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Pope Francis to travel to Luxembourg and Belgium in September

Vatican City Reuters Pope Francis will travel to Luxembourg and Belgium in late September, the Vatican said on Monday, confirming another international trip for the increasingly frail but still very active 87-year-old pontiff. Francis’ health has taken a turn for the worse recently. He has used a cane or a wheelchair since 2022 to move […]

Singapore to inaugurate new PM as Lee makes way after 20 years in charge

Singapore Reuters Singapore will inaugurate Lawrence Wong on Wednesday as its new Prime Minister and fourth leader since independence six decades ago, completing a carefully calibrated power transfer designed to guarantee continuity in the wealthy city-state. Wong, 51, comes from among a crop of so-called “4G” leaders, a new generation of politicians hand-picked by the […]

Britain’s Prince visits Singapore for Earthshot environmental prize

Britain's Prince William meets the 2023 Earthshot Prize Finalists at the base of the Supertrees in Gardens by the Bay in Singapore on 7th November, 2023

SingaporeReuters Britain’s Prince William attended the annual Earthshot Prize ceremony on Tuesday, which £1 million to each of five green innovators working on projects including a cleaner lithium-ion battery and ocean conservation. “The light of optimism is burning bright in our Earthshot finalists,” Prince William said at the ceremony in Singapore. Britain’s Prince William meets […]

Nearly a third of domestic workers in Malaysia in forced labour conditions – UN agency

Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaReuters Nearly a third of migrant workers employed in domestic households in Malaysia are working under forced labour conditions, according to a survey released by the United Nations’ labour agency on Thursday.  The International Labour Organisation identified conditions such as excessive working hours, unpaid overtime, low wages, restricted movement, and being unable to […]

Family members reunite in China after three-year COVID separation

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Singapore/Shanghai, China Reuters Chu Wenhong would fly back to Shanghai and visit her parents at least once a year after she moved to Singapore in 1994.  But she hasn’t been able to do so in the past three years due to China’s signature zero-COVID policy, which involved mass PCR testing, city-wide lockdowns and quarantining all […]

Floods isolate Australian wheatbelt towns; Singapore joins rescue efforts

Sydney, AustraliaReuters Hundreds of properties in Australia’s south-east, scrubbed and cleaned two weeks ago after major flooding, were inundated again on Thursday as officials issued fresh evacuation orders while Singaporean rescue specialists arrived to aid relief efforts. Rural towns in the southwest of New South Wales state are the worst hit in the latest deluge […]