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Dip in Singapore’s manufacturing momentum in May

SINGAPORE – Factories seemed to lose some momentum last month after starting the year on a strong footing. The Singapore Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) dipped in May after reaching a seven-month peak in April. The monthly gauge

G7 concerned by Asian maritime tensions
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G7 concerned by Asian maritime tensions

BRUSSELS (AFP) – Leaders of the Group of Seven industrialised nations said on Thursday they were deeply concerned by tensions in the East and South China Sea. The G7 leaders meeting in Brussels warned against any use of force in the area,

Residents evacuated as dormant PNG volcano erupts
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Residents evacuated as dormant PNG volcano erupts

A dormant volcano in Papua New Guinea has erupted for the first time in decades, triggering tsunami fears. Residents of Kadovar Island, where the volcano is located, have been evacuated with spokespersons for local authorities describing the

Eight Bangladesh Islamists to hang for 2001 bombing
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Eight Bangladesh Islamists to hang for 2001 bombing

DHAKA (AFP) – A Bangladeshi court sentenced eight Islamists to death on Monday for a 2001 bomb attack that killed 10 people during the main Bengali new year celebrations in the capital Dhaka. “The attack was carried out to destabilise the

Stricter Primary 1 priority rules for grassroots workers
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Stricter Primary 1 priority rules for grassroots workers

Parents who become grassroots volunteers in the hope of getting priority for their children in the Primary 1 registration exercise will have to serve twice as long as before. They will have to do at least two years of grassroots work, not one, to