• Tensions soar as Turkey shoots down Russian plane

    Turkey shot down a Russian war plane on the Syrian border, sending tensions spiralling as Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Ankara its "stab in the back" would have serious consequences. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said the military alliance stood by member Turkey after the incident, but echoed appeals for calm from other world leaders as fears grow of clashes between coalition and Russian planes in the skies over Syria. "We stand in solidarity with Turkey and support the territorial integrity of our NATO ally, Turkey," Stoltenberg said after an emergency meeting of all 28 members requested by Ankara.

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  • Train service between Yishun and Bishan disrupted due to power fault

    An early morning power fault on the North South Line disrupted train services between Yishun and Bishan on Wednesday.

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  • Under Iraqi town, IS militants built network of tunnels

    IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Under the Iraqi town of Sinjar, Islamic State group militants built a network of tunnels, complete with sleeping quarters, wired with electricity and fortified with sandbags. There, they had boxes of U.S.-made ammunition, medicines and copies of the Quran stashed on shelves.

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  • Japanese woman feared murdered, buried in Bangladesh

    Bangladesh police have arrested five men over the suspected murder of a Japanese businesswoman who is believed to have been buried in a graveyard under a false name, an officer said Tuesday. Police suspect Hiroe Miyata, 60, who lived in Bangladesh, was interred last month in the capital Dhaka under a fake identity after officers examined records at the Muslim graveyard. Authorities began investigating after the woman's mother in Japan reported her missing to the Japanese embassy in Dhaka on November 19.

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  • Pellegrini determined City top Champions League group

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini underlined the importance of the injury-hit Premier League team winning their Champions League group as he targeted a victory over Juventus in Turin on Wednesday. City have already qualified for the knockout stages but are determined to avoid their fate of the last two campaigns when they went through only as group runners-up, drew Barcelona in the last 16 and suffered early exits. If they beat Juve they will secure top spot in Group D and, despite a lengthy injury list and the poverty of their last outing -- a 4-1 defeat at home to Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday -- Pellegrini believes his side can prevail.

  • 20 failed startups in Asia in 2015 and lessons learned

    Startup success stories are mostly talked about. How about failed startups? Here’re 20 failed startups in Asia in 2015 and why they they didn’t survive.

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  • World's biggest animal clone factory raises fears in China

    The world's largest animal cloning factory is under construction in China, with plans to churn out dogs, horses and up to a million beef cattle a year, reports said, prompting online and scientific concerns Tuesday. The 200-million-yuan ($31-million) facility will include cloning laboratories and a gene bank, the official Xinhua news agency reported. It is being set up by Chinese biotechnology firm Boyalife and South Korea's Sooam Biotech -- whose founder was embroiled in controversy a decade ago over claims to have cloned human embryos -- along with two Chinese research institutions.

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  • The 6 Best Items to Buy From Target Now That They Ship to Singapore

    Ten years ago, Singaporeans had to flock overseas to shop at H&M and Uniqlo. These days, we have almost every retail option we could hope for on our shores except… except… Target. But shopping addicts ...

  • FKA twigs 'not happy with Katy Perry'

    FKA twigs reportedly felt uncomfortable around Katy Perry and Robert Pattinson.

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  • US says its forces not involved in shoot-down of Russian jet

    The US military was not involved in the Turkish downing of a Russian fighter jet along the Syrian border Tuesday, a US defense official said. "Our Turkish allies informed us that their military aircraft shot down a Russian military aircraft near the Syrian border after it violated Turkish airspace on Tuesday," the defense official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "At this time, we can confirm that US forces were not involved in this incident." The United States has a strong presence in Turkey and regularly flies warplanes out of the air base in Incirlik as it conducts bombing runs against Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq.

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  • Jennifer Lawrence has no problem cutting fake friends out of her inner circle

    Jennifer Lawrence is happy to have a very small circle of friends that she trusts.

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  • Man who lent flat to Paris attacks ringleader hit with terror charges

    The man who lent his Paris suburb apartment to the suspected ringleader of the attacks on the city was charged with terror offences on Tuesday, prosecutors said. Jawad Bendaoud was arrested soon after last week's massive police raid on the Saint-Denis flat, where Belgian jihadist Abdelhamid Abaaoud and accomplices were killed. Police targeted the apartment in northern Paris while hunting the attacks' suspected ringleader Abaaoud, who was killed along with his female cousin, Hasna Aitboulahcen, and another as-yet unidentified man.

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  • Tiny water bears are huge DNA thieves: study

    The eight-legged water bear -- a hardy, nearly microscopic animal resembling its mammal namesake -- gets a huge chunk of its DNA from foreign organisms such as bacteria and plants, scientists have revealed. Water bears, which live all over the world, are usually 0.020 inches (0.5 millimetres) long and move very slowly and clumsily on their multitude of legs. By sequencing these creatures' genome, researchers from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill were surprised to find that 17.5 percent -- nearly a sixth -- of the genome came from foreign organisms.

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  • Lamar Odom 'will need long-term care'

    Basketball star Lamar Odom's recovery is "challenging" because of the injuries which led to his hospitalisation, it has been claimed.

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  • How to fly free forever: Put $170 million on your AmEx

    NEW YORK (AP) — Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian, who doesn't exactly struggle to afford a plane ticket, can now likely fly free, in first class, with his whole family, anywhere in the world, for the rest of his life.

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  • MH370 hunt moves to where British pilot believes it crashed

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The deep sea hunt for a missing Malaysian airliner has shifted to a remote part of the Indian Ocean where a British pilot has calculated that the Boeing 777 made a controlled ditching last year with 239 people aboard, officials said Monday.

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  • Sanchez epitomises Arsenal's never-say-die attitude

    By Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - Alexis Sanchez scored twice for Arsenal in Tuesday's vital 3-0 Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb but it was something he did a long way from goal in the first half which summed up their never-say-die attitude. The Chilean striker lost possession of the ball by the left touchline with the game still goalless, allowing Dinamo to start a long break towards the Arsenal goal. Sanchez was firing on all cylinders and a few minutes later he ran 50 metres towards the Dinamo area to set up Arsenal's first goal for Mesut Ozil.

  • One killed as hostage standoff ends in French town

    French police killed one man after his heavily armed group took the family of a bank manager hostage in a northern town on Tuesday, officials said, adding that there was no terrorist link. A group of heavily armed men wielding Kalashnikovs tried to seize the manager of a local bank branch in Roubaix to make him open the safe, local prosecutor Frederic Fevre said. When police arrived, the manager escaped and the assailants instead holed up in his house in an upmarket neighbourhood of the town, taking his wife, their daughter and their 11-month-old baby hostage.

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  • Youngest US chess master, 10: I've got to work on my endgame

    GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — At age 10, Maximillian Lu is the youngest-ever chess master in the U.S. Even so, he sees room for improvement.

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  • Changi Airport gives away free coffee to celebrate 500th best airport award

    Free cups of artisan coffee will be served to passengers and airport staff at Changi Airport on the mornings of 24 and 25 November to celebrate the airport receiving its 500th best airport award.

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