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Singapore picks US F-35 fighter jet over Europe, China rivals

Jan 18, 2019 - 6:07 PM

After 5 years of deliberation, the affluent city-state picks Lockheed Martin's F-35 over Europe's Eurofighter Typhoon and Chinese-made stealth warplanes

STEALTH. A file photo

Singapore former gov't stalwart seeks to form new party

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:21 PM

Analysts say the move by Tan Cheng Bock could represent a challenge to the government's dominance of the political system

NEW PARTY? Tan Cheng Bock, a former stalwart of Singapore's long-ruling government and ex-presidential candidate says he is seeking to form a new party ahead of elections expected as early as this year. File photo by Mohd Fyrol/AFP

Singapore's CapitaLand in $8-billion deal creating Asia property giant

Jan 14, 2019 - 1:25 PM

Under the agreement, CapitaLand will acquire two units from a subsidiary of state investment firm Temasek

The CapitaLand tower is seen at Singapore's financial business district on January 14, 2019. - Singapore's CapitaLand said on January 14 it has agreed to buy real estate units from a subsidiary of state investment firm Temasek in a massive deal worth eight billion USD. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

LIST: Airline seat sale in January 2019

Jan 11, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Here are the airlines offering cheaper fares this January 2019

REHABILITATION. Establishments found to be violating environmental laws will be shut down by the government. Photo from Shutterstock

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)

Singapore activist found guilty of organizing illegal protest

Jan 04, 2019 - 4:27 PM

Jolovan Wham is charged with violating public order laws because he failed to apply for a police permit before inviting Joshua Wong, a non-Singaporean, to speak via video call to an audience in Singapore

JOLOVAN WHAM. Political activist Jolovan Wham arrives at the State court in Singapore on January 3, 2019. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Alab Pilipinas halts late Singapore Slingers comeback

Dec 23, 2018 - 9:59 PM

Alab remains the only undefeated team in the ASEAN Basketball League with a clean 4-0 slate

UNDEFEATED. PJ Ramos Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Gay Singaporean man wins right to adopt surrogate son

Dec 17, 2018 - 10:14 PM

The city-state's high court says that 'the evidence has demonstrated to us that it is very much in the interests of the child that the adoption order be made'

Singapore deploys 'robocop' for ASEAN summit 2018

Nov 14, 2018 - 7:01 PM

The white, four-wheeled buggy, measuring about 5-feet high, patrolled around the perimeter of a convention center, providing additional security

ROBOCOP. A 'police robot' patrols at the Suntec City convention and exhibition center during the 33rd ASEAN summit in Singapore.  Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

U.S. VP Mike Pence criticizes Suu Kyi over Myanmar treatment of Rohingya

Nov 14, 2018 - 6:02 PM

Pence adds to the pressure on Suu Kyi, who this week has had an Amnesty International honor revoked and faced sharp words from Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad

US Vice President Mike Pence (R) listens to Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 14, 2018.  Bernat Armangue / POOL / AFP

Reflections on a gritty, gutsy Azkals win

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:25 AM

It's a dream start for the Philippines in the AFF Suzuki Cup, thanks to Patrick Reichelt

IMPRESSIVE. Phil Younghusband and the Philippine Azkals did the country proud. Photo from AFF Suzuki Cup

Azkals score first win over Singapore in Suzuki Cup

Nov 13, 2018 - 9:59 PM

The Philippine Azkals get off to a brilliant start in their 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup campaign

FIRST WIN. The Philippine Azkals begin their 2018 Suzuki Cup campaign with a stunning win. File photo by Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

Suu Kyi beckons investors to Myanmar despite troubles

Nov 12, 2018 - 8:58 PM

In a side event of the ASEAN summit, Aung San Suu Kyi says Myanmar is 'Southeast Asia's final frontier market... we have land, we have (a) good young working population, we have unexplored resources'

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at a business forum on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 12, 2018.  Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

Duterte arrives in Singapore for ASEAN Summit

Nov 12, 2018 - 8:31 PM

Southeast Asian leaders are expected to discuss the code of conduct for the South China Sea, a few weeks before Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hosts Chinese President Xi Jinping in Manila

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and other heads of states from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries pose for a photo during the opening ceremony of the 32nd ASEAN Summit at the Shangri-la Hotel on April 28, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Facebook refuses to delete post critical of Singapore gov't

Nov 10, 2018 - 5:51 PM

Singapore's government agencies slam the posted Facebook article as 'clearly false, defamatory, and attacks Singapore'

FACEBOOK. A big logo created from pictures of Facebook users worldwide is pictured in the company's Data Center, its first outside the US on November 7, 2013 in Lulea, in Swedish Lapland. File photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

INFOGRAPHIC: Singapore lights up with holiday festivities

Nov 05, 2018 - 2:11 PM

‘Tis the season to celebrate the holidays at the heart of Singapore this November and December!

