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In a sign of warming ties, the opening of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics saw a grinning South Korean President Moon Jae In shaking hands with smiling North Korean “princess” Kim Yo Jong, as athletes from both nations marched under one flag. The event will be watched for hints of change in North Korea’s nuclear stance.
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Deputy Speaker Charles Chong said that although politicians may be tempted to define all news harmful to them as fake, such a move will not fly in Singapore. Still, the challenge of defining fake news remains, as Singapore looks at tackling the problem.
The United States House of Representatives joined the Senate yesterday in approving a Bill to end an overnight federal shutdown, sparing Republicans further embarrassment and averting interruption to the government’s business. President Donald Trump later said he had signed the Bill into law, extending government funding until March 23.
Australia has long been considered one of the least corrupt countries, but its reputation has been slipping amid a series of scandals involving MPs and public servants. These scandals, along with concerns about the access of lobbyists and donors to politicians and their staff, have prompted calls to create a federal anti-graft watchdog.
From the Bali bombings to the Marawi siege, the terrorist threat posed by militants remains even if the players and methods have changed over the years, says Professor Joseph Liow.
SingPass and CorpPass were hit by a second outage in two days yesterday as access to the gateway systems slowed to a crawl for about four hours. Both outages were not due to a cyberattack. Some IT professionals expressed concerns about the robustness of the systems.
There were more cases of electric scooters catching fire last year. According to figures from the Singapore Civil Defence Force, 40 such scooters went up in flames, up from nine the previous year. The causes were electrical, such as overcharging or faulty circuitry.
Insurers are exploring ways to bring firms together to create a seamless platform to make it easier for policyholders to submit claims.
The Life Insurance Association Singapore said yesterday it will hold a workshop with member firms to assess industry trends and find ways to improve services, such as standardising a claim form to save the hassle of policyholders having to deal with multiple documents from different companies.
Olympic champion Joseph Schooling, one of five nominees for The Straits Times Athlete of the Year award, “hates” to lose. Being upstaged by former Bolles School teammate Caeleb Dressel at the World Championships last year was a bitter pill to swallow, and Schooling is determined to bounce back to prove himself.
Married couple Joy Fang, 32, and Daryll Nanayakara, 28, had the satisfaction of building their love nest themselves – and saving a lot of money along the way – by sourcing most of their furnishings from e-commerce sites.
Honda’s business jet
Hop on board the HondaJet, the first light business jet developed by Honda Aircraft, a subsidiary of car giant Honda Motor. str.sg/owV8
Hunks of the air
Pilots may have the brawn and the brains, but what really goes on inside their heads? Let us find out at the Singapore Airshow 2018. str.sg/owFc