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Singapore is getting even tougher on free speech and curtailing debate, says Human Rights Watch.

Singapore is increasingly using harsh laws to severely restrict freedom of speech and assembly, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday, urging authorities to let people publicly debate matters of national interest. A report from the New York-based rights group said that while the financial hub was an economic success, it was ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Love 3.0: How technology changes our definition of love, sex, and relationships.

OPINION: Last month, I traveled to Singapore to moderate a panel on Love 3.0 at the IMI Festival. The goal of the discussion was to assess whether technology has changed our definition of love, sex, and relationships. Seeing as many of us have become overzealous, right-swiping Tinder addicts, I would be inclined to say that ...

- VentureBeat - US

Techstars is launching its first accelerator program in Asia in partnership with Rakuten.

Techstars is bringing its global accelerator program to Asia for the first time in partnership with Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten and its chat app Viber. The companies will run a three-month program in Singapore starting in July, according to a joint announcement made today. The focus will be on social messaging and, in ...

- TechCrunch - US

Singapore: Laws Chill Free Speech, Assembly.

The Singapore government's use of overly broad criminal laws, oppressive regulations, and civil lawsuits severely curtails freedom of speech and assembly, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. – The Singapore government's use of overly broad criminal laws, oppressive regulations, and civil lawsuits ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

'Recalcitrant' Activist Charged by Singapore Police for Organizing 'Illegal Assemblies'.

"We do not understand why the State is pursuing the seven charges against Jolovan Wham for events which were all peaceful and non-violent."

- Global Voices - US

South-east Asia stocks trade sideways, Singapore slips.

SINGAPORE, Dec 13 — South-east Asian stock markets traded sideways today ahead of a US Federal Reserve meeting outcome that could hint at the pace of rate tightening in the world's largest economy. The Fed is seen raising its benchmark rate to...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Japanese e-commerce firm to launch programme for tech start-ups in Singapore.

Japanese internet company Rakuten on Wednesday said it will launch a three-month accelerator programme in Singapore . The programme, which begins in July, will tap in U.S.-based company Techstars, a firm with more than 1,000 firms with a combined market cap of US$9.6 billion in its accelerator portfolio. A total of 10 ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Singapore High Court judge rejects appeal to up man's jail sentence by four days.

SINGAPORE, Bec 13 — A High Court judge has rejected prosecutors' appeal to put a man behind bars for four days more, albeit to mark the offender with a criminal record. Justice See Kee Oon said the 10 days' Short Detention Order imposed on...

- The Malay Mail - MY

China, Singapore vow to boost military exchanges in latest sign of improved relations.

China and Singapore have pledged to step up military exchanges, including joint anti-terrorism and naval drills, in the latest sign of improved ties between the two countries. Rear Admiral Jiang Guoping, an assistant to the People’s Liberation Army’s chief of the Joint Staff Department, said on Monday that China ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Electric car sharing launched in Singapore.

32 charging stations set up

- The Hindu - IN

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe makes first foreign trip since resignation.

Zimbabwe’s former leader Robert Mugabe and his wife, Grace, have travelled to Singapore on their first trip abroad since Mr Mugabe resigned as president last month.

- BreakingNews.ie - IE

Zimbabwe's Mugabe flies to Singapore, first trip since ouster

, December 12 : Zimbabwe's former President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace have flown to Singapore on their first trip abroad since the former resigned last month.Several media reports stated that the 93-year-old has gone on his annual leave and for regular medical checkups.He is likely to make a stop-over in Malaysia, ...

- Sify - IN

Zimbabwe's Mugabe flies to Singapore, first trip since ouster

HARARE, Dec 12 — Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe has left the country for medical checks in Singapore, his first foreign travel since the army forced him from office last month, a state security official said today. The...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Zimbabwe ex-leader Mugabe on 1st trip abroad since resigning

Zimbabwe's presidential spokesman says former leader Robert Mugabe and his wife, Grace, have traveled to Singapore on their first trip abroad since Mugabe resigned last month under pressure from the military and ruling party.

- FOX News - US

Robert Mugabe leaves Zimbabwe for the first time after coup

Former president heads to Singapore for medical check-up.

- Daily Nation - KE

'Pak minister's stance on concessions to Chinese is questionable'

, Dec 12 : Director of Pakistan-China Business council has questioned Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal's statement where he has denied that no concessions were provided to the Chinese in Gwadar.In an article published in the Dawn, titled as "Ahsan on CPEC", Zafar Hasan Khan said "Iqbal in a recent TV interview stated that no ...

- Sify - IN

Hong Kong is the 9th most expensive city in the world for expats, ahead of Singapore at 21st: survey

Hong Kong is back in the top 10 most expensive cities for expatriates in 2017, driven by the higher prices of goods and a stronger currency, according to a survey on cost of living. On Tuesday, human resources consultancy ECA International released its findings, showing that the city, which fell out of the top 10 last year, ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Singaporean scientists want to use coffee waste to help produce biodegradable plastics

By Louisa Tang One day, the waste generated from the cup of coffee you are drinking could be used to make more eco-friendly plastic bags, thanks to a team of scientists at Singapore’s Nanyang Polytechnic . Dr Henry Leung, a senior lecturer and senior specialist at NYP’s School of Chemical and Life Sciences, has ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Singapore launches electric car-sharing programme in ongoing fight against gridlock on its roads

Singapore on Tuesday launched an electric car-sharing service, the latest transport innovation aimed at encouraging people away from owning vehicles and keeping gridlock at bay in the space-starved city state. BlueSG, a subsidiary of France’s Bollore Group, rolled out the scheme with 80 cars and 32 charging stations ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

News24.com | Mugabe flies out to Far East for medical checks... his first trip since ouster – reports

Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe, 93, has reportedly left the country for routine medical checks in Singapore - the nonagenarian's first foreign trip since his ouster in November.

- News24.com - ZA

Zimbabwe's Mugabe flies to Singapore, first trip since ouster

HARARE: Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe has left the country for medical checks in Singapore, his first foreign travel since the army forced him from office last month, a state security official said on Tuesday.

- BangkokPost - TH

Singapore launches electric car-sharing service

Singapore on Tuesday launched an electric car-sharing service, the latest transport innovation aimed at encouraging people away from owning vehicles and keeping gridlock at bay in the space-starved city-state.

- PhysOrg - NL

Zimbabwe's Mugabe flies to Singapore, first trip since ouster 

Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe has left the country for medical checks in Singapore, his first foreign travel since the army forced him from office last month, a state security official said on Tuesday.

- BDNews24 - BD

Earthquake of magnitude 6.1 strikes in Iran: USGS

SINGAPORE - An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck northeast of Kerman, a provincial capital in Iran, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

- Reuters - US

Grab Bike to launch in Mandalay next year

Singapore's ride–hailing mobile app, Grab, will launch its Grab Bike motorcycle taxi service across Mandalay at the start of 2018.

- BangkokPost - TH

Bitcoin slips to around $16,300, futures volumes drop

SINGAPORE - Virtual currency bitcoin dipped slightly from the previous session's record highs on Tuesday, after a month of whirlwind and volatile gains leading up to the launch of bitcoin futures on the weekend.

- Reuters - US

Thai Beverage emerges as only bidder for stake in Sabeco

HANOI/SINGAPORE: Thai Beverage, through a Vietnam unit, has emerged as the only bidder which has registered to own at least 25% of the nation's top brewer, Sabeco, in which the government is selling a US$5-billion stake.

- BangkokPost - TH

Singapore's electric car-sharing programme hits the road

SINGAPORE: Singapore launched on Tuesday its first large-scale electric car-sharing programme through which the land-scarce city-state hopes to provide commuters with more transport options and steer them away from the need to buy their own cars.

- BangkokPost - TH

Singaporean Scientists want to use coffee waste to help produce biodegradable plastics

By Louisa Tang One day, the waste generated from the cup of coffee you are drinking could be used to make more eco-friendly plastic bags, thanks to a team of scientists at Singapore’s Nanyang Polytechnic . Dr Henry Leung, a senior lecturer and senior specialist at NYP’s School of Chemical and Life Sciences, has ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

India's Vahdam Teas raises $1.4M to bring fresher tea to your door faster

Vahdam Teas, an e-commerce that's focused on selling the freshest brews on the planet, has closed a Series A funding round worth $1.4 million to grow its business. The funding was led by new backers Fireside Venture, Mumbai Angels, Singapore Angel Network and undisclosed existing investors. The two-year-old company ...

- TechCrunch - US

Area larger than Singapore burns in California

Firefighters are struggling to contain the biggest of six blazes burning in southern California, with the Thomas Fire slipping from 15% containment to 10% Sunday.

- CNN Top Stories - US

South-east Asia stocks mark time ahead of Fed meeting

SINGAPORE, Dec 12 — Most South-east Asian stock markets marked time today with investors awaiting the US Federal Reserve's policy meeting for cues about the world's largest economy, while Vietnam shares rose up to 1.5 per cent after a sharp drop...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Coffee waste to help produce biodegradable plastics

SINGAPORE, Dec 12 — One day, the waste generated from the cup of coffee you are drinking from the hawker centre could be used to make more eco-friendly plastic bags, thanks to a team of Nanyang Polytechnic scientists. Dr Henry Leung, a...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Max Levchin's Affirm raises $200 million at a nearly $2 billion valuation

Affirm, the platform that helps consumers find financing, is getting some financing of its own. The San Francisco-based company confirmed that it's raising $200 million, led by GIC, a Singaporean sovereign wealth fund. Existing investors Khosla Ventures and Spark Capital are also participating. Affirm's valuation is ...

