Singapore is not perfect, but still a role model

Singapore is not perfect, but still a role model

AUG 27 — We often talk about judgment with regard to individuals, but organisations and countries can have good and bad judgment as well. I was recently in Singapore. Every time I visit, it has struck me as a country with good judgment.

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Singaporean-German team of scientists discover way to reverse ageing effects

Singaporean-German team of scientists

discover way to reverse ageing effects

SINGAPORE, Sept 1 — Scientists from Singapore and Germany have made a discovery which might lead to ways of reversing the effects of ageing and wrinkled skin.

Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) said the scientists discovered that mutations in the PYCR1 (Pyrroline-5-carboxylate reductase 1) gene caused a rare genetic condition which resulted in premature skin ageing, known as “wrinkly skin syndrome”.

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China tents dismantled as refugees return to Myanmar

China tents dismantled as refugees return to Myanmar

NANSAN, China, Sept 1 — China dismantled temporary housing for refugees from Myanmar on Tuesday as most headed back to homes and looted shops across the border in Kokang, where the Myanmar army fought an armed militia last week.

About two-thirds of the refugees who had fled to the Chinese border town of Nansan had left by today, with the remainder packing and chatting while rows of blue tents were dismantled. Buses had ferried many of them to the nearby border yesterday.

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Ramadan drummers return as Kashmir insurgency wanes

Ramadan drummers return as Kashmir insurgency wanes

NEW DELHI, Sept 1 — As soldiers watch from a distance, men beating drums walk the pre-dawn streets of troubled Kashmir to wake up Muslims to eat sohour, the last meal before starting a day of Ramadan fasting.

A centuries old Muslim ritual of human alarm clocks beating drums and bells in the pitch-dark hours of Islam’s holiest month has returned to the strife-torn region.

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Many UK teenage girls abused by boyfriends

Many UK teenage girls abused by boyfriends

LONDON, Sept 1 — A third of teenage British girls say they have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of their boyfriends, according to a report by a children’s charity today.

A quarter of girls also experienced violence, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) said.

A survey by the NSPCC of more than 1,350 teenagers found that nine out of 10 girls aged 13 to 17 had been in an intimate relationship, with one in six of these saying they had been forced to have sex and one in 16 saying they had been raped.

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French ‘Spiderman’ finally conquers Petronas Twin Towers

French ‘Spiderman’ finally conquers Petronas Twin Towers

French “Spiderman” Alain Robert was arrested today after successfully scaling the Petronas Towers, in his third attempt on the nation’s tallest structure, police said.


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Sex scandal rocks Australia’s Labour party

Sex scandal rocks Australia’s Labour party

CANBERRA, Sept 1 — A sex scandal today rocked Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s scandal-plagued Labour Party in the state of New South Wales — vital to Rudd’s re-election hopes.

New South Wales Labour Health Minister John Della Bosca, a factional heavyweight at state level in the same centre-left party as Rudd, quit his post yesterday amid newspaper revelations he had an extramarital affair with a 26-year-old woman.

“I made some poor decisions. You have to take your medicine if you make bad decisions,” Della Bosca told reporters today.

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