Trip cancellations and postponements: Singaporeans put off travel plans as surge in passport applications and processing time continues

Mr Mohd Shariff submitted an application for his wife's new passport on April 6, intending to travel to Kuala Lumpur on Vesak Day on May 15 with his family. But they had to put their plans on hold when she could not get her travel document on time. He is among other people here who...

‘They said this boy’s life is finished’: Chinese Paralympian eyes world first

Sailor Xu Jingkun has made a habit of defying expectations ever since he lost part of his left arm as a 12-year-old. The Chinese Paralympian has been breaking barriers on land and sea ever since and just two years after completing a mammoth round-the-world journey, he's now preparing for his greatest challenge yet. In November Xu...

Pakistan’s mango production to fall by 50 per cent due to heatwave, water shortage

Pakistan's mango production is expected to decline by around 50 per cent this year, as the crop has been severely hit by unusually high temperatures and water shortages, the chief of a growers' and exporters' association said. Pakistan witnessed an extreme heatwave this month, with temperatures in the south crossing 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees...

Texas massacre shocks, but gunfire at US schools at record high

On Tuesday (May 25) three students were shot and wounded outside an elementary school in Washington DC. A day earlier, three teenagers were shot as they left their high school in Philadelphia. Last week, there were three shootings at high school graduations in Michigan, Louisiana and Tennessee. Gunfire at US schools is at a record high, with...

Hong Kong Toy Shop Refunded Family After Broken Teletubbies Sculpture Incident

Even though children are a joy to the world, they’re still learning and may not be careful with their surroundings, which why is it’s the parents’ responsibilities to look after them especially when out and about. You’ll never know if they might end up breaking something. An incident happened over in Hong Kong recently went...

His parents think he’s ‘a disgrace’, but this scrap collector in China is on a mission

"My parents think I am a disgrace," said 27-year-old Wu Kaisi. "Being famous for collecting scraps is as disgraceful to them as being famous for running naked in the streets." Wu first captured the imagination of people in China in 2014, when he walked over 1,800km from Guangzhou to Chengdu in only a pair of...

India cable car collision: Last of almost 50 people trapped mid-air rescued

Indian military rescuers with helicopters lifted to safety on Tuesday (April 12) the last of almost 50 passengers who had been trapped mid-air since a fatal cable-car collision two days earlier, police said. The collision on the pilgrim cableway directly killed one person, and another fell to his death on Monday when trying to climb...

Honda to spend $87 billion on R&D as it revs up electric ambitions

The Honda Motor logo is pictured at the 43rd Bangkok International Motor Show, in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 22, 2022.Reuters Japan's Honda Motor Co Ltd plans to spend $64 billion (S$87 billion) on research and development over the next decade, the company said on Tuesday, laying out an ambitious target to roll out 30 electric vehicle...

To work from home or not? Crowded trains affect people’s decision, study shows

People are more likely to want to return to their workplaces rather than continue logging in from home if MRT trains are, firstly, less crowded and, secondly, journey times are shorter. This was the finding of a Nanyang Technological University (NTU) study published in Travel Behaviour and Society - a journal of the Hong Kong...

Second booster shields elderly from Covid-19 but protection wanes quickly: Study

A vial of the Pfizer vaccine against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) is seen as medical staff are vaccinated at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, Israel on Dec 19, 2020. A fourth dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine lowered rates of Covid-19 among the elderly but the protection against infection appeared short-lived, a large study in...