Tuesday, 18 Feb 2020


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Euro falls towards key $1.08 level, bleak German investor survey piles pressure

LONDON (Reuters) – The euro extended losses on Tuesday to plumb a new three-year low against the dollar, after a German survey showing a slump in investor confidence added to pessimism about Europe’s largest economy. The euro has lost around 3.4% of its value against the U.S. dollar this year, as weak manufacturing and gross […]

North Korean refugees seek political voice in South with new party

SEOUL (REUTERS) – A group of North Korean refugees launched a political party in South Korea on Tuesday (Feb 18), aiming to give a voice to the 33,500 defectors living in the South and oppose conciliation with Pyongyang. “We were always considered minorities and aliens,” said Mr Kim Joo-il, secretary-general of the new South-North Unification […]

Three-year-old boy found dead at foot of Ang Mo Kio HDB block

SINGAPORE – A three-year-old boy was found dead at the foot of an HDB block in Ang Mo Kio on Tuesday morning (Feb 18). Police said that they were alerted to the incident at 6.38am at Block 332 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1. The boy was found lying motionless at the foot of the block and […]

Ex-policewoman jailed 2 weeks for maid abuse

SINGAPORE – A police sergeant repeatedly abused her domestic helper and assaulted the Indonesian woman just two weeks after she started working for the household. On one occasion, Nazriah Md Isa, who was a policewoman for 21 years before she resigned, kicked the maid and spat at her face as she felt that the woman did […]

Singapore Budget 2020: $4b to help businesses hit by coronavirus outbreak; sectors like tourism, aviation to get tax rebates

SINGAPORE – Help is on the way for workers and businesses impacted by the global coronavirus outbreak, with additional relief to be provided to the hard-hit tourism and transport sectors. The Government will dedicate $4 billion this year to help stabilise Singapore’s economy and help workers and businesses tide over a looming slowdown, Finance Minister […]