Singapore launches survey on death penalty

Oct 31, 2018 - 3:02 PM

The Ministry of Home Affairs says the survey is part of the government's 'regular research on our criminal justice system' and involves citizens and permanent residents

Dyson to make electric cars in Singapore

Oct 23, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Dyson, founded and owned by Brexit-backing billionaire entrepreneur James Dyson, says the factory is scheduled for completion in 2020

DYSON'S CAR DREAMS. British industrial design engineer and founder of the Dyson company, James Dyson, poses with products during a photo session at a hotel in Paris on October 11, 2018. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP)

US Open champion Osaka says fame won't affect her game

Oct 21, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Still grappling with her newfound stardom, Naomi Osaka vows to remain focused on tennis

STAR POWER. Naomi Osaka says all the attention feels ‘kind of funny.’ Photo by Kena Betancur/AFP

LOOK: TNT Boys wow in Singapore charity ball

Oct 15, 2018 - 4:24 PM

The talented trio does it again!

No less than Singapore President Halimah Yacob was in the audience. Photo courtesy of ABS-CBN Corporate Communications

INFOGRAPHIC: Chase the thrill in Singapore this October 2018

Oct 12, 2018 - 2:00 PM

This month, two heart-pumping events await thrill seekers in the Lion City

Singapore activist, politician convicted for criticizing judiciary

Oct 09, 2018 - 10:13 PM

While Singapore is admired for its economic prosperity, it is regularly criticized by rights groups for tough rules on political dissent and freedom of expression

Singaporean human rights activist Jolovan Wham (R) is greeted by friends outside the State Court in Singapore on November 29, 2017. A Singaporean activist was charged on November 29 for organising public protests without a permit, sparking calls for the tightly-controlled city-state to stop treating peaceful demonstrations as crimes. Jolovan Wham, 37, appeared in court accused of organising a candlelight vigil outside a prison for a death row convict, a protest on a subway train, and a demonstration at which a Hong Kong democracy activist spoke via video link. Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

Mark Ong: Marching to his own beat and succeeding

Sep 28, 2018 - 1:27 PM

Fueled by passion and a no-nonsense, go-getter attitude, Mark Ong was able to do the things he loves most while building a homegrown brand now known around the world

Singapore watchdog fines Grab, Uber $9.5M over merger

Sep 24, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore says the merger significantly reduced market competition and led to higher fares

IN PHOTOS: Touring the Singapore of 'Crazy Rich Asians'

Sep 23, 2018 - 3:00 PM

See the chapel where Colin married Araminta, walk on the same steps as Eleanor Young, eat at the same restaurant as Rachel and Peik Lin, and more – all without having to be crazy, rich, or even Asian.

Singapore ads offering Indonesian maids for sale ignites anger

Sep 19, 2018 - 4:34 PM

Singapore labor ministry vows to investigate the e-commerce site which posted the objectionable online ads

KABUT ASAP. Langit Singapura ketika terpapar kabut asap yang dikirim dari Indonesia pada tahun 2015 lalu. Foto oleh Roslan Rahman/AFP

China calls on U.S., North Korea to implement Singapore deal

Sep 10, 2018 - 3:31 PM

A senior Chinese official says his country hopes that North Korea and the US could implement the outcome of the June nuclear summit in Singapore and work to preserve peaceful talks

Facebook to build $1-B Singapore data center, first in Asia

Sep 06, 2018 - 2:40 PM

It is expected to be operational around 2022, and will host Facebook servers and centralize its IT operations


Deal on China-backed mega free trade pact likely in November – Singapore

Sep 01, 2018 - 11:21 PM

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership will become the world's biggest free trade pact if an agreement is reached

MEETING. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (9th from left) poses with the ASEAN economic and trade ministers at the opening of 50th ASEAN Economic Ministers' Meeting and Related Meetings in Singapore on August 29, 2018. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Singapore bid for UN street food honor sparks culinary clash

Aug 30, 2018 - 4:08 PM

'When you talk about hawkers, Singapore is not the only one to have hawker culture,' says Malaysian chef Redzuawan Ismail

HAWKER CULTURE. Singapore is home to countless hawker centers such as this one in Tiong Bahru, where food stalls serve various local dishes at affordable prices. File photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

Japan swimmer Ikee seeks Asian Games record haul

Aug 24, 2018 - 12:38 PM

Rikako Ikee continues to stamp her name all over the Asian Games while Singapore's Olympic champion Joseph Schooling pulls off a fingertip win

MEDAL CHASE. Japan's Rikako Ikee targets a record sixth Asian Games gold. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

'Coffee-grinder' Schooling roasts Asian swim rivals

Aug 23, 2018 - 5:01 PM

The 23-year-old who stunned Michael Phelps in the Olympics got less than five hours of shut-eye but still topped the heats

ON TOP. Singapore's Joseph Schooling competes in a heat of the Asian Games men's 50m butterfly event. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

After US hype, Asia greets 'Crazy Rich Asians' with a shrug

Aug 22, 2018 - 8:05 PM

The first Hollywood production since the Joy Luck Club in 1993 to have a majority-Asian cast, the movie has generated frenzied publicity in the US and has generally been well reviewed

