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...

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...

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...

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...

South Korea to increase international flights starting May

A woman wearing a mask to prevent contracting coronavirus walks past an electronic board showing flight schedules at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, on Jan 3, 2020.Reuters South Korea said on Wednesday (April 6) it will add hundreds of international flights per week beginning in May, continuing to ease anti-coronavirus measures as its Omicron...

What is the XE Omicron hybrid and should we be worried about it?

Researchers in several countries have identified hybrid variants of the Delta and Omicron strains of the coronavirus.Wold Health Organisation The first time one was reportedly spotted turned out to be a false alarm. This time it appears to be for real. Researchers in several countries have identified hybrid variants of the Delta and Omicron strains of the...

Sri Lankan ministers offer to resign as economic crisis escalates

People attend a protest against Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in a residential area after the government imposed a curfew following a clash between police and protestors near the President's residence during a protest amid the country's economic crisis, in Colombo, Sri Lanka on April 3, 2022.Reuters Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa called on Monday...

Pregnant woman loses baby after being ‘left unattended’ at A&E for 2 hours, NUH investigating

A couple recently lost their unborn child after the woman was allegedly left unattended in the emergency department for two hours. In a Facebook post, the man, who goes by Mee Pok Tah, wrote that his wife, who was 36 weeks pregnant, realised that she was bleeding from her birth canal last Tuesday (March 15) night while taking a...

Indonesian migrant workers in Taiwan face struggles, discrimination

The Indonesian narrator utters the words, “Taiwan is not as beautiful as profile pictures on Facebook”. That thought is followed by another proclamation. “Sponsors [labour brokers] and PJTKI (Indonesian migrant worker placement companies) always have sweet promises to spread persuasion. Promises sometimes contradict reality [in Taiwan].” The lines were spoken by Tari Sasha, the main character of...