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The Olympic torch is being carried on a nationwide relay across Japan

Commentary: Toned-down Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony can set new standard for future games

The hope is the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony will be a humble reminder of what the games are truly about rather than a wasteful display of ...

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Commentary: Does the word ‘autistic’ make you uncomfortable? It shouldn’t, says the community

We tend to assume that autistic individuals cannot perform basic tasks or have special abilities. The reality is more complex ...

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has praised the team's mental strength

Sports

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Commentary: Are penalty shootouts the best way to decide major tournaments like Euro 2020?

England’s loss in the Euro 2020 final to Italy through spot-kicks may seem cruel but the alternatives could be even less ...

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COVID-19 Outbreak

FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine" st

Commentary: China’s COVID-19 successes - credible at home, not so much abroad

By all accounts, China has beaten COVID-19 but there are still doubts, especially over its vaccines. NUS' East Asian ...

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Commentary: Why some workers in Singapore can’t wait to return to the office

Are those who want to return really sociopaths? There are costs to not being in the office all this time, says HR consultant ...

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Mahathir Mohamad said he believed the new government could get back most of the money stolen from

Spotlight on Malaysia

Composite pictures of Zahid Hamidi and Muyhiddin Yassin.

Commentary: UMNO’s withdrawal of support shows Malaysia’s political establishment is losing the plot

Malaysians may remember this tussle between UMNO and Bersatu as one where the political establishment lost its ability to put ...

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Climate Change and Sustainability

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Commentary: My journey to owning an electric vehicle has been a worthy ride

There are questions of cost, the still-modest charging infrastructure and the issue of battery life but overcoming these ...

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Digital manipulation may be good for Hollywood but new "deepfake" techniques could create

Technology

Social media influencer

Commentary: Benefits and drawbacks when citizens use social media to raise concerns

When people film, shoot or record slip-ups by organisations, they can cross the line and the burden on governance can become ...

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Business & Economy

FILE PHOTO: XPeng's electric vehicle (EV) P7 is unveiled during the media day for Shanghai aut

Commentary: Tesla and all these Chinese EV makers are onto something worth hundreds of billions

Electric vehicles are penetrating the auto industry and killing it. Howard Yu and Angelo Boutalikakis explain why investors ...

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Work Life

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Commentary: Being a 'sell-out' was the best decision I made for my career

The idea of ‘selling out’ carries a bad reputation, implying we’ve gone against our values for money. But where did we get ...

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China's parliament has endorsed Xi Jinping's move to abolish rules limiting the head of

Rising China

FILE PHOTO: Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the opening session of CPPCC in Beijing

Commentary: China may have a spy problem of its own

Dong Jingwei’s supposed disappearance coaxes China’s troubled history littered with past cases of state secrets being spilled, ...

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Commentary: Why the West has problems defining a clear China policy

The beginnings of a G7 policy on China must reconcile many pushs and pulls, given interests within the western block may not ...

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Lifestyle &Entertainment

Bookstore in Singapore

Commentary: The great book revival in Singapore during the COVID-19 pandemic

We have stayed home more days than we've wanted to but we need not be a prisoner in our confined spaces, says Josephine Chia.

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Living Well

People wearing face masks cross a road amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Singapore

Commentary: We have to live with an endemic COVID-19. Here's what that could look like

We should be prepared to live in a world where the majority are vaccinated and testing is quicker, says infectious disease ...

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World News

FILE PHOTO: The Brit Awards at the O2 Arena in London

Commentary: Pop stars used to bare skin. Now they bare their souls

Today, many artists are making their personal vulnerabilities – not their music, their performances or their bodies – the ...

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Pompeo will also seek to promote the United States' strategic vision for Asia, as tensions with

Top Asia Pacific

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Commentary: Why K-pop threatens North Korea's Kim Jong Un

The notion of pop music-loving teenagers challenging the state is rather fanciful, but the hope for change still lies in them, ...

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In Southeast Asia

Indonesia Gojek Tokopedia Merger

Commentary: With Tokopedia merger, Gojek will take Indonesia by storm

Tokopedia complements Gojek’s core business and extends its reach even further into Indonesia, say business researchers.

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Family Life

Terrace flats with updated front walls in Whampoa

Commentary: There is greater demand for bigger homes in a pandemic but will it last?

The last year has shown that small spaces can be tough in the middle of a pandemic, driving demand for bigger homes. How will ...

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Education

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Commentary: After an epic struggle with Higher Mother Tongue, maybe I will finally speak the language as an adult

Despite efforts to steer national education away from grades and exams, Higher Mother Tongue Language seems still tied to a ...

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Aviation & Travel

Patong beach in Phuket

Commentary: Thailand’s Phuket sandbox can peel open travel despite limitations

Phuket’s travel “sandbox” has the potential to be a game changer for the long-term suffering travel industry in Thailand, says ...

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A group of women wearing face masks sit on a breakwater on East Coast Park in Singapore

Women's Issues

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Commentary: Are university-educated women in Singapore asking too much for marriage? No

Almost one in five female university grads in their 40s is single. Three such women tell Tracy Lee why.

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Commentary: Foreign labour shortages in construction sector is a wake-up call for change

Delays and stop-work orders because of COVID-19 shows this is the right time to re-think the way we do business, says labour ...

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