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Federer says he should not be favourite at 36

Roger Federer says a 36-year-old should not really be considered a favourite for the Australian Open, although when the man in question is himself, no one was taking him seriously.

Armenian acting PM's bloc leads parliamentary vote -election commission

Armenia's acting prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, is on his way to bolstering his authority as his political bloc appeared to have taken a clear lead in elections in the ex-Soviet country on Sunday, the Central Election Commission's (CEC) preliminary results
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Armenian acting PM's bloc leads parliamentary vote -election commission

Armenia's acting prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, is on his way to bolstering his authority as his political bloc appeared to have taken a clear lead in elections in the ex-Soviet country on Sunday, the Central Election Commission's (CEC) preliminary results showed.

More than 150 governments to adopt UN migration pact in Morocco

More than 150 countries will join a United Nations conference to adopt a global pact to better handle migrant flows, a senior U.N. official said on Sunday, less than the number that initially worked on the plan.
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More than 150 governments to adopt UN migration pact in Morocco

More than 150 countries will join a United Nations conference to adopt a global pact to better handle migrant flows, a senior U.N. official said on Sunday, less than the number that initially worked on the plan.

Chile declines to sign UN pact, says migration not a human right - report

Chile has become the latest country to pull out of a controversial United Nations migration pact, its interior ministry indicated, provoking fury among opposition parties who accused Sebastian Pinera’s government of “shameful and authoritarian” behaviou
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Chile declines to sign UN pact, says migration not a human right - report

Chile has become the latest country to pull out of a controversial United Nations migration pact, its interior ministry indicated, provoking fury among opposition parties who accused Sebastian Pinera’s government of “shameful and authoritarian” behaviour.

Singaporean woman killed in Malaysia bus crash was loving mother celebrating wedding anniversary

SINGAPORE - She was on her way to Genting to celebrate her three-year wedding anniversary with her husband, baby boy and other family members. But Ms Serina Mat Idris never made it to her destination. The 27-year-old Singaporean childcare teacher died afte
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Singaporean woman killed in Malaysia bus crash was loving mother celebrating wedding anniversary

SINGAPORE - She was on her way to Genting to celebrate her three-year wedding anniversary with her husband, baby boy and other family members. But Ms Serina Mat Idris never made it to her destination. The 27-year-old Singaporean childcare teacher died after she was flung out of a double-decker tour bus in a road accident in the Malaysian state of Negeri Sembilan on Friday morning (Dec 7).

NEA slams restaurant for hygiene lapses: Spize outlets are in our crosshairs

The operating licences of Spize at River Valley have been terminated with immediate effect. The health authorities made the announcement during a media briefing at the Environment Building on Friday (Nov 7). During the briefing, Mr Derek Ho, director-genera
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NEA slams restaurant for hygiene lapses: Spize outlets are in our crosshairs

The operating licences of Spize at River Valley have been terminated with immediate effect. The health authorities made the announcement during a media briefing at the Environment Building on Friday (Nov 7). During the briefing, Mr Derek Ho, director-general of the National Environment Agency's (NEA) Environmental Public Health Division, did not hide his anger. «We'll be sending them to court,» he said. "The intent is to press as many charges as we can against them for all the various offences that we have observed.

Trump's revolving door: Kelly is latest senior White House departure

White House chief of staff John Kelly will be leaving by the end of the year, US President Donald Trump announced on Saturday (Dec 8). That will make him the latest top official to exit the US leader's inner circle.
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Trump's revolving door: Kelly is latest senior White House departure

White House chief of staff John Kelly will be leaving by the end of the year, US President Donald Trump announced on Saturday (Dec 8). That will make him the latest top official to exit the US leader's inner circle.

Belgian PM set for minority after biggest ally quits coalition

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said his government would continue as a minority administration after the biggest party in his coalition quit on Saturday in a row over signing the U.N. migration compact.
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Belgian PM set for minority after biggest ally quits coalition

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said his government would continue as a minority administration after the biggest party in his coalition quit on Saturday in a row over signing the U.N. migration compact.

