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French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech at the Elysee Palace, on Sep 15, 2014, in Paris. (AFP/Alain Jocard)

French government wins crunch confidence vote

France's government narrowly won a crunch confidence vote in parliament on Tuesday (Sep 16), providing a measure of relief for the hugely unpopular President Francois Hollande.

Danish grandad guns down lawyer in Copenhagen

An angry grandfather shot and killed a lawyer and critically wounded another man after opening fire with a sawn-off shotgun in a court in Denmark on Tuesday (Sep 16), police and media said.

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Singapore

Former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew on his 91st birthday. Education Minister Heng Swee Keat is on the left. (Photo: Heng Swee Keat's Facebook page)

Leaders offer good wishes to Lee Kuan Yew on his birthday

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong who visited Mr Lee on his 91st birthday said he "looked well and sharp, and spoke with a strong voice".

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World

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey. (AFP/Saul Loeb)

US says 'close combat advisers' could battle IS

The United States plans to strike the Islamic State (IS) group in its Syrian strongholds and could send military advisers into combat alongside Iraqi troops, American commanders said on Tuesday (Sep 16).

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Business

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) headquarters, Le Chateau la Muette, in Paris. (AFP/Eric Piermont)

OECD vows to 'change the game' with new tax rules

The OECD on Tuesday (Sep 16) put forward new proposals it said would "change the rules of the game" for companies which avoid paying huge amounts of tax by exploiting international loopholes.

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Sport

North Korean delegation members wave the national flags before the first round of the men's football match between North Korea and China during Day 4 of the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. (AFP/JUNG YEON-JE)

Asian Games: South Koreans banned from waving North's flag

South Koreans are banned from carrying North Korean flags into Asian Games venues and anyone waving one at an event could face arrest, games organisers said Tuesday (Sep 16).

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Entertainment

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Technology

Screengrab of a video sent in by a viewer highlighting a security loophole on the M1 website discovered on Sep 14.

PDPC to investigate M1 'security loophole'

The Personal Data Protection Commission is in touch with M1 regarding an alleged security breach by a customer, wanting to flag a "loophole", even though M1 says it has resolved the issue and put safeguards in place.

Tokyo Game Show: On the hunt for the next Minecraft

The staggering US$2.5 billion that Microsoft has just shelled out for Minecraft and its quirky graphics will be foremost in developers' minds at the Tokyo Game Show this week, where simple yet immersive games are expected to figure heavily.

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Health

(L to R) WHO's Asst Director General Bruce Aylward, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos, and UN System Senior Coordinator for Ebola David Nabarro attend a press conference on global aid pledged to fight the Ebola outbreak. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)

UN says US$1b needed to fight Ebola

Nearly US$1.0 billion is needed to fight the Ebola outbreak raging in west Africa, the United Nations said on Tuesday (Sep 16), more than doubling the estimate it made less than a month ago. 

Scientists unveil magnetic cure for bad blood

Scientists said on Sunday (Sep 14) they had invented a device that uses a magnet to extract bacteria, fungi and toxins from blood, potentially throwing a lifeline to patients with sepsis and other infections.

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Lifestyle

A worker is seen in a rice field at a farm that uses organic methods, in the New Territories in Hong Kong. (AFP/Alex Ogle)

Food safety fears see farming return to high-rise Hong Kong

It's a rural tradition that faded out decades ago as Hong Kong turned into a neon-lit megacity: rice seedlings being dropped into watery paddy fields with gentle plops. But now a new wave of farmers are growing the staple again in sleepy Long Valley.