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California startup aims to tackle battery degradation in electric cars

Lithium-ion batteries are essential to electric vehicles, but they have drawbacks: They are hard to make and degrade over time.
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California startup aims to tackle battery degradation in electric cars

Lithium-ion batteries are essential to electric vehicles, but they have drawbacks: They are hard to make and degrade over time.

Thousands form human chains in Belarus after post-vote crackdown

Thousands of protesters formed human chains and marched in Belarus on Thursday in a growing wave of peaceful demonstrations over President Alexander Lukashenko's disputed re-election and an ensuing brutal police crackdown.
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Thousands form human chains in Belarus after post-vote crackdown

Thousands of protesters formed human chains and marched in Belarus on Thursday in a growing wave of peaceful demonstrations over President Alexander Lukashenko's disputed re-election and an ensuing brutal police crackdown.

Celtic sign Swiss striker Ajeti from West Ham

Celtic have signed Switzerland striker Albian Ajeti from Premier League side West Ham United on a four-year deal, the Scottish Premiership champions announced on Thursday.
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Celtic sign Swiss striker Ajeti from West Ham

Celtic have signed Switzerland striker Albian Ajeti from Premier League side West Ham United on a four-year deal, the Scottish Premiership champions announced on Thursday.

Chinese firms flood into US IPOs despite delisting threat

The U.S. government is threatening to delist Chinese companies that do not meet U.S. accounting standards, but mainland firms are rushing to offer their shares on New York exchanges, sometimes in blockbuster deals.
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Chinese firms flood into US IPOs despite delisting threat

The U.S. government is threatening to delist Chinese companies that do not meet U.S. accounting standards, but mainland firms are rushing to offer their shares on New York exchanges, sometimes in blockbuster deals.

Judgment reserved on Law Society's application to disbar Lee Suet Fern over role in Lee Kuan Yew's will

SINGAPORE - Was Mrs Lee Suet Fern playing the role of lawyer or daughter-in-law in handling her father-in-law Lee Kuan Yew's will in 2013? This was the question at the centre of arguments made by lawyers representing the Law Society and Mrs Lee on Thursday (
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Judgment reserved on Law Society's application to disbar Lee Suet Fern over role in Lee Kuan Yew's will

SINGAPORE - Was Mrs Lee Suet Fern playing the role of lawyer or daughter-in-law in handling her father-in-law Lee Kuan Yew's will in 2013? This was the question at the centre of arguments made by lawyers representing the Law Society and Mrs Lee on Thursday (Aug 13) in the disciplinary hearing before the Court of Three Judges. The Law Society argued that Mrs Lee had acted as Mr Lee's lawyer, having received instructions from him and acted on them, and also cutting out his usual lawyer, Ms Kwa Kim Li, in the preparation and execution of the will. In doing so, she had taken on the responsibilities of his lawyer, and so an implied retainer arose, said the society's lawyer, Ms Koh Swee Yen from WongPartnership. Also, there was clear conflict of interest, as her husband, Mr Lee Hsien Yang, the younger son of Mr Lee and brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, was a beneficiary of the will, she added.

'Killer litter' at Punggol block: 2 men investigated for making false report

What many had thought to be a case of killer litter at a Punggol block on Tuesday (Aug 11) evening turned out to be untrue. The police told AsiaOne that they are investigating two men who are believed to have lodged a false report. The 25-year-old man had
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'Killer litter' at Punggol block: 2 men investigated for making false report

What many had thought to be a case of killer litter at a Punggol block on Tuesday (Aug 11) evening turned out to be untrue. The police told AsiaOne that they are investigating two men who are believed to have lodged a false report. The 25-year-old man had claimed that his friend, a 35-year-old man, was a victim of high-rise littering. He alleged that his friend was injured by a glass bottle thrown from Blk 227A Sumang Lane.

Letter from the Editor: You can now read more news and faster on AsiaOne

Are you a fast and voracious reader? AsiaOne's newsroom and engineers have together created a new feature that offers you all our stories at a glance, in an easy-to-digest format. Newslite is a one-stop feed that serves you not only the headlines but the ke
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Letter from the Editor: You can now read more news and faster on AsiaOne

Are you a fast and voracious reader? AsiaOne's newsroom and engineers have together created a new feature that offers you all our stories at a glance, in an easy-to-digest format. Newslite is a one-stop feed that serves you not only the headlines but the key points from every article. In today's connected world, there is an information overload that traditional consumption habits cannot maximise. Newslite attempts to bridge what you need to know with your limited amount of time. No more spending precious minutes on a long story. No more opening multiple pages. No more clickbaits. You don't have to know speed reading or other fanciful techniques to browse Newslite - it makes you a speed reader by default. If you wish, you can filter the newsfeed by categories. If you want to know more, the full article is just a click away. Furthermore, what makes Newslite more revolutionary is the artificial intelligence behind it.

Man accuses MOE ad of copying Pink Floyd album cover, retracts after netizens explain prisms

Upset with a Ministry of Education (MOE) outdoor advertisement, a man took to Facebook to complain about how it supposedly infringed the copyright of an iconic album cover by legendary psych-pop group Pink Floyd.  But he quickly took down the accusatio
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Man accuses MOE ad of copying Pink Floyd album cover, retracts after netizens explain prisms

Upset with a Ministry of Education (MOE) outdoor advertisement, a man took to Facebook to complain about how it supposedly infringed the copyright of an iconic album cover by legendary psych-pop group Pink Floyd.  But he quickly took down the accusation after netizens pointed out that you can’t plagiarise a common scientific diagram of light diffracting through a prism.  The man had posted earlier today (Aug 13) that the poster he saw was a “lazy attempt at an engaging advertisement” due to similarities with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album cover.  The ad itself promoted the career prospects of being a teacher, a role that could «change the future». The word 'change' is stylised with a graphic of a triangular prism where diffraction occurs, a familiar illustration of white light breaking up into its spectral colours. 

Yusof Ishak turned into God of Fortune? Prayer offerings store says they meant no disrespect

It looks like the seventh lunar month is off to a less than auspicious start for one prayer offerings company. Following backlash from netizens, Goldpaper.sg, an online store selling prayer offerings and supplies, told Lianhe Wanbao it has ceased the distrib
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Yusof Ishak turned into God of Fortune? Prayer offerings store says they meant no disrespect

It looks like the seventh lunar month is off to a less than auspicious start for one prayer offerings company. Following backlash from netizens, Goldpaper.sg, an online store selling prayer offerings and supplies, told Lianhe Wanbao it has ceased the distribution of its controversial vouchers appearing to portray former Singapore president Yusof Ishak as the Chinese God of Wealth since yesterday (Aug 12). The store's employees had reportedly been spotted handing out the vouchers at Waterway Point on Monday (Aug 10), dressed up as mythical figures including Chinese vampires and guards of the underworld Heibai Wuchang. PHOTO: Lianhe WanbaoThe voucher, which contained a promotional code for use with the store's seventh lunar month packages, resembled a $10 bill, save for several key differences. Instead of «Singapore», the store's vouchers featured the non-existent country «Xingapore».

New Woodlands BTO project wows would-be buyers with rooftop gardens, terraces, and even a sky bridge

The Housing and Development Board (HDB) announced the launch of more than 7,000 BTO flats across eight locations in Singapore on Wednesday (Aug 12). The new plots are located in Ang Mo Kio, Bishan, Choa Chu Kang, Geylang, Pasir Ris, Tampines, Tengah and Wo
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New Woodlands BTO project wows would-be buyers with rooftop gardens, terraces, and even a sky bridge

The Housing and Development Board (HDB) announced the launch of more than 7,000 BTO flats across eight locations in Singapore on Wednesday (Aug 12). The new plots are located in Ang Mo Kio, Bishan, Choa Chu Kang, Geylang, Pasir Ris, Tampines, Tengah and Woodlands. Among the bunch however, there appears to be one standout development that has gotten the most interest from netizens.

'Killer litter' in Punggol: Man, 35, hit by falling glass bottle

A 35-year-old man was taken injured to hospital after he was hit by a glass bottle falling from height on Tuesday evening. The high-rise killer litter incident happened at Block 227A Sumang Lane in Punggol. The police said they were alerted at about 6.30pm
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'Killer litter' in Punggol: Man, 35, hit by falling glass bottle

A 35-year-old man was taken injured to hospital after he was hit by a glass bottle falling from height on Tuesday evening. The high-rise killer litter incident happened at Block 227A Sumang Lane in Punggol. The police said they were alerted at about 6.30pm to a case of rash act causing hurt, and the victim was taken to Changi General Hospital. Police investigations are ongoing. The New Paper understands that the man, who was at the foot of the block, was struck on the head by a beer bottle inside a plastic bag, which also contained some tissue paper and a receipt. Chinese language newspaper Shin Min Daily News, quoting an eyewitness, reported that the victim was chatting with a group of friends when the bottle hit him on the head, which started bleeding. PHOTO: Shin Min Daily NewsKNOCKED ON DOORS The wound was about 4cm long, and someone called for an ambulance immediately. The extent of his injury is not known.

Longer wait: Some projects in latest BTO sales exercise may take up to 5 years to complete

SINGAPORE - A number of projects in the mega build-to-order (BTO) sales exercise on Wednesday (Aug 12) may take up to five years to complete due to safety measures introduced at construction sites to curb Covid-19. The Housing Board said home buyers keen on
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Longer wait: Some projects in latest BTO sales exercise may take up to 5 years to complete

SINGAPORE - A number of projects in the mega build-to-order (BTO) sales exercise on Wednesday (Aug 12) may take up to five years to complete due to safety measures introduced at construction sites to curb Covid-19. The Housing Board said home buyers keen on the 1,785-unit UrbanVille @ Woodlands project, a five-minute walk from Woodlands MRT station, will have to wait the longest, at around 62 months. The project is slated to be completed in the second quarter of 2026. The 1,070-unit Costa Grove in Pasir Ris will take between 56 and 58 months, with an estimated completion date in the fourth quarter of 2025. The 472 BTO flats in Bishan and 1,044 flats in Parc Residences @ Tengah have an estimated waiting time of between 52 and 54 months, to be ready around the second or third quarter of 2025. On Wednesday, National Development Minister Desmond Lee acknowledged in a Facebook post that some of the projects have a «longer than normal» completion timeline, which may be of concern to buyers.

Singaporean geek makes goth indie game about being stuck in life during lockdown

While many of us were playing games like FF VII Remake or Doom Eternal while staying home this past year, one geek decided he wanted to use that time to make his own game. So he learned some game development skills from YouTube and created Gloom and Doom, a
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Singaporean geek makes goth indie game about being stuck in life during lockdown

While many of us were playing games like FF VII Remake or Doom Eternal while staying home this past year, one geek decided he wanted to use that time to make his own game. So he learned some game development skills from YouTube and created Gloom and Doom, an indie game about being stuck in life. What he ended up with is a quirky visual novel about an ancient ghost named Gloom and a young girl named Wynona who is destined to destroy the world. According to the self-described “game dev noob” Drew Pan, the story is based on his experiences during university. He didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life, his friend was stuck in a lousy job, and another friend couldn’t get out of a toxic relationship. “I sort of combined all of that into a horror concept with a wraith as the protagonist,” he explained.

Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt diagnosed with cancer, reports Indian media

Dutt issued a statement on Tuesday (Aug 11) saying that he was taking a break "for some medical treatment". A journalist later tweeted that the actor had been diagnosed with lung cancer and would be undergoing treatment in the US.
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Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt diagnosed with cancer, reports Indian media

Dutt issued a statement on Tuesday (Aug 11) saying that he was taking a break "for some medical treatment". A journalist later tweeted that the actor had been diagnosed with lung cancer and would be undergoing treatment in the US.

Three dead in Scottish train crash

Three people died when a passenger train derailed in northeast Scotland on Wednesday, police said, following heavy rains and severe flooding across parts of the region overnight.
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Three dead in Scottish train crash

Three people died when a passenger train derailed in northeast Scotland on Wednesday, police said, following heavy rains and severe flooding across parts of the region overnight.

Wind and solar power at record high in 2020, coal dips: Analysis

Wind and solar produced a record 10 percent of global electricity in the first half of 2020 as the world's coal plant fleet ran at less than half its capacity, analysis published Thursday showed.
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Wind and solar power at record high in 2020, coal dips: Analysis

Wind and solar produced a record 10 percent of global electricity in the first half of 2020 as the world's coal plant fleet ran at less than half its capacity, analysis published Thursday showed.

Exclusive: Trump administration asks court to dismiss Big Tech's challenge to social media executive order

The Trump administration has filed a motion asking a court to dismiss a lawsuit against the president's executive order targeting social media companies, calling it a "profound misunderstanding," according to a copy of the motion seen by Reuters.
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Exclusive: Trump administration asks court to dismiss Big Tech's challenge to social media executive order

The Trump administration has filed a motion asking a court to dismiss a lawsuit against the president's executive order targeting social media companies, calling it a "profound misunderstanding," according to a copy of the motion seen by Reuters.

Asian stocks set to track Wall Street's defiant rally

Asian stocks were set for broad gains on Thursday after Wall Street's S&P 500 index briefly touched record highs, as investors appeared to shrug off worries about stalled U.S. stimulus talks and a shaky economic recovery.
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Asian stocks set to track Wall Street's defiant rally

Asian stocks were set for broad gains on Thursday after Wall Street's S&P 500 index briefly touched record highs, as investors appeared to shrug off worries about stalled U.S. stimulus talks and a shaky economic recovery.

Facebook, Snap held talks to buy TikTok rival Dubsmash

Facebook Inc and Snapchat owner Snap Inc held talks to buy Dubsmash, the Information reported on Wednesday, putting a spotlight on pop video apps at a time when Microsoft Corp is trying to workout a deal to buy rival TikTok.
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Facebook, Snap held talks to buy TikTok rival Dubsmash

Facebook Inc and Snapchat owner Snap Inc held talks to buy Dubsmash, the Information reported on Wednesday, putting a spotlight on pop video apps at a time when Microsoft Corp is trying to workout a deal to buy rival TikTok.

Lyft maintains end-2021 profitability goal even as COVID-19 guts demand

Lyft Inc said on Wednesday cost cuts put the company on track to reach its goal of becoming profitable on an adjusted basis by the end of 2021, even as its second-quarter revenue tumbled 61per cent due to coronavirus-related restrictions.
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Lyft maintains end-2021 profitability goal even as COVID-19 guts demand

Lyft Inc said on Wednesday cost cuts put the company on track to reach its goal of becoming profitable on an adjusted basis by the end of 2021, even as its second-quarter revenue tumbled 61per cent due to coronavirus-related restrictions.

Ghislaine Maxwell fails to obtain delay in unsealing documents

A U.S. judge on Wednesday rejected Ghislaine Maxwell's request for a three-week delay in the unsealing of additional documents related to her dealings with the late financier Jeffrey Epstein.
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Ghislaine Maxwell fails to obtain delay in unsealing documents

A U.S. judge on Wednesday rejected Ghislaine Maxwell's request for a three-week delay in the unsealing of additional documents related to her dealings with the late financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Sao Paulo governor tests positive for COVID-19

The governor of Sao Paulo, the state with the highest COVID-19 death toll in hard-hit Brazil, said Wednesday he had tested positive for the new coronavirus and would continue working from quarantine.
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Sao Paulo governor tests positive for COVID-19

The governor of Sao Paulo, the state with the highest COVID-19 death toll in hard-hit Brazil, said Wednesday he had tested positive for the new coronavirus and would continue working from quarantine.

Top Democrats say Mnuchin sought COVID-19 meeting, showed no movement

The two top Democrats in the U.S. Congress said on Wednesday that the White House sought a new meeting on stalled coronavirus aid talks but showed no sign of moving away from the positions it held when negotiations broke down last week.
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Top Democrats say Mnuchin sought COVID-19 meeting, showed no movement

The two top Democrats in the U.S. Congress said on Wednesday that the White House sought a new meeting on stalled coronavirus aid talks but showed no sign of moving away from the positions it held when negotiations broke down last week.

Pompeo says he warned Lavrov against offering bounties for US soldiers

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said he warned his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that there would be "an enormous price to pay" if Moscow is offering bounties to kill U.S. soldiers or other Western troops in Afghanistan.
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Pompeo says he warned Lavrov against offering bounties for US soldiers

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said he warned his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that there would be "an enormous price to pay" if Moscow is offering bounties to kill U.S. soldiers or other Western troops in Afghanistan.

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