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Singapore: Republic in Southeast Asia
Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a sovereign island city-state in Southeast Asia. The country is situated one degree north of the equator, at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, with Indonesia's Riau Islands to the south and Peninsular Malaysia to the north. Singapore's territory consists of one main island along with 62 other islets. Since independence, extensive land reclamation has increased its total size by 23%.


Singapore activists challenge gay sex ban in court after India ruling

Singapore's top court on Wednesday heard the first legal challenges to its colonial-era gay sex law since similar legislation was scrapped in India last year, an issue that divides the..
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Fire onboard coastal oil tanker off Singapore: MPA

A fire broke out onboard the Panama-flagged tanker 'HOYU' within Singapore waters, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said in a statement on Thursday.
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Singapore scientists make human skin for cosmetics-testing [Video]Singapore scientists make human skin for cosmetics-testing

Scientists in Singapore have created human skin in a development which it's hoped will mean less use of animals for testing cosmetic products. Joe Davies reports.

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Air taxi startups race for the skies [Video]Air taxi startups race for the skies

Air taxi startup Lilium is to expand production after its prototype achieved speeds in excess of 100 km/h (62 mph), the German firm said on Tuesday - while rival Volocopter has taken a 'milestone' test..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:56Published

Injured Neymar sidelined for four weeks - PSG [Video]Injured Neymar sidelined for four weeks - PSG

Paris St Germain forward Neymar will be out of action for four weeks because of a thigh injury, PSG says.

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Neymar set for 100th cap, says happy at PSG [Video]Neymar set for 100th cap, says happy at PSG

Brazilian striker Neymar picks his three favourite international career moments and states he is content at PSG.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:31Published

Red Bull seeking further improvement in Suzuka, says Verstappen [Video]Red Bull seeking further improvement in Suzuka, says Verstappen

Max Verstappen says Red Bull needs to improve to challenge in more races and potentially the championship.

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Zimbabwe ex-president Robert Mugabe buried in his native village [Video]Zimbabwe ex-president Robert Mugabe buried in his native village

Zimbabwe's former president has been buried in his rural village of Kutama, three weeks after he died in Singapore.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:09Published

Trump says "we'll see" about possible third Kim summit [Video]Trump says "we'll see" about possible third Kim summit

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he would want to know what would result from a third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un before agreeing to hold it. Rough Cut (no reporter..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:05Published

Trump To Talk About Iran In Front Of United Nations General Assembly [Video]Trump To Talk About Iran In Front Of United Nations General Assembly

President Donald Trump said he will talk about Iran during his speech before the United Nations General Assembly. Trump spoke with reporters as he met with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong...

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Renault's Ricciardo beaten in F1 virtual racing game by 13-year-old [Video]Renault's Ricciardo beaten in F1 virtual racing game by 13-year-old

13-year-old Kalen Chin beats Renault's Daniel Ricciardo in a virtual Formula 1 racing game.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:12Published


Singapore police investigate Hong Kong protest bar meeting

Singapore police said on Thursday they are investigating an alleged meeting at a bar last month held to discuss anti-government protests in Hong Kong, in a possible breach of the city-state's law..
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Hong Kong protesters intend to topple city's government, says Singapore PM

Hong Kong protesters demanding universal suffrage and an amnesty for those charged with rioting are trying to humiliate and bring down the Chinese-ruled city's government, Singapore Prime Minister Lee..
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Brazil aims to forge more trade accords as Bolsonaro heads to Asia

Brazil aims to conclude free trade agreements between the South American free trade bloc Mercosur and Singapore and South Korea by next year, as it also eyes deals with several other Asian countries, a..
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About $4 billion Hong Kong deposits may have left for Singapore in June-August: Goldman

Hong Kong may have lost as much as $4 billion in deposits to rival financial hub Singapore between June and August, Goldman Sachs estimated this week.
Reuters - Published

Singapore 'fake news' law set to come into force on Wednesday

Singapore is about to introduce a law against "fake news" which rights groups have warned may stifle free speech and opposition politicians have said could give the government too much power as..
Reuters - Published

Facebook tightens political ad rules in Singapore as election looms

Social media giant Facebook Inc said on Thursday it had implemented new rules for political advertisements in Singapore ahead of an election in the city-state expected within months.
Reuters - Published

