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PM Lee refutes siblings’ claims
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday refuted allegations by his siblings that he had misused his power in handling the matter of their late father’s house. On the first day of a Parliament debate on the issue, 21 MPs asked probing questions of PM Lee and his ministers.
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US-China ties affected, says Xi
Chinese President Xi Jinping has told President Donald Trump that US-China ties have been “affected by some negative factors” after a series of US actions in the past week. China yesterday accused the US of staging a “serious political and military provocation” after an American warship sailed near a disputed island in the South China Sea.
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33 killed in heavy rain in China
Torrential rain lashed parts of central and southern China yesterday, forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes and killing at least 33 people, while the north wilted in a heat wave and drought-like conditions. Water levels in more than 60 rivers in southern China have risen above warning levels. Weather forecasters predict the downpours could ease in the coming days.
China-Russia ties ‘at their best’
Chinese President Xi Jinping reiterated yesterday that China-Russia relations are at their “best time in history”, in remarks to Russian media ahead of his state visit to Russia. Mr Xi arrived in Moscow yesterday, and the two sides will sign a series of cooperation agreements.
Importance of self-reliance
The world is a dangerous place for small countries. By Invitation columnist Tommy Koh looks at whether actions taken by Qatar’s bigger neighbours have violated the country’s rights under international law.
Car firm flagged twice by Case
A car parallel importer is the first and only motor company to be blackmarked twice by the Consumers Association of Singapore (Case) for questionable practices. SG Vehicles chalked up 39 complaints last year and 36 in 2015.
SMC probed 386 complaints
The Singapore Medical Council (SMC) investigated 386 complaints against doctors last year, including one lodged in 2011 and seven in 2012. SMC said it takes time to investigate because of the complexities involved. The process also allows for appeals.
Private home prices dip
Private home prices here fell by 0.3 per cent in the second quarter from the first, estimates from the Urban Redevelopment Authority showed yesterday. While this is the 15th straight quarter of falls, it is the shallowest decline since the fourth quarter of 2013, when prices first started tumbling, which analysts say is a sign that the market is bottoming out.
Low spoilt for choice
Germany coach Joachim Low’s toughest task as his high-flying footballers prepare to defend the World Cup in Russia next year may well be who to leave out. His young stars acquitted themselves well in the Confederations Cup, edging out South American champions Chile 1-0 in the final on Sunday, two days after the German Under-21s secured the European title.
Writing on despite cancer
Author and Cultural Medallion recipient Yeng Pway Ngon (above, with his wife Goh Beng Choo), 70, will launch a new collection of short stories, The Non-Existent Lover And Other Stories, on Sunday at The National Library. Although he has stage four prostate cancer, he continues to work.
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Chef Jason Tan talks about shedding 36kg and resetting his palate after undergoing weight-loss surgery in March. str.sg/jasont
Dog’s best friend
After overcoming childhood poverty, dog whisperer Cesar Millan has had to conquer the pressures of success. str.sg/cesarm