2016 set to be hottest year on record in Singapore: Met Service – Channel NewsAsia


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2016 set to be hottest year on record in Singapore: Met Service
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The mean annual temperature recorded at the Changi climate station, as of Dec 29, exceeded the current record of 28.3°C set in 1997, 1998 and 2015, says the Met Service. Posted 30 Dec 2016 19:37; Updated 30 Dec 2016 19:40. A woman shields her face …
2016 set to be hottest year on record in Singapore: NEATODAYonline

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Russia's Putin decides against expelling US diplomats in response to sanctions – Channel NewsAsia


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Russia’s Putin decides against expelling US diplomats in response to sanctions
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President Vladimir Putin ruled out on Friday expelling anyone in retaliation for Washington’s decision to throw out 35 Russian diplomats and impose sanctions on two of the country’s intelligence agencies. Posted 30 Dec 2016 21:00; Updated 30 Dec 2016
Russia will not expel anyone in response to U.S. sanctions, Putin saysTODAYonline
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Govt working at all levels to get Terrexes back; SAF will learn from this: Ng Eng Hen – TODAYonline

Govt working at all levels to get Terrexes back; SAF will learn from this: Ng Eng Hen
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SINGAPORE — The Republic has been working at all levels of government “quietly and out of the limelight” to get the Terrexes back from Hong Kong, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen revealed in a Facebook post on Friday (Dec 30). Describing the seizure of the …

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Ang Mo Kio Town Council general manager under CPIB probe – The Straits Times


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Ang Mo Kio Town Council general manager under CPIB probe
The Straits Times
Mr Victor Wong, former general manager of Ang Mo Kio Town Council, is under investigation by the CPIB. PHOTO: ST FILE. Published. Dec 30, 2016, 1:30 am SGT. Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Email More. Share Tweet Linkedin Pin Google+ Reddit Print …
CPIB investigating Ang Mo Kio Town Council General ManagerSatellite PR News (press release)

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Indian rupee window closes as Modi eyes key poll – Channel NewsAsia


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Indian rupee window closes as Modi eyes key poll
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A deadline for Indians to deposit invalid rupee notes at banks closes on Friday as attention turns towards the potential political ramifications of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bold currency shakeup. Posted 30 Dec 2016 22:44; Updated 30 Dec 2016 22:45.
Indians rush to exchange cash ahead of deadlineFinancial Times
Modi defends bank note move as Indians line up for cashDaily Mail
India’s cash overhaul leaves millions in limbo as deadline passesToronto Star
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Islamic religious teachers must be registered with Muis from January 2017 – TODAYonline

Islamic religious teachers must be registered with Muis from January 2017
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Madrasah students are seen on January 29, 2009 during assembly before class start at Madrasah Al-Irsyad Al-Islamiah in Singapore. AFP file photo. mail · print. View all 0 comments. Tweet · Share. By. Alfred Chua. -. AlfredChuaM@mediacorp.com.sg -.

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Russia announces ceasefire in Syria from midnight – Channel NewsAsia


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Russia announces ceasefire in Syria from midnight
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Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a ceasefire between Syrian opposition groups and the Syrian government starting at midnight on Thursday. Posted 29 Dec 2016 20:55; Updated 29 Dec 2016 22:40. Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a …
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Name change for Taiwan's de facto embassy irks China – The Japan Times


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Name change for Taiwan’s de facto embassy irks China
The Japan Times
TAIPEI – Japan’s de facto embassy in Taiwan said it will change its name next month to make the semi-official organization more recognizable. Beijing, which regards Taiwan as a renegade province, expressed displeasure with the move. At a news …
Who Blinks First? – Taiwan, China and the US are pushing the red lines in East AsiaTimes of India (blog)
China Just Gave Trump a 999-Foot-Long Middle FingerThe Fiscal Times
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Why 2016 is getting an extra “leap second” – Vox


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Why 2016 is getting an extra “leap second”
Vox
Hope everyone enjoyed 2016, because this year is going to last one second longer than usual. No, really: On December 31, the world’s timekeepers will add in a “leap second” to keep all our clocks in sync with the Earth’s rotation. They do this because
Leap second: Why is 2016 going to be one second longer?Christian Science Monitor
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50000 Rohingya flee to Bangladesh from Myanmar: Govt – The Straits Times


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50000 Rohingya flee to Bangladesh from Myanmar: Govt
The Straits Times
DHAKA (AFP) – Some 50,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar, the foreign ministry in Dhaka said on Thursday (Dec 29), seeking shelter from a bloody crackdown by the army. Bangladesh has stepped up patrols to try to stem the tide …
European Commission provides €3 million for Rohingyas in BangladeshThe Indian Express
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