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Hopman Cup to return in 2021, says ITF president

The mixed-gender Hopman Cup team competition is set to return in 2021 after losing its traditional place on the tennis calendar next year, International Tennis Federation (ITF) president David Haggerty confirmed on Wednesday.

People more important than the economy, pope says about Covid crisis

Pope Francis said on Sunday that people are more important than the economy, as countries decide how quickly to reopen their countries from coronavirus lockdowns.
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People more important than the economy, pope says about Covid crisis

Pope Francis said on Sunday that people are more important than the economy, as countries decide how quickly to reopen their countries from coronavirus lockdowns.

Workers nervously eye return to Lear's coronavirus-hit plant in Mexico

Lear Corp is implementing costly safety measures that may hurt productivity at its operations in Mexico after suffering the deadliest known factory-related coronavirus outbreak in the Americas, but the U.S. auto parts maker still faces a battle to win back wo
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Workers nervously eye return to Lear's coronavirus-hit plant in Mexico

Lear Corp is implementing costly safety measures that may hurt productivity at its operations in Mexico after suffering the deadliest known factory-related coronavirus outbreak in the Americas, but the U.S. auto parts maker still faces a battle to win back workers' trust.

Taj Mahal damaged in deadly India thunderstorm

A deadly thunderstorm that rolled across parts of northern India damaged sections of the Taj Mahal complex, including the main gate and a railing running below its five lofty domes, officials said Sunday.
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Taj Mahal damaged in deadly India thunderstorm

A deadly thunderstorm that rolled across parts of northern India damaged sections of the Taj Mahal complex, including the main gate and a railing running below its five lofty domes, officials said Sunday.

Coronavirus: 518 new cases reported on Sunday

The Ministry of Health has preliminarily confirmed an additional 518 cases of Covid-19 infection in Singapore on Sunday (May 31), with the majority being Work Permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories. There are also three cases in the community
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Coronavirus: 518 new cases reported on Sunday

The Ministry of Health has preliminarily confirmed an additional 518 cases of Covid-19 infection in Singapore on Sunday (May 31), with the majority being Work Permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories. There are also three cases in the community, all of whom are Singaporeans/Permanent Residents. More details will be provided tonight. For the latest updates on the coronavirus, visit here. kwokkarpeng@asiaone.com

On this day: Died June 1, 2002 - Hansie Cronje, South African cricketer

All-rounder Hansie Cronje, who died on this day in 2002, flirted with greatness but succumbed to temptation, exposing the dark world of bribery in cricket before his tragic death in a plane crash at the age of 32.
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On this day: Died June 1, 2002 - Hansie Cronje, South African cricketer

All-rounder Hansie Cronje, who died on this day in 2002, flirted with greatness but succumbed to temptation, exposing the dark world of bribery in cricket before his tragic death in a plane crash at the age of 32.

Walls close in on Thailand's poorest as virus shrivels economy

Shuffling around their tiny slum home which is too small to stand up in, Thanapat Noidee and his wife Papassorn share donated noodles with their sons and worry about bills, as the coronavirus pushes Thailand's poor deeper into penury.
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Walls close in on Thailand's poorest as virus shrivels economy

Shuffling around their tiny slum home which is too small to stand up in, Thanapat Noidee and his wife Papassorn share donated noodles with their sons and worry about bills, as the coronavirus pushes Thailand's poor deeper into penury.

Coronavirus: Singapore's domestic workers had more work, less contact with loved ones during circuit breaker

Singapore is set to start reopening its economy from Tuesday as it eases the partial lockdown measures imposed to combat the coronavirus pandemic. But for the city state's foreign domestic workers, life will take a little longer to return to normal. Earlier
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Coronavirus: Singapore's domestic workers had more work, less contact with loved ones during circuit breaker

Singapore is set to start reopening its economy from Tuesday as it eases the partial lockdown measures imposed to combat the coronavirus pandemic. But for the city state's foreign domestic workers, life will take a little longer to return to normal. Earlier this month, Singapore's Manpower Ministry urged domestic helpers to stay at home on their days off, unless they were running essential errands or buying meals. This was in keeping with the rules for the rest of the city state's residents, authorities said, as they called on employers to allow domestic workers to have their rest day at home. Singapore has an estimated 255,000 domestic helpers, many of whom come from Indonesia, the Philippines and Myanmar. Most helpers would be living with their employers in flats ranging from about 430 sq ft to 1,400 sq ft - this is the size of Singapore's public housing apartments that are home to about 80 per cent of the 5.6 million population.

