• The Government Has Spoken: GrabTaxi & Hailo Given Green Light To Run Taxi-Booking Apps

    This article originally appeared on Vulcan Post. It seems like taxi drivers in Singapore have a bit to celebrate about starting today. This morning, it was announced that both GrabTaxi and Hailo Singapore have been given the green light to continue … The post The Government Has Spoken: GrabTaxi & Hailo Given Green Light To Run Taxi-Booking Apps appeared first on Vulcan Post.

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  • Putin accuses Turkey over IS oil as pilot is returned to Russia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday accused Ankara of shooting down a Russian warplane to protect supplies of oil from the Islamic State group to Turkey, after snubbing his Turkish counterpart at a climate conference in France. The Kremlin strongman fired the latest salvo in the furious war of words over the downing of the Russian jet on the Syrian border last week as the body of a pilot killed in the incident was returned home. Turkish authorities meanwhile again pledged not to apologise over the incident, as Moscow rolled out its sanctions aimed at exacting economic revenge.

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  • Singapore banks warn of new malware targeting mobile banking users

    The Association of Banks in Singapore on Tuesday (1 December) warned consumers of a new malware that has been targeting mobile banking customers using Android smartphones.

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  • Warriors' perfect start being put to the test

    (Reuters) - Golden State extended their NBA record start to 19-0 with a narrow win over the Utah Jazz on Monday but that inevitable first defeat of the season may come sooner rather than later as they negotiate a tough road stretch and injuries start to bite. Playing without forward Harrison Barnes, who will miss at least three games with a sprained left ankle, the Warriors needed a late surge to get past the Jazz 106-103 in Salt Lake City, the opener of a seven-game trip away from Oracle Arena. The Warriors keenly felt the absence of Barnes, who was averaging 13.4 points per game, and after trailing late into the final quarter needed the heroics of Stephen Curry to stay perfect.

  • Samsung replaces mobile chief, promotes chairman's daughter

    Samsung on Tuesday replaced the head of its mobile business and promoted the chairman's daughter as the South Korean giant seeks to reassert its smartphone dominance amid a generational power transfer in the founding Lee family. In an annual personnel reshuffle, Samsung named Koh Dong-Jin, executive vice head of Samsung Electronics's mobile research and development, as the new head of mobile business. Shin, 59, took over the mobile division in 2011 and oversaw Samsung’s rise to the world's number-one smartphone maker.

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  • Amy Schumer poses topless for 2016 Pirelli Calendar

    Amy Schumer and Serena Williams have posed topless for the 2016 Pirelli Calendar.

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  • China orders factories shut as smog nightmare continues

    China has ordered thousands of factories to shut as it grapples with swathes of choking smog that were nearly 24 times safe levels on Tuesday, casting a shadow over the country's participation in Paris climate talks. A thick grey haze shrouded Beijing, with the concentration of PM 2.5, harmful microscopic particles that penetrate deep into the lungs, climbing as high as 598 micrograms per cubic metre. The reading, given by the US embassy, dwarfs the maximum recommended by the World Health Organisation, which is just 25 micrograms per cubic metre Levels in Jinan, a provincial capital hundreds of kilometres away, reached over 400.

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  • Philippines' 'Dirty Harry' mayor launches presidential bid

    In a rambling, obscenity-filled speech, Davao mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he would take a zero-tolerance approach to crime and admitted personally killing criminals. The combative mayor even lashed out at Pope Francis, blaming him for causing traffic jams in the capital of the overwhelmingly Roman Catholic nation when he visited in January. "Pope, you son of a -----, why don't you go home," he said.

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  • Blank spaces replace NYT article on flagging Thai economy

    The International New York Times said its printer in Thailand removed an article on the moribund state of the kingdom's economy Tuesday, forcing the edition to carry blank spaces including on the cover. It was the second time in 10 weeks that the paper has said its local printer declined to run an article, in a country where media freedoms have been increasingly curtailed since last year's military takeover. Tuesday's newspaper was supposed to run a report headlined "Thai economy and spirits are sagging" and exploring the junta's inability to jump-start the flagging economy.

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  • Wife of exiled Valdes slams United

    Victor Valdes's wife has slammed Manchester United for failing to invite the Spanish goalkeeper to a high-profile charity event at Old Trafford. The Premier League club held its annual dinner for Unicef on Sunday and many United players were in attendance, but Valdes, who is out of favour with boss Louis van Gaal, was not on the guest list. The 33-year-old's wife Yolanda Cardona took to Instagram to criticise the club for their conduct.

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  • Gigi Hadid asks fans not to be so judgemental after Zayn Malik date

    Gigi Hadid has hit Twitter to plead with fans to keep their opinions to themselves after photos of her holding hands with One Direction singer Zayn Malik hit the Internet.

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  • Australia gets three bidders for huge submarine contract

    Three international bidders are seeking a contract worth up to Aus$50 billion (US$36 billion) to build a next-generation submarine fleet for Australia, it was confirmed Monday. Submissions have been received from DCNS of France, Germany's TKMS and the Japanese government, Australia's Defence Minister Marise Payne announced as the deadline closed. The contract is to replace the nation's current diesel and electric-powered Collins Class submarines.

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  • Inside Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello's 'super private' honeymoon

    Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello were "super private and very much in love" on their stunning honeymoon at a private luxury resort on the Turks and Caicos islands.

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  • National Service rank allowance raised by $80

    The monthly national service rank allowance for full-time national servicemen (NSFs) and operationally ready national servicemen (NSmen) will be increased by $80 across all ranks from Tuesday (1 December), the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) announced on Monday.

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  • Coalition's Kurd-heavy anti-IS strategy risky: analysts

    The US-led coalition has made Iraqi and Syrian Kurdish forces primary allies against the Islamic State jihadist group, but over-reliance on the Kurds carries risks, analysts warn. As the world seeks to turn up the heat on IS, some of the West's main partners on the ground are the peshmerga forces from Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria. The first soldiers officially deployed by the United States in Syria arrived last week in the north to train the YPG, a group which has close ties to Turkey's terror-listed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) rebels but which has also notched up significant military successes against IS.

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  • Dad of missing boy held after human remains found in barn

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas bail bondsman was charged Monday with assaulting his wife and abusing his missing son, and a prosecutor said the case "escalated into a much larger investigation" when police found unidentified human remains in a barn on the man's property.

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  • Psy says 'no chance' of another Gangnam Style success

    "Gangnam Style" star Psy acknowledged Monday that he could never repeat the phenomenal global success of his 2012 hit, but said he was perfectly happy being "just another" K-pop artist. The quirky South Korean singer was catapulted to unlikely international stardom after the "Gangnam Style" music video, with its invisible horse-riding dance, went viral. The song -- a satire of the luxury lifestyle of residents in Seoul's glitzy Gangnam district -- remains the most-watched video of all time on YouTube, with more than 2.4 billion views.

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  • Is the end of AIDS in sight? 10 facts about HIV/AIDS ahead of World AIDS Day

    (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Despite major advances, HIV/AIDS remains one of the world's most significant public health challenges, particularly in low and middle income countries, with new diagnoses every year and young women in sub-Saharan Africa seen as being particularly at risk. World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 is used to unite people in the fight against HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus first identified in 1984, to show their support for people living with HIV and commemorate those who have died. The member countries of the United Nations agreed in September in a new set of global goals to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

  • Hull-aballoo: New Navy destroyer's seaworthiness questioned

    The largest destroyer built for the U.S. Navy cuts an imposing figure: massive, with an angular shape, hidden weapons and antennas, and electric-drive propulsion. But underneath the stealthy exterior resides ...

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  • Everton paid the price for celebrating too much - Howard

    (Reuters) - Everton were guilty of celebrating Ross Barkley's late goal for too long as Bournemouth snatched a dramatic 3-3 draw in the eighth minute of stoppage time on Saturday, goalkeeper Tim Howard said. Everton went into the interval 2-0 up, but Bournemouth drew level only for Barkley to strike in the fifth minute of stoppage time to send players and fans running on to the pitch in wild celebrations. Referee Kevin Friend added on extra minutes after the pitch invasion giving Bournemouth's Junior Stanislas the opportunity to grab an unlikely equaliser.