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SINGAPORE IN MOURNING

Massive queues continue as Singapore mourns Lee Kuan Yew

The Parliament House queue now starts from the Padang, and continues to draw large crowds wanting to pay their respects.

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  • Australia bids farewell to former PM Fraser at state funeral

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  • Oil council: Shale won't last, Arctic drilling needed now

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  • Tearful swimmer Park Tae-Hwan apologises for failed dope test

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  • Airlines introduce two-person cockpit rule after Alps crash

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  • Japan PM calls time on late evening working

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  • Recording: Woman, ex-Clippers owner discussed hiding gifts

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  • New Samsung, HTC phones coming April 10 in US

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  • Jeremy Renner’s Wife Threatened to Reveal ‘Intimate Videos’ of Actor, Court Papers Say

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  • Thai generals push for 'golden era' when elite held sway

    A new Thai constitution being drafted by the ruling junta is a throwback to an era when a royalist and military elite had a stranglehold on politics, analysts and politicians say, warning of dire consequences for democracy. In the legislative building that once used to house elected MPs, Paiboon Nititawan is one of a core group of military appointees charting Thailand's future. A year ago the veteran conservative was giving rousing speeches to crowds of protesters clamouring for the toppling of prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra and a military takeover.

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  • Terry: I used to warm up toilet seats for Chelsea's senior players

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