Singapore prepares for Sunday's funeral

The public is invited to line the route for the State funeral procession which starts at 12.30pm.

  • Traffic arrangements for the state funeral of Lee Kuan Yew

    The State Funeral Service for Singapore’s founding father and first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew will commence at 2pm on Sunday, 29 March.The service will be held at the University Cultural Centre (UCC) located at the National University of Singapore (

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  • Alps crash pilot told ex 'everyone will know my name'

    The co-pilot who crashed a passenger jet into the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard, worried "health problems" would dash his dreams and vowed one day to do something to "change the whole system", an ex-girlfriend told a German newspaper. The 26-year-old woman, identified only as Maria W., recalled in an interview with the mass-circulation Bild daily how Andreas Lubitz told her: "One day I'm going to do something that will change the whole system, and everyone will know my name and remember." "I never knew what he meant by that but now it makes sense," it quoted the "shocked" flight attendant as saying, adding the remark repeatedly ran through her head after hearing about Tuesday's air disaster.

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  • Singapore restricts access to Lee's public wake over safety fears

    The Singapore government late Friday ordered mourners to stay off a congested field near parliament for safety reasons as tens of thousands paid their last respects to former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew. Outnumbered police officers were turning away mourners at the City Hall metro station next to the Padang, an open field where the mourners were queueing to enter the legislature. "The Padang queue is closed for public safety.

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  • Ibrahimovic was built to play for Manchester United, claims Schmeichel

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic bears all the hallmarks of Eric Cantona and was built to play for Manchester United, according to former Old Trafford great Peter Schmeichel. The Paris Saint-Germain striker has so far rejected the temptation to ply his trade in the Premier League despite several lucrative offers. The 33-year-old recently voiced his displeasure at the standard of refereeing in France and Schmeichel believes that his former side should pounce, should the Sweden international opt to seek a new challenge in the summer.
  • Katy Perry 'gets even with Mayer'

    Katy Perry reportedly wants to play John Mayer at his own game. The popstar has been dating John on and off for more than two years, but was recently spotted getting close to Winston Marshall from Mumford & Sons after a gig in Berlin. Prior to her night out with Winston it was thought Katy and John were back on, but those close to the 30-year-old say it was all part of her new game plan.

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  • Five things we learned from England 4-0 Lithuania

    England cruised to a 4-0 win at Wembley on Friday night, with Danny Welbeck and Raheem Sterling starring, while Harry Kane inevitably came off the bench to snatch a dream debut goal. Roy Hodgson may experiment against Italy but, at Wembley on Friday night, the England boss stuck with the shape that has served his team so well in the Euro 2016 qualifiers - a compact midfield diamond with a vibrant front line. While the names change with every fixture, the trio of Michael Carrick, Fabian Delph and Jordan Henderson excelled against Lithuania.
  • Sri Lankan president's brother dies after axe attack

    The youngest brother of Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena died in hospital Saturday after being attacked by an axe wielding acquaintance two days earlier, police said. Priyantha Sirisena, 42, suffered severe head injuries in his hometown of Polonnaruwa, 215 kilometres (134 miles) north-east of the capital Colombo, police said. "A personal dispute between the president's brother and a person known to him ended in tragedy," an official at the president's office told AFP.

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  • Oregon's pink chicken mystery solved; owner explains

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mystery of Portland's pink chickens is solved.Multnomah County Animal Services says the birds' owner told the agency he used food coloring, beet juice and Kool-Aid to dye the two birds, then released them to "make people smile

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  • This Japanese Lady Has A Dirty Little Secret. A Dark, Dirty Secret. #ShortFilm

    This article This Japanese Lady Has A Dirty Little Secret. A Dark, Dirty Secret. originally appeared on Viddsee BUZZ. She's definitely not made of ribbons, laces, sugar and everything nice. It's a regular morning at the Tokyo penthouse where Minako

  • JetBlue pilot who yelled during flight sues airline for $16M

    A JetBlue Airways pilot who scared passengers by yelling about Jesus and al-Qaida during a 2012 trip from New York to Las Vegas sued the airline for more than $16 million Friday, saying it jeopardized the flight by failing to recognize he was ill. Clayton Osbon's lawsuit in Manhattan federal court was filed exactly three years after his March 27, 2012, flight, hours before the statute of limitations would have expired. The lawsuit said Osbon, 52, was a flight standards captain who primarily flew Airbus planes and helped JetBlue develop and maintain safety procedures before he suffered a seizure traced to the effects of a childhood traumatic head injury that damaged his brain.