Figure skating - Japanese teen Kihira wins Grand Prix final

Japanese 16-year-old Rika Kihira clinched victory at the figure skating Grand Prix final in Canada on Saturday, capping off a brilliant debut season on the international circuit.
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Figure skating - Japanese teen Kihira wins Grand Prix final

Japanese 16-year-old Rika Kihira clinched victory at the figure skating Grand Prix final in Canada on Saturday, capping off a brilliant debut season on the international circuit.

Trump attacks Paris climate agreement, cites France protests

US President Donald Trump on Saturday (Dec 8) once again attacked the Paris agreement on fighting climate change, citing ongoing protests in the French capital as proof that he was right to reject the pact.
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Trump attacks Paris climate agreement, cites France protests

US President Donald Trump on Saturday (Dec 8) once again attacked the Paris agreement on fighting climate change, citing ongoing protests in the French capital as proof that he was right to reject the pact.

Early election in Armenia set to cement revolution's power shift

Armenians vote on Sunday in an early parliamentary election initiated by acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who aims to bolster his authority after sweeping to power in a peaceful revolution earlier this year.
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Early election in Armenia set to cement revolution's power shift

Armenians vote on Sunday in an early parliamentary election initiated by acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who aims to bolster his authority after sweeping to power in a peaceful revolution earlier this year.

White House chief of staff John Kelly: Discipline and controversy

Retired Marine Corps general John Kelly was brought in as US President Donald Trump's chief of staff to bring order to what was seen as a White House in disarray.
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White House chief of staff John Kelly: Discipline and controversy

Retired Marine Corps general John Kelly was brought in as US President Donald Trump's chief of staff to bring order to what was seen as a White House in disarray.

Torreira breaks Huddersfield hearts with late Arsenal winner

Lucas Torreira scored with a bicycle kick in the 82nd minute to earn Arsenal a 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town in a scrappy Premier League game on Saturday.
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Torreira breaks Huddersfield hearts with late Arsenal winner

Lucas Torreira scored with a bicycle kick in the 82nd minute to earn Arsenal a 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town in a scrappy Premier League game on Saturday.

Salah shoots Liverpool top, Man United and Arsenal win

Mohamed Salah was back to his irresistible best to shoot Liverpool to the top of the Premier League - temporarily, at least - with a hat-trick in their emphatic 4-0 win at Bournemouth on Saturday.
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Salah shoots Liverpool top, Man United and Arsenal win

Mohamed Salah was back to his irresistible best to shoot Liverpool to the top of the Premier League - temporarily, at least - with a hat-trick in their emphatic 4-0 win at Bournemouth on Saturday.

US get favourable draw in Women's World Cup group stage

The United States will be favourites to lift a record fourth Women's World Cup following the draw for next year's tournament on Saturday, while hosts France play the opening match against South Korea in Paris on June 7.
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US get favourable draw in Women's World Cup group stage

The United States will be favourites to lift a record fourth Women's World Cup following the draw for next year's tournament on Saturday, while hosts France play the opening match against South Korea in Paris on June 7.

Spize owners wanted to relinquish River Valley business soon after fatal food poisoning incident

SINGAPORE - Spize's owners had decided that they would end the business at the River Valley outlet soon after a fatal food poisoning incident last month (November). Mr Haresh Sabnani, co-founder of the restaurant that has four outlets across Singapore, told
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Spize owners wanted to relinquish River Valley business soon after fatal food poisoning incident

SINGAPORE - Spize's owners had decided that they would end the business at the River Valley outlet soon after a fatal food poisoning incident last month (November). Mr Haresh Sabnani, co-founder of the restaurant that has four outlets across Singapore, told The Straits Times on Friday morning (Dec 7) that the company had decided to sell a part of their business.

