Jul 12, 2014

Singapore backs call to destroy gay-themed books

A children’s book inspired by a real-life story of two male penguins raising a baby chick in New York’s zoo has been deemed inappropriate by state-run Singapore libraries, and the conservative city-state’s information minister said he supports the decision to destroy all copies alongside ...

'Skinny' Southeast Asia starts to battle growing bulge

Jun 12, 2014

'Skinny' Southeast Asia starts to battle growing bulge

Many Southeast Asian countries are rolling out measures so people can make healthy choices before obesity turns into the full-blown epidemic seen in many Western countries. Obesity is a priority for Singapore’s government, said Zee Yoong Kang, chief executive of the city-state’s Health Promotion ...

Abe inspects two casino resorts in Singapore

May 30, 2014

Abe inspects two casino resorts in Singapore

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday took in two casino resort facilities in Singapore after arriving to attend a three-day security summit for the Asia-Pacific region. Abe intends to draw on Singapore’s experience in bolstering tourism with integrated resort facilities, Japanese government sources said. ...

Abe to visit Singapore casino to gauge economic benefits

May 24, 2014

Abe to visit Singapore casino to gauge economic benefits

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to visit a casino and resort complex in Singapore later this month to assess the facility’s economic benefits and effect on society, according to a government source. Abe’s trip will come at a time when domestic legislation to legalize ...

TPP ministers fail to set timeline for striking deal

May 20, 2014

TPP ministers fail to set timeline for striking deal

Ministers from the 12 countries trying to hammer out the Trans-Pacific Partnership fell short of setting a clear timeline for ending the negotiations as they wrapped up a two-day meeting Tuesday in Singapore, although they stressed that progress was made on tariff issues. “We ...

May 6, 2014

U.S., Singapore reach agreement on tax evasion

Singapore has reached an agreement with the United States on sharing tax information under a new law meant to combat offshore tax-dodging by Americans, a U.S. Treasury Department spokeswoman said on Monday. The deal, which was expected for more than a year, will make ...