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Tories romp to victory at polls

BRITISH Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservative Party emerged victorious at the polls yesterday. Mr Cameron will form the next government with a majority in Parliament but his five-year term is expected to be marked by serious challenge.

Retrial for ‘cabby abuser’

A NORWEGIAN in jail for assaulting a cabby will get a retrial as two witnesses have come forward to say the driver, Mr Chan Chuan Heng, was the aggressor. Arne Corneliussen says he was too drunk to recall the incident.

New satellite images of Vietnam’s land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea. — PHOTO: REUTERS

ASIA/WORLD

Viet land reclamation

NEWLY released satellite images show Vietnam has carried out significant land reclamation at two sites in the disputed South China Sea. But the scale and pace of work are said to be dwarfed by that of China’s.

China’s security law

CHINA has revealed the full text of the draft of a sweeping national security law which covers a wide range of areas, including politics, culture, the military, the economy, technology and the environment. It also stresses the importance of upholding the rule of the CCP.

Manga charter push

JAPAN’S ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has created a manga, or comic, as part of a campaign to revise the nation’s Constitution to lessen its pacifist leanings. It features a wide-eyed young couple being lectured about the need to revise the 68-year-old document.

US job growth rebounds

THE United States saw job growth rebound last month while unemployment dropped to nearly a seven-year low. These signs of a pick-up in economic momentum could keep the Federal Reserve on track to hike interest rates this year.

OPINION

Ensuring S’pore-Malaysia travel links are spot on

There’s no rushing the high-speed rail project because of its technical complexity. Ultimately, decisions undertaken today by the Singapore and Malaysia authorities will have to stand up to analyses of realised costs and benefits years from now. Hence the need for thoroughness.

Asean a modern miracle

FEW seem to realise that Asean is a modern miracle which Mr Lee Kuan Yew worked exceedingly hard to build. Few regional groups set up post-World War II have flourished. Asean’s success in preventing war in the Balkans of Asia is remarkable, writes Kishore Mahbubani.

Children with learning disabilities learn better through arts subjects like drama. — ST PHOTO: TIFFANY GOH

SINGAPORE

Sped schools get a boost

THE National Arts Council has tripled the grant amount for special education schools to take part in arts education programmes. There is growing recognition that children with autism and other learning disabilities learn better through subjects like drama.

Help in protecting data

SINGAPORE’S privacy watchdog is stepping up assistance for companies in protecting personal data.

The Personal Data Protection Commission will set up a fixed-rate legal advice scheme to help assess their compliance.

US nod for RSAF

THE US State Department has approved a US$130 million arms deal that would allow the Republic of Singapore Air Force to upgrade its fleet of F-16 fighter jets.

Mindef said negotiations are still ongoing.

MONEY

Industrial over-supply

AN OVER-SUPPLY of strata industrial units is hitting sales and sending rents down. The pain is especially acute among projects completed since the second half of last year, as these were bought around two to three years earlier when the market was heady, say experts.

SPORT

Kagawa’s admission

JAPAN’S Shinji Kagawa, the man who was seen as Wayne Rooney’s long-term successor at Manchester United, admits he was never ready for the task in the first place.

— PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Manny is a ‘sore loser’

TWO days after saying he would be open to a re-match with Manny Pacquiao, unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather did a U-turn on Thursday while describing his Filipino rival as “a sore loser”.

SATURDAY

Jaya’s words of advice

HIS friends warned him against being preachy, but Professor S. Jayakumar was not deterred. In his memoir, Be At The Table Or Be On The Menu, the former deputy prime minister spells out how he sees the challenge of keeping a small state like Singapore going, and how Singaporeans must understand the issues and play their part.

LIFE

Dick Lee’s song success

COMPOSER Dick Lee can heave a sigh of relief now. The pressure he said he felt from the task of writing this year’s Golden Jubilee National Day song has lifted after the song Our Singapore was unveiled two days ago to a largely positive reception. Netizens’ comments were encouraging, with most saying the lyrics were heartfelt.

— PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Carey opens in Vegas

MARIAH Carey opened her Las Vegas residency, hitting many of the high notes she is famous for. One of the best-selling women solo artists of the last two decades, she is performing her 18 No. 1 hits in the show, Mariah #1 To Infinity, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

— ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE SLIDER

Sea change

Clifford Pier used to be a bustling jetty in the heart of the city. See what it looks like today in our Singapore Slider series of Singapore Then and Now. http://str.sg/4b4

WEB SPECIALS

Are you Mensa material?

A 21/2-year-old boy has joined Mensa, the society for people with high IQs. Bone up on the organisation and answer some sample quiz questions at http://str.sg/3zj

Meet Mhairi Black – Britain’s ‘baby’ MP

JUST 20, student Mhairi Black is the youngest person to be elected to the British Parliament since 1667.

Learn 10 things about the feisty Scottish lass at http://str.sg/3zz

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