Covid schmovid! How to throw an epic kids virtual party in Singapore

My husband, Navin, and I are big on birthdays. We love having a fun time with our family and friends, and creating different themes and exciting activities for our kids, Yugan, 5, and Avyaan, 2. This year, we were going to have a BBQ party at East Coast Par
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Covid schmovid! How to throw an epic kids virtual party in Singapore

My husband, Navin, and I are big on birthdays. We love having a fun time with our family and friends, and creating different themes and exciting activities for our kids, Yugan, 5, and Avyaan, 2. This year, we were going to have a BBQ party at East Coast Park for my eldest son Yugan’s fifth birthday. But with Covid-19 – and then the circuit breaker – that plan quickly went down the drain. Fortunately, Yugan understood the reason why we could not have a celebration as usual. And we told him we would do something after all of this was “over” (whenever that is). But I kept thinking of how we could make the most of this situation and celebrate it meaningfully – still with friends and family, while also practicing social distancing. At first, Navin and I just figured we would get a cake, cut it virtually with family and that would be that. Somehow, I just felt that we could do more, and not let Covid dampen the party. And so, the planning began!

Police looking into case of Toa Payoh residents 'mentally tortured' by neighbours for past 4 years

The police are looking into a dispute between two families at Block 234 Toa Payoh Lorong 8 over the past four years. Stomp contributor Woon shared with Stomp that their next-door neighbours have repeatedly shouted at his own family, stalked them and recorde
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Police looking into case of Toa Payoh residents 'mentally tortured' by neighbours for past 4 years

The police are looking into a dispute between two families at Block 234 Toa Payoh Lorong 8 over the past four years. Stomp contributor Woon shared with Stomp that their next-door neighbours have repeatedly shouted at his own family, stalked them and recorded them on their phones. «Over the past four years, we have been mentally tortured,» said Woon. «The family of four accused us of hacking into their Internet and blocking it. »They said we hacked into their Facebook accounts and chatted with their friends. «One of their sons said we shot lasers at them so they cannot work. »They have even called the police on us many times, accusing us of making a lot of noise all day and night." Woon said the familiy's allegations are false and that the father and one of his sons has been shouting at them every day.

Brazil's coronavirus outbreak worsens as total cases near 500,000

Brazil registered a record 33,274 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, its health ministry said, raising the total to 498,440 in a country with one of the world's worst outbreaks.
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Brazil's coronavirus outbreak worsens as total cases near 500,000

Brazil registered a record 33,274 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, its health ministry said, raising the total to 498,440 in a country with one of the world's worst outbreaks.

Commentary: Expect higher levels of anxiety and depression when COVID-19 restrictions lift

For some people, the idea of reconnecting with the outside world may cause distress, say observers.
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Commentary: Expect higher levels of anxiety and depression when COVID-19 restrictions lift

For some people, the idea of reconnecting with the outside world may cause distress, say observers.

Malaysian boy lives alone in Singapore for months, so that he won’t miss school

Left without adult supervision owing to COVID-19, this 14-year-old has had to learn to cook, do housework and deal with homesickness just to continue attending school.
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Malaysian boy lives alone in Singapore for months, so that he won’t miss school

Left without adult supervision owing to COVID-19, this 14-year-old has had to learn to cook, do housework and deal with homesickness just to continue attending school.

Israel police kill Palestinian they mistakenly thought was armed

Israeli police in annexed east Jerusalem on Saturday shot dead a Palestinian with special needs they mistakenly thought was armed with a pistol, Israeli and Palestinian sources said.
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Israel police kill Palestinian they mistakenly thought was armed

Israeli police in annexed east Jerusalem on Saturday shot dead a Palestinian with special needs they mistakenly thought was armed with a pistol, Israeli and Palestinian sources said.

Credit Suisse's Rohner sees no big hit from oil & gas exposure: SRF

Credit Suisse will not take a significant hit from its exposure to the battered oil and gas sector, Chairman Urs Rohner told Swiss state broadcaster SRF on Saturday.
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Credit Suisse's Rohner sees no big hit from oil & gas exposure: SRF

Credit Suisse will not take a significant hit from its exposure to the battered oil and gas sector, Chairman Urs Rohner told Swiss state broadcaster SRF on Saturday.

Backlash against Trump exiting WHO as COVID-19 grips Latin America

US President Donald Trump said he is severing ties with the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, as the death toll from the disease spiked again in the United States and Brazil.
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Backlash against Trump exiting WHO as COVID-19 grips Latin America

US President Donald Trump said he is severing ties with the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, as the death toll from the disease spiked again in the United States and Brazil.

Crew on board as SpaceX, NASA to try again for landmark launch of two astronauts

The two-man crew entered the capsule that will take them to the International Space Station on Saturday (May 30), as Elon Musk's private rocket company SpaceX was set for a repeat attempt at launching the Americans into orbit.
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Crew on board as SpaceX, NASA to try again for landmark launch of two astronauts

The two-man crew entered the capsule that will take them to the International Space Station on Saturday (May 30), as Elon Musk's private rocket company SpaceX was set for a repeat attempt at launching the Americans into orbit.

Spain's daily coronavirus death toll drops to a handful

Spain's coronavirus death toll rose by four on Saturday (May 30) to 27,125, the Health Ministry said, reflecting a dramatic decline in daily fatalities in recent weeks as the country brings the outbreak under control.
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Spain's daily coronavirus death toll drops to a handful

Spain's coronavirus death toll rose by four on Saturday (May 30) to 27,125, the Health Ministry said, reflecting a dramatic decline in daily fatalities in recent weeks as the country brings the outbreak under control.

Colombia will not ease quarantine in capital, cities hit hard by coronavirus

Colombia issued new measures to control the spread of the novel coronavirus in three of its most affected cities on Saturday, including the capital Bogota, as the rest of the country prepares for quarantine rules to start lifting.
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Colombia will not ease quarantine in capital, cities hit hard by coronavirus

Colombia issued new measures to control the spread of the novel coronavirus in three of its most affected cities on Saturday, including the capital Bogota, as the rest of the country prepares for quarantine rules to start lifting.

British competitive sport given green light for June 1 restart

After a near three-month shutdown, all competitive sport in Britain can resume from June 1 behind closed doors provided strict conditions are met, the government said on Saturday.
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British competitive sport given green light for June 1 restart

After a near three-month shutdown, all competitive sport in Britain can resume from June 1 behind closed doors provided strict conditions are met, the government said on Saturday.

Bremen boost survival hopes with 1-0 win at Schalke

Former German champions Werder Bremen kept alive their hopes of avoiding relegation from the Bundesliga when a spectacular goal from Leonardo Bittencourt gave them a lifeline 1-0 win at Schalke 04 on Saturday.
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Bremen boost survival hopes with 1-0 win at Schalke

Former German champions Werder Bremen kept alive their hopes of avoiding relegation from the Bundesliga when a spectacular goal from Leonardo Bittencourt gave them a lifeline 1-0 win at Schalke 04 on Saturday.

506 new Covid-19 cases reported with one testing positive right before starting work at preschool

[UPDATED 10:45pm] The Ministry of Health has confirmed 506 new coronavirus cases in Singapore today (May 30). Out of these, there are five community cases while the remaining cases come from Work Permit holders living in dormitories. Of the five communi
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506 new Covid-19 cases reported with one testing positive right before starting work at preschool

[UPDATED 10:45pm] The Ministry of Health has confirmed 506 new coronavirus cases in Singapore today (May 30). Out of these, there are five community cases while the remaining cases come from Work Permit holders living in dormitories. Of the five community cases, two are Singaporeans/Permanent Residents. One is a non-teaching preschool staff who was picked up as a result of proactive screening to prepare for the phased reopening of preschools. A serological test will be conducted to determine if this was a past or current infection.  Of the three other community cases, one is a Work Pass holder and two are Work Permit holders. According to MOH, one of them tested positive right before he was due to start work on a plumbing project at a preschool.  Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from an average of seven cases per day in the week before to an average of 4 per day in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has remained stable at an average of two per day in the past two weeks.

Verstappen and Norris team up for virtual Le Mans

Formula One rivals Max Verstappen and Lando Norris will be team mates for the virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 13/14, according to the official entry list on Saturday.
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Verstappen and Norris team up for virtual Le Mans

Formula One rivals Max Verstappen and Lando Norris will be team mates for the virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 13/14, according to the official entry list on Saturday.

India posts record jump in COVID-19 cases a lockdown restrictions start to ease

India reported a record daily jump of 7,964 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday, with a recent surge in cases as lockdown restrictions start to ease raising the possibility that Prime Minister Narendra Modi could extend curbs beyond May 31.
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India posts record jump in COVID-19 cases a lockdown restrictions start to ease

India reported a record daily jump of 7,964 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday, with a recent surge in cases as lockdown restrictions start to ease raising the possibility that Prime Minister Narendra Modi could extend curbs beyond May 31.

Racism and xenophobia resurfacing during Covid-19: MCCY minister Grace Fu

The Covid-19 outbreak has stressed Singapore's social faultlines and increased tensions between foreigners and locals, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu said during a dialogue on race on Saturday morning (May 30). She cited certain locals' &
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Racism and xenophobia resurfacing during Covid-19: MCCY minister Grace Fu

The Covid-19 outbreak has stressed Singapore's social faultlines and increased tensions between foreigners and locals, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu said during a dialogue on race on Saturday morning (May 30). She cited certain locals' «visceral reaction» to recent reports of foreigners gathering at Robertson Quay, drinking and flouting social distancing rules. «When that video came out friends told me that yes, (there were also) expatriates in Singapore Botanic Gardens (gathering) and so on. It is not just restricted to one place, but somehow when we see a group of people that look different from us, there is a visceral reaction,» said Ms Fu, noting that before police investigations had been completed, there were already calls for foreigners to be deported. Speaking to 150 participants at a dialogue on race relations that explored how Covid-19 has thrown up issues of race, racism and xenophobia to the fore, Ms Fu stressed the importance of social cohesion during times like this.

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