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

Philippines has possible role in outcome of U.S.–North Korea talks

Jun 11, 2018 - 9:24 PM

Former Philippine ambassador to South Korea Luis Cruz says Filipinos should closely follow the events in the Korean Peninsula because the effects on the country are significant

Kim, Trump in countdown to historic summit

Jun 11, 2018 - 7:11 PM

The June 12 meeting will be the first time a serving US president has sat down with the leader of North Korea, and comes just months after fears of conflict soared as the two traded personal insults and threats of war

HE'S HERE. A handout photo taken by Ministry of Communications and Information of Singapore on June 11, 2018 shows US President Donald Trump shaking hands with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong following his visit to The Istana, the official residence of the prime minister, in Singapore.  Handout Photo/Ministry of Communications and Information of Singapore/AFP

Nukes and normalization: What's on the table in Singapore

Jun 11, 2018 - 1:47 PM

From Kim's nuclear arsenal to normalising ties between the two decades-old foes, these are the issues facing the two leaders at what Trump has called a "one-time shot" at peace

TRUMP IN SINGAPORE. US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (R) during his visit to The Istana, the official residence of the prime minister, in Singapore on June 11, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

'One time shot' for peace with North Korea – Trump

Jun 09, 2018 - 11:41 PM

(UPDATED) Asked how long it would take for him to work out if Kim was serious about striking some kind of peace deal, Trump replies: 'I think within the first minute I'll know'

G7 SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump speaks to the media after holding a press conference ahead of his early departure from the G7 Summit on June 9, 2018 in Quebec City, Canada. Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images/AFP

Trump and Kim lookalikes hold 'summit' in Singapore

Jun 09, 2018 - 7:55 PM

The impersonators ham it up for onlookers in Singapore at a promotional event dubbed the 'real' Trump-Kim summit

'SUMMIT.' Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump impersonators Howard X (L) and Dennis Alan (R) shakes hands during a promotional event on June 9, 2018 in Singapore. Photo by Toh Ting Wei/AFP

Kim Jong-un lookalike questioned in Singapore before summit

Jun 08, 2018 - 10:42 PM

The Kim impersonator says that when he arrived at the city-state's Changi Airport he was stopped by an immigration officer and questioned for two hours

Singapore top diplomat to visit Pyongyang before Trump-Kim summit

Jun 06, 2018 - 8:33 PM

The announcement comes a day after the White House reveals that the historic June 12 meeting between the US and North Korean leaders will take place in a luxury hotel on Singapore's resort island of Sentosa

SINGAPORE DIPLOMAT. This file picture taken on June 12, 2017 shows Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan speaking during a joint press conference with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

China general slams 'irresponsible comments' on South China Sea

Jun 02, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Lieutenant General He Lei's statement comes after US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis accused China of 'intimidation and coercion' in the disputed waters at a security summit in Singapore

SECURITY SUMMIT. Lieutenant General He Lei (L), vice president of the People's Liberation Army's Academy of Military Science, and Hajit Sajjan (R), Canadian National Defense Minister, attend the first plenary session of the 17th Asian Security Summit of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on June 2, 2018. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

U.S. troop presence in South Korea not 'on table' at Trump-Kim summit – Mattis

Jun 02, 2018 - 12:33 PM

Trump says he will meet Kim for the historic summit as originally scheduled after extraordinary Oval Office talks with a top envoy from Pyongyang

JAMES MATTIS. US Defence Secretary James Mattis walks to the rosthrum to delivers his speech during the first plenary session of the 17th Asian Security Summit of the IISS ShangriLa Dialogue in Singapore on June 2, 2018. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Calida's excessive allowance, 911 Emergency Hotline, U.S. - North Korea Summit | Evening wRap

Jun 01, 2018 - 8:44 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Bea Cupin

Placid Singapore braces for Trump-Kim summit

Jun 01, 2018 - 3:59 PM

Some 3,000 people are expected to apply for media accreditation, sources involved in planning the event tell Agence France-Presse

TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT. Singapore braces for the US-North Korea summit scheduled on June 12. Rappler file photo

Malaysia to build island in waters near Singapore

May 30, 2018 - 6:41 PM

The strategically located area has long been a flashpoint between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore

NEW ISLAND. File photo of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Screenshot from Rappler video

Top North Korean to meet Pompeo ahead of U.S. summit

May 29, 2018 - 6:29 PM

(UPDATED) Officials say General Kim Yong-Chol will meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New York on Wednesday, May 30, or Thursday, May 31

TOP BRASS. File photo of General Kim Yong Chol (center), who is in charge of inter-Korean affairs for North Korea's ruling Workers' Party. Photo by Korea pool/AFP

Malaysia's Mahathir vows to scrap Singapore rail link

May 28, 2018 - 9:07 PM

Prime Minister Mahathir calls a 'final decision' to scrap plans for the bullet-train line between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, which had been agreed on several years ago and was expected to cut travel times to 90 minutes from five hours by road today

Malaysia's newly-elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad addresses civil servants from the Prime Minister's office during his first assembly in Putrajaya on May 21, 2018.  Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

WATCH: Kim Jong-un impersonator Howard X arrives in Singapore

May 28, 2018 - 5:46 PM

The resemblance is strikingly uncanny!

FAKE KIM IS HERE. A Kim Jong Un impersonator looks at a woman taking a selfie with him as they walk along the Jubilee Bridge in Singapore on May 27, 2018. Photo Roslan Rahman/AFP

Trump cancels Singapore summit with Kim

May 24, 2018 - 11:08 PM

(UPDATED) Trump sends a letter a day after North Korea attacked US Vice President Mike Pence as 'ignorant and stupid'

CANCELLED. This combination of pictures shows US President Donald Trump in Washington, DC, and an undated photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Photos by KCNA, Brendan Smialowski / AFP / KCNA VIA KNS

SC ousts Sereno, Duterte on Lagarde, Trump to meet Kim in Singapore | Midday wRap

May 11, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Jee Geronimo

Historic Trump-Kim summit set for June 12 in Singapore

May 10, 2018 - 11:36 PM

(UPDATED) Singapore will provide a neutral backdrop for the summit, avoiding some of the security and political challenges associated with a meeting in the Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea

HISTORIC. This combination of file pictures created on May 10, 2018 shows US President Donald Trump during a rally at Total Sports Park in Washington, Michigan on April 28, 2018, and a photo released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 21, 2018 of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un delivering a speech while attending the Third Plenary Meeting of the Seventh Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang.

Singapore likely to host Trump-Kim summit in June – report

May 07, 2018 - 12:52 PM

The landmark summit will take place in "mid-June", South Korea's Chosun Ilbo daily reports, citing diplomatic sources who quoted Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton

A SINGAPORE MEETING? South Korea's Chosun Ilbo daily reports the Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un may be meeting in Singapore. File photos from AFP

Sarah Chin: A zookeeper’s tale of turning passion into action

May 07, 2018 - 10:57 AM

One Singaporean zookeeper proves that pursuing one’s passion is something worth doing

Nutty issue: Singapore Airlines stops serving peanuts

Apr 30, 2018 - 9:04 PM

The Singapore flag carrier joins other airlines which have stopped handing out peanuts as snacks to customers

DREAMLINER. File photo of Singapore Airlines (SIA) world's first Boeing 787-10 aircraft taxis to the terminal after its arrival from Boeing's production facility in North Charleston, South Carolina at Singapore Changi Airport on March 28, 2018.  Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

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

PH bars int'l journalists from press conference in Singapore

Apr 27, 2018 - 3:39 PM

The Philippine government also prohibits foreign correspondents from asking questions in an earlier press conference on the Kuwait crisis

PRESS CONFERENCE. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III holds a press conference in Singapore on April 27, 2018, largely about the Kuwait crisis. Screenshot from PTV

Inuka, 1st polar bear born in the tropics, is put down

Apr 25, 2018 - 4:25 PM

In recent years, Inuka had suffered age-related ailments including arthritis, and an examination at the start of this month revealed his health was failing markedly

'SILENT STALKER.' Inuka, a senior polar bear, sits on a sand bed inside its enclosure at the Singapore Zoo on April 13, 2018. Inuka was put down on April 25, 2018 after a rapid decline in health, with Singapore Zoo mourning the loss of one of its best-loved animals. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Duterte taking 8-seater private plane to Singapore

Apr 23, 2018 - 12:55 PM

The Philippine president also intends to take a smaller delegation to Singapore for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte disembarks from the Philippine Airlines Chartered Flight PR001 upon his arrival at the Qionghai Bo'ao International Airport in Hainan Province, China on April 9, 2018. Also in the photo is Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO