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Singapore returning millions linked to Malaysia scandal

Singapore returning millions linked to Malaysia scandalSingapore is returning almost $ 40 million to Malaysia seized in connection with a massive financial scandal that played a major role in the toppling of the corruption-plagued government of Najib Razak, police said. The city-state is one of several countries that launched probes into allegations that billions of dollars were misappropriated from Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB in an elaborate ruse that stretched from Asia to the United States. The scandal — allegedly involving Malaysia’s ex-leader Najib, his family members and inner circle — played a key role in the defeat of his long-ruling coalition at the polls last year.



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Singapore Isn’t Waiting for Facebook to Crack Down on Fake News

Singapore Isn’t Waiting for Facebook to Crack Down on Fake News“There are a lot of falsehoods being propagated,” Singapore Law Minister K Shanmugam told reporters on Monday. The government’s move comes just days after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg called for new global regulations for everything from hate speech online to privacy and data protection. While Facebook asked for regulators around the world to agree on standards for online content, governments like Singapore see the issue as serious enough that they need to take more immediate action.



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Singapore airport still ranked best in the world

Singapore airport still ranked best in the worldSingapore's Changi Airport was voted world's best airport for the seventh consecutive year according to the Skytrax ranking, which is determined by around 13.73 million travellers voting in a global customer satisfaction survey. 



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Singapore and Australia Both Ground Boeing's 737 MAX Aircraft

Singapore and Australia Both Ground Boeing's 737 MAX AircraftBoth countries announced a temporary suspension on the plane model on Tuesday



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Singapore Plans to Buy F-35 Fighter Jets to Replace F-16 Fleet

Singapore Plans to Buy F-35 Fighter Jets to Replace F-16 FleetThe Air Force’s F-16s that were in service since 1998 will retire soon after 2030, Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said in a Facebook post the same day. Singapore has an annual defense budget of S$ 14.76 billion ($ 10.9 billion), the Straits Times reported in March 2018.



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Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe unable to walk, seeking treatment in Singapore

Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe unable to walk, seeking treatment in SingaporeFormer Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe has been receiving medical treatment in Singapore for the last two months and is no longer able to walk, though he should return home next week, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Saturday. Mr Mugabe, 94, who ruled the southern African nation for nearly four decades since independence from Britain in 1980, was forced to resign in November 2017 after an army coup. Mr Mnangagwa told ruling ZANU-PF supporters at a rally in Murombedzi, Mr Mugabe’s village some 100 km (60 miles) west of the capital Harare, his predecessor had been due to return on October 15 but that his poor health had delayed the journey. He did not say what treatment Mr Mugabe had been undergoing. “We have just received a message that he is better now and will return on November 30. "He can no longer walk but we will continue taking care of him,” Mr Mnangagwa said, referring to Mr Mugabe by his totem name Gushungo. Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa delivers a speech during a "Thank You" rally on November 24, 2018 Credit:  JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP During his later years in power, Mr Mugabe made several medical trips to Singapore. Officials often said he was being treated for a cataract,denying frequent reports by private local media that he had prostate cancer. Mr Mnangagwa, who won a disputed July 30 presidential vote, repeated the army’s previous justification for last year’s coup, saying his former mentor Mr Mugabe had been surrounded by criminals. When the army rolled its tanks into Harare, military leaders said they were targeting “criminals around the president.” A bitter Mr Mugabe said later, however, that the army’s action had forced him to resign.



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Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan wanted in Singapore for dodging military service

Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan wanted in Singapore for dodging military serviceThe author of the book "Crazy Rich Asians", which inspired the Hollywood hit film of the same title, is wanted in his home country of Singapore for defaulting on his military service, the defence ministry said on Wednesday. Kevin Kwan, author of the 2013 book and an executive producer of the film, was notably absent from the Singapore premier of the romantic comedy on Tuesday. The Ministry of Defence said Mr Kwan had failed to register for National Service (NS) in 1990, despite notices and letters sent to his overseas address, and he had also stayed overseas without a valid exit permit. "Mr Kwan is therefore wanted for defaulting on his NS obligations," the ministry said in a statement. He was liable to a fine of up to S$ 10,000 ($ 7,315) "and/or imprisonment of up to 3 years upon conviction", the ministry said. Director John Chu and his wife Kristin Hodge pose for photographers as they arrive for the red carpet screening of the movie "Crazy Rich Asians" on Tuesday Credit:  Don Wong/AP Mr Kwan could not be reached for comment. Singapore has a strict law on national service for all male citizens and enforces it with few exceptions. It makes it illegal for men to give up citizenship without having completed their military service, of about two years. Mr Kwan left Singapore at age 11, first moving to Texas with his family, and has lived in the United States since then, Singapore media said. His 1994 application to renounce his Singapore citizenship and a subsequent appeal had been rejected, the ministry said. Mr Kwan's book and the film directed by Jon M Chu depict Singapore as a playground for the super-rich in a story about an Asian-American woman who goes to the city state to meet her boyfriend's wealthy family. Mr Kwan himself comes from a prominent Singapore family. His great grandfather was a founding director of the Overseas-Chinese Banking Corporation – Singapore's oldest bank.



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'Crazy Rich Asians' author wanted in Singapore over national service

'Crazy Rich Asians' author wanted in Singapore over national serviceThe author of “Crazy Rich Asians”, which has been adapted into a hit Hollywood movie, is wanted in his native Singapore for allegedly dodging mandatory national service, authorities said Wednesday. Kevin Kwan, who has lived in the US since he was 11 but is still a Singapore citizen, faces up to three years in jail and a hefty fine if convicted, the city-state’s defence ministry said. The movie adaption of his bestseller, which focuses on the glamorous world of Singapore’s super-rich, was released in the United States last week and has been hailed as a watershed for Hollywood diversity due to its mostly Asian cast.



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Singapore says Malaysia must abide by water deal

Singapore says Malaysia must abide by water dealSingapore urged Malaysia on Monday to fully comply with a water-sharing agreement struck in 1962, after Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said he was looking to renegotiate it. Mahathir, in an interview with Bloomberg, criticized the agreement in which Singapore can draw up to nearly 60 percent of its water needs from Malaysia at a fixed price, as being “too costly”, adding that it was an issue “we need to settle” with Singapore. A spokesperson for Singapore’s foreign ministry responded in an emailed statement, saying: “The 1962 Water Agreement is a fundamental agreement that was guaranteed by both governments in the 1965 Separation Agreement which was registered with the UN.



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Singapore summit a victory for Kim Jong Un, but better than war

Singapore summit a victory for Kim Jong Un, but better than warNicholas Kristof, columnist for the New York Times, points out that while Kim Jong Un will be able to use his meeting with Donald Trump for propaganda purposes, the attention encourages him toward normalcy and moves both sides farther from all-out war.



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