• Lee Kuan Yew's condition has 'improved slightly': PMO
    Lee Kuan Yew's condition has 'improved slightly': PMO

    Mr Lee Kuan Yew is in stable condition and doctors at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) are monitoring him closely, said Minister for Communication and Information Yaacob Ibrahim in a Facebook post on Friday night.

  • COMMENT: Singapore needs to look beyond the 'swamp to skyscrapers' narrative
    COMMENT: Singapore needs to look beyond the 'swamp to skyscrapers' narrative

    It makes sense that we’re doing this on a massive scale during Singapore’s Jubilee year, but there’s one myth that really, really needs to be busted: the narrative of “fishing village to sparkling metropolis”. A recent BBC article framed Singapore’s growth as “swamp to skyscrapers” – a narrative most Singaporeans are familiar with by now. Colonised by the British in the early 1800s, Singapore was a major hub of entrepôt trade. In fact, the British were only the latest – and most remembered – to have carried out significant activities in Singapore.

  • North Korean leader tells army: 'prepare for war'
    North Korean leader tells army: 'prepare for war'

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has urged his army to prepare for war with the United States and its allies, state media said Saturday, as Pyongyang ramps up the rhetoric ahead of US-South Korea military drills. Kim's comments came after South Korea and the United States Friday conducted a joint naval drill involving 10 South Korean warships and a US Aegis destroyer, ahead of the launch of large-scale military exercises that have enraged the North. "The prevailing situation where a great war for national reunification is at hand requires all the KPA (Korean People's Army) units to become (elite) Guard Units fully prepared for war politically and ideologically, in military technique and materially", he was quoted by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) as saying. North Korea regularly ratchets up hostile rhetoric at times of joint US-South Korea military exercises that spark a sharp surge in tensions on the divided peninsula.