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The United States and South Korean militaries conducted a ballistic missile test early yesterday in a show of force after North Korea tested what it said was an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach Alaska. The South said the drill aimed to showcase the ability to strike at the North’s leadership if necessary.
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Special edition $50 notes have been launched to mark a milestone in the ties between Singapore and Brunei. The commemorative set was unveiled at the Istana by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, who is in town for a two-day state visit.
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US President Donald Trump will be meeting other world leaders at the Group of 20 summit in Germany tomorrow, with conflicts looming over climate, trade and other issues, both inside and outside the venue in Hamburg. In the most anticipated moment of the summit, Mr Trump will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Philippine security forces said yesterday they had arrested the main financier and logistics supporter of the militants who have for weeks been battling government troops for control of Marawi City in the country’s south.
Once hailed as a new option in the nation’s push to reduce reliance on cars, many yellow and orange bikes are now left strewn everywhere. Transport Correspondent Adrian Lim looks at the problems that have arisen from the rapid expansion of bike-sharing companies.
Encounters between humans and wild boars do not occur often, with the authorities receiving one report a year. But since a grandmother was gored by one near Windsor Nature Park, signs have gone up to advise visitors on what to do if they encounter a boar.
Drew & Napier’s Senior Counsel Cavinder Bull and WongPartnership’s SC Alvin Yeo have been tipped as worldwide thought leaders in arbitration. The duo made it to an inaugural list of 33 drawn up by international legal publication Who’s Who Legal.
The market for good class bungalows (GCBs) – the most prestigious segment of landed property in Singapore – is lukewarm, with the number sold in the first half of this year falling marginally from a year earlier.
Indonesia is set to lead a consortium of South-east Asian countries in an ambitious bid to co-host the 2034 Fifa World Cup.
The consortium, comprising an unspecified number of countries from Asean, has nine years to meet the 2026 deadline to submit a bid.
For the first time in the Ah Boys To Men movie series, there will be a woman soldier in the cast, said director Jack Neo. Hong Kong-based actress Apple Chan, 28, who practises mixed martial arts, plays a female officer in the fourth edition planned for a November release.
What it should have been
In yesterday’s report, “Errant farms weeded out for misuse of land“, we said that the leases of 62 farms in Lim Chu Kang and Kranji will run out by end-2019, and that the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) has tendered out 36 new plots of farmland in Lim Chu Kang and Sungei Tengah. This is wrong. The leases of the 62 farms in Lim Chu Kang will run out in end-2021, and AVA will tender out the 36 new plots from next month. We are sorry for the errors.
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