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Egypt puts over 200 on trial, accused of militant activity

An Egyptian court opened the trial on Thursday of 213 suspected militants, including members of the army and police, on charges of joining Egypt's most active militant group and attempting to assassinate the interior minister, judicial sources said.


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Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen, interacting with troops from the Singapore Armed Forces during his visit to Exercise COOPERATION 2014 in Beijing. (File photo: MINDEF)

In face of 'hybrid warfare', SAF must constantly remake itself: Ng Eng Hen

The Singapore Armed Forces must restructure to be "leaner, more potent and versatile", the Defence Minister tells Parliament at the Committee of Supply 2015 debate.



Russian soldiers drive self-propelled artillery units during military exercises at an undisclosed firing range in Belarus. (AFP/File - Viktor Drachev)

Russia starts large-scale military exercises in southern regions - Interfax

Russia's Defence Ministry said on Thursday that large-scale anti-aircraft exercises had started in southern Russia, involving over 2,000 troops and 500 items of weaponry, Interfax reported.







Austrian singer Conchita Wurst poses during a press conference presenting her biography and a new single. (AFP PHOTO / DPA / SOEREN STACHE)

Austrian drag queen Conchita to release debut album

Conchita Wurst  says her debut album will feature 14 tracks but will not contain Rise Like a Phoenix, the song which won her the Eurovision title last year.



File photo of Mandarin Oriental in Paris. (AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE)

Some US, Europe Mandarin Oriental hotels involved in credit card breach

A spokesperson said the hotel group is coordinating with credit card agencies, law enforcement and forensic specialists to "ensure all necessary steps are taken" to protect the group’s guests, as well as its systems across its portfolio.





Photo from museum spokesperson Monika Kiss-Stefan's Facebook page shows the Buddha statue which contains the remains of a monk.

Mummified monk inside Buddha statue is museum draw

A Buddha statue from China that conceals the remains of a monk who turned himself into a mummy almost a millennium ago is the centerpiece of an exhibition in Budapest.

New Pompidou museum chief in French nepotism row

The naming of a political insider with no art background to run Paris's Centre Pompidou modern art museum has triggered charges that France's credibility in the world of culture will suffer as a result of nepotism.