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Outgoing Chief of Navy, RADM Ng Chee Peng (left), handing over the command symbol to the incoming Chief of Navy, RADM Lai Chung Han (right). Photo: MINDEF

Singapore Navy welcomes new chief

Rear-Admiral Lai Chung Han received the Navy's symbol of command from outgoing Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral Ng Chee Peng at a Change of Command Parade held on Friday (Aug 1). 

AXA posts strong H1 profits

AXA insurance turned in a surprisingly strong first-half profit on Friday (August 1), with a record operating performance, and raised its targets for cost-cutting.

Tracing a perilous route to MH17 crash site

With hazards including blown-up railway bridges and unexploded shells and mines, the route chosen by international investigators to reach the MH17 crash site on Thursday (July 31) was fraught with risks.

Commuters stranded in JB bus strike trek to Singapore

Commuters said while they were aware of the toll increases, the strike caught them by surprise. But the crowd streaming into Woodlands Checkpoint was orderly, and Singapore authorities said there were no public order incidents this morning.

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Asia Pacific

Residents carry a wounded person following a blast in the city of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan early Friday (August 1). (AFP/Stringer)

Gas blasts tear through Taiwan city, kill 25

A series of powerful gas blasts killed at least 25 people and injured up to 267 on Friday (1 August) in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, overturning cars and ripping up roads as terrified residents fled an inferno.

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Singapore

Malaysian buses are blocking all but one lane at the Johor checkpoint. (Photo: @therealkuhan/Twitter)

Commuters stranded in JB bus strike trek to Singapore

Commuters said while they were aware of the toll increases, the strike caught them by surprise. But the crowd streaming into Woodlands Checkpoint was orderly, and Singapore authorities said there were no public order incidents this morning.

LIA updates Critical Illnesses benefit framework

The Life Insurance Association Singapore on Friday announced the revised standard definition for the "severe" stage of 37 critical illnesses and allowing insurers to offer critical illnesses products covering beyond the 30 illnesses under the previous framework.

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World

Toys are placed amongst the wreckage at the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 near the village of Grabove, in the region of Donetsk on July 20, 2014. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)

Experts get to work at MH17 Ukraine crash site

A team of 70 international experts got to work on Friday (August 1), recovering bodies at the crash site of flight MH17 in war-torn eastern Ukraine, the Dutch justice ministry said. 

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Business

File photo of workers at a factory in Shenzhen, China. (AFP)

China's manufacturing activity surges in July

Chinese manufacturing activity increased sharply in July, rising at its fastest pace in more than two years, an official survey showed on Friday (August 1), as the world's second-largest economy shows signs of increasing momentum.

WTO fails to agree key trade deal

The World Trade Organization (WTO) on Thursday (July 31) said its 160 members had failed to agree a landmark global customs pact in a move the US said left the body on "uncertain new ground".

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Sport

File photo of Singapore's Feng Tianwei. (AFP/Toru Yamanaka)

Commonwealth Games: Singapore guaranteed two table tennis medals

Singapore will win at least two medals in the women's table tennis singles at the Commonwealth Games on Friday (August 1) after Feng Tianwei, Yu Mengyu and Lin Ye all enjoyed comfortable victories to make the semi-finals.

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Entertainment

Pradhana Vizha 2014 Best Actor Sivakumar Palakrishnan (left) and Best Actress Udaya Soundari (right).

Udaya Soundari wins big at Pradhana Vizha 2014

Actress-host Udaya Soundari was the biggest winner at Pradhana Vizha 2014, an awards show which honours the best talents in the Indian television industry in Singapore.

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Technology

Google, the world's leading internet search engine said that as of July 18, it had received more than 91,000 requests to delete a combined total of 328,000 links under Europe's "right to be forgotten" ruling. (AFP/Philippe Huguen)

Google says 'forgetting' isn't easy, as requests mount

Google told European officials that forgetting isn't easy, especially when details are few and guidelines are murky regarding when personal privacy trumps public interest.

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Health

Research team members (clockwise from bottom left): IBN Postdoctoral Fellows Dr Yukti Choudhury and Dr. Xiaona Wei; SGH Senior Consultant Prof Tan Puay Hoon; NCCS Consultant Dr Ravindran Kanesvaran; and IBN Team Leader and Principal Research Scientist Dr Min-Han Tan. (Photo: IBN, NCCS, SGH)

Made in Singapore: A test kit to better diagnose and treat kidney cancer

The molecular test kit aims to aid doctors better deal with clear cell renal carcinoma, a common affliction suffered by Singaporean men.

Ebola death toll rises to 729: WHO

Fifty-seven more deaths from the Ebola epidemic in west Africa have pushed the overall fatality toll from the outbreak to 729, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday (July 31).

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Lifestyle

Misao Okawa, the world's oldest woman, celebrates her 116th birthday at a nursing home in Osaka on March 5, 2014. (AFP/Jiji Press)

Japanese women world's longest-lived for 2nd straight year

Japanese men's life expectancy rose above 80 for the first time in 2013, but was still several years below that of their female counterparts, whose lifespan was the world's longest, figures released on Thursday (July 31) showed.