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Venus Williams of the US shakes hands after defeating Belinda Bencic of Switzerland during their 2015 US Open Women's Singles round 3 match in New York, Sep 4, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Kena Betancur)

Tennis: Venus eases Serena's path, Cilic escapes upset

Venus Williams eliminated the highest-rated rival in her sister Serena's path to a historic US Open final by defeating 12th-seeded Swiss teen Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-4.

Cilic survives scare to keep US Open defence on track

Marin Cilic kept his U.S. Open title defence on track but not without a scare as the ninth seed needed over four hours to put away Mikhail Kukushkin and reach the fourth round with a 6-7(5) 7-6(1) 6-3 6-7(3) 6-1 win on Friday.

US readies new UN sanctions on South Sudan

The US is preparing a new UN sanctions list for South Sudan after a ceasefire failed to take hold under a new peace accord aimed at ending the 20-month war, diplomats said.


Asia Pacific

A rescue team carrying a victim retrieved from a search operation near the area where an overcrowded boat carrying Indonesian migrants sank in Hutan Melintang,  off the coast of Malaysia. (AFP PHOTO/Malaysian Maritime Enforcement)

24 dead in Malaysia boat tragedy; 20 rescued

Twenty Indonesians - who were rescued when the boat they were in sank off the coast off Malaysia, killing 24 people - will be remanded for two weeks. 



GE2015: 8 rallies scheduled for Saturday

The People's Action Party will hold two rallies, while the Workers' Party, Singapore People's Party, Singapore Democratic Party, National Solidarity Party, Singaporeans First and Reform Party will hold one rally each on Saturday (Sep 5).



G20 grapples with Europe's migrant crisis

Finance ministers and central bank chiefs from the world's top 20 economies discussed the unprecedented migrant arrivals as the G20 began to grapple with the crisis for the first time.



International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde (R) speaks with Turkish central bank governor Erdem Basci (L) during the G20 finance ministers meeting in Turkey, Sep 4, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Adem Altan)

G20 finance chiefs meet to calm jitters over China's slowdown

G20 finance ministers and central bank chiefs met in Turkey hoping to calm the nerves of markets rattled by China's slowing performance and the prospect of a US rate hike.

China fines 3 firms blamed for stock volatility

The China Securities Regulatory Commission also confiscated a total 151 million yuan in "illegal income" from Hangzhou Hundsun Network Technologies Service Co, Mecrt Corp, and Hithink RoyalFlush Information Network Co.



Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton drives during the first practice session at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on Sep 4, 2015 ahead of the Italian Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo: AFP/Olivier Morin)

Hamilton fastest as Mercedes dominate at Monza

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton set the pace in first practise for the Italian Grand Prix on Friday with Mercedes team mate and closest rival Nico Rosberg nearly half a second slower.



Gerard Depardieu. (Photo: REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/Files)

Depardieu may sell all his goods in France

Acclaimed as one of the greatest French actors of his generation, the 66-year-old fell out of love with France in 2012 when he moved abroad to escape a new 75 per cent tax rate on top earners. 

Romeo Tan shares his secret to success with ITE students

As part of outreach programme The Celebrity Stopover, former ITE student Romeo Tan spoke about how he went from being a poor student to one with a grade point average of 3.94, at a motivational talk attended by about 1,000 students at ITE College East on Sunday (Aug 30).





A man crosses a main road as pedestrians carrying food walk along the footpath in central Sydney, Australia, August 12, 2015. REUTERS/David Gray

For diabetes in obesity, weight-loss surgery beats medication

Weight-loss surgery beats medication for controlling type 2 diabetes in obese people, according to the longest-term trial ever to compare the two approaches.



One of the giant panda cubs born on at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DC is being examines by veterinarians in this image taken on August 22, 2015. REUTERS/Smithsonian's National Zoo/Handout

Washington zoo's panda cub healthy, putting on weight

The National Zoo's new giant panda cub is healthy and putting on weight fast, the zoo said on Friday, with a video showing early signs of signature markings.

Depp talks pet dogs at Venice press conference

Hollywood actor Johnny Depp joined his fellow cast and crew to talk about gangster film "Black Mass" at the Venice Film Festival on Friday, when he was asked if he would take his pet dogs on a gondola ride.

Johnny Depp hysteria in Venice

Fans camped outside the Venice Film Festival palace to ensure the best spots along the red carpet for Friday’s premiere of "Black Mass", in which Johnny Depp portrays Irish-American gangster James "Whitey" Bulger.