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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

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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

IN PHOTOS: The newly unveiled 'Jewel' at Singapore's Changi Airport

Apr 11, 2019 - 7:46 PM

An indoor waterfall, lush gardens, and airport lounge facilities are just some of the features at Jewel Changi Airport

JEWEL CHANGI AIRPORT. The newest development at the Singapore's airport includes a 40-meter indoor waterfall. Photo courtesy of Changi Airport

INFOGRAPHIC: Let Singapore be your family’s next summer destination

Apr 11, 2019 - 4:29 PM

Check out all the activities that every member of the family will enjoy

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

Charlie Lim: Always evolving

Apr 08, 2019 - 10:36 AM

He's the name behind Singapore's refreshes National Day Parade theme song and more

Singapore's 'fake news' laws upset tech giants

Apr 07, 2019 - 2:47 PM

The Asia Internet Coalition, whose members include Facebook, Google, and Twitter, says there may be 'significant risks to freedom of expression and speech'

Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande land on Singapore minister's 'offensive lyrics' list

Apr 04, 2019 - 1:48 PM

Hozier and Nine Inch Nails also wind up on the list

ARIANA GRANDE. The lines from the pop star's song 'God is a woman' land on a Singapore minister's 'offensive lyrics' list. Screenshot from

Singapore proposes tough new measures to fight 'fake news'

Apr 03, 2019 - 9:52 AM

The proposed new powers may allow the government to order websites to publish corrections for what it considers to be false information and to offer users the option of going to a site showing what authorities deem is the truth


Mar 29, 2019 - 7:34 PM

Get to know the homegrown indie singer-songwriter behind Singapore’s refreshed 1987 National Day Parade theme song, “We are Singapore" and more

Singapore defends U.N. bid for street food honor

Mar 28, 2019 - 10:03 PM

Singapore nominates its popular 'hawker culture' for UN recognition to 'safeguard' its local street food culture

Celebrate Easter and the region’s biggest birthday bash at Resorts World Sentosa Singapore

Mar 27, 2019 - 5:37 PM

Here are the activities you can do and places you can visit at this integrated resort

500 evacuated as fire hits hotel in Singapore, no injuries

Mar 27, 2019 - 3:42 PM

Television footage shows thick black smoke billowing from the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Singapore, but the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) says the fire was quickly put out

Paris, Singapore, Hong Kong rank as world's priciest cities

Mar 20, 2019 - 10:25 AM

Paris climbs to the top of the 'World's Priciest Cities' list, tying first with both Singapore and Hong Kong

Singaporean couple jailed for 'worst of its kind' maid abuse

Mar 18, 2019 - 10:32 PM

The same couple were sentenced in March 2017 to jail terms for abusing their Indonesian maid – the husband for two years and 4 months and the wife for two months. They have yet to serve those sentences.

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Britain leads airspace bans on Boeing 737 MAX jets after Ethiopia crash

Mar 12, 2019 - 7:28 PM

(UPDATED) US regulators have ordered Boeing to make urgent improvements to the model and insisted they will take action if safety issues are detected

BANNED. A SilkAir Boeing 737 MAX aircraft (background C) is parked on the tarmac of Changi International Airport in Singapore on March 12, 2019 while a SilkAir Boeing 737-8SA (front) taxi on a runway. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Alab Pilipinas downs Singapore in bounce-back win

Mar 03, 2019 - 6:19 PM

Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos deliver the goods as Alab Pilipinas recovers from its worst loss in the ASEAN Basketball League

FULL CONTROL. Renaldo Balkman and Alab Pilipinas make sure to set the tone this time. File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Singapore to buy 4 F-35 fighter jets, eyes 8 more

Mar 03, 2019 - 9:11 AM

F-35 fighter jets are among the most advanced warplanes ever built

NEW WARPLANES. A file photo of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter produced by Lockheed Martin. Photo by Shutterstock

Malaysia, Singapore tensions flare after boat collision

Feb 10, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Both Singapore and Malaysia claimed that Saturday's collision involving a Greek bulk carrier and Malaysian boat off Tuas, in western Singapore, had happened in their own waters

Fury at HIV data leak in conservative Singapore

Feb 10, 2019 - 2:59 PM

Those in Singapore with HIV have long complained of prejudice and campaigners say the negative reaction to the data breach has highlighted the stigma

STIGMA. Those in Singapore with HIV have long complained of prejudice, and campaigners say a data breach of some 14,200 people, whose HIV status was released on the internet in January 2019, has caused widespread consternation. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

INFOGRAPHIC: Celebrate the New Year with world-class entertainment in Singapore

Feb 08, 2019 - 3:51 PM

Start the New Year with a bang at the Lion City!

HIGHLIGHTS: Singapore Art Week 2019

Feb 01, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Singapore built the sandbox... and now it’s time for the artists to come over

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)