NOT EVERYONE'S CRAZY ABOUT IT. While 'Crazy Rich Asians' is making waves in the US, back in Asia, the enthusiasm isn't quite as pronounced. Image courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and RatPac-Dune Entertainment LLC

'Crazy Rich Asians' author wanted in Singapore for allegedly skipping mandatory service

Aug 22, 2018 - 7:46 PM

The author was conspicuously absent from the Singapore red carpet premiere of the movie

SKIPPING SERVICE? Kevin Kwan, author of the hit novel 'Crazy Rich Asians' is wanted in his home country of Singapore for apparently skipping mandatory service. Rappler file photo

Paris Jackson sorry for Harper's Bazaar Singapore cover

Aug 21, 2018 - 3:04 PM

The daughter of Michael Jackson, who is bisexual has apologized after posting the cover with an editorial of 'Gay Star News' about hypocrisy

2 ways to explore Singapore in a day

Aug 11, 2018 - 6:30 PM

If there's any country that can be enjoyed in a matter of hours, it's Singapore

SINGAPORE IN A DAY. The city is filled with interesting sights that can be seen even on a quick trip. All photos by Amanda Lago/Rappler

Record suicides of elderly people in aging Singapore

Jul 30, 2018 - 8:07 PM

Samaritans of Singapore (SOS), which focuses on preventing suicides, says fear of becoming a burden to family, social disconnection, physical impairment, and deteriorating mental health are the most common challenges faced by the elderly

Ruqxana Vasanwala: Sharing her love for food and all things Singaporean through cooking

Jul 26, 2018 - 1:15 PM

With Cookery Magic, Ruqxana whips up a uniquely Singaporean food experience for everyone

Young Pinoys bag 126 medals in Singapore math competition

Jul 25, 2018 - 3:08 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The Philippine Team wins 14 golds, 43 silvers, and 69 bronzes, with some students receiving multiple medals across three different categories

Photo from SEI DOST

State-actors likely behind Singapore cyberattack

Jul 21, 2018 - 10:18 PM

Singapore's health minister says the strike was 'a deliberate, targeted, and well-planned cyberattack and not the work of casual hackers or criminal gangs'

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'

Road block for Uber-Grab deal in Singapore

Jul 05, 2018 - 8:08 PM

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) criticizes both companies for going ahead with the deal despite restrictions imposed in March to pause the transaction while an anti-competition probe was underway

Singapore may deny entry of unvaccinated foreign travellers

Jun 27, 2018 - 7:46 PM

The Singapore health ministry proposes giving authorities the power to turn back unvaccinated non-citizens to the country they came from

MERLION BY NIGHT. This photograph shows the Merlion statue lit up in front of the city skyline in Singapore. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

PH Volcanoes clinch Div 1 Asia Rugby Championship over Singapore

Jun 26, 2018 - 11:20 PM

The Philippine Volcanoes bring the crown back to the country for the first time since 2012

SWEEP. Philippines sweeps Singapore in two matches to clinch the Asia Rugby Div 1 title again. Photo by Tonichi Regalado/Rappler

LIVE: What is News Now? 2018 East West Center International Media Conference

Jun 25, 2018 - 6:31 PM

Watch the livestream of the conference on Rappler

Mugabe in Singapore for health check – report

Jun 20, 2018 - 9:12 PM

A Zimbabwe newspaper says the country's 94-year-old ex-ruler 'slipped out of the country 2 weeks ago after his blood pressure suddenly rose to dangerous levels'

(FILES) This file photo taken on April 13, 2016 shows Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe speaking during the burial of two national heroines, Victoria Chitepo and Vivian Mwashita, at the National Heroes Acre, in Harare. Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe on July 27, 2016 launched a blistering attack on anti-government activists, foreign embassies and disaffected war veterans as he sought to assert his grip on power following recent protests. / AFP PHOTO / JEKESAI NJIKIZANA

#ThewRap: Videos to watch this week, June 11-17, 2018

Jun 17, 2018 - 5:26 PM

From the historic Trump-Kim summit to President Duterte being heckled on Independence day to Sereno at Tindig Pilipinas

Nothing to be afraid of? Other countries use their national IDs in countless ways

Jun 15, 2018 - 3:14 PM

While proponents of a national ID system in the Philippines argue it will improve government services, examples from other countries show the many uses of a national ID beyond government functions

NATIONAL ID. Countries like Estonia, Pakistan, India, and Peru show the various way in which a national ID can be utilized by both government and private entities.

PH Democracy, Scarborough, Independence Day | Evening wRap

Jun 12, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Acor Arceo

Singapore stroll and selfies for Kim ahead of Trump summit

Jun 11, 2018 - 11:54 PM

(UPDATED) In his own country, Kim's appearances are normally carefully managed, with any foreigners present having to go through hours-long security checks beforehand

HE'S HERE. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives before his tour of the Sands Sky Park at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore on June 11, 2018. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP