Singapore - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Singapore Draft a sign of progress on South China Sea code of conduct BEIJING (AP) — A framework agreement between China and the Association of Southeast Asia Nations on a code of conduct in the South China Sea marks a potentially significant step toward cooling tensions in the strategic waterway, analysts said Friday. While details of the agreement reached Thursday weren't disclosed, it is a definite sign of progress on re... Fri, 19 May 2017 07:52:00 GMT 2017-05-19T07:52:00Z Fugitive Red Bull heir flew to Singapore before court date BANGKOK (AP) — Thai immigration authorities say the heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune who is wanted on deadly hit-and-run charges flew to Singapore two days before he was due to appear before prosecutors. And airport authorities in Singapore confirmed Tuesday his private plane is still there. When he left Bangkok, Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya, 32, wa... Tue, 02 May 2017 09:39:00 GMT 2017-05-02T09:39:00Z Setting aside human rights, Trump courts Asian leaders WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is prioritizing strategic interests over human rights by inviting a pair of internationally criticized leaders from Southeast Asia, where the U.S. is vying with China for influence. The White House said rights concerns in the Philippines and Thailand may be aired in private. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has... Mon, 01 May 2017 21:31:00 GMT 2017-05-01T21:31:00Z Thai prime minister accepts Trump's invitation to visit US BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister has accepted an invitation from President Donald Trump to visit the United States, his office said Monday, as the U.S. leader made an unexpected diplomatic initiative toward several Southeast Asian counterparts. Trump telephoned Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on S... Mon, 01 May 2017 16:47:00 GMT 2017-05-01T16:47:00Z A glance at some of the recent executions around the globe As Arkansas moved ahead Thursday with plans to execute a fourth inmate in eight days, The Associated Press checked into executions during the same period in other countries where the death penalty is regularly carried out. Experts cautioned that international statistics on executions are difficult to obtain because many countries shroud the process in sec... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:51:00 GMT 2017-04-27T23:51:00Z Canada beats US in Singapore sevens final SINGAPORE (AP) — Canada scored a try less than two minutes from the end after squandering a 19-0 lead to beat the United States 26-19 in the first all-American final at the World Series Sevens in Singapore on Sunday. The two North American neighbors pulled off a string of upsets over the sport's traditional powerhouses to set up an unlikely final in the s... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 15:52:00 GMT 2017-04-16T15:52:00Z A Trump national security adviser tapped as Singapore envoy PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A top national security adviser to President Donald Trump is the latest official heading out in an ongoing shuffle within the National Security Council. K.T. McFarland, who is in line to be U.S. ambassador to Singapore, came into the White House as a deputy to Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Flynn was asked to resign in Februar... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 02:11:00 GMT 2017-04-10T02:11:00Z Vettel breaks Ferrari's F1 drought with victory at Aussie GP MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Sebastian Vettel broke Ferrari's Formula One drought with a victory over the Mercedes team of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas on Sunday at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Ferrari hadn't won an F1 GP since Vettel's victory in Singapore in 2015, and so his leap up onto the top of the podium at the finish in Australia... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:27:00 GMT 2017-03-26T08:27:00Z US immigration judge grants asylum to Singapore teen blogger CHICAGO (AP) — A blogger from Singapore who was jailed for his online posts blasting his government was granted asylum to remain in the United States, an immigration judge ruled. Amos Yee, 18, has been detained by federal immigration authorities since December when he was taken into custody at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Attorneys said he could be released from a... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:58:00 GMT 2017-03-25T14:58:00Z At 93 years old, Zimbabwe's Mugabe remains a jet-setter HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's 93-year-old leader might be slowing down, but his busy foreign travels have led the opposition to call him the "non-resident president." President Robert Mugabe has visited Singapore, Ghana, Swaziland and Mauritius in the past three weeks alone. At times he stops over in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, for just a night before leaving again. ... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:12:00 GMT 2017-03-23T13:12:00Z Asian stocks drift as investors await Fed meeting SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets drifted in slow trading on Tuesday as investors awaited the outcome of the Federal Reserve's meeting and a batch of economic and political events later this week. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 0.1 percent to 19,609.50 but South Korea's Kospi rose 0.8 percent to 2,133.78. Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 0.2... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 06:45:00 GMT 2017-03-14T06:45:00Z Teen blogger seeking US asylum fears return to Singapore CHICAGO (AP) — A teenage blogger awaiting a Chicago immigration judge's ruling on his asylum request to stay in the United States said Friday that he's afraid of returning home to Singapore, where he was jailed after posting scathing blog posts about the government. Amos Yee, 18, has been detained in the U.S. since mid-December, when he was taken into cus... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:36:00 GMT 2017-03-10T19:36:00Z Asian shares mixed, Seoul up after Park impeachment affirmed SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Shares were mixed in Asia on Friday as a weaker yen pushed Tokyo's benchmark higher. South Korea's Kospi edged higher after the Constitutional Court decided to remove the country's president for the first time in history. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 jumped 1.3 percent to 19,575.34 and South Korea's Kospi added 0.2 percent t... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 04:05:00 GMT 2017-03-10T04:05:00Z Michelle Wie shoots 67, takes 2-shot lead in Singapore SINGAPORE (AP) — Michelle Wie shot a 5-under 67 Saturday to lead the HSBC Women's Champions tournament by two strokes after the third round. The American followed up her previous rounds of 66 and 69 to reach 14-under 202 and lead an LPGA event after 54 holes for the first time since she won the 2014 U.S. Open. Top-ranked Lydia Ko birdie... Sat, 04 Mar 2017 14:18:00 GMT 2017-03-04T14:18:00Z Michelle Wie opens with 66, takes 1-stroke lead at Singapore SINGAPORE (AP) — Michelle Wie rolled in several clutch putts on Thursday and had six birdies in a 10-hole stretch to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the HSBC Women's Champions. The 27-year-old Wie, who has struggled with injuries and form since winning the U.S. Open in 2014, shot a 6-under 66 at the new Tanjong course. "... Thu, 02 Mar 2017 13:12:00 GMT 2017-03-02T13:12:00Z Miami's loss is Mexico gain as World Golf Championship moves MEXICO CITY (AP) — Miami's loss is Mexico's gain. For the first time since 1962 — before Jack Nicklaus had won any of his 18 majors — the PGA Tour will not have a tournament at Doral this year. Doral had hosted a World Golf Championship event the last nine years until Cadillac did not renew as title sponsor and the tour couldn't find another that wanted to be at what is now ... Thu, 02 Mar 2017 07:37:00 GMT 2017-03-02T07:37:00Z Asian stocks mixed on upbeat US data, rate hike expectations SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed Thursday as investors took profit amid expectations that the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates more aggressively than expected following upbeat U.S. economic data. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 0.5 percent to 19,347.53 while South Korea's Kospi edged down 0.1 percent to 2,081.84. Hong Kon... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:18:00 GMT 2017-02-16T08:18:00Z Marksaeng wins Singapore Open, clinching British Open berth SENTOSA, Singapore (AP) — Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand shot a 4-under 67 in the final round to win the Singapore Open by one shot on Sunday, clinching a place in the British Open in the process. Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand, Young-han Song of South Korea and Jbe Kruger of South Africa tied for second place at Sentosa Golf Club and secured their places at the British Open... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:19:00 GMT 2017-01-22T11:19:00Z Singapore jails, fines Swiss bank's ex-manager in 1MDB case SINGAPORE (AP) — A Singapore court found a former manager at a Swiss private bank guilty of failing to report more than $1.26 billion in suspicious transactions in a case linked to the indebted Malaysian state fund 1 MDB. The court on Wednesday sentenced Jens Sturzenegger, a Swiss national and former manager at Falcon Private Bank, to 28 weeks in jail and... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:44:00 GMT 2017-01-11T09:44:00Z Asian stocks mixed as attacks in Germany, Turkey hike risks SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian markets were mixed Tuesday despite modest overnight gains on Wall Street as attacks in Germany and Turkey kept investors' appetite for risk in check. The Bank of Japan kept its policy unchanged as expected. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 advanced 0.5 percent to 19,494.53 while South Korea's Kospi added 0.2 percent to 2,0... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 07:13:00 GMT 2016-12-20T07:13:00Z Asian shares slip as US-China drone row drags on sentiment HONG KONG (AP) — Most Asian stock benchmarks lost ground Monday as investors fretted over the potential political and economic fallout from China's capture of a U.S. underwater glider. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index slipped 0.1 percent to 19,391.60 while South Korea's Kospi edged 0.1 percent lower to 2,039.97. Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.7 percent to 21,8... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 06:34:00 GMT 2016-12-19T06:34:00Z Asian shares muted, dollar climbs as rate outlook sinks in HONG KONG (AP) — Most Asian stock markets were tepid Friday while the dollar consolidated its gains as investors started getting used to the new reality of a future with higher U.S. interest rates. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 0.7 percent to 19,401.15 as the weakening yen helped shares of the country's exporters. Other Asian indexes were listless. S... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 06:43:00 GMT 2016-12-16T06:43:00Z Asian envoys urge Trump to reconsider on TPP trade pact WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S.-allied Asian ambassadors on Tuesday urged President-elect Donald Trump to reconsider his opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and keep the U.S. engaged in Asia. Ambassadors from Australia, South Korean and Singapore made the appeal at a Washington think tank. The Obama administration championed the trade pact ... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 19:22:00 GMT 2016-12-13T19:22:00Z