Off-service SBS Transit double-decker bus hits pedestrian in Boon Lay, killing her

SINGAPORE - The nearest pedestrian crossing was located about 300m away, but a woman decided not to use it to cross the three-lane Jalan Boon Lay - with fatal consequences. An off-service double decker SBS Transit bus ploughed into Ms Tan Meow Hian, 46, at a
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Off-service SBS Transit double-decker bus hits pedestrian in Boon Lay, killing her

SINGAPORE - The nearest pedestrian crossing was located about 300m away, but a woman decided not to use it to cross the three-lane Jalan Boon Lay - with fatal consequences. An off-service double decker SBS Transit bus ploughed into Ms Tan Meow Hian, 46, at around 6.30am on Nov 8 last year, killing her. The driver, Kwa Ah Bah, had failed to keep a proper lookout. Deputy Public Prosecutor Senthilkumaran Sabapathy told the court that the Malaysian woman was not jaywalking.

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen warns Malaysian vessels to stay out of Singapore waters

SINGAPORE - Singapore's Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen on Friday (Dec 7) warned Malaysian errant vessels to stay out of the Republic's territorial waters, saying their intrusions are «serious violations of Singapore's sovereignty». Commenting on th
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Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen warns Malaysian vessels to stay out of Singapore waters

SINGAPORE - Singapore's Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen on Friday (Dec 7) warned Malaysian errant vessels to stay out of the Republic's territorial waters, saying their intrusions are «serious violations of Singapore's sovereignty». Commenting on the dispute for the first time, Dr Ng said on Facebook: «Our security forces have acted with restraint despite continuing intrusions and provocations.» «Singaporeans are peace-loving, but I strongly caution violators to leave Singapore territorial waters,» he wrote.

Cuba president says policy changes address people's concerns, not a setback

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said his government's last-minute changes to policies that went into effect on Friday following widespread criticism showed it listens to the people and were not a setback.
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Cuba president says policy changes address people's concerns, not a setback

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said his government's last-minute changes to policies that went into effect on Friday following widespread criticism showed it listens to the people and were not a setback.

NASA's InSight lander 'hears' wind on Mars

Humans can now hear the haunting, low rumble of wind on Mars for the first time, after NASA's InSight lander captured vibrations from the breeze on the Red Planet, the US space agency said on Friday (Dec 7).
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NASA's InSight lander 'hears' wind on Mars

Humans can now hear the haunting, low rumble of wind on Mars for the first time, after NASA's InSight lander captured vibrations from the breeze on the Red Planet, the US space agency said on Friday (Dec 7).

Ho Ching and Jenny Lee move up the ranks in Forbes' 2018 list of 100 most powerful women

SINGAPORE - Two Singaporean women have been named in Forbes' annual World's 100 Most Powerful Women list that was released on Tuesday (Dec 4). Coming in at No. 17 this year is Temasek's chief executive and executive director Ho Ching, 65. In the 87th spot i
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Ho Ching and Jenny Lee move up the ranks in Forbes' 2018 list of 100 most powerful women

SINGAPORE - Two Singaporean women have been named in Forbes' annual World's 100 Most Powerful Women list that was released on Tuesday (Dec 4). Coming in at No. 17 this year is Temasek's chief executive and executive director Ho Ching, 65. In the 87th spot is Ms Jenny Lee, 46, managing partner of global venture capital firm GGV Capital. Ms Ho has featured on the list every year since 2004, and moved up 11 places this year after being ranked 28 last year. She was at 30th place in 2016.

NEA terminates Spize restaurant's River Valley outlet licences following fatal food poisoning outbreak

SINGAPORE - The National Environment Agency (NEA) has terminated the operating licences of Spize restaurant in River Valley Road with immediate effect, in view of the «egregious nature» of the food hygiene lapses it found following a fatal food po
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NEA terminates Spize restaurant's River Valley outlet licences following fatal food poisoning outbreak

SINGAPORE - The National Environment Agency (NEA) has terminated the operating licences of Spize restaurant in River Valley Road with immediate effect, in view of the «egregious nature» of the food hygiene lapses it found following a fatal food poisoning incident on Nov 6. The agency will also be taking enforcement action against the restaurant for the lapses, including pressing charges in court, after it found an «unusually severe» Salmonella outbreak in its investigations into seven food poisoning incidents between Nov 6 and 9.

