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Want lovelier fins? Pet fish get cosmetic fixes, as owners angle for perfection

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She gave everything up to save Malaysia's wild gibbons

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Behind the scenes: The emotional final days of Singapore's last polar bear


The Investigative Trail

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Hong Kong's brain drain: Why its young are losing hope and leaving

Is the city about to lose its best and brightest as it did during the 1997 handover? The programme Insight looks at two key ...

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How your phone’s apps and features can be used to spy on you

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Racial and religious politics at a crossroads in Malaysia’s General Election

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Facing depression: Working adults battle not just demons, but also stigma

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Heartache and duty: At 77, the petrol pump attendant who must keep working

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Facing Ageing

Boogie down memory lane: Street-jamming seniors

The old songs were disappearing. Chinatown was a quiet shadow of its former self after dark. Until these young-at-heart ...

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An app developer at 82

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This 81-year-old granny from Taiwan is shattering track records and preconceptions about aging.

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Super Children

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Raising an 11-year-old maths marvel who craves a challenge

Aarushi Maheshwari can work on university-level problems and is a chess champion. But with her parents not wanting her to skip ...

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‘I miss my friends': A 10-year-old Singaporean's sacrifice for her Olympic dream

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EQ 'more crucial' than IQ, as China's parents send kids to golf classes and CEO school

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Singapore's butterfly children

Born with 'the worst disease you never heard of', they struggle to live normal lives as they grapple with stigma.

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Adopting Keyuan

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China orphan who broke our viewers’ hearts finds a home, 4,500km away in Singapore

Eight-year-old Keyuan is spending his first Chinese New Year in Singapore with his new parents - who fell in love with him ...

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The farmer who gave them light

With little more than his own resourcefulness, he turned the river's power into electricity for 600 homes. #InspirAsian

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Inspir Asians

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Once too poor for $1-lunch, hero now rallies a town to bring hope to families

T-shirt salesman Kelvin Wan used his modest income to help families in Kuching - until his own family couldn’t afford it anymore.

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Social network founder turns champion for exploited farmers in Indonesia

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Car park attendant's gift of a school, to children too poor to afford it

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The matron who heals with tough love, in her shelter for those with HIV

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United, they feed Malaysia's hungry: The kitchen where race and creed don't matter

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ITE's special breed of teachers & students

It takes a resilient kind of student to rise above life's hard knocks; and an unorthodox sort of teacher to help them succeed.

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He's the 23-year-old who wants to change the way we think about bus drivers

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Overcoming Limits

Signs of a rising star: When deafness is no limit

As a child, Alan loved role-playing but was told he could never be an actor - because he was deaf. Some 30 years later, he's ...

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The 54-year-old who ran a marathon four years after a quadruple bypass


Once a gang member, now he's giving his all to become a nurse

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The boy that once nobody wanted: An orphan finds his true family

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The drummer who became a maid to chase her musical dreams

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When your child teeters between life and death, these folks stand and hold the line... inside the children's ICU.

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Another year, another victory

When the doctors say your child has months to live - this is how far can love, hope and a fierce devotion take you.

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Food Heroes

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She wants to change up Samy’s Curry, but dad’s not ready to let go

It’s had a good run since the 1950s, but should the famous family-run restaurant change with the times? That depends on ...

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Two brothers want the best for Rumah Makan Minang, but just can’t agree

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Two CNY dishes to impress your guests: Celestial duck and fried chicken skin pancake

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Vanishing Home Recipes: Regional edition

We source the secrets of homecooks who are preserving dying or forgotten ways of preparing old-time recipes.

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Finding Sayfullah's Voice

"You could see from his body language he wanted to tell you a lot of things." The story of a boy, his iPad and a mother's love.

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A special school, built on love

They sold their house, she gave up her career. All to build a safe world for their son and hundreds of other youths.

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The Mavericks

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For two champions, a lion's sacrifice of blood, sweat and family time

The training is hard, injuries are common, and their relationships with their loved ones suffer. But these two lion dancers ...

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From 'untameable' teen, to Asia beatbox champ - with dad's belief in him

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The not-so-secret life of Singapore’s crossplayers

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Oddballs: She's an embalmer

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A boy, an 83-year-old loner, and the unlikely friendship that changed them

What a 10-week social experiment in inter-generational relationships reveals.

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Why young Singaporeans are picking up dialects

More are going for classes in Hokkien, Teochew and Cantonese - in part to bridge the generation gap.

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Special Report

A CNA Insider series exploring the issues of elderly poverty in Vietnam, South Korea, Singapore and Myanmar.

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Stories of Survivors

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Bankrupt, divorced, then son dies of cancer: How one man survived to rise above it all

He came close to ending his life and was locked up for drink-driving. Jimmy Ong tells On The Red Dot what gave him the will to ...

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Wei Kong's Long Road Back

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Did I create life or destroy them?: Mother’s grief over losing 3 babies

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Sister’s death at hands of schizophrenic son spurs her to help the mentally ill and their families

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A face of homelessness today

At 35, he sleeps in food outlets, washes up at public toilets - and has been trying to work and study his way out of destitution.

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Lives in limbo: CNA Insider's Lam Shushan documents the Rohingya refugees' tales of loss and of compassion


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Want lovelier fins? Pet fish get cosmetic fixes, as owners angle for perfection

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Can Pakatan Harapan deliver 3 key changes Malaysians want?

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Fishing For Perfection


Why being hit by an e-scooter can be deadly - and a call to ban them from footpaths

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'Mummy, help me find my soul': Learning to be a mum again, to help fix her child's broken mind

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How Ninja Van's 'smart and ruthlessly aggressive' co-founder hooked a big investor

At 27 and with no logistics experience, Lai Chang Wen started a company that netted S$45m in investments. A mattress on the ...

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The urban farming pioneer who wants to feed the city’s soul

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Singaporean turns coffee-grower, with zero experience but a grande ambition

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Riding the 'airfish': Singapore company hopes to make it a travel game-changer

Lightning kills thousands of Indians every year, most of them farmers working the fields

Inside the Storm

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Once bleeding billions, how Philips reinvented itself for the digital age

Seemingly past its heyday as an electronics giant, the company turned to healthcare to survive – and now thrive. Inside the ...

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How an outsider rescued crisis-hit Nissan from the brink of collapse

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How Olympus was almost brought down by one of the worst corporate scandals


How corporate greed nearly destroyed Marvel's superhero empire