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DBS buys Societe Generale's Asian private banking business
DBS buys Societe Generale's Asian private banking business

Singapore's DBS Bank said Monday it had agreed to buy the Asian private banking business of French lender Societe Generale in a deal worth $220 million, boosting its access to the region's super rich.

DBS buys Societe Generale's Asian private banking business
Singapore world's costliest city: survey
Singapore world's costliest city: survey

The soaring cost of cars and utilities as well as a strong currency have made Singapore the world's most expensive city, toppling Tokyo from the top spot.

Singapore world's costliest city: survey
Low-key start for Singapore's glittering new stadium
Low-key start for Singapore's glittering new stadium

Singapore's state-of-the-art new National Stadium will host international football and an Asia-Pacific Super rugby team after it opens as part of the billion-dollar Sports Hub project in June.

Low-key start for Singapore's glittering new stadium
Woods urged to 'respect' WGC-HSBC Champions
Woods urged to 'respect' WGC-HSBC Champions

HSBC's sponsorship chief has urged Tiger Woods to respect the bank's large investment by playing at this year's WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai instead of "meaningless... money-making opportunities".

Woods urged to 'respect' WGC-HSBC Champions
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Oil prices up on winter demand, Yellen testimony

Oil prices rose in Asian trading hours Wednesday due to strong winter demand and expectations that new Federal Reserve head Janet Yellen will not shake up US monetary policy.

Oil prices up on winter demand, Yellen testimony
Asia-Pacific needs nearly 13,000 new planes by 2032: Boeing
Asia-Pacific needs nearly 13,000 new planes by 2032: Boeing

The Asia-Pacific will require almost 13,000 new airplanes worth $1.9 trillion over the next 20 years, Boeing said Monday, as booming wealth in the region fuels demand for air travel.

Asia-Pacific needs nearly 13,000 new planes by 2032: Boeing
Revellers walk amongst lanterns during ahead of Chinese New Year celebrations at the Marina Bay in Singapore January 29, 2014. ©Reuters/Edgar Su
Singapore PM urges more babies in Year of the Horse

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday urged young couples to get off to a "galloping start" in the Year of the Horse by having more babies to boost flagging birth rates.

Singapore PM urges more babies in Year of the Horse
Ms Mary Yoong Mei Ling. Photo courtesy of mypaper.sg
Singapore ex-gangster jailed 20 years for torching former lover

An ex-gangster has been jailed for 20 years in Singapore for burning his former lover to death, in a case the judge said was one of the worst of its kind in the city-state.

Singapore ex-gangster jailed 20 years for torching former lover
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British expat leaves job after Singapore 'poor people' remark

A Singapore-based British wealth adviser who set off a firestorm by publicly insulting Singaporeans who have to rely on public transport has "parted ways" with his former employer, the firm said Saturday.

British expat leaves job after Singapore 'poor people' remark
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Singapore FM slams 'deeply offensive' remarks by British expat

A Singapore-based British wealth manager's Facebook posts deriding public transport commuters as poor are "deeply offensive, wrong, and unacceptable".

Singapore FM slams 'deeply offensive' remarks by British expat
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British expat's 'poor people' remark sparks outrage in Singapore

A Porsche-driving British wealth manager in Singapore who referred to public transport commuters as "poor people" has apologised after his Facebook posts sparked an online furore.

British expat's 'poor people' remark sparks outrage in Singapore
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Singapore monitoring new forms of illicit financing

Asian financial hub Singapore on Friday said it was scrutinising trade in virtual currencies such Bitcoin, precious stones and metals to forestall new forms of illicit financing by criminals and terrorists.

Singapore monitoring new forms of illicit financing
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Sparkling Sydney to kick off glitzy global 2014 party

Sydney promised an unprecedented fireworks spectacular to kick off global new year celebrations Tuesday, the first in a wave of pyrotechnics to usher in 2014 from Hong Kong to world record-chasing Dubai.

Sparkling Sydney to kick off glitzy global 2014 party
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Crude prices down in quiet Asian trade

Oil prices edged lower in quiet Christmas Eve trade in Asia Tuesday as dealers engaged in profit-taking, with a lack of leads to spur fresh market movement, analysts said.

Crude prices down in quiet Asian trade
Albert Rau. Photo a courtesy of Tengrinews.kz
Minister of Industry opposes closure of economic zones in Kazakhstan

The Ministry of Industry and New Technologies of Kazakhstan is trying to dissuade the Government from closing Special Economic Zones.

Minister of Industry opposes closure of economic zones in Kazakhstan
Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim (L). ©Reuters/Edgar Su
Football: Singapore businessman lines up Valencia takeover

Singaporean businessman Peter Lim has made a bid to take over financially stricken La Liga side Valencia and wipe out its debts, the club's president Amadeo Salvo announced on Sunday.

Football: Singapore businessman lines up Valencia takeover
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Science-driven economy is impossible without an effective education system: Nazarbayev

Kazakhstan is going to focus on hard sciences to further enhance the country's growing economy.

Science-driven economy is impossible without an effective education system: Nazarbayev
Le Luong Minh (L), secretary-general of ASEAN, shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. ©Reuters/Yoshikazu Tsuno
Japan, SE Asia in talks to expand currency swap

Japan and Southeast Asian countries are in talks over expanding currency swap arrangements to help cushion their economies in financial emergencies, an official said Thursday, ahead of a Japan-ASEAN summit next week.

Japan, SE Asia in talks to expand currency swap
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'Banksy' Lego-style crime mural goes viral in Malaysia

A street mural that was whitewashed by authorities because it highlighted Malaysia's crime problem has gone viral, with versions popping up across the country and earning their creator comparisons to UK graffiti artist Banksy.

'Banksy' Lego-style crime mural goes viral in Malaysia
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Singapore champions sanitation on first World Toilet Day

Singapore called Tuesday for greater efforts to improve sanitation in developing countries as it celebrated the inaugural UN World Toilet Day, an initiative by the cleanliness-obsessed island republic.

Singapore champions sanitation on first World Toilet Day