Malaysia has right formula for health, economic recovery, says Tengku Zafrul

Finance Minister says Malaysia has the right formula to position it on the recovery path in terms of both public health and the economy.

Biden orders masks, quarantine for passengers flying to US in 'wartime' offensive on COVID-19

U.S. President Joe Biden moved swiftly to coordinate a federal effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday, his first full day in office.

Japan privately concludes Tokyo Olympics should be cancelled due to coronavirus: Media

Media reported that the already-delayed Tokyo Olympics would be cancelled, Japan government spokesman denies report.

Man arrested for allegedly spending more than S$2,000 on credit card he found

A 52-year-old man was arrested on Monday (Jan 18) for allegedly making unauthorised transactions worth more than S$2,000 with a found credit card.

Thailand jails woman for more than 43 years for insulting monarchy

Thai woman accused of insulting the royal family jailed for more than 43 years, the harshest punishment ever handed out under the country's lese majeste laws.

China Slaps Sanctions On 28 Trump Administration Officials, Including Mike Pompeo

In a statement released just minutes after President Biden took office, China's foreign ministry said it was sanctioning those "who have seriously violated China's sovereignty."

DPM Heng gets first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, says Pfizer shots safe, even for former stroke patients

Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat received his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine and said it was "painless and done in less than 10 seconds."

On Day One, Biden rolls back Trump policies on wall, climate, health, Muslims

US President Joe Biden signed 15 executive actions shortly after being sworn in on Wednesday (Jan 20), undoing policies put in place by his predecessor, Donald Trump.

Vaccine nationalism puts world on brink of 'catastrophic moral failure': WHO chief

GENEVA: The world is on the brink of "catastrophic moral failure" in sharing COVID-19 vaccines - the head of the World Health Organization.

Exclusive: Trump administration slams China's Huawei, halting shipments from Intel, others - sources

The Trump administration notified Huawei suppliers, including chipmaker Intel, that it is revoking certain licenses to sell to the Chinese company

Only 3 in 10 victims of sexual harassment in Singapore report the incident

According to the first national survey conducted in Singapore regarding sexual harassment, two in five workers in the country report being sexually harassed at the workplace in the past five years.

Installing CCTVs outside HDB flats is illegal, but more home owners are doing so, say merchants

Despite restrictions that say residents in HDB flats are not allowed to install CCTV cameras outside their homes, the number of people buying CCTV cameras has increased over the past year.

Poly student accused of recording woman in toilet

A Republic Polytechnic (RP) student appeared in a district court last week after he allegedly recorded a woman inside a toilet at Jurong West Community Building.

From Mahathir to Lee Kuan Yew, late scholar Ezra Vogel's work on Japan and China inspired a continent

Vogel’s book, Japan as Number One, helped shape the Malaysian and Singaporean leaders’ domestic and foreign policies and changed Japan’s view of itself on the world stage.

Commentary: Imagine a world with more than one Facebook. Here’s why you can’t

The antitrust cases brought against Facebook raise disturbing examples of how it diminished options for users, says NTU’s Mark Cenite

Commentary: Sweden and Japan are paying the price for thinking they had COVID-19 exceptionalism

Both governments have based their strategies on voluntarism, self-responsibility, and perhaps most importantly, the exceptional nature of their

$25m boost for people with disabilities, public education

A new $25 million initiative with the dual aim of supporting projects that help people with disabilities and funding public education for a more inclusive society was launched yesterday.

IPS study finds low digital literacy level in S'pore; 6 in 10 respondents believed false info

More than two-thirds of respondents also trusted a "news article" that the IPS had manipulated for the study.

Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Sinovac: A look at three key COVID-19 vaccines

By the end of this week, people in the country worst-hit by COVID-19 could gain access to a second COVID-19 vaccine. On Tuesday (Dec 15), the US

Man Wins Lawsuit After Parents Threw Away His "Irreplaceable" Porn Collection

He was missing 12 boxes of pornographic films and magazines.

Higher standards for pet services in the first half of next year: Animal and Veterinary Service

Animal and Veterinary Service says higher standards of service providers in the pet sector and improved dog rehoming and adoption processes coming in the first half of next year.

Covid-19 vaccine: Why some groups of people should wait

There are some groups of people who should wait to receive a Covid-19 vaccine, including those with a history of severe allergic reactions, said a panel of experts on Thursday (Dec 17).

More than 300,000 public transport vouchers worth S$15 million disbursed to low-income households

More than 300,000 public transport vouchers worth more than S$15 million have been disbursed to low-income households.

Most foreign social media accounts owned by real users: Report

Social media analytics company finds most of the foreign-based social media accounts that actively participated in conversations during Singapore’s general election are owned by real users.

Man admits to molesting female friend in her home

They were friends, but after a night out, man admits he molested the 25-year-old woman in her home, leaving her feeling "so shocked and scared that she could not move".

RNA vaccines will not lead to change in one's genes: Experts

The likelihood of a change in one's genes after taking a Covid-19 vaccine is very remote, experts said yesterday.

80% of S'pore's population needs to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity: Chief health scientist

Chief health scientist strongly encourages everyone who is suitable to have the Covid-19 vaccination to achieve herd immunity.

Man charged with murder of S'pore teen missing for over 13 years; police looking for another suspect

Two men who were the last to be seen with their schoolmate before she went missing for 13 years are now accused of murdering her.

Denmark will shut down completely during Christmas, New Year: PM

Denmark will impose a hard lockdown over Christmas and the New Year to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Man arrested for murder of Felicia Teo, teen who went missing 13 years ago

A man was charged on Thursday (Dec 17) with the murder of a 19-year-old woman, 13 years after she was reported missing by her mother.

"Why cannot on?!" M’sians Shocked After Buying Dummy iPhone And Finding Out It Doesn’t Work

We all have those days when we have a “brain-fart” and just do something that’s frankly a tiny bit stupid. Well, if you’re having one of those days, cheer up reading this as there are some people with “brain-farts” worse than yours out there.

Family In China Sells Daughter’s Corpse As A ‘Ghost Bride’

If you are a fan of the movie ‘The Ghost Bride’, you are going to love this one… A family in China sold the body of their daughter, Kang Cuicui, who died 12 years ago as a ‘ghost bride’. According to Daily Mail, China’s local media reported that Kang Cuicui’s body was then later ‘married'.

Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine clears first US FDA hurdle

Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine appeared set for regulatory authorisation this week after US Food and Drug Administration staff endorsed it as safe and effective.

Lawyer M Ravi charged with criminal defamation of Law Minister K Shanmugam

Lawyer Ravi Madasamy, better known as M Ravi, was charged in court on Wednesday (Dec 16) with criminal defamation of the Law Minister.

Filipina Mother Suffers From Mysterious Swelling During Pregnancy

A teen in Nueva Ecija, Philippines, who suffers from a condition that resulted in a swollen face, has received outpouring support from compassionate people

4-Year-Old Feels Lonely In Quarantine, Sets Up A Fairy Garden, Her Neighbor Notices And Pretends To Be A Fairy Named Sapphire For 9 Months

During these stressful times, we could all use a heartwarming story about a little girl who still believes in fairytales, magic, and fairies. Kelly Victoria—a photographer based in LA, California—thought the same when she decided to share how she and her 4-year-old neighbor created a beautiful bond. It all started at the beginning of the pandemic when Kelly stumbled upon a fairy garden set up by a tree one night, and decided to brighten up a young girl's day.

Letters To Santa Reveal The Distressing Effect The Ongoing COVID Pandemic Has On Children

This year, Santa received letters from children that revealed how much the ongoing pandemic affected them and their families.

Anger grows in Sri Lanka over forced Muslim COVID-19 cremations

Outrage is mounting in Sri Lanka after at least 15 Muslim coronavirus victims were cremated against family wishes and in contravention of Islamic tradition.

China plans set up of new disease control agency in Covid-19 aftermath

China is considering setting up a new disease control agency to oversee work aimed at preventing future outbreaks and managing emerging ones.

COVID-19: F&B businesses welcome Phase 3 announcement, say customers hungry to dine in bigger groups

Local F&B establishments have welcomed Singapore's move to allow bigger social gatherings in Phase 3 of its reopening.

Germany enters harder lockdown as virus deaths hit new high

Germany enters harder lockdown as virus deaths hit new high

EU could give final approval for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Dec 23

The European Union could give final approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as early as Dec. 23, a senior Commission official said.

Nearly half of China’s investments in India’s neighbourhood went to Pakistan

India provided support for a slew of connectivity and cross-border development projects and extended currency swaps and financial support in the region spanning from Bangladesh to the Maldives.

Thai police admit 'giant' drug bust found just 1.2g of ketamine

Thai authorities said on Tuesday that barely more than one gram of ketamine had been found in a seizure that police had initially believed contained more than 12 tonnes of the drug.

US blacklists Chinese, UAE-based companies over sale of Iranian petrochemicals

The United States on Wednesday (Dec 16) imposed sanctions on companies based in China and the United Arab Emirates, accusing them of supporting the sale of Iranian petrochemicals.

Penniless, student resorts to selling fruits to pay university fees

After losing her job because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Vicneswary helps her mother run a fruit stall in Taman Suntex, Cheras.

52 People Are Sharing ‘My Parents Vs. Me At Their Age’ Pictures That Show How Much Things Have Changed

This new Twitter challenge serves as a piece of evidence that we and our parents at our age are so different, it's crazy how we understand each other.

PDRM Officers Arrested for Raping And Forcing Couple To Have Sex Plead Not Guilty In Court

Two police officers have pleaded not guilty to a total of eight counts of rape, extortion, and oral sex against a couple in Pengkalan Chepa in the Sessions Court here today. The two police officers, Mohd Hanafi Mohd Zaki, 35, and Mohammad Izauddin Abd Wahab, 30, have both been charged with three counts of ordering […]

Indonesian vigilante group recruits ex-members of defunct hardline group, runs army-like training

Bodyguards of the leader of the Islamic Defenders' Front were involved in a shoot-out with police last week.

3 firms fined for rigging bids in tenders for maintenance of swimming pools, other water features

Three companies have been issued financial penalties totalling nearly S$420,000 for rigging bids in tenders for maintenance services including swimming pools and spas.

No need for Chinese, Indian excos, says Perak MB

Saarani Mohamad says no need to appoint Chinese and Indian executive councillors in his administration as the two communities are already represented in other levels of government.

Apple sends teams to iPhone factory in India after hundreds protest over conditions

Apple said it will investigate if its Taiwanese contractor Wistron Corp flouted supplier guidelines, after employees trashed the facility over the weekend.

Singapore to start Phase 3 of COVID-19 reopening on Dec 28

The long-awaited Phase 3 of Singapore’s reopening will start on Dec 28, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced on Monday (Dec 14).

Singapore to enter phase 3 on Dec 28: Groups of 8 to be allowed for social gatherings

Singapore will enter phase three of its reopening in two weeks and first shipment of vaccines expected to reach the country by the end of December.

China again bails out debt-ridden Pakistan to repay Saudi loan

China has again bailed out Pakistan as it has agreed to provide $1.5 billion financing line to repay a $2 billion Saudi Arabia debt.

Workers' Party to vote on next CEC

In two weeks, members of the Workers' Party (WP) will vote on the party's next central executive committee (CEC).

St John's Island lagoon to open to public for education, conservation activities

A lagoon on St John's Island will be opened to the public for research, education and conservation activities from early next year.

Fresh protest in Poland over abortion ruling

Thousands of people turned out in Warsaw Sunday for the latest protest against a court decision restricting the right to abortion in all but the most exceptional circumstances.

Woman stalked her daughter's killers across Mexico, one by one

In three years, Ms Rodríguez captured nearly every living member of the crew that had abducted her daughter for ransom

Covid-19: Italian scientists find perfect match of Wuhan strain in sample taken from boy

HONGK KONG — Scientists in Italy have identified a sample of the novel coronavirus collected from a young boy late last year that they say is genetically identical to the earliest strain isolated in the Chinese city of Wuhan almost a year ago. The sample was collected on Dec 5, 2019 in Milan from a boy who was first thought to have contracted measles, according to the researchers from the University of Milan.

Court cuts jail term for duo who extracted $2m in bribes, imposes nearly $201,000 fine

Two men originally handed 5½ years in jail for extracting more than $2 million in bribes from a flour distributor, had their jail terms cut on Wednesday following an appeal.

Body of missing 41-year-old snorkeller found near Sisters' Island

Authorities have found the body of a 41-year-old man who went missing while snorkelling alone near Sisters' Islands Marine Park.

12yo Girl Allegedly Raped By More Than 10 Teenagers in Terengganu

It’s honestly shocking to see the number of rapes cases reported on almost a daily basis. We can’t imagine the number of unreported ones. Recently, a 12-year-old girl became a victim when she was raped by more than 10 teenagers in an incident last Monday. According to Harian Metro, the incident is believed to have […]

'It's my life': Singaporean escort opens up in new memoir

Twenty-four-year-old Singaporean escort Ashley Chan (not her real name) opens up about her new book Scarlet Harlot: My Double Life.

Russian YouTuber Leaves Pregnant GF Out During Winter For RM4,000, She Dies On Live Stream

A Russian YouTuber by the name of Stas Reeflay has been the talk of the town these past few days. The YouTuber was live-streaming on another platform when he had received a donation of 1000USD (RM4,000) with a request to lock his girlfriend out of their house in the Russian winter (negative degree celsius).

Thai democracy activists seek UN help to repeal royal defamation law

Thai democracy activists rallied at the United Nations' Bangkok office asking the UN to pressure the kingdom into repealing royal defamation laws.

Putrajaya cuts RM45m from Budget 2021 allocations for controversial Jasa unit

Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri tabled a motion to halve the allocations for the Special Affairs Department (Jasa) under Budget 2021.

Lebanon PM, former ministers charged over Beirut blast

Prime Minister Hassan Diab and three former ministers charged with negligence over Beirut port explosion.

Malaysia in 'worst of both worlds' after Fitch downgrade, says Guan Eng

Ex-finance minister says Malaysian government’s lack of spending in next year’s budget puts country in awkward position and has also failed to 'impress' credit rating agencies.

China tells cabin crew to wear diapers on risky Covid-19 flights

China's aviation regulator recommends cabin crew on charter flights to high-risk Covid-19 destinations wear disposable diapers and avoid using bathroom to reduce risk of infection.

Malaysian rights groups voice concern over shutting down of parody site

The shutting down of parody Twitter account BermanaTV has raised concerns among human rights groups in Malaysia, which claim that the suspension of parodical and satirical sites fits the alarming pattern of increased censorship and restrictions on freedom of expression imposed by the Malaysian government.

Sri Lanka to cremate Muslim COVID-19 victims despite objections

Sri Lanka said it would cremate the bodies of 19 Muslim coronavirus victims, overriding the families' objections against the compulsory policy as cremation is forbidden in Islamic law.

Fined: Man without mask blamed Chinese national for Covid-19

A man caught on video verbally abusing a store supervisor with vulgarities and racist remarks was fined $4,000 on Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to one count each of harassment and wounding the supervisor's racial feelings, as well as a charge for failing to wear a mask.

Australian police arrest 18-year-old, likely to face 'terror' charges

Australian police arrest and expect to lay charges against an 18-year-old man who had allegedly expressed interest in committing a mass casualty attack, motivated by right-wing ideology.

Some HR jobs at risk of being replaced by robots in next 5 years: Study

Study finds some roles performed by human resource managers are at risk of being taken over by robots in the next three to five years.

Singapore's first assisted living HDB flats for seniors to launch in Bukit Batok in Feb 2021 BTO exercise

Singapore's first assisted living public housing in Bukit Batok with 160 units for seniors aged 65 and above will be launched for sale in next February's Build-To-Order exercise with prices starting from $40k.

Malaysia has no intention to reintroduce GST yet, says deputy finance minister

Malaysia has no intention to re-introduce the goods and services tax as a means of supporting the government's coffers.

Glamorous socialite lived the high life before she was stabbed to death by her scorned lover

Glamorous socialite seemed to have it all as she lived the high life before she was stabbed to death by her scorned lover - but she hid a crippling mental health battle that left her suicidal

Mum who was slammed as 'disgusting' for breastfeeding her five-year-old daughter hits back at trolls

Tegan Hartley wrote a post to celebrate five years of breastfeeding her daughter Sahara, five, was born prematurely and had to be formula fed for eight weeks Ms Hartley was slammed as 'disgusting' for the post in an online mother's group Gold Coast mother-of-five is calling on women to stop tearing each other down

Man Sees A 350lb Bear Killing His Dog, Grabs It By The Throat And Punches It In The Face

There’s nothing we wouldn’t do for our beloved furry friends, even if it means putting ourselves in danger. Kaleb Benham from Nevada County, California was at home the day just before Thanksgiving when he saw something outside of the window that made his heart drop into his stomach.

Authorities working with popular Seletar petting farm in Singapore to rehome animals, find alternative sites

Singapore authorities are working with a popular petting farm in Seletar, which is closing its doors after two decades to make way for new roads, to rehome its animals and find alternative premises for its pet-related businesses.

Preschool teacher sacked after handling boy, 4, in rough manner

A teacher at a preschool in Ang Mo Kio was immediately sacked after she was found to have physically mishandled a 4 year old pupil.

Philip Jeyaretnam appointed Supreme Court judicial commissioner

Mr Philip Jeyaretnam has been appointed as a judicial commissioner of the Supreme Court, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said on Monday

Bangkok cleans up its act: Thai capital becomes cleaner, greener and more walkable

Mass transit options have improved as part of the city's wider transformation.

‘May God give us patience’: Palestinians mourn child killed

Ali Abu Alia is the fifth Palestinian minor from West Bank killed by Israeli forces with live ammunition this year.

China animal rescuer shares home with 1,300 dogs

Ms Wen Junhong says she was driven by worries about what strays face on the streets in China.

Robot vacuum cleaners can be used by hackers to 'spy' on private conversations: NUS study

Your robot vacuum cleaner could be picking up private conversations along with the dust and dirt in your home says computer scientists from the National University of Singapore

94-year-old among nearly 90 people hauled up in anti-crime operation in Geylang

A 94-year-old was among nearly 90 people hauled up for various offences in a multi-agency operation this week to clamp down on criminal

Kedah deputy director nabbed over misappropriation of ‘duit raya’

ALOR STAR, Dec 6 — A deputy director of operations of a government department was detained today to assist in the investigation into the alleged misappropriation of an Aidilfitri ‘duit raya’ allocation

Waterspout seen off southern Singapore on Sunday afternoon

A waterspout was seen off the southern coast of Singapore on Sunday (Dec 6) afternoon amid rainy and stormy weather. Photos provided

Dozens of Israelis arrested at anti-Netanyahu protest

For six months, weekly protests against the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu have called on him to quit over corruption trial.

Hong Kong finance minister sounds alarm over city's financial stability as recurrent spending nears half a trillion dollars a year

Financial Secretary Paul Chan points to rapid growth in government spending which has ballooned 25 per cent in past three years.

Iran prepares to raise oil exports if sanctions eased: state media

Iran has instructed its oil ministry to prepare installations for production and sale of crude oil at full capacity within three months, state

Whale fossil unearthed in Thailand could be about 5,000 years old: scientists

Researchers began excavating a site in Bangkok after a cyclist spotted a bone sticking out from the ground in November, thereby, discovering fossil that could be as old as 5000 years

US must consult Gulf states on reviving Iran nuclear deal: Riyadh

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister says a sustainable agreement can only be reached by consulting regional partners.

Over 300,000 Indians March on Capital to Protest Controversial Laws

More than 300,000 farmers in India are taking to the streets to protest a set of three laws passed in September that would deregulate the country’s agriculture sector.