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Crazy Rich Asians Author Could Face Prison Term

Seems Kevin Kwan didn't perform his national service in Singapore

(Newser) - As Kevin Kwan is learning, film-biz fame has its downside. The author whose book inspired the hit movie Crazy Rich Asians could face fines and/or imprisonment for not completing his national service obligations in Singapore, the New York Times reports. Kwan, 44—who moved to Houston as an 11-year-old and... More »

'Gambling Mecca' Is About to Become Richest Place on Earth

Macau is set to surpass Qatar, per a new IMF ranking

(Newser) - A "gambling mecca" is set to oust Qatar as the richest place on Earth, per the International Monetary Fund's newest stats. Bloomberg reports that the IMF's World Economic Outlook database has pegged Macau as the planet's wealthiest place, with its economy on track to reach the... More »

Is This the Safest Place in the World? Residents Think So

The 2018 Global Law and Order Report asked people in 142 countries about local crime

(Newser) - Listen up, safety-conscious globetrotters. A new Gallup survey has ranked world-wide destinations based solely on what locals have to say about their own sense of safety, reports CNN . Researchers asked 148,000 residents aged 15 or older in 142 countries the following safety-related questions: Do you have confidence in the... More »

Kim: 'We Decided to Leave the Past Behind'

Trump says he had a 'terrific day' with North Korean

(Newser) - President Trump and Kim Jong Un signed a document after a historic day of meetings in Singapore on Tuesday and while the contents weren't immediately disclosed, it was clear that the two men had clicked. "We had a terrific day and we learned a lot about each other... More »

Rodman Weeps as Kim Meets Trump

'I'm so happy'

(Newser) - Former NBA star Dennis Rodman openly wept on television in a live interview from Singapore as President Trump and Kim Jong Un met for the first time. The eccentric former reality television star is one of the few westerners to have spent time with the North Korean leader during multiple... More »

US, North Korea Still Far Apart on Key Details

Analysts are worried that Trump hasn't done his homework

(Newser) - President Trump and Kim Jong Un have both arrived in Singapore ahead of Tuesday's historic summit—but while they are close