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  • Van der Vaart set to leave Hamburg

    Hamburg CEO Dietmar Beiersdorfer has revealed that captain Rafael van der Vaart will depart the club when his current deal runs out in June. The attacking midfielder, who has been linked with a move to Major League Soccer, is a free agent in June and Beiersdorfer has intimated that the 32-year-old will not be extending his stay at the Bundesliga club. Furthermore, Marcell Jansen will also leave HSV come June, while they have yet to make a decision about the futures of Heiko Westermann and Slobodan Rajkovic at the Imtech Arena.
  • Formula One: Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying results

    Qualifying results from the Malaysian Grand Prix on Saturday (Q = qualified): Q2 1. Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes 1:39.377 (Q), 2. Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari 1:39.632 (Q), 3. Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams-Mercedes 1:40.650 (Q), 4. Daniel Ricciardo

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  • Ben Affleck: I’m so proud of Jennifer

    Ben Affleck is “very, very proud” of his wife Jennifer Garner. The Oscar winning actor and director paid tribute to his spouse when he addressed a Senate Appropriations State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee in Washington, D.C. on aid in Africa on Thursday. Ben has been married to the former Alias actress for nearly ten years.

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  • Boko Haram fighters told to 'kill wives' as troops take its 'HQ'

    Nigeria's military on Friday announced that troops had retaken the town of Gwoza from Boko Haram, from which the group declared their caliphate last year. Defence spokesman Chris Olukolade told a news conference in the capital, Abuja, that the recapture came after "concerted and well-coordinated land and air operations". "A lot of arms and ammunition have been recovered and the administrative headquarters (of Boko Haram) completely destroyed," he said.

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  • Painstaking recovery mission at treacherous Alps crash site

    SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) — The ravine echoes with helicopter rotors, the scrape of metal on stone, the rumble of sliding scree as the remnants of Germanwings Flight 9525 dislodge from the mountainside. The somber mission to recover the remains of 150 people killed when their plane slammed full speed into the Col de Mariaud is not a quiet one, and evidence can be gathered only when the mountains cooperate. It is too steep to land, so the 40 crewmembers are winched down singly or in pairs with packs bulging with clear plastic bags, red and yellow evidence tags, and the ropes they will use to keep each other from slipping when the black Alpine stone crumbles beneath their feet.

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

    The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil in the future, an Energy Department advisory council says in a study submitted Friday. The U.S. has drastically cut imports and transformed itself into the world's biggest producer of oil and natural gas by tapping huge reserves in shale rock formations. In order for the U.S. to keep domestic production high and imports low, oil companies should start probing the Artic now because it takes decades of preparation and drilling to bring oil to market, according to a draft of the study's executive summary.

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  • Syria trio's London school linked to more girls trying to join IS

    A group of London teenage girls barred from travelling abroad attend the same school as three others who are thought to have gone to Syria, the High Court has heard. Last week High Court judge Anthony Hayden barred five teenage girls from going overseas due to concerns they too would flee to Syria to join Islamist fighters. Hayden said Friday it could be revealed that four of those girls were pupils at the Bethnal Green Academy in east London.

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  • Critters found in Antarctic ice show how tenacious life is

    Deep below the ice, far from the playful penguins and other animals that bring tourists to Antarctica, is a cold and barren world that by all indications should be completely void of life. Life that is simultaneously normal and weird, simple and complex thrives in this extreme environment. "It really shows how tenacious life is," said Reed Scherer, a micropaleontology professor at Northern Illinois University.

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  • World's first 'Otaku' summit opens in Japan

    Japan opened what organisers are billing as the world's first "Otaku" summit Saturday, drawing visitors from around the world as the country looks to boost the international fan base for Japanese comic books and anime. The Expo is part of a special comic book fair held every five years, which attracts about half a million visitors, but this year's event marks the first time that groups from outside Japan are invited. Briton Katie Carter, 23, was dressed as Usagi Tsukino, a character from the popular "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon".

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  • From new logos to New Coke: when corporations make mistakes

    Mega coffee chain Starbucks wanted to spark a conversation about race when it asked baristas to write "Race Together" on customers' cups as part of a broader effort, but people standing in line for their morning java were not amused. Many voiced complaints on social media and elsewhere that they didn't want a debate with their brew and Starbucks ended the campaign Sunday, although they said the campaign was always meant to be brief. Corporations spend millions to make sure their products, logos, and branding and marketing are top of mind for consumers in a positive way.

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