- TechCrunch - US

Portugal, Bolivia among big winners of World Travel Awards

LISBON, Dec 12 ― After a year of holding regional pageants that crowned the best hotels, airlines, resorts and destinations around the world, Singapore Airlines, Portugal and Bolivia emerged as some of the big winners at the grand finale of a...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Home-schooled teen makes RM19,000 wedding cake

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 — Whoever said success is unattainable without a paper qualification needs to meet baker and cake decorator Karen Leong. Despite being home-schooled after leaving Singapore's Yio Chu Kang primary school at the age of...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Shell Says Fire Extinguished At Singapore Refinery-Petchem Plant

Shell says a fire at its Singapore refinery-petrochemical site was extinguished on Sunday.

- Rigzone.com - US

Direct flight between Kazakhstan, Singapore to be launched in 2019

A direct flight between Kazakhstan and Singapore is expected to be launched in 2019.

- AzerNews - AZ

AirAsia named top low-cost airline at World Travel Awards

HANOI, Dec 11 — After a year of holding regional pageants that crowned the best hotels, airlines, resorts and destinations around the world, Singapore Airlines, Portugal and Bolivia emerged as some of the big winners at the grand finale of...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Hong Kong court has no say in ‘appropriateness’ of charge in Singapore military vehicle case: prosecutors

The defence’s attempt to quash the Hong Kong government’s case against a shipmaster and shipping firm accused of illegally importing nine Singaporean military vehicles into Hong Kong last year was rebuffed by prosecutors on Monday, at a preliminary hearing. Defence counsel Joseph Tse Wah-yuen SC had earlier ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Singapore stocks surge, Vietnam shares plunge

Singapore shares climbed 1% to their highest close in two-and-a-half years on Monday, riding on a rally in financials, while Vietnam stocks tumbled 2.4% in their sharpest drop in nearly two years.

- BangkokPost - TH

Singapore Exchange to hike derivatives trading fees starting 2018

SINGAPORE, Dec 11 — Singapore Exchange Ltd plans to increase its trading fees for derivatives by up to ten times starting next year, the Financial Times reported today. Annual fees paid by proprietary trading members including international...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Bright Dairy launches premium yogurt in Hong Kong, first stop in overseas sales push

China Bright Food Group, the country’s second-biggest foodstuff producer by revenue, has launched a premium yogurt product in Hong Kong, the first step in an overseas push to put its products on the supermarket shelves of Macau, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia. “Hong Kong is only our first stop, we want to go ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Singapore Army enhances rocket artillery capabilities

Singapore Army artillery forces operating the Lockheed Martin M142 227 mm High Mobility Artillery Rocket System have been given a boost with the fielding of a new and more capable mobile battery command post as well as the introduction of the company's Universal Fire Control

- Jane’s - US

Dog circus show from China to be staged in Singapore pulled following online outcry

By Sujin Thomas A dog circus show scheduled to run in February next year at Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore was cancelled just a day after tickets went on sale, following concerns raised online that it was promoting animal cruelty. Ticketing service Sistic had announced the event on Friday morning called the Chinese New ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Uber's taxi U-turn sets better Southeast Asia path

Changing its mentality in Singapore suggests Uber came to realize that taxis may not be the contemptible foes it once thought.

- The Hindu - IN

Singapore market firms, telecoms weigh on Philippine index

SINGAPORE, Dec 11 — Most South-east Asian stock markets edged higher today, with Singapore building on steep gains in the previous session, while the Philippines slipped as competition concerns weighed on telecom shares. Asian stocks firmed,...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Young Artist Award winner goes heavy on themes of failure, imperfection

SINGAPORE, Dec 11 — He filmed his portly self jiggling his flabby tummy, underarm and thighs, as well as running and climbing the stairs. He also displayed 4D lottery tickets featuring numbers from his birth certificate, and the date of his...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Minority languages enjoy new lease of life

Kevin Martens Wong reels off sentences in Kristang, which is among several minority languages in Singapore enjoying a new lease of life after a decades-long drive to encourage the use of English and Mandarin.Teng bong, ozi nus prendeh sorti-sorti di tempu,' the linguist told his eager students in the 500-year-old mish-mash ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

Global brewers line up bids for Vietnam's Sabeco sale, say sources

SINGAPORE, Dec 10 — Brewing groups including Thai Beverage, Anheuser-Busch InBev and Kirin Holdings are gearing up to bid for a stake in Vietnam's largest brewer, Sabeco, people familiar with the matter said, with the US$5 billion (RM20.4...

- The Malay Mail - MY

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