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Rescue workers and firefighters search through the wreckage of TransAsia Airways flight GE222 after it crashed near the airport at Magong on the Penghu island chain on July 24, 2014. (AFP/Sam Yeh)

S'pore Trade Office in Taipei extends condolences following TransAsia crash

In a statement, Trade Representative Calvin Eu expressed his sympathies to the families of the victims and the people of Taiwan. 

Families of MH17 victims face long wait

After days of expressing hope that the bodies of those on board MH17 would be sent back to Malaysia before the Eid celebration on Monday, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has warned that the painstaking process of identifying the victims could take weeks, or even months.

Experts call for stepped-up hepatitis battle

The world can beat the cancer-causing disease hepatitis if it raises its game, but treatment programmes need to go hand in hand with those tackling the likes of HIV, experts said Thursday (July 24).

US jobless claims fall to eight-year low

New claims for US unemployment insurance benefits tumbled to an eight-year low last week, pointing to a firming labour market, according to official data released Thursday (July 24).


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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak signs the condolences book for downed Malaysian airliner MH17 at the residence of the Dutch ambassador in Kuala Lumpur. (Photo: PM Najib Razak's Twitter)

Bodies of Malaysian MH17 victims may take 'months' to return: Najib

Unlikely for the remains to be returned before Hari Raya as more time is needed for forensic work to identify the bodies, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says.



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The revised IPPT format: What you need to know

What you already knew: Three stations, not five. No more pull-ups, standing broad jump and shuttle run. The Chief of Army and other top officials met with the media to give more details on the proposed changes, which they said will kick in by April 1, 2015.



The logo of the Air Algerie company office, at the Opera avenue in Paris. (AP/Remy de la Mauviniere)

Air Algerie plane crashes with 116 passengers aboard: Algerian official

An Air Algerie flight en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers has crashed with 116 passengers on board, almost half of them French citizens, said an Algerian aviation official. 

Kerry says 'some progress' in Gaza truce efforts

Washington's top diplomat said global efforts to end 17 days of bloodshed in Gaza were progressing as the Palestinian death toll rose to 718 Thursday (July 24) and airlines kept flights to Israel suspended over rocket fears.





England's gold medallist Jodie Stimpson (L) and England's bronze medallist Vicky Holland pose with their medals following the Women's Triathlon during the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Strathclyde Country Park near Glasgow on July 24, 2014. (AFP/Ben Stansall)

Commonwealth Games: England's Stimpson wins first gold

England's Jodie Stimpson won the women's triathlon gold at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday, the first medal of the multi-sport event.



Action star Jackie Chan poses for photos during a media visit to the shooting location for his upcoming film Dragon Blade. He revealed that white cloth he wears served to protect him from the sandstorms that occur there.

Jackie Chan: New film ‘Dragon Blade’ will be turning point in career

Actor Jackie Chan believes his upcoming film Dragon Blade will be a turning point in his career and revealed that it will contain highly complex action choreography.

Taiwan celebs saddened by GE222 crash

Elva Hsiao, Richie Ren, Hebe Tien and a host of other Taiwan celebrities have expressed sadness over a plane crash in Taiwan on Wednesday (July 23), which claimed the lives of 48 people.



The comparison of a typical fraudster in Singapore versus a global profile. (Infographic: KPMG-SMU Singapore Fraud Survey 2014)

Corporate fraud in Singapore rising, employees main culprits: Survey

About 29 per cent of respondents in a KPMG-SMU survey said their organisations have experienced fraud in the past two years, and employees were identified as the main perpetrators of fraud.

Google made failed bid for Spotify

Internet titan Google tried last year to buy streaming music service Spotify but backed off for reasons including a whopping price tag, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.



File picture of a person being tested for hepatitis B. (AFP/FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI)

Experts call for stepped-up hepatitis battle

The world can beat the cancer-causing disease hepatitis if it raises its game, but treatment programmes need to go hand in hand with those tackling the likes of HIV, experts said Thursday (July 24).



Venezuelan authorities stand guard next to Henri Matisse's painting "Odalisque in Red Pants" during its re-inauguration at the Contemporany Art Museum in Caracas. (AFP/Leo RAMIREZ)

Recovered Matisse shown in Venezuela after mystery theft

A painting by Henri Matisse stolen more than a decade ago in Caracas and later recovered in an FBI sting is on display again in the Venezuelan capital.