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K-pop star Sulli, a former member of the all-girl band f(x) had experienced online bullying

Commentary: Who really killed South Korea celebrity Sulli?

Is South Korea’s caustic obsession with celebrity to blame for the early demise of another young starlet? Steven Borowiec discusses the ...

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In Singapore

Lorong Koo Chye Sheng Hong Temple’s 100th year anniversary.

Commentary: Drone cameras and social media pages, how religion keeps up with the digital age

But religion also has to contend with the invasion of religious spaces by smartphones and its associated challenges, says NUS’ ...

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

Rising China

China Xi Jinping 70th anniversary

Commentary: Chinese leaders must convince others of China’s peaceful rise

While China revels in its birthday celebration, the outside world is worrying about China’s aspirations to become a global ...

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After failing to board a second flight and fearing they were about to be 'forcibly

Hong Kong Protests*

Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing, chairman of CK Hutchison Holdings, meets journalists as he formally r

Commentary: Reverence for the rich and powerful hold Hong Kong back from badly needed reforms

The movement should be taking aim at vested economic interests that have entrenched inequality but do not, says the City ...

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

Technology

Alabama teenager turned Islamic State militant Hoda Muthana's world was transformed through

Commentary: Islamic State militant group ran an info war ‘like a viral marketing campaign’

Publicity is the lifeblood of all terrorist groups, say Anne-Marie Slaughter and Asha C Castleberry.

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Climate Change

the sun sets behind the skyline of lower Manhattan in New York City.

Commentary: I care about climate change. I don't wish to live in a Waterworld like Kevin Costner

Singapore, ASEAN and other parts of the world, facing sea level rise, must do more, says Singapore Youth for Climate Action ...

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Lifestyle &Entertainment

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Commentary: Love for the game? Is owning a football club worth the trouble?

Peter Lim’s tussle with Valencia fans, culminating in the firing of much-loved coach Marcelino Garcia Toral, and scores of ...

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Global Headwinds

Asian stocks

Commentary: Why are we playing chicken with global recession risks?

There are now several geo-economic games of chicken playing out. Failure to compromise would lead to a collision and a global ...

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Japanese Primer Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump are due to sign something on

Commentary: The global retreat of free trade has just begun

Traders work on the floor at the NYSE in New York

Commentary: Wall Street is ignoring the omens of recession

The attacks on two Saudi oil plants come as state-owned Aramco accelerates preparations for a

Commentary: Is oil heading back towards US$100 a barrel?

The Gaia satellite collected the data on some 1.7 billion stars from its unique vantage point in

Modern Economy

People walk by the clothing retailer Forever 21 in New York City

Commentary: 3 reasons Forever 21’s bankruptcy doesn't spell the end of brick-and-mortar retailing

Consumers often still want to touch, feel or try a product before making a purchase, says Anthony Dukes.

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Work Life

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Commentary: The future is tech but where is Singapore’s engineering and IT talent?

The number of graduates from STEM disciplines has fallen over the same period, even as the number of STEM jobs has surged, ...

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In this file photo taken on June 21, 2018, a child in a stroller holds a sign as people rally

Married Life

Mother feeding her baby at home

Commentary: Parenthood should be taken off its pedestal

There is nothing innately virtuous about having children, says the Financial Times’ Janan Ganesh.

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Living Well

Motion sickness altitude sickness plane travel holiday

Commentary: Flying and the pain of dealing with allergies, anxieties and emergencies while up in the air

As people live, work and travel longer, whether on business or holiday, there is a greater likelihood of medical problems in ...

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InTheUnited States

The impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump is weighing on investor sentiment

Commentary: Trump’s impeachment highly likely but don’t hold breath (yet) for conviction or removal

Here’s why US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the senior Democrats calculate that they should impeach Trump now, says ...

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US President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address in the US Capitol, with Vice

Commentary: The mother of all Trumpian battles has just begun

John Bolton was sacked this week as national security chief

Commentary: John Bolton, the last of the White House neocons?

FILE PHOTO: A migrant holds a U.S. flag during their gathering near the El Chaparral port of entry

Commentary: Is the American Dream dead?

China's economy expanded at its slowest pace for nine years in the third quarter, fuelling

US China Relations

Chinese soldiers participate in a military parade (1)

Commentary: China’s military might is much closer to the US than you probably think

China’s military budget is usually thought to be about 40% of that of the US. In reality it's about 75%, says University of ...

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A woman walks past a map showing the elevation of the sea in the last 22 years during the World Cli

World News

Youth activists played a major role in the successful campaign to persuade Israeli Arabs to go to

Commentary: Israel’s Arabs awaken to their electoral power

Arab Israelis have been slow to realise their potential pivotal role in the nation’s politics. That’s changing, says ...

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

Top Asia Pacific

South Korea's Moon Jae-in Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Commentary: The uncomfortable North Korea wedge between Japan and South Korea

The major divergence in Seoul and Tokyo's strategic views towards North Korea have added fuel to the bilateral fire, says ...

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Southeast Asia

Men sit at their collapsed houses damaged by landslide along Mekong river in Can Tho city

Commentary: Droughts and dams are drying up the Mekong river

The combination of drought and the construction of dams in China, and now in Laos, has created a new situation in the Mekong ...

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Supporters of former Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama gather at city hall a day after after

On Indonesia

University students take part in a protest outside the Indonesian Parliament building in Jakarta

Commentary: So much for eradicating corruption in Indonesia

The Indonesian Parliament’s passing of a sweeping law that many say will hamstring the Corruption Eradication Agency should be ...

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