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May 23, 2015 12:57 AMWASHINGTON - When US President Barack Obama sent his inaugural Twitter post from the Oval Office on Monday, the White House heralded the event with fanfare, posting a photograph of him perched on his desk tapping out his message...
From: Straits Times | Friday, May 22, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:42 AMNew Delhi - One of India's most powerful politicians returned yesterday as chief minister of southern Tamil Nadu state, less than a fortnight after a court acquitted her of corruption....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:43 AMAmsterdam - Faced with an increasingly segregated education system, Dutch immigrant children have taken to the streets of their ethnically mixed Amsterdam neighbourhood to seek "white" pupils to attend their schools and help their...
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:37 AMWashington - A first-quarter economic chill would not deter the United States Federal Reserve from its plan to raise interest rates this year, chairman Janet Yellen said, assuring investors that the pace of subsequent tightening will...
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:45 AMIt started out as a sweet deal involving the buying and selling of properties in Singapore's choicest districts, promising around 30 per cent returns....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:35 AMRiyadh - An Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) suicide bomber attacked a Shi'ite mosque in Sunni- ruled Saudi Arabia, killing 21 people and injuring 81 in a hit that threatens to fan sectarian tensions....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:42 AMA baby being photographed at an exhibition of paper pandas entitled "1,600 Pandas +" by French sculptor Paulo Grangeon in central Seoul yesterday....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:37 AMChinese citizens may be used to jumping through bureaucratic hoops, but one question had everyone stumped recently: How do you prove your mother is your mother?...
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:43 AMNew York - Twenty-two members of Congress have asked US Attorney-General Loretta Lynch to determine whether race was a factor in espionage-related charges brought against a Chinese-American hydrologist, and whether there was a practice...
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:43 AMSanta Barbara (California) - A small army of workers toiled to clean up crude oil deposits from a picturesque California beach last week, three days after a pipeline rupture unleashed thousands of litres into the ocean....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:37 AMSan Francisco - It is a wild time in Silicon Valley. Two-year-old companies are valued in the billions, ramshackle homes are worth millions and hubris has reached the point where otherwise sane businessmen muse about seceding from...
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:43 AMWashington - The United States Senate has rejected legislation aimed at reforming the National Security Agency's (NSA) intelligence gathering, delivering a blow to President Barack Obama and others who support ending the bulk collection...
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:42 AMBerlin - A 65-year-old German woman, who already has 13 children, has given birth to quadruplets after undergoing an artificial insemination procedure in Ukraine, RTL television reported yesterday....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:42 AMKuala Lumpur - The outspoken daughter of former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, has spoken out against the "Arabisation" of Islam in Malaysia amid growing conservatism of the religion in the country....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:36 AMThe day Santa DeviĀ  Meghwal turned 16, she began trotting out excuses to her parents: "I need to finish next year's exam. I am not feeling well. Let's wait till after Diwali. Let me lose a bit of weight."...
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:43 AMLos Angeles - Ever since the Gold Rush, Californian farmers have staked their claim to water and ferociously protected their rights to use it to irrigate the crops that have made the state the greengrocer for the country....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:37 AMTokyo - Japan and South Korea yesterday held the first dialogue of their financial chiefs in 21/2 years, agreeing to improve economic ties despite diplomatic frictions between the two Asian countries....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:36 AMTokyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday pledged US$453 million (S$605 million) in aid to Pacific island nations to help them combat climate change and natural disasters....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:45 AMAfter two weeks of fits, starts and near misses, a key trade Bill has finally cleared the US Senate, boosting hopes that President Barack Obama could yet conclude a landmark free trade pact with Asia....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:39 AMMs Marlo Mack, 43, thought she had given birth to a boy, but at the age of three, her child informed her otherwise....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:39 AMIn an uncomfortable reminder that certain habits of mind do not change among some even in a special year, there is news of SG50 Lego sets given to students being traded online. Demand for these is gratifying but, of course, it's in...
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:38 AMSingapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew made a landmark speech against Malay political dominance in the Malaysian Parliament in Kuala Lumpur in May 1965 which so angered Umno leaders that many felt Singapore had to leave....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:39 AMMore than 30 years ago, Mr Luke Lim would make his way to a coffee shop in River Valley after school each day to help his mother run a drinks stall....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:40 AMEvery Monday morning, retiree Che Ah Chiew, 69, visits a very special friend. At 101, Madam Yoe Boh Toh is hard of hearing and sometimes forgets names and faces....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:37 AMSingapore plans to have a ring of industrial estates from Kallang to Jurong to transform itself from a commercial area into an industrial centre....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:37 AMSenior doctor Gwee Ah Leng of Singapore General Hospital was in the news this week in 1965 as he called for more to be done in brain research....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:41 AMI n 2006, Dr Dana Suskind, a paediatric surgeon at the University of Chicago, started performing delicate two-hour operations to attach a cochlear implant in the inner ears of babies born with hearing problems....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:40 AMLIKE many activity hubs for older folk islandwide, the Senior Services Centre in Taman Jurong sits at the foot of a housing block. It is run by a voluntary welfare organisation - Thye Hua Kwan. And its walls are decorated with colourful...
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:38 AMIt was meant to be a coffee processing factory, but could not get off the ground as trade with Indonesia came to a standstill during the Confrontation....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:36 AMIn his commentary on May 10 ("Never mind the data, what's the point?"), Mr John Lui paints a picture in which Singaporeans with liberal tendencies are rational, and it would help their cause in any values debate if they realised that...
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:38 AMLike many kids, I had to go to private classes outside school in order to sharpen my skills in mathematics and Chinese - and all the time wishing I were dead....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:44 AMWith the special vans provided by the Handicaps Welfare Association, more people with disabilities would be able to travel from home to their workplace or school easily and more conveniently ("Special vans for kerb-to-kerb transport";...
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:36 AMMental illness can be a debilitating and costly condition ("'There's no shame in mental illness'"; May 10)....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:36 AMLAST Sunday's article ("How to get decent returns consistently") is a motivational piece for all who aim to generate a tidy monthly sum of passive income, especially during retirement....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:37 AMAmerican actress Patricia Neal was in the news this week in 1965 after she returned to her home in London, where she lived with husband Roald Dahl, the author of children's books such as The BFG....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:38 AMLast Wednesday, the governments of Malaysia and Indonesia delivered a long-awaited breakthrough to the humanitarian crisis in the South Andaman Sea....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:46 AMAsian-American student Michael Wang (left), 19, was a captain of his high school speech and debate team, came in first in California in a mathematics competition and even sang for US President Barack Obama during his inauguration...
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:44 AMScientists in scuba gear rarely get up close and personal with marine animals, because their noisy breathing scares the creatures away....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:46 AMMelissa Sim...
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:36 AMThe sliding euro could fall below parity with the United States dollar by the fourth quarter - the first time this would have happened since December 2002....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:38 AMInvestors searching for good returns and growth opportunities often have to trudge through a maze of uncertainties with markets worldwide divided by divergent monetary policies....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:40 AMBusinessman Sean Deng was so keen on getting into business that by the age of 15, he was running a TV studio at his school in China....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:37 AMIn the past two months, US$1.7 trillion (S$2.3 trillion) has been added to China's stock market capitalisation, with some Chinese valuations now looking excessive. According to leading equity broker CLSA, China's nine largest listed...
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:36 AMSeven in 10 investors in Singapore plan to rely mainly on cash savings for their retirement, a recent survey has found....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:41 AMThere has been a strong drive to invest for income all across Asia, especially in the past few years....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:47 AMUniversity education weighs heavily on parents' minds, with all types of products geared towards building a pile of cash that will get their children through a good college....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:50 AMLondon - Louis van Gaal has assured Newcastle that Manchester United will not take it easy on Hull City in the English Premier League final-day showdown that will play a major role in deciding the relegation battle....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 6:05 AMA period of dominance for Singapore swimming, with 69 golds won at the South-east Asian Peninsular Games....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:45 AMLos Angeles - Kobe Bryant will make next season his last with the Los Angeles Lakers, after 20 years that have produced five National Basketball Association (NBA) titles....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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May 24, 2015 1:49 AMParis - Novak Djokovic can become just the eighth man to complete the career Grand Slam with a maiden French Open victory, but the tennis world No. 1 fears fate may conspire against him in Paris....
From: Straits Times | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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