Myanmar frees hundreds of political prisoners after Asean pressure

People react outside Insein prison as Myanmar's Junta releases prisoners including people that protested against the military coup, in Yangon, Myanmar on Oct 18, 2021.Reuters Myanmar's military government has freed hundreds of political prisoners from the notorious Insein prison, including Aung San Suu Kyi's party spokesman and a famous comedian Zarganar, local media reported. Minutes after...

Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine highly protective in 12-18 age group: US CDC study

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is authorised for children as young as 12, and the companies are seeking authorisation for use in those as young as five years of age.Reuters WASHINGTON - The Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine was 93 per cent effective in preventing hospitalisations among those aged 12 to 18, according to an analysis released by the US...

Ex-lover of disgraced actress Zheng Shuang fined $6.7 million for his role in tax evasion case

Actress Zheng Shuang (left) was fined US$46 million (S$61.8 million) for tax evasion and her ex-partner Zhang Heng was fined US$5 million for abetting the crime.Weibo The former partner of Zheng Shuang, who has run afoul of Chinese regulators, was fined more than 32 million yuan (S$6.7 million) on Monday (Oct 17) for helping the...

Mindef: Singapore military aircraft that flew over Johor were taking part in multilateral exercise

SINGAPORE - Singapore military aircraft that flew over southern Johor earlier this month were taking part in a multilateral exercise and had obtained the requisite approvals to enter Malaysian territorial airspace, said the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) on Tuesday (Oct 19). This was during Exercise Bersama Gold, a Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) exercise held...

Singapore’s Covid-19 strategy may seem like a ‘flip-flop’, but it helps avert massive deaths: Ong Ye Kung

SINGAPORE - In managing the Covid-19 pandemic, Singapore did not take a purist "zero-Covid" or "living with Covid" approach, but adopted an eradication strategy when the population was vulnerable before opening up progressively after vaccination had given Singaporeans a protective shield. Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said this on Monday morning (Oct 18) in his...

US-China coronavirus vaccine diplomacy heats up but can donations sway allegiances?

Lau Ka-kuen The United States was largely absent in vaccine diplomacy early this year but entered the arena when President Joe Biden announced in May that the US would distribute 80 million Covid-19 vaccine doses worldwide. Biden did not hide his intention: The US wanted to counter the influence of China and Russia by using the...

Ex-Myanmar president says army tried to force him to cede power hours before coup

Myanmar's president Win Myint reviews the honour guard during his welcome ceremony at the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand on June 14, 2018.Reuters file Myanmar's deposed president testified on Tuesday (Oct 12) that the military tried to force him to relinquish power hours before its Feb 1 coup, warning him he could be seriously harmed...

Influencer Speaks Up For Sylvia Chan About His Time In Night Owl Cinematics

Johor-born Singaporean content creator and co-founder of Night Owl Cinematics (NOC) Sylvia Chan has yet to address any of the allegations made against her since last Friday. This comes after Instagram account @sgcickenrice released a series of alleged “receipts” of Sylvia planning her staff’s exit and her ongoing abusive behaviour over the years. Although many have come...

Plant-based egg and shrimp on Nestle’s menu as it taps into vegan growth

A logo is pictured on the Nestle research centre at Vers-chez-les-Blanc in Lausanne, Switzerland on Aug 20, 2020.Reuters file LONDON - Nestle is launching plant-based substitutes for egg and shrimp that closely mirror the taste, nutrition and performance of the originals, the food group said on Wednesday (Oct 6), extending its range in the fast-growing vegan...

Booster shot improves immune response of chemotherapy patients; post-Covid depression helped by widely used drugs

An Israeli woman receives a third shot of the Covid-19 vaccine in Tel Aviv, Israel on Aug 30, 2021.Reuters file The following is a summary of some recent studies on Covid-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that have yet to be certified by peer review. Chemo patients' response to vaccine...