Singapore PM's nephew enlists top UK lawyer for contempt case

The Singapore prime minister's nephew said on Wednesday he had hired top British lawyer David Pannick to advise him on a contempt of court case at the heart of a feud among members of the city-state's..
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Mugabe's body leaves Singapore for burial in Zimbabwe

The body of Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe was en route from Singapore to Zimbabwe on Wednesday, five days after he died in hospital in the city-state, according to an event schedule issued..
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Body of Zimbabwe's Mugabe to leave Singapore for burial at home

The body of Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe will be flown home from Singapore on Wednesday, five days after he died in hospital in the city-state, according to an event schedule.
Reuters - Published

Indonesia names former trader graft suspect in 'oil mafia' probe

Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Tuesday named a former managing director of the trading arm of state energy company PT Pertamina [PERTM.UL] a suspect in a graft case linked to..
Reuters - Published

Plane leaves Zimbabwe for Singapore to bring home Mugabe's body

A plane has left Zimbabwe for Singapore carrying government officials and relatives to bring home the body of Robert Mugabe, but it was still not clear where the former leader would be buried, a family..
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In Mugabe's village, relatives say he was very bitter before death

In the dusty village where Zimbabwe's founding father Robert Mugabe grew up, family members speak of the deep bitterness Mugabe felt from his ousting as head of state two years ago until his death in..
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As election nears, Singapore may raise spending to ease economic pain

Singapore is expected to roll out a generous budget ahead of an election as the ruling party seeks to appease voters who are feeling the pinch from a sharp economic downturn, analysts say.
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Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe dies in Singapore

Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe has died aged 95, the country's President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on his official Twitter account.
Reuters - Published

Singapore leader in waiting seen as 'cut from same cloth' as Lee family

Mild-mannered, studious and seen as "cut from the same cloth" as his predecessors, Singapore Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat will face the daunting task of reshaping a struggling economy if, as..
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Singapore starts countdown to elections, forms panel for constituencies

Singapore's general elections could be just months away as prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, formed a panel to review electoral boundaries, an initial step towards calling a vote.
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Singapore poll could be months away as panel checks voting constituencies

Singapore's prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, has formed a panel to review electoral boundaries, his office said on Wednesday, in a strong signal that a general election could be just months away.
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Singapore PM takes initial step toward calling general election

Singapore's prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, has formed a panel to review electoral boundaries, his office said in a statement on Wednesday, signaling an imminent general election.
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka seeks extradition of ex-central bank chief from Singapore

Sri Lanka will ask Singapore to extradite former central bank governor Arjuna Mahendran in connection with an insider trading investigation, a Foreign Ministry official said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Singapore hotels see best month in years amid Hong Kong turmoil

Singapore's hotel occupancy rates have climbed to their highest in over a decade as travelers and business events switched from Hong Kong, where pro-democracy protests have slammed tourist numbers and..
Reuters - Published

Australian sunshine could soon be farmed to power an Asian nation

An Australian entrepreneur wants the Northern Territory desert to become home to the world’s biggest solar farm, with the electricity generated sent along undersea cables to Singapore.
SBS - Published

Protecting Singapore from rising sea levels could cost S$100 billion

Protecting Singapore against rising sea levels could cost S$100 billion ($72 billion) or more over 100 years, its prime minister said on Sunday, as the low-lying island-state makes preparations to..
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Myanmar court charges eight over alleged ties to insurgents

A Myanmar court on Friday charged eight people with financing terrorism, including six deported from Singapore last month over allegations they had sent money to ethnic rebels in the conflict-torn..
Reuters - Published

Social media sites block satirical rap video in Singapore after government complaint

Facebook and other social media sites have restricted access to a satirical rap video in Singapore after the wealthy city-state's government requested the removal of content it said could fan racial..
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Singapore says drug smuggling worsens, even as hangings rise

Drug trafficking into Singapore, which has some of the world's toughest drugs laws, has risen recently, the law minister said on Wednesday, and he defended capital punishment for serious drug crime as..
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The feud involving members of Singapore's first family

A public rift between the heirs of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first and longest-serving prime minister, has for years rumbled in the wealthy city-state regarded as an island of stability in Southeast..
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Singapore PM's brother backs opposition party in election twist

The Singapore prime minister's estranged brother has thrown his support behind a newly-formed opposition party in an intriguing twist ahead of elections expected to be held as soon as this year.
Reuters - Published

Protesters flock to Hong Kong's airport as political crisis simmers on

Thousands of protesters calling for democracy and some chanting "free Hong Kong" converged on the Chinese-ruled city's airport on Friday as Singapore advised its travelers to avoid protest areas in the..
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Myanmar citizens deported from Singapore over alleged insurgent ties remanded in custody

Six Myanmar nationals deported from Singapore over alleged links to an ethnic minority insurgent group were remanded in custody in Yangon on Friday, a court spokesman said, as relatives of the accused..
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Protesters calling for 'free Hong Kong' converge on airport

Several hundred protesters calling for democracy and some chanting "free Hong Kong" converged on the Chinese-ruled city's airport on Friday as neighboring Singapore advised its citizens to avoid parts..
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Singapore opposition party fears use of fake news law in election

The leader of a new Singapore opposition party said on Friday he was concerned that an anti-fake news law, which rights groups fear could stifle free speech, may be used in upcoming elections.
Reuters - Published

Singapore seizes ivory from nearly 300 elephants in record haul

Singapore said on Tuesday it had seized 8.8 tonnes of elephant ivory, a record haul by authorities in the city-state, which conservation groups say is a transit point for the illegal wildlife trade.
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Exclusive: Singapore cautions wealth managers on aggressively courting HK business

Singapore has cautioned wealth managers against aggressively marketing their services or making other efforts to woo clients to the city state by capitalizing on rival Hong Kong's political turmoil,..
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Indonesia to build country's longest bridge linking islands near Singapore

Indonesia plans to build a 7 km (4.35 mile) bridge to connect two islands in the Malacca Strait, close to Singapore, as part of efforts to develop industry and tourism in the area, the government said..
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Singapore detains Myanmar nationals accused of links to Rakhine insurgent group

Singapore authorities said on Wednesday they had arrested a group of Myanmar nationals accused of rallying support for armed violence against the Myanmar government.
Reuters - Published

Singapore holds gay pride rally amid calls for repeal of colonial-era law

Thousands of people took part in Singapore's annual gay pride rally on Saturday, with many calling for a law banning gay sex to be scrapped following similar measures elsewhere in the region.
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Wealth managers head to Singapore as China concerns dim Hong Kong's lure

Some foreign wealth managers are scrapping plans to open offices in Hong Kong in favor of Singapore, as the rich begin to move funds from the Chinese territory where a new extradition bill has stoked..
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North Korea says U.S. extension of sanctions 'a hostile act': KCNA

The recent U.S. extension of sanctions against North Korea was an act of hostility and an outright challenge to an historic summit between the two countries in Singapore last year, Pyongyang's state..
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Drones disrupt flights at Singapore airport for second time in a week

Unauthorized drone flying caused the second spate of delays and flight diversions in less than a week at Singapore's Changi airport on Monday night, the city-state's aviation authority said.
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Unauthorized drone flying disrupts flights at Singapore airport

One of two runways at Singapore's main airport closed for short periods on Tuesday and Wednesday because of "confirmed sightings of unauthorized drone flying", the aviation regulator said.
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Tanker Kokuka Courageous damaged in Gulf incident: manager

The Kokuka Courageous tanker was damaged in a security incident in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, a spokesman for the vessel's manager BSM Ship Management (Singapore) said.
Reuters - Published

A year after Singapore, little change seen in U.S.-North Korea ties: poll

A year after the first U.S.-North Korea summit, most people in countries with a stake in the process think relations between the old rivals have not improved significantly, highlighting a stalemate in..
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Factbox: The ups and downs since Trump first met North Korea's Kim

U.S. President Donald Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for the first time at a historic summit in Singapore on June 12 last year and there have been ups and downs in the North's foreign..
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North Korea urges U.S. to change 'hostile policy' on eve of summit anniversary

North Korean state media called on the United States on Tuesday to "withdraw its hostile policy" towards Pyongyang or agreements made at a landmark summit in Singapore a year ago might become "a blank..
Reuters - Published

'Huge advantage': what Singapore schools taught these Australian teachers

When maths teacher Tracey Hughes-Butters told a taxi driver in Singapore what she did for a living, his reaction said it all.
The Age - Published

Cambodia's Hun Sen says Singapore supported genocide

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has accused Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of supporting genocide because of comments Lee made about Vietnam's 1978 invasion of Cambodia which ended Pol..
Reuters - Published

Morrison talks trade with Singaporean PM

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will talk up the promise of the digital economy during a visit to Singapore, with world trade rules also in his sights.
SBS - Published

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