mohd Fyrol/AFP

Blogger who lost libel suit makes first payment to Singapore PM

Mar 16, 2016 - 8:46 PM

Singapore consistently ranks highly in surveys as one of the world s least corrupt countries but rights groups say its leaders have used financially ruinous defamation suits to silence critics and political opponents

ROY NGERNG. Singaporean blogger Roy Ngerng (right) speaks to reporters after his defamation trial against Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, outside the Supreme Court building in Singapore, July 1, 2015. File Photo by Wallace Woon/EPA

Singapore blogger to pay libel damages to PM Lee over 17 years

Mar 14, 2016 - 6:15 PM

UPDATED If Roy Ngerng misses an installment he would have to pay the full amount of SGD 150 000 immediately

epa04826131 Singaporean blogger Roy Ngerng speaks to reporters, after his defamation trial against Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, outside the Supreme Court building in Singapore, 01 July 2015. Today marks the start of a three-day trial which seeks to award PM Lee damages after Ngerng had accused Singapore's Prime Minister of misusing savings from the Central Provident Fund (CPF). EPA/WALLACE WOON

Singapura berharap aturan investasi di Indonesia diperbaiki

Jan 12, 2016 - 7:27 PM

Dengan aturan investasi yang tertata maka Indonesia bisa lebih banyak menarik investor Singapura

Menteri Luar Negeri Singapura, Vivian Balakrishnan (kiri), tengah melakukan pembicaraan bilateral dengan Menlu Retno Marsudi di Kementerian Luar Negeri pada Selasa, 12 Januari. Foto oleh Puspa Perwitasari/ANTARA

Singapore GDP growth drops to 2.1% in 2015

Jan 04, 2016 - 1:43 PM

The slump demand for Asian exports drags Singapore s economic growth in 2015

WITHIN FORECAST. Although Singapore's GDP growth last year dropped, it falls within the government's revised forecast of "close to 2%." Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Singapore prime minister wins $106,000 in damages from activist

Dec 17, 2015 - 8:47 PM

Singapore s High Court rules that activist Roy Ngerng acted out of malice when he accused Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of stealing state funds

GUILTY. Singaporean blogger Roy Ngerng speaks to reporters after the Supreme Court hears on July 1, 2015, the defamation case filed against him by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The court ruled on December 17 that the blogger acted out with malice. Photo by Wallace Woon/EPA

APEC led to losses for hotels, airlines

Nov 23, 2015 - 7:23 PM

Local airlines suffer millions of dollars in foregone revenues while some hotels went on lockdown during APEC

LOCKDOWN. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport and some Metro Manila hotels are on a lockdown last week due to the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting. Photo by Jedwin M Llobrera / Rappler

APEC Look back: Where were 2015 APEC world leaders in 1996?

Nov 14, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Rappler lists what the heads of state of APEC member economies were doing back when the Philippines first hosted the high level meetings in 1996

Rappler Talk: The Lee Kuan Yew effect in Singapore polls?

Sep 14, 2015 - 5:00 PM

What explains the results of Singapore s election?

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Sep 14, 2015 - 1:18 PM

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Singapore ruling party stages crushing election win

Sep 12, 2015 - 3:45 AM

3rd UPDATE The turnout was 93 56 among 2 46 million voters The People s Action Party PAP takes 83 of 89 seats in parliament

'LANDSLIDE WIN.' Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is also secretary general of the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) is hoisted on the shoulders of his supporters after being returned to parliament at the party assembly site at the Toa Payoh stadium in Singapore, September 11, 2015. Photo by Wallace Woon/EPA

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