Singaporeans advised to defer non-essential travel to Kuala Lumpur over weekend rallies

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday (Dec 7) advised Singaporeans to defer all non-essential travel to Kuala Lumpur, given the risk of skirmishes at large rallies in the Malaysian capital this weekend. A racially-charged rally organised by Malaysia’
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Singaporeans advised to defer non-essential travel to Kuala Lumpur over weekend rallies

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday (Dec 7) advised Singaporeans to defer all non-essential travel to Kuala Lumpur, given the risk of skirmishes at large rallies in the Malaysian capital this weekend. A racially-charged rally organised by Malaysia’s largest Malay-Muslim political parties Umno and Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) and with turnout expected to number in the tens of thousands will take place at the Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square) on Saturday (Dec 8).

Bayer's German workers mostly spared from Monsanto-related job cuts: labor boss

The lion's share of job cuts from folding U.S. seed maker Monsanto into Bayer's agriculture unit will affect workers outside Germany, the head of Bayer's works council told Reuters.
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Bayer's German workers mostly spared from Monsanto-related job cuts: labor boss

The lion's share of job cuts from folding U.S. seed maker Monsanto into Bayer's agriculture unit will affect workers outside Germany, the head of Bayer's works council told Reuters.

Trump: 'China talks are going very well'

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday sounded an optimistic note about negotiations with China on trade issues, but did not offer any details in an early morning tweet, as major companies worried about how the arrest of a top Huawei executive would affect rel
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Trump: 'China talks are going very well'

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday sounded an optimistic note about negotiations with China on trade issues, but did not offer any details in an early morning tweet, as major companies worried about how the arrest of a top Huawei executive would affect relations between Washington and Beijing.

Fans of Sanrio's My Melody in a frenzy as McDonald's launches limited-edition food holder

SINGAPORE - Fans of Sanrio's My Melody waited in line at McDonald's outlets islandwide from the wee hours of Thursday (Dec 6) for a chance to snag a limited-edition food holder featuring the adorable bunny. Photos posted by social media users on Thursday sho
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Fans of Sanrio's My Melody in a frenzy as McDonald's launches limited-edition food holder

SINGAPORE - Fans of Sanrio's My Melody waited in line at McDonald's outlets islandwide from the wee hours of Thursday (Dec 6) for a chance to snag a limited-edition food holder featuring the adorable bunny. Photos posted by social media users on Thursday show snaking queues at outlets in Seletar Mall, Waterway Point in Punggol, Bukit Batok, Hougang and Bendemeer, among others. In response to queries, a McDonald's spokesman said that the holders were sold out across Singapore by 11.30am.

4 months' jail for man who hit son, 9, with a hanger before kicking him

SINGAPORE - A man held his son upside down by his leg and used a shirt hanger to repeatedly hit him, just because the nine-year-old boy made some mistakes in his homework. When the boy was finally released, he maintained he really did not know the answers.
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4 months' jail for man who hit son, 9, with a hanger before kicking him

SINGAPORE - A man held his son upside down by his leg and used a shirt hanger to repeatedly hit him, just because the nine-year-old boy made some mistakes in his homework. When the boy was finally released, he maintained he really did not know the answers. This angered his 35-year-old father, who kicked him and started thrashing the boy again. The boy's father was sentenced on Thursday (Dec 6) to four months' jail after pleading guilty in June to one count of ill-treating the boy.

Motorist whose speeding car hit and killed 4-year-old girl in Bukit Batok gets 6 weeks' jail

SINGAPORE - A former condominium manager was speeding while driving his housemate's car in Bukit Batok last year and it hit a four-year-old girl who died in the accident. The Straits Times understands that the child, Eleanor Tan Si Xuan and her family's Myan
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Motorist whose speeding car hit and killed 4-year-old girl in Bukit Batok gets 6 weeks' jail

SINGAPORE - A former condominium manager was speeding while driving his housemate's car in Bukit Batok last year and it hit a four-year-old girl who died in the accident. The Straits Times understands that the child, Eleanor Tan Si Xuan and her family's Myanmar national maid, Ms Su Su Hlaing, 38, were jaywalking when the incident occurred.

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