Candidate close to establishment wins Singapore presidential race

Singapore | Sat, September 2, 2023 A former member of Singapore’s ruling party on Saturday scored a landslide victory to become the city-state’s president, in an election seen as a barometer of public sentiment amid economic challenges and high-profile scandals. According to the elections office, 66-year-old former deputy prime minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam received 70.4% of […]

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Tropical storm causes floods, evacuations in South Korea after lashing Japan

Seoul and Tokyo | Thu, August 10, 2023 South Korea authorities evacuated more than 10,000 people and closed schools in flood-hit areas as tropical storm Khanun swept over the peninsula on Thursday, having pounded southern Japan over the past week. Khanun, a tropical storm that had been downgraded from a typhoon, made landfall on the

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21,000 Wagner mercenaries killed in Ukraine and ‘world wants to kill’ Putin, Zelensky says

Sunday | July 2, 2023 At least 21,000 Wagner mercenaries have been killed fighting in Ukraine, according to President Volodymyr Zelensky. The private military organization, notably in eastern Ukraine where its “most powerful group” was engaged in combat, has incurred “enormous losses,” according to the Ukrainian president. Zelensky told reporters in Kyiv on Saturday that

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unhealthy air quality from Canadian wildfires persists

New York residents urged to stay indoors as unhealthy air quality from Canadian wildfires persists

Wednesday | June 7, 2023 As an orange haze of wildfire smoke from Canada hovers over parts of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, officials in New York state are warning residents to avoid being outdoors due to the potential health risk that could persist Wednesday. As heavy smoke from more than 100 wildfires blazing north

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Kumbh Mela: World’s largest gathering of humanity kicks off in India

Manveena Suri | 27th January 2019 For years, residents in the northern Indian city of Joshimath have complained to local officials that their homes are sinking. Since approximately 100 families had to be evacuated in the previous week, authorities were compelled to act and hasten the arrival of experts to ascertain the cause. Hundreds of

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Like walking on missiles: US airman recalls the horror of the Vietnam ‘Christmas bombings’ 50 years on

Sunday | December 18, 2022 It was one of the heaviest bombardments in history. A shock-and-awe campaign of overwhelming air power aimed at bombing into submission a determined opponent that, despite being vastly outgunned, had withstood everything the world’s most formidable war machine could throw at it. In December 1972, during Operation Linebacker II, more

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Novak Djokovic entering the country to contest the 2023 Australian Open

Australia to overturn Djokovic visa ban, paving way for Australian Open return

Sydney | Thu | November 17, 2022 Australia will overturn a three-year ban on tennis player Novak Djokovic entering the country, paving the way for the former world No. 1 to contest the 2023 Australian Open. After defeating Andrey Rublev at the ATP Finals in Turin, Italy, on Wednesday, Djokovic announced the announcement in a

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US to take part in military exercise near India's

US to take part in military exercise near India’s disputed border with China

The United States | August 10, 2022 Less than 100 kilometers (62 miles) from India’s contentious border with China, the United States will participate in a joint military drill with India. A senior Indian Army officer with knowledge of the situation said that the high-altitude warfare training will be the main emphasis of the military

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Aboriginal flag to permanently replace state flag on Sydney Harbour Bridge

Aboriginal flag to permanently replace state flag on Sydney Harbour Bridge

19th July 2022 | 20.55 pm New South Wales (NSW) Premier Dominic Perrottet said in a statement announcing the choice that the landmark will serve as “an everyday reminder of our nation’s rich history.” When pledging to construct a third 20-meter (66-foot) flagpole earlier this year, the state administration originally revealed plans to permanently erect

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Why the sparsely-populated South Pacific islands have become the next US-China contest

Hong Kong | June 6, 2022 The thinly populated atolls and volcanic archipelagos that make up the South Pacific’s island nations—which are recognized more for tourism than for their valuable natural resources—might not initially appear to be a significant geopolitical prize. However, Pacific Island nations have recently emerged as the scene of a tremendous power

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