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Singapore to become first country to ban ads for very sugary drinks

Oct 10, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Products deemed 'less healthy' must now display labels grading their nutritional and sugar content, with those considered to be most unhealthy banned from appearing in ads across all media platforms

Singapore's 'fake news' law takes effect as critics sound alarm

Oct 02, 2019 - 2:55 PM

The law gives government ministers powers to order social media sites to put warnings next to posts authorities deem to be false, and in extreme cases get them taken down

Singapore, HackerOne hold bug bounty program to test gov't targets

Oct 01, 2019 - 6:39 PM

Singapore's Ministry of Defense invites 400 ethical hackers to identify security vulnerabilities in government systems over 3 weeks. Successful finds will bring bounty payouts.

American man jailed in U.S. over Singapore HIV data leak

Sep 30, 2019 - 3:15 PM

Mikhy Farrera Brochez is convicted by a Kentucky court in June for trying to extort the Singapore government using the stolen data

Facebook tightens political advertisement rules for Singapore

Sep 26, 2019 - 5:59 PM

Those advertising in Singapore about elections and politics on Facebook or its Instagram app must first confirm their identity and location, and disclose who is responsible for the ad

FACEBOOK TIGHTENS RULES. In this file photo taken on July 10, 2019, the Facebook logo is seen on a phone in this photo illustration in Washington, DC. File photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

Singapore detains Indonesian maids for 'funding ISIS'

Sep 24, 2019 - 2:21 PM

It is the latest case of allegedly radicalized foreign domestic helpers arrested in Singapore, and the government says it highlighted the continued appeal of the jihadists' 'violent ideology'

Haze closes Malaysia schools, sparks fears for Singapore F1

Sep 18, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Illegal fires to clear land for agricultural plantations blaze out of control on Sumatra and Borneo islands. Jakarta deploys thousands of security forces and water-bombing aircraft to tackle them.

HAZE. Motorcyclists drive in Kampar, in Sumatra island's Riau province on September 16, 2019 as the city is blanketed by smoke from fires. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Singapore air 'unhealthy' ahead of Formula One race

Sep 14, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Singapore suffers from the smoke from forest fires in Sumatra, Indonesia

SINGAPORE SKYLINE. Singapore suffers from haze brought by forest fires in Indonesia. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

PH, Singapore sign MOU on personal data protection

Sep 11, 2019 - 1:26 PM

This is the first data protection-related MOU signed between two ASEAN member states, according to the Philippines' National Privacy Commission

Philippines, Singapore sign 8 deals as Duterte meets Halimah

Sep 09, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Signed during Singaporean President Halimah Yacob's state visit to the Philippines, the memoranda of understanding involve agriculture, infrastructure, and education cooperation

Singapore's first female president arrives in PH for state visit

Sep 08, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Singaporean President Halimah Yacob is in Manila to mark the 50th anniversary of Philippines-Singapore ties

STATE VISIT. Singaporean President Halimah Jacob arrives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in Pasay City on September 8, 2019. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Singapore president to visit Philippines, meet Duterte in September

Sep 04, 2019 - 4:25 PM

Halimah Yacob, Singapore's first female president, will visit President Rodrigo Duterte's hometown of Davao City, aside from Manila

Foto oleh Wong Maye-E/AFP

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

Dapitan ballet family’s students win gold, silver in Singapore competition

Aug 20, 2019 - 4:00 PM

3 students of the Jete Performing Arts Studio bring home medals from the recent Asia-Pacific Arts Festival in Singapore

Kenny Leck: Living the book lover's dream

Aug 20, 2019 - 9:46 AM

He dreams of building a street of bookstores. But for now, he makes sure that the one bookstore he has is a home to passionate local authors and more importantly, a window to Singapore’s literary soul.

Paint relief: Singaporeans make messy art to de-stress

Aug 10, 2019 - 8:53 PM

There are no rules and no time limit – people can keep going until they run out of paint, and let themselves loose on the walls when their canvas is full

DE-STRESSING. This picture taken on August 1, 2019 shows Ashtalaxmi Dinakaran holding onto a canvas as her son Yugan Navin Jeyaratnam, 4, creates a watercolor and acrylic painting at Splat Paint House in Singapore. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Singapore Marathon launches night race in 2019

Aug 08, 2019 - 11:28 AM

Marathon runners get to pass through Singapore's iconic landmarks with a night skyline

NIGHT RACE. Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon hopes to give runners a new experience. Photo release

Paint relief: Singaporeans make messy art to de-stress

Aug 06, 2019 - 3:12 PM

Singapore's Splat Paint House lets guests paint onto walls and canvases using brushes, water guns, and syringes – no rules and no time limits

Sparking joy and fearing shame: The irony of Singapore's National Day Parade

Aug 03, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The National Day Parade is the biggest party by Singaporeans for Singaporeans, and the organizers make sure we know it. But where is the sense of belonging and acceptance the rest of the year?

Laksa-making robot: Sophie whips up oodles of Singapore noodles

Jul 31, 2019 - 11:53 AM

Sophie the laksa-making robot can produce a hot bowl of laksa in just 45 seconds – that's 80 bowls an hour

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

Kenny Leck: Living the book lover's dream

Jul 26, 2019 - 12:46 PM

He dreams of building a street of bookstores. But for now, he makes sure that the one bookstore he has is a home to passionate local authors and more importantly, a window to Singapore’s literary soul.

Singapore returning millions linked to Malaysia's 1MDB scandal

Jul 19, 2019 - 1:09 PM

The city-state is one of several countries that launched probes into allegations that billions of dollars were misappropriated from Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB

A motorist rides past a hoarding at the construction site of the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) flagship Tun Razak Exchange in Kuala Lumpur on July 8, 2015. A government task force investigating a Malaysian state-owned investment fund seized documents from its offices on July 8 after a probe allegedly found hundreds of millions of dollars in the prime minister's personal bank accounts. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA

INFOGRAPHIC: Take the whole family on an unforgettable trip to Singapore

Jul 05, 2019 - 10:57 AM

Are you into sports, food, or the arts? You’ll surely make memories you’ll never forget!

The power of Pink Dot, Singapore's LGBTQ+ movement, lies in its rejection

Jul 03, 2019 - 1:16 PM

What happens after the music dies and the lights go out on Pink Dot?

IN PHOTOS: The Great Singapore Sale is now a festival with ‘GSS: Experience Singapore’

Jul 01, 2019 - 6:13 PM

The annual event wants to be Singapore’s own Songkran or Taiwan Lantern Festival

Filipino bowling star wins Singapore Open youth masters title

Jun 30, 2019 - 1:44 PM

Merwin Tan cops another international title in the youth bowling division

WINNERS. Merwin Tan (right) and Bea Hernandez bring home podium finishes from the 51st Singapore International Open 2019. Photo from release

Airlines halt Hormuz flights amid U.S.-Iran crisis

Jun 21, 2019 - 9:24 PM

The suspensions come after the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States issued a Notice to Airmen 'prohibiting US-registered aircraft from operating over the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman'

STRAIT OF HORMUZ. A woman walks along the beach on Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

How were maritime collisions dealt with before?

Jun 20, 2019 - 3:16 PM

As the Philippines works on resolving the issue of China and the sunken Gem-Ver, here's how we and other countries ironed things out in the past

Singapore’s longest running annual sale is back as ‘GSS: Experience Singapore’

Jun 18, 2019 - 5:46 PM

Shop, dine, play, explore and live it up at the refreshed edition of what was formerly known as the ‘Great Singapore Sale’ the past 25 years

What Lee Kuan Yew’s son, Lee Hsien Yang, could be trying to tell us this Father’s Day

Jun 15, 2019 - 10:00 AM

'I don’t see a disgruntled scion but a man rallying his family under intense persecution to support his gay son’s wedding'

Gayoso banners Philippines' Merlion Cup 2019 squad

Jun 06, 2019 - 9:49 AM

A team composed of collegiate football stars hopes to make a mark in the Philippines' first Merlion Cup stint

SCORING THREAT. Jarvey Gayoso continues to prove why he's a man to watch out for in the international stage. Photo from release

IN PHOTOS: 2 Philippine eagles arrive in Singapore

Jun 04, 2019 - 11:41 PM

The pair, 15-year-old male eagle Geothermica and 17-year-old female eagle Sambisig, will be staying for an indefinite amount of time at Singapore's Jurong Bird Park

WELCOME. A group of people holds a sign from Jurong Bird Park welcoming Sambisig and Geothermica. Photo from Philippine Airlines

China must stop eroding neighbors' sovereignty – U.S.

Jun 01, 2019 - 10:35 AM

US Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan says the US is investing in new military technology to keep Asia stable in the coming years

Acting US Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan walks to the rostrum to give a speech at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue summit in Singapore on June 1, 2019. (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN / AFP)

[ANALYSIS] Huawei and the Shangri-La Dialogue

May 30, 2019 - 9:33 AM

The Pentagon sets its eyes on Beijing in a new Indo-Pacific security strategy that is expected to be unveiled at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, which begins Friday, May 31

Gamescom convention will launch in Singapore in 2020

May 29, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Gamescom Asia will be held in Singapore from October 15 to 18, 2020 at the Suntec Singapore Convention Center

GAMESCOM ASIA. One of the prime European games conventions heads east. Screenshot from

Bangladeshi's diary spotlights struggles of Singapore migrant workers

May 25, 2019 - 2:41 PM

In his award-winning book, 'Stranger to Myself: Diary of a Bangladeshi in Singapore', M.D. Sharif Uddin writes about the tough life of migrant construction workers who are invisible to many in the affluent city-state

This photograph taken on April 15, 2019 shows Bangladeshi migrant worker M.D. Sharif Uddin holding his book and diary in Singapore. Toiling for long hours for meagre salaries and living in crowded dormitories, migrant construction workers have helped build modern-day Singapore but remain all but invisible to many in the affluent city-state. Now an award-winning book by Uddin is shining a rare light on the lives of labourers who have come in their thousands from poorer parts of Asia in search of a better future. Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

Philippines loans 2 eagles to Singapore

May 20, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Philippine Eagle Foundation executive director Dennis Salvador says the wildlife loan agreement with Singapore serves as an 'insurance policy' in case anything happens to Philippine eagles in the country

By signing a Wildlife Loan Agreement with Wildlife Reserves Singapore's, the DENR will send female Philippine Eagle Sambisig and male Philippine Eagle Geothermica to Jurong Bird Park to ensure the survival of the country's national bird. Photo courtesy of Philippine Eagle Foundation

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

The story behind Olympian Joseph Schooling's success

May 14, 2019 - 1:48 PM

How did Joseph Schooling get to where he is now? Well, it's not just sheer luck.

FALSE: Overseas voting in Singapore is still ‘old-style ballot box’

May 13, 2019 - 12:06 PM

There are VCMs deployed in Singapore, but only Comelec-designated officials are allowed to feed ballots into the counting machines

Singapore reports first case of rare monkeypox virus

May 10, 2019 - 3:38 PM

Symptoms in humans of monkeypox – which is endemic in parts of Central and Western Africa – include lesions, fever, muscle ache and chills

Singapore 'fake news' law could hurt innovation – Google

May 09, 2019 - 9:36 PM

Tech firms, rights activists, and journalists say the new law could also be used to curb freedom of speech

SINGAPORE. People walk towards the Merlion statue on Sentosa Island resort in Singapore on September 11, 2018. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Joseph Schooling: Swimming in Success

May 09, 2019 - 1:12 PM

At the 2016 Rio Olympics, swimmer Joseph Schooling made a splash when he clinched Singapore’s first-ever Olympic gold medal after winning the 100-meter butterfly event.

Singapore passes 'fake news' law despite fierce criticism

May 09, 2019 - 12:46 PM

The laws have sparked outrage from rights groups, who fear they could stifle online discussion, tech companies with major bases in the financial hub and journalists' organizations

FAKE NEWS LAWS. This picture taken on January 24, 2019 shows the Merlion, Singapore's iconic landmark projected with lights during the preview of the "i Light Singapore festival". Photo by Theodore Lim/AFP

Skills shortages, labor curbs may hit Singapore manufacturing

May 05, 2019 - 4:30 PM

As more firms in Singapore shift into fields such as robotics and 3D printing, what are the possible challenges ahead?

This photograph taken on March 18, 2019 shows a general view of Rolls-Royce engine rotor assembly facility in Singapore. - Singapore has attracted high-tech manufacturers with incentives and a well-educated workforce but growing demands for highly skilled labour and government moves to curb numbers of foreign workers may mean a tougher path ahead. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP) / TO GO WITH STORY Singapore-manufacturing-economy

Singapore fake-news bill raises fears of censorship

May 04, 2019 - 12:21 PM

According to Singapore’s draft law, ministers get to decide without any judicial review what online content is true or false simply if it offends them. Other countries may do the same

Visual by Gogi Kamushadze/Coda Story

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

Makati Football Club bags gold in Singapore 7s tourney

Apr 22, 2019 - 4:44 PM

The Makati Football Club tops the Boys 13s Cup in the JSSL Singapore Professional Academy 7s

GOLD. Makati Football Club adds another gold to its coffers. Photo from release

Academics concerned about Singapore's 'fake news' law

Apr 15, 2019 - 3:54 PM

Academics from around the world with expertise in Singapore and Asia sign a letter warning the proposed legislation 'may deter scholarship and set precedents harmful to global academia'

This picture taken on January 24, 2019 shows the merlion, Singapore's iconic landmark projected with lights during the preview of the "i Light Singapore festival". The festival will run from January 28 to February 24, 2019 coinciding with the city-state's bicentennial celebrations, which mark 200 years since Stamford Raffles founded modern-day Singapore. Theodore LIM / AFP