• Home (not so) sweet home: The Singapore edition

    Popping tiles, shoddy skirting, shattered glass shower walls – these are some of the public housing woes that have gotten Singaporeans red-faced and sputtering after moving into their brand new BTO or DBSS flats in the past year. One instance saw Singaporeans complaining even before foundations were built – after they discovered they could be staying next to a columbarium. Here are the top five public housing sagas that made headline news in the past 12 months.

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  • What Happens When a Harvard Engineer Gets Robbed?

    He designs a smarter home security system—without contracts, installation fees or sneaky salesmen. Discover a smarter way to protect your home today.

  • After Over Two Months Of Drama, Amos Yee’s LKY Video Is Back Again

    The LKY video that started the whole Amos Yee saga has returned. Yesterday, a Channel NewsAsia report said that prosecutors are demanding that Yee be send to a Reformatory Training Centre after the controversial video reappeared on his YouTube page. The video, which was taken down in March, has been viewed over a million times, and shared more than 9,500 times.

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  • Analysis - Undeterred by arrests, soccer boss Blatter plots another great escape

    By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter is a master of getting out from tight corners and his federation's initial reaction to Wednesday's extraordinary events in Zurich suggested he has every intention of pulling off another great escape. Soccer's governing body was thrown into disarray when several of its leading officials, including vice-president Jeffrey Webb, were arrested in a dawn raid at the luxury lakeside hotel which for years has pampered FIFA visitors. Swiss authorities also opened criminal proceedings against individuals on suspicion of mismanagement and money laundering related to the allocation of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA soccer World Cups to Russia and Qatar.

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  • Portman reflects on Harvard education

    Natalie Portman was keen to prove she was more than “just a dumb actress” when she arrived at Harvard University. The 33-year-old actress attended Harvard from 1999 to 2003, and left with a degree in psychology. "When I came in as a freshman in 1999, I felt like there had been some mistake and that I wasn't smart enough to be in this company," Natalie said.

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  • Bride and prejudice: rare ethnic marriages reflect China tensions

    "They told me I had to leave him." Against a backdrop of prejudice and violence, inter-ethnic marriages between Uighurs, a mostly Muslim minority who speak a Turkic language, and China's ethnic majority Han are extremely rare. Uighurs in their home region of Xinjiang have long chafed under Beijing's yoke and say they face restrictions on religion, language and culture, with some yearning for independence. China counters it has brought development and raised living standards, blaming sporadic but intensifying violence that killed more than 200 last year on Islamist separatists with overseas connections.

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  • Exclusive: Russia masses heavy firepower on border with Ukraine - witness

    By Maria Tsvetkova KHUTOR CHKALOVA, Russia (Reuters) - Russia's army is massing troops and hundreds of pieces of weaponry including mobile rocket launchers, tanks and artillery at a makeshift base near the border with Ukraine, a Reuters reporter saw this week. As such, they match the appearance of some of the forces spotted in eastern Ukraine, which Kiev and its Western allies allege are covert Russian detachments. The scene at the base on the Kuzminsky firing range, around 50 km (30 miles) from the border, offers some of the clearest evidence to date of what appeared to be a concerted Russian military build-up in the area.

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  • Richest Australian Rinehart loses control of family trust

    Australia's richest person Gina Rinehart was Thursday ordered by a court to relinquish control of a multi-billion dollar family trust to her eldest daughter, culminating a long and bitter feud. The New South Wales Supreme Court appointed Bianca Rinehart as head of the trust, reportedly worth Aus$4.0-5.0 billion (US$3.1-3.8 billion), which was established by her grandfather, the late mining magnate Lang Hancock. It ordered Gina Rinehart to deliver the trust documents and accounts to her daughter.

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  • Kylie Jenner: I’m not pregnant!

    Kylie Jenner has vehemently denied rumours she is currently pregnant. The 17-year-old Keeping Up with the Kardashians star has been dating 25-year-old rapper Tyga since last year. Speculation has emerged recently Kylie is carrying his child, but the star claims this couldn’t be farther from the truth.

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  • Tattoos Can Cause Serious Adverse Reactions

    About 1 in 10 people who get tattoos experiences problems with the tattoo, including infection, itching, swelling and redness, according to a small study in the June issue of the journal Contact Dermatitis. Many people in the study had complications that lingered for years after the tattoo was inked, the researchers said. Leger began noticing that a surprising number of patients were coming into her clinic because of issues with their tattoos.

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  • Mayweather looms over Khan-Algieri match-up

    Britain's former world champion Amir Khan is aiming to punch his ticket to a bout with Floyd Mayweather on Friday with a victory over Chris Algieri in a non-title welterweight fight. Khan, the former unified light-welterweight world champion who headlines a card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, is reckoned to have the inside track on a fight with unbeaten pound-for-pound king Mayweather. Although he's been chasing Mayweather for years, Khan insisted he won't look past Algieri.

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  • 'Dementor' wasp, giant stick insect among new Mekong finds

    From a soul-sucking 'dementor' wasp named after a creature from the Harry Potter books to a half-metre long stick insect, scientists identified 139 new species in the Greater Mekong Region in 2014, according to a new report. Many of the newly-described species are already under threat from new roads and dams and the region's rapacious demand for wildlife meat and luxury timber, the WWF said in its report. "We've only skimmed the surface of new discoveries in the Greater Mekong," said WWF expert Thomas Gray.

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  • Buddhists in Myanmar deny boat people are Rohingya

    Several hundred protesters in Myanmar's main city denied Wednesday that boat people arriving on Southeast Asian shores are Rohingya Muslims, a religious minority the government and many others in the predominantly Buddhist nation say does not exist. About 30 radical Buddhist monks led the rally in Yangon. "The boat people are not from Myanmar" one banner carried by the demonstrators said.

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  • A Girl Gets Harassed In A Crowded Bus. Everyone Else: Watches On. #ShortFilm

    This article A Girl Gets Harassed In A Crowded Bus. Everyone Else: Watches On. originally appeared on Viddsee BUZZ. This is stressful to watch only because we know it to be true. There’s nothing more important than what’s important to you. This young

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  • Racist trolling casts pall over US spelling bee

    Racist trolling on social media is casting an ugly pall over, of all things, the world's foremost spelling bee. For seven years in a row, and for 11 of the past 15 years, the $30,000 Scripps National Spelling Bee championship has been won by American youngsters of Indian heritage. One of them, Vanya Shivashankar, 13, who lives in Kansas, is back for a fifth time -- inspired no doubt by her sister Kavya, the 2009 champion.

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  • Singapore Airlines Airbus loses power in-flight to both engines

    A Singapore Airlines (SIA) Airbus plane carrying 194 people temporarily lost power to both engines on a recent flight to Shanghai, SIA confirmed Wednesday after a flight tracker said the plane had to descend 13,000 feet (3.96 kilometres) before normal operation was restored. The carrier said it was investigating the May 23 incident together with Airbus and engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce. In a statement, SIA said the Airbus A330-300, carrying 182 passengers and 12 crew members, "encountered bad weather at 39,000 feet about three and a half hours after departure" from Singapore.

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  • Real Madrid players 'ignoring Bale' says Wales coach

    Wales manager Chris Coleman has rallied to the defence of forward Gareth Bale by accusing his Real Madrid team-mates of deliberately ignoring him on the pitch. Bale, 25, has endured a difficult second season in Madrid, coming under fire from fans and the media, and lost a key ally on Monday when Carlo Ancelotti was sacked as manager. Bale came in for particularly sharp criticism after Madrid's loss to Juventus in the Champions League semi-finals, but Coleman said the focus on the former Tottenham Hotspur player was unfair.

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  • Japan dolphin fishermen vow to continue slaughter

    Japanese fishermen vowed Wednesday to continue their dolphin hunt, despite a pledge by zoos and aquariums not to buy animals caught with the controversial method. "We will never stop it," Yoshifumi Kai of the fisherman's cooperative in the western Japanese town of Taiji, where the hunt takes place, told reporters. The press conference came a week after Japan's zoos and aquariums voted to stop using dolphins caught by the so-called "drive hunt" method, as demanded by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).

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  • Notebook offers view into theater shooter's mind

    Colorado theater shooting gunman James Holmes' notebook provides the most comprehensive look yet into what he described as his "broken" mind. Just before the 2012 shootings, Holmes mailed the notebook to a University of Colorado psychiatrist who treated him. "Can a person have both no value AND be ultimately good AND/OR ultimately evil?" Holmes writes.

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  • Quadruplets born to 65-year-old mom still in critical phase

    Doctors say the week-old quadruplets born prematurely to 65-year-old Annegret Raunigk in Berlin are still in intensive care, but have been gaining a little weight and are being given their mother's milk through feeding tubes. The babies were born during the 26th week of pregnancy at Berlin's Charite Hospital on May 19. Neeta is the smallest but is fitter than her three brothers, said Christoph Buehrer, Charite's director of neonatology.

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  • 2,000-Year-Old Water Supply System Uncovered in Jerusalem

    Part of an ancient aqueduct built more than 2,000 years ago to transport water into the city of Jerusalem was uncovered during a recent construction project, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority. A section of the so-called Lower Aqueduct was discovered in the modern-day neighborhood of Umm Tuba, in East Jerusalem, during efforts to construct a new sewer line. The sprawling, 13-mile-long (21 kilometers) aqueduct carried water to the capital, and "operated intermittently until about 100 years ago," Ya'akov Billig, director of the aqueduct excavation with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), said in a statement.

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