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Toyota shares rise on record profit report

Shares in Japanese auto giant Toyota jumped 1.75 per cent after Nikkei reported it was likely to see its operating profit rise 4 per cent to about ¥1.3 trillion (US$12 billion) between April and September.


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New measures to help Singapore-foreigner couples

Under new measures announced by the MSF and ICA, it will be faster for foreign spouses of Singaporeans to get a Long Term Visit Pass, and easier for them to secure employment.



A health alert is displayed at the entrance to Bellevue Hospital in New York City. (Bryan Thomas/Getty Images/AFP)

New York confirms first case of Ebola

Dr Craig Spencer was rushed to hospital on Thursday (Oct 23) and has been placed in isolation.

Canadian shooter planned to go to Syria: Police

The man's killing of a soldier at a cenotaph in the city's downtown and storming of nearby parliament on Wednesday (Oct 22) were not linked to the deadly attack on a soldier in Quebec two days earlier.





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Rugby: Japan pips Singapore for spot in Super Rugby

South Africa, New Zealand and Australia Rugby (SANZAR) will maintain a positive relationship with Singapore to potentially work with the city-state in the future, says Chief Executive Greg Peters.



File photo of US actor Christian Bale (L) and his wife Sibi Blazic at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on Feb 16, 2014. (AFP/ANDREW COWIE)

Christian Bale to play Apple's Steve Jobs

The Apple inventor's storied life already has been rendered on the big screen in last year's drama Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher, which received lukewarm reviews.

Tokyo film festival packs a superhero punch

The Tokyo International Film Festival will showcase the works of director Hideaki Anno, widely considered the natural successor to anime master Hayao Miyazaki, as superhero Ultraman is set to swoosh down the red carpet.





Beware of new flu strains: Expert

There is a need to be prepared for new strains of the flu virus as it is ever-evolving - possibly crossing over from animal species to humans, says infectious diseases expert Professor Leo Yee Sin.

Extra powers to tackle deadly bat virus in Australia

Australia's New South Wales state is set to unveil tougher measures to tackle bats after three flying foxes were found to be carrying the deadly lyssavirus. Three people in Australia have died from the bat-borne virus, which has no effective treatment. 



File photo: An image of the Moon captured by astronauts on board the International Space Station. (Photo: NASA/AFP/File)

China launches first mission to moon and back

China launched its first space mission to the moon and back early Friday (Oct 24), authorities said, the latest step forward for Beijing's ambitious programme to one day land a Chinese citizen on the Earth's only natural satellite.