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Uber-heated battle as mobile apps rattle Asia's taxis
Uber-heated battle as mobile apps rattle Asia's taxis

Southeast Asia's notorious taxi market is undergoing a shakeout as Uber and homegrown mobile booking applications gain popularity in a region.

Uber-heated battle as mobile apps rattle Asia's taxis
Zarina Diyas. Photo courtesy of BOULEVARD
Kazakh Zarina Diyas voted for WTA Rising Star in Singapore tournament

Kazakhstani tennis player Zarina Diyas has been voted for the WTA Rising Stars invitational tournament in Singapore.

Kazakh Zarina Diyas voted for WTA Rising Star in Singapore tournament
Photo © Turar Kazangapov.
11 new ambassadors start working in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan’s Secretary of State Adilbek Dzhaksybekov has received letters of credence from ambassadors of 11 countries.

11 new ambassadors start working in Kazakhstan
Singapore air pollution soars due to Indonesian forest fires
Singapore air pollution soars due to Indonesian forest fires

Air pollution in Singapore rose to unhealthy levels, blanketing the city-state's skyline with clouds of smog.

Singapore air pollution soars due to Indonesian forest fires
Nicole Kidman 'in shock' after father's sudden death
Nicole Kidman 'in shock' after father's sudden death

Australian actress Nicole Kidman is in shock after the sudden death of her father in Singapore.

Nicole Kidman 'in shock' after father's sudden death
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Kazakhstan offers Singapore to mutually abolish visa regime

Kazakhstan has offered Singapore to have a visa free regime between the countries.

Kazakhstan offers Singapore to mutually abolish visa regime
©Reuters/Mal Langsdon
Singapore boosts cyber security after hacking incidents

Singapore announced new measures to strengthen cyber security to prevent a recurrence of attacks on government websites.

Singapore boosts cyber security after hacking incidents
©Reuters/Tim Wimborne
Pirates attack Malaysian tanker in South China Sea

Pirates have attacked a Malaysian tanker and stolen the gas oil cargo before releasing it in the latest attack in Southeast Asian waters, officials said.

Pirates attack Malaysian tanker in South China Sea
©Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji
World Cup boosts TV sales in football-mad Southeast Asia

Sales of flat panel televisions across Southeast Asia rose sharply in May as demand soared in the football-crazy region ahead of the World Cup, a report said.

World Cup boosts TV sales in football-mad Southeast Asia
©Reuters/Francois Lenoir
Google removes Singapore hate blog against Filipinos

Google has taken down a blog that listed ways to harass Singapore's Filipino population, drawing praise from Internet users appalled by growing racial tensions in the city-state.

Google removes Singapore hate blog against Filipinos
©Reuters/Chance Chan
Alibaba buys half stake in China's top football club

E-commerce giant Alibaba said Thursday it will pay $192 million for a 50 percent stake in China's top football club, in a frenzy of deal-making before a multi-billion dollar share offer in the United States.

Alibaba buys half stake in China's top football club
Football: Singapore delays Malaysia game over stadium
Football: Singapore delays Malaysia game over stadium

Singapore has postponed a highly anticipated football match against arch-rivals Malaysia over concerns that its state-of-the-art new sports complex is not ready to host the fixture.

Football: Singapore delays Malaysia game over stadium
©Reuters/Mark Wilson
Singapore Airlines plane veers off Yangon runway, no injuries

A Singapore Airlines plane skidded off the runway on touching down during heavy rain at Myanmar's Yangon International Airport, but no injuries were reported, the carrier said.

Singapore Airlines plane veers off Yangon runway, no injuries
Singaporeans defy ban on e-cigarettes
Singaporeans defy ban on e-cigarettes

Singaporeans are defying a ban on electronic cigarettes despite stiff fines for distributors and smugglers, health authorities said.

Singaporeans defy ban on e-cigarettes
©Reuters/Carlo Allegri
Hello Kitty mayhem returns to Singapore

Singaporean fans of Hello Kitty raged on the web Thursday after their frantic attempts to buy limited-edition toys from the McDonald's website failed when overwhelmed servers crashed, in the latest frenzy over the Japanese cat to hit the city-state.

Hello Kitty mayhem returns to Singapore
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Pirates kidnap three on Singapore tanker off Malaysia

Armed pirates boarded a Singapore-managed oil tanker in the Strait of Malacca, kidnapping three Indonesian crew and stealing some of the vessel's shipment of diesel fuel, the International Maritime Bureau said.

Pirates kidnap three on Singapore tanker off Malaysia
Brunei delays introduction of tough Islamic law
Brunei delays introduction of tough Islamic law

Brunei has postponed its implementation of tough Islamic criminal punishments that were due to begin Tuesday and have drawn condemnation from the UN's human rights office and rare criticism at home.

Brunei delays introduction of tough Islamic law
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British tourist killed as Malaysia bus plunges into ravine

A passenger bus plunged into a ravine after leaving a Malaysian island resort, killing a British man and injuring 40 others, mostly foreign tourists, police said.

British tourist killed as Malaysia bus plunges into ravine
©Reuters/Agri-Food and Veterinary
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Singapore seizes ivory disguised as coffee berries

Singapore authorities said Thursday they had intercepted about one tonne of ivory worth $1.6 million in a shipping container from Africa marked as carrying coffee berries.

Singapore seizes ivory disguised as coffee berries
Crude prices up after Crimea referendum
Crude prices up after Crimea referendum

Oil prices rose in Asia Monday on increased geopolitical tensions as the United States hinted at fresh sanctions against Moscow after Crimea voted in a referendum to break away from Ukraine and join Russia.

Crude prices up after Crimea referendum