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Update: Wed, Mar 21 2018    

Could Australia join Asean?

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull shakes hands with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the start of the Small-and-Medium sized Enterprises conference being held during the one-off summit of 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Sydney, Australia, March 16, 2018. Source: Reuters/David Gray AS AUSTRALIA has geared up to host a so-called Special Summit for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations this weekend, the suggestion it may one day join the regional bloc has come up for debate.

Academics, religious groups to kickstart public hearings on deliberate online falsehoods

SINGAPORE: Academics from the National University of Singapore , Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University , as well as representatives from religious groups will kickstart the public hearings on deliberate online falsehoods on Wednesday . Representing NUS will be senior research fellow Matthew Matthews, as well as the Institute of Policy Studies' Carol Soon and Shawn Goh, while NTU will be represented by Assistant Professor Michael Raska, who is from the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies.

ASEAN needs to remain 'effective and central player' in region: PM Lee

Speaking at research institute ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute's 50th anniversary event, Mr Lee also stressed the need for the individual ASEAN countries to adapt to the "new and changing strategic landscape". PM Lee Hsien Loong speaking at research institute ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute's 50th anniversary event on Tuesday .

Time to reconcile domestic politics with a (new) place in the world

Future - because the world is changing rapidly and our success to navigate a successful path forward within our region, incorporating a vigorous exposition of what it actually means to be Australian, will become dramatically apparent over the course of the weekend. Unfortunately, things aren't moving well so far.

Singapore leaders send condolences after Nepal plane crash

Nepalese rescuers stand near a passenger plane from Bangladesh that crashed at the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal on Mar 12, 2018. SINGAPORE: President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have written to the leaders of Nepal and Bangladesh to express their condolences over Monday's plane crash in Kathmandu which killed at least 49 people .

Singapore tops global rankings on smart cities

The city-state was lauded for its efforts in tapping the internet of things to improve public infrastructure and services in a global study by Juniper Research Singapore has come out tops in a global smart city performance study, beating 19 other cities in harnessing technology to improve areas such as mobility, healthcare, public safety and productivity. Explore some of the latest trends around IoT deployments, looking at real world projects, options for CIOs interested in getting involved, and new applications.

Turnbull hosts SE Asian leaders in Sydney

Boosting business ties, counter-terrorism cooperation and education links will be on the agenda at a summit of Australian and South East Asian leaders. Malcolm Turnbull's efforts to better get to know the neighbours later this week won't be short of an awkward conversation or two.

videoNew Singapore - smart' bus stop promises a cooler wait

SINGAPORE: A "smart bus stop" offering cooler air and a closed circuit television to track commuter movements for suspicious activities was rolled out on Monday in front Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station, near Plaza Singapura. Besides the usual panel showing bus arrival times, the bus stop also provides commuters real-time information on the air pollution levels in its vicinity, TODAY reported on Monday.

Singapore Bangladesh

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, left, meets with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana or presidential palace Monday, March 12, 2018, in Singapore. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, left, meets with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana or presidential palace Monday, March 12, 2018, in Singapore.

'Worrying times' ahead for Singapore with US trade tariffs: ESM Goh

The US is like a "heavyweight sumo wrestler brow-beating wrestlers of lighter weight", the Emeritus Senior Minister wrote in a Facebook post. SINGAPORE: New trade tariffs imposed by the US on steel and aluminium imports and the resulting jostling among countries for exemptions from them portend a "major change in the international trade order", Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong said on Sunday .

ASEAN defense chiefs reaffirm importance of peace in South China Sea

Association of Southeast Asian Nations chiefs of defense forces which include Brunei Darussalam, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Republic of Indonesia, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the Republic of the Philippines, the Republic of Singapore, the Kingdom of Thailand and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam have reaffirmed the importance of peace in South China Sea. The defense forces chiefs made the statement on March 8 at the 15th ASEAN Chiefs of Defense Forces Informal Meeting held in Singapore.

PM flies to Singapore today

Bangladesh and Singapore are set to sign six deals to boost economic cooperation, investment, public-private partnership and connectivity during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's four-day visit to the country beginning today. Dhaka is putting high importance on the visit as the prime minister would seek support from Singapore, which is the current chair of the Southeast Asian countries' grouping ASEAN, for an early solution to the Rohingya crisis.

Would have thrown demonetisation file into junkyard if I were PM: Rahul Gandhi

In yet another attack on the Narendra Modi -led NDA government, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said that if he were the Prime Minister he would have thrown the demonetisation proposal in the "dustbin". Rahul, who is currently in Malaysia, took everyone by a surprise while interacting with a gathering of Indian diaspora on demonetisation.

Moghalu and Nigerian Tigers

After decades of leadership failure there is no better time to begin the process of real development than now. It is strange that with all our human and natural resources, Nigeria continues to be led by politicians who care less about the future.

Singapore To Ratify CPTPP Agreement Soonest, Says PM Lee

Singapore Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong said the republic would ratify the newly-signed Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement expeditiously. In his latest Facebook update today, he said Singapore would work closely with its CPTPP partners to improve lives for all the peoples.

Rahul Gandhi meets Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong

Singapore: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday called on Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong and met other senior leaders of the country. Gandhi is on a three-day trip to Singapore and Malaysia during which he will meet Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak, besides interacting with the Indian community, and business leaders.

Singapore inks new TPP trade pact with 10 other countries: 5 things to know about the CPTPP

The revived version of the TPP will reduce tariffs in 11 economies that together account for more than 13 per cent of the world's GDP. Here's what it's all about: Ministers pose for an official picture after signing the rebranded 11-nation Pacific trade pact Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership in Santiago, on Mar 8, 2018.

USS McCain Sudden Turn Caused Collision That Killed 10 Sailors

In this released U.S. Navy handout, guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain moored pier side at Changi Naval Base, Republic of Singapore following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21. The USS John S McCain made a "sudden turn" that caused the deadly collision with an oil tanker near Singapore in 2017, said a report by the Singapore government on Thursday. The collision on Aug. 21, which killed 10 sailors and was one of a handful of incidents in the Asia Pacific region involving U.S. Navy warships, raised questions about Navy training and led to the removal of a number of officers.

Rahul Gandhi in Singapore: Congress has a clean slate now, a new opportunity

Congress president Rahul Gandhi met with Indian-origin CEOs of companies in Singapore on Thursday and discussed a range of issues along with attempting to reach out to the Indian diaspora in the country. "We faced a storm in 2012.

Commentary: For women of different cultures, classes, backgrounds and ...

On International Women's Day, nine women say what they have in common is their experience of an environment that is still largely a man's world. SINGAPORE: It's International Women's Day, a day set aside in calendars around the world to celebrate women, our contributions and achievements, and to focus minds on what still needs to be done to achieve gender parity.