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HDB to launch scheme to install ramps in flats with multi-step entrances on Dec 5

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 16:50
SINGAPORE: Seniors living in older flats with multi-step entrances will soon be able to enter and exit their homes more easily and safely. There are about 170,000 such homes in Singapore and from Wednesday (Dec 5), the Housing and Development Board (HDB) will offer ramps for residents living in ...

Kremlin calls absurd accusation it has designs on Ukrainian sea ports

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 16:50
The Kremlin on Monday called absurd a Ukrainian accusation it has designs on the Ukrainian ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk in order to create a land corridor between Russian-annexed Crimea and eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists.

Norway biotech Ultimovacs plans IPO to develop cancer drug

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 16:40
OSLO: Norway's Ultimovacs plans to raise around 700 million Norwegian crowns (US$82 million) in an initial public offering in early 2019 to help fund the development of its immunotherapy cancer drug. "Our main investors are positive and will take a significant part of the amount we hope to raise," ...

Trump tweets China to cut tax on US-made cars, revs up auto stocks

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 16:40
U.S. President Donald Trump said China had agreed to cut import tariffs on American-made cars, buoying shares in BMW and Daimler AG who manufacture in the United States for export to the world's biggest auto market.

Australia plastic bag consumption down 80% after supermarket ban

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 16:40
SYDNEY: Plastic bag consumption in Australia has dropped by more than 80 per cent after two of the country's biggest supermarkets banned the bags earlier this year, said the National Retail Association (NRA) on Monday (Dec 3). NRA said that a total of 1.5 billion single-use plastic carry bags have ...

UK retailer Ted Baker to investigate company "culture of hugs"

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 16:36
British fashion chain Ted Baker said it would investigate claims against chief executive and founder Ray Kelvin relating to his habit of hugging business colleagues.

France must speed up tax cuts, says Finance Minister Le Maire

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 16:31
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on Monday said tax cuts should be accelerated, and by consequence the pace of public spending cuts quickened, to foster greater prosperity for all citizens.

Pet black bear kills Japanese caretaker

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 16:30
TOKYO: A bear standing 1.3m tall and weighing an estimated 50kg attacked and killed a Japanese man who was found inside the animal's cage, police said Monday (Dec 3).  Neighbours heard Soichiro Mori, 56, screaming for help at a house northeast of Tokyo on Sunday morning, according to a police ...

13 cheated of S$366,000 in 4D lottery scams: Police

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 16:30
SINGAPORE: The Singapore Police Force received 13 reports of lottery scams between January and October where victims were cheated of about S$366,000 in total, it said in a news release on Monday (Dec 3). The victims were contacted via social media platforms such as Facebook or through private ...

Trump asks Pakistan PM for help with Afghan peace talks - Pakistani minister

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 16:25
U.S. President Donald Trump has written a letter to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan asking for the South Asian nation to help with Afghan peace talks, Pakistani Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Monday.

MUIS gets new chief, Esa Masood, from 2019

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 16:20
SINGAPORE: The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) will have a new senior management team from next year, with Mr Esa Masood replacing retiring chief executive Abdul Razak Maricar. In a statement on Monday (Dec 3), MUIS said Mr Abdul Razak, 64, has prepared his team for transition and ...

Dutch firm argenx, J&J affiliate to collaborate on cancer therapy

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 16:16
REUTERS: Netherlands-based biopharmaceutical company argenx SE said it signed a deal with Cilag GmbH International, an affiliate of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies unit, to develop its Cusatuzumab drug in certain types of cancer. The deal, which is potentially worth up to US$1 ...

Political leaders arrive in Poland in race to deliver on UN climate deal

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 16:16
Political leaders on Monday began arriving in the Polish coal city of Katowice where two weeks of talks have begun to revive the landmark Paris 2015 deal on climate change as dire warnings mount about a lack of action.

Egypt refuses to accuse police over Italian student's murder

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 16:10
CAIRO: Egypt refuses to accuse police officers suspected by Italy of involvement in the grisly murder of an Italian student because of a lack of evidence, the authorities said. Giulio Regeni, a 28-year-old doctoral researcher at Britain's Cambridge University, disappeared in Cairo in January 2016 ...

Qatar to withdraw from OPEC and focus on gas exports

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 16:10
Qatar is withdrawing from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) as of January 2019, Saad al-Kaabi, the country's energy minister said on Monday.

Spanish Socialists' hold on Andalusia shaky after Ciudadanos rejects coalition

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 16:05
The candidate for the market friendly Ciudadanos party in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia Juan Marin on Monday ruled out any coalition with the Socialists after an election on Sunday saw voters split between five parties.

Bank of America completes Brexit switch to Dublin

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 16:00
Bank of America finished moving its banking and markets operations in Europe to a new base in Dublin from London, the bank said on Monday, after it received all necessary regulatory and court approvals.

US-led aircraft hit IS hostage killer in Syria-coalition

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 16:00
BEIRUT: U.S.-led war planes killed an Islamic State leader on Sunday in Syria responsible for executing hostages including an American, Washington's envoy to the coalition fighting the jihadist group said. "Earlier today, coalition air forces conducted precision strikes against a number of ISIS ...