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Singapore Jails Chinese Immigrant for Rare Labor Strike

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Singapore have sentenced a Chinese immigrant bus driver to six weeks in prison for his involvement in the city-state’s first labor strike in more than a quarter of a century. 38-year-old Bao Feng Shan received his jail sentence Monday. He is one of five bus drivers charged for their involvement in the strike. […]

Singapore Rejects US Criticism of Human Rights

Posted August 16th, 2012 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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Singapore is hitting back at the United States for criticizing it for several alleged human rights abuses. In its annual global report on human rights, the State Department chastised Singapore’s Internal Security Act (ISA) for allowing the arrest and detention of suspected criminals without warrants. Singapore’s foreign ministry shot back Thursday in a statement saying […]

Singapore to Help Burma Modernize Economy

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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Burma signed an agreement Monday with Singapore, seeking help from the city-state to open up and modernize the Burmese economy. President Thein Sein arrived in Singapore Sunday for a four-day visit, accompanied by a delegation of business leaders and economic ministers. Under the agreement, Singapore will offer technical and vocational education to help Burma train […]

US: Iranian, Singaporeans Smuggled Radio Devices to Iran for Use in Iraq Bombs

Posted October 25th, 2011 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Justice Department has charged four Singaporeans and an Iranian with smuggling American-made radio devices to Iran, where the items allegedly were used to make remote-controlled bombs that have killed U.S. troops in Iraq. In a statement Tuesday, federal prosecutors said Singaporean authorities arrested the four Singapore citizens the previous day in connection with […]

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Zimbabwe’s Mugabe Brushes Aside Ill Health Reports

Posted October 2nd, 2011 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Zimbabwe’s 87-year-old President Robert Mugabe has brushed aside reports that he is in poor health. State broadcaster ZBC says Mr. Mugabe flew back to Zimbabwe from Singapore Sunday. It says the president arrived “in a jovial mood” and said he spent time with his daughter Bona during the visit. Earlier, a Zimbabwean newspaper said the […]

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Zimbabwean President In Singapore for Medical Treatment

Posted October 2nd, 2011 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has taken his seventh trip to Singapore this year for medical treatment. A government spokesman says Mr. Mugabe is getting a check-up following an eye operation earlier this year. The spokesman said the 87-year-old president of Zimbabwe is expected to return home Sunday. Speculations on Mr. Mugabe’s overall health has intensified […]

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Fire at Singapore Refinery Burns for Second Day

Posted September 29th, 2011 at 4:03 am (UTC-5)
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Firefighters in Singapore are battling a massive blaze at a major oil refinery for a second day Thursday. The fire broke out Wednesday at the Palau Bukom island, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of non-essential employees. Officials with the Singapore Civil Defense Force say there has been a “surge” in the fire at the plant, […]

Singapore Holding 3 Terror Suspects

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 10:51 am (UTC-5)
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Singapore says it is holding three suspected Islamist militants under the city-state’s tough security provisions, including one described as having undergone terrorist training with al-Qaida in Afghanistan. A statement Monday by the Ministry of Home Affairs said the suspects were arrested in other jurisdictions in recent months and later jailed in Singapore under provisions of […]

Singapore’s Lee Denies WikiLeaks Report of Anti-Islam Slur

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 3:30 am (UTC-5)
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Singapore’s former leader Lee Kuan Yew says there is no basis for a leaked U.S. diplomatic cable in which he is quoted describing Islam as a “venomous” religion. The cable, released last week by the WikiLeaks website, says Mr. Lee made the remark in 2005 during a meeting with then-U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton. But Mr. […]

Veteran Politician Wins Singapore Presidential Election

Posted August 27th, 2011 at 7:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Former Deputy Prime Minister Tony Tan has won Singapore’s presidential election after a recount of the vote gave him a razor-thin margin of victory. Election officials said Sunday that Mr. Tan won by just 7,269 votes out of more than two million cast. Officials ordered the recount after Saturday’s vote because there was less than […]

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