Nov 26, 2013

Singapore, Malaysia in spy dust-up

Malaysia’s Foreign Ministry summoned the ambassador from neighboring Singapore on Tuesday over a media report that the city-state helped with U.S.-Australian surveillance in the region. Foreign Minister Anifah Aman had already summoned the heads of the U.S. and Australian missions earlier in November in ...

Oct 22, 2013

Next big TPP meet set for Dec . 7 to 9

The 12 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations will hold a ministerial meeting in Singapore between Dec. 7 and 9 with the aim of concluding a deal by year’s end, official sources said. It will be the stage for the countries ...

Japan's food bolstered in Singapore

Oct 18, 2013

Japan's food bolstered in Singapore

More than 200 companies are showcasing Japanese food and beverages at this year’s “Oishii Japan” food exhibition that opened Thursday in Singapore to promote Japanese products and seek business opportunities in Southeast Asia. Food and food-related companies from 26 prefectures are taking part in ...

Sep 19, 2013

Singapore arrests 14 over match-fixing

Fourteen people believed to be members of an organized crime ring involved in football match-fixing activities have been arrested in police raids across Singapore, authorities said Wednesday. The Singapore Police Force and the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau said in a joint statement the 12 ...

Jul 5, 2013

Kubota to export rice to Singapore

Kubota Corp. said Friday it will start exporting rice to Singapore to follow up on the start of rice exports to Hong Kong last year. The Osaka-based agricultural machinery maker will establish a wholly owned subsidiary in Singapore in August to kick off the ...

Singapore gripped by 'Singing Bone' Hello Kitty frenzy

Jun 29, 2013

Singapore gripped by 'Singing Bone' Hello Kitty frenzy

Tempers flared and police had to be called in as anxious Singaporeans rushed to McDonald’s outlets to buy plush Hello Kitty toys being sold in a promotion by the fast food chain Thursday. Hundreds had begun waiting in line from Wednesday night in the ...

Malaysia chokes as air pollution hits 16-year high

Jun 24, 2013

Malaysia chokes as air pollution hits 16-year high

Malaysia’s government Sunday declared a state of emergency in two southern districts choked by smog from forest fires in Indonesia as air pollution levels reached 16-year-highs. Environment Minister G. Palanivel said the air pollutant index (API) hit 750 in the town of Muar — ...

Jun 24, 2013

Indonesia begins cloud-seeding in attempt to fight haze

Indonesia has begun seeding clouds in an attempt to create rain to extinguish blazes that have choked Singapore and Malaysia with smog, officials said Sunday, while launching investigations into plantation firms suspected of starting the fires. The pollution index dropped to “moderate” in Singapore ...

Jun 22, 2013

Jakarta sends in choppers to seed clouds, fight fires

Indonesia on Friday dispatched helicopters to create artificial rain in a desperate bid to fight raging fires that are choking Singapore with record-breaking levels of smog that is threatening people’s lives. At a late-night emergency meeting, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered disaster officials to ...

| May 3, 2013

Modern Singapore grapples with Victorian sex statutes

With its gay bars and same-sex couples publicly displaying affection, the Tanjong Pagar district offers a glimpse of a Singapore whose outlook contrasts with its more conservative image. Located in the city’s central business area, it is also home to offices and government buildings. ...

An art expedition to Southeast Asia

May 2, 2013

An art expedition to Southeast Asia

by Jeff Hammond and Jeff Michael Hammond

Confronting the ongoing state of transformation that characterizes their native Singapore, two artists exhibiting at a new exhibition, “Welcome to the Jungle,” adopt quite different approaches and media. Francis Ng in “Constructing Construction #1″ turns his camera on an unfinished section of an ugly ...