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More cargo and passenger flights at Changi as traffic picks up amid Covid-19

SINGAPORE – The recovery of Changi’s aviation hub remains a work in progress, though cargo traffic has picked up and more flight connections are available for passengers. Passenger flights to 70 cities are now available at the airport, up from a low of 24 in mid-April last year at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. […]

In Myanmar, Health Care’s Collapse Takes Its Own Toll

U Hla Min, a rice farmer in central Myanmar, was getting regular radiation therapy for cancer when the military seized power on Feb. 1. Initially expected to survive, he lasted less than three months. His treatment ended when doctors at Mandalay General Hospital walked off the job to protest the coup. Soldiers soon occupied the […]

An attack on one of its stars leaves India's battle rap community worried

NEW DELHI – Battle rap artistes thrive on offence, irreverence and braggadocio, using language skilfully as weapons to beat their opponent. Their terrain is a free speech zone, where everything is fair game amid deft usage of homophones, similes and metaphors, among other arms. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. […]

'Tang ping' trend: China youth join calls to get out of gruelling rat race

BEIJING – Living on 200 yuan (S$41) a month, not working for two years and playing a corpse on television when the mood strikes – such is the life described in a forum post that has gone viral recently, and led to youth in China questioning their choices. “Tang ping” or “lie flat” is the […]

Sri Lanka seeks $53 million in damages over S'pore-registered ship fire

COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka is seeking US$40 million (S$53 million) in damages from the operator of a ship that left massive pollution when it caught fire off the country’s west coast, officials said on Saturday (June 12). Ports and shipping minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena said an interim claim had been lodged with X-Press Feeders, which […]

Gender roles, expectations need to change to better support mothers: Sim Ann

SINGAPORE – While women in Singapore have made good progress over the last few decades, mindsets about the roles and expectations of women and men in a family need to change in order to better support mothers here, Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for National Development and Foreign Affairs, said on Saturday. She […]

China still buying American DNA equipment for Xinjiang despite blocks

BEIJING (NYTIMES) – The police in the Chinese region of Xinjiang are still buying hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of American DNA equipment despite warnings from the United States government that the sale of such technologies could be used to enable human rights abuses in the region. The US government has tried to prevent […]

Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on June 12

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Saturday, June 12. Helping low-wage workers in S’pore climb the wage ladder While cleaners, security officers and landscape workers have much to cheer about, things are less upbeat for low-wage workers outside of these industries. READ MORE HERE Ion Orchard to close for 4 days […]