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Modern Singapore grapples with archaic sex law

With its gay bars and same-sex couples publicly displaying affection, the Tanjong Pagar district offers a glimpse of a Singapore whose outlook contrasts with its more conservative image.

Modern Singapore grapples with archaic sex law
Singapore gardens aim for UNESCO heritage status
Singapore gardens aim for UNESCO heritage status

Singapore, one of the world's most densely populated countries, is campaigning to get its 154-year-old Botanic Gardens declared a UNESCO world heritage site.

Singapore gardens aim for UNESCO heritage status
Singapore airport handles record 51 mn passengers
Singapore airport handles record 51 mn passengers

Singapore's Changi Airport said Thursday it had enjoyed its busiest year in 2012, handling a record 51.2 million passengers, underscoring its position as a regional aviation hub.

Singapore airport handles record 51 mn passengers
Singapore population half foreigners by 2030: govt
Singapore population half foreigners by 2030: govt

Foreigners could make up nearly half of Singapore's population by 2030, the government said Tuesday as it unveiled its politically sensitive projection for a city of up to seven million boosted by young immigrants.

Singapore population half foreigners by 2030: govt
90 sent to hospital after Singapore oil rig incident
90 sent to hospital after Singapore oil rig incident

About 90 workers were sent to hospital Monday after an oil rig being built at a shipyard in Singapore tilted to one side, forcing many of them to jump into the water.

90 sent to hospital after Singapore oil rig incident
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SIA in talks to sell off Virgin Atlantic stake

Singapore Airlines said Monday it was in talks with "interested parties" on a possible sale of its 49 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic as media reports listed US carrier Delta Air Lines as a possible buyer.

SIA in talks to sell off Virgin Atlantic stake
Singapore cabbie returns $900,000 to Thai couple
Singapore cabbie returns $900,000 to Thai couple

A Singaporean taxi driver has been heralded as a hero after he returned Sg$1.1 million ($900,000) in cash to a vacationing Thai couple who left the money in his cab.

Singapore cabbie returns $900,000 to Thai couple
US pushing 'jobs diplomacy' after costly wars: Clinton
US pushing 'jobs diplomacy' after costly wars: Clinton

The United States will push its economic interests more aggressively to preserve its global leadership after being tied down by two wars in the past decade, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Saturday.

US pushing 'jobs diplomacy' after costly wars: Clinton
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Singapore eases death penalty policy

The Singapore parliament has passed legal reforms abolishing mandatory death sentences in some drug trafficking and murder cases, giving fresh hope to dozens of inmates awaiting execution.

Singapore eases death penalty policy
 Apple iPad mini makes low key debut
Apple iPad mini makes low key debut

The iPad mini made its low-key debut Friday when sales began in Asia, as Apple hurled the latest salvo in its battle against rivals Amazon, Google and Samsung.

Apple iPad mini makes low key debut
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Virgin Australia sells stake to Singapore, pounces on Tiger

Virgin Australia on Tuesday sold 10 percent of its business to Singapore Airlines while agreeing to buy a 60 percent stake in Tiger Airways Australia as it upped the ante in its battle with Qantas.

Virgin Australia sells stake to Singapore, pounces on Tiger
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Singapore may bin phone books over privacy fears

Singapore is considering stopping the publication of free telephone directories listing residential and office numbers as privacy concerns mount.

Singapore may bin phone books over privacy fears
Singapore opens new cruise terminal, eyes Asian market
Singapore opens new cruise terminal, eyes Asian market

Singapore has opened a new cruise terminal capable of berthing the world's biggest luxury liners, in a bid to boost the city-state's position as a regional travel hub.

Singapore opens new cruise terminal, eyes Asian market
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Middle East oil disruptions to hit Asia first: IEA

Asia will be the first to feel the impact of any Middle East oil supply disruption as regional demand surges, the International Energy Agency said Monday.

Middle East oil disruptions to hit Asia first: IEA
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Singapore union group sacks executive after racist post

Singapore's state-linked labour movement on Monday sacked a senior executive after she posted expletive-laden and racially charged comments on Facebook that caused outrage in the city-state.

Singapore union group sacks executive after racist post
Heineken takeover of Tiger Beer maker approved
Heineken takeover of Tiger Beer maker approved

Shareholders in the parent company of the Singapore-based brewer that makes Tiger Beer on Friday approved the firm's takeover by Dutch giant Heineken.

Heineken takeover of Tiger Beer maker approved
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Google blocks Singapore access to anti-Islam film

Google on Thursday blocked YouTube users in Singapore from viewing clips of an anti-Islamic film that has incited violent protests across the Muslim world, acting on a request by city authorities.

Google blocks Singapore access to anti-Islam film
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Superstition thrives in modern Singapore

Whenever Christina Tang is overseas and returns to her hotel room, she always knocks on the door before entering even if she is the only occupant.

Superstition thrives in modern Singapore
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Asylum-seekers 'force' Singapore ship to Australia

A boatload of asylum-seekers picked up by a Singaporean merchant vessel after a distress call were Thursday accused of acting like pirates after forcing the captain to take them to Australia.

Asylum-seekers 'force' Singapore ship to Australia
Kissenger: virtual lips for long-distance lovers
Kissenger: virtual lips for long-distance lovers

A robotics professor in Singapore has invented a gadget equipped with motion-sensitive electronic "lips" that allow amorous but absent couples to exchange long-distance smooches via the Internet.

Kissenger: virtual lips for long-distance lovers