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Asian elephants Jati and Gambir. Jati keeps cool with a plus-sized popsicle. (Photo: Wildlife Reserves Singapore)

Beat the heat, Singapore Zoo style

Singapore Zoo's residents such as the orang utan, white tiger and white rhinoceros are employing different methods to protect themselves from rising temperatures on the island.


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A "shinkansen" or bullet train speeds amongst buildings in Tokyo. (File photo: AFP/Toru YAMANAKA)

Two feared dead in Japan bullet train fire

"We have been informed that there was a passenger in a car on the train who covered him or herself with oil and set it on fire," say a spokesman for operator The Central Japan Railway Company.



Comfort and CityCab on the road, both taxi companies belonging to ComfortDelGro Corporation Limited. (Photo: Genevieve Teo / TODAY)

LTA adjusts method of computing taxi availability

Using only the hired-out fleet to compute taxi availability removes the variation arising from the unhired taxi fleet and measures the efficiency of hired taxis more accurately, says the Land Transport Authority.



Tourists take part in a gathering in solidarity with Tunisia's tourism industry, on June 29, 2015 on the island of Djerba, following a deadly gun attack at a holiday resort near Sousse. (Photo: AFP/Fethi Nasri)

Tunisia vows emergency tourism measures after beach attack

Tunisia has announced emergency measures to support its vital tourism sector after the country's worst ever militant attack at a popular beach resort last Friday. 



File photo of a screen showing Shanghai stock prices. (Photo: AFP/Johannes Eisele)

Asian markets steady, but Shanghai plunges 5% on Greece fears

Most Asian markets edged higher on Tuesday (Jun 30), enjoying a slight recovery after the previous day's rout, with Greece just hours away from default, while Shanghai's suffered more sharp losses.



Australia's Steven Smith (R) scores the winning runs to defeat New Zealand as team mate Shane Watson celebrates in their Cricket World Cup final match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) March 29, 2015. New Zealand bowler Matt Henry (2nd R) reacts on the pitch. REUTERS/Brandon Malone - RTR4VC9V

Cricket: Australia, New Zealand reap US$844m World Cup dividend

Australia and New Zealand benefited from A$1.1 billion (US$843.6 million) in direct spending as a result of co-hosting the cricket World Cup earlier this year, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers report. 

Vargas double takes hosts Chile into Copa final

Chile took another step towards their dream of winning a first Copa America on home soil with a 2-1 win over Peru on Monday but Eduardo Vargas' match-winning double was overshadowed by an early refereeing decision that turned the game the hosts' way.

Lee ends Webb's reign as top Australian woman golfer

Australia had a new number one women's golfer for the first time in around two decades on Tuesday (Jun 30) after Minjee Lee leapfrogged Karrie Webb in the latest world rankings to end the seven-times major champion's long reign at the top.





A shadow is cast near a Qualcomm logo at the 2015 Computex exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan, June 2, 2015. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

Qualcomm has no plans to spin off chip business at present - chairman

U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc has no plans to spin off its chips business at present, Executive Chairman Paul Jacobs said on Tuesday, despite recent investor pressure to do so amid intensifying industry competition.



For post-op complications, go back to the same hospital: study

(Reuters Health) – Patients who need to be rehospitalized within a month after major surgery have a lower risk of death over the next two months if they return to the hospital where they had the surgery rather than going to a different facility, according to a new study.



Playwright Larry Kramer attends the premiere of "The Normal Heart" in New York May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Larry Kramer 'still has work to do' as film celebrates his life

Larry Kramer's confrontational style has mellowed. Now 80, the playwright, novelist and AIDS activist, speaks softly and looks almost frail in a big leather armchair in his New York apartment overlooking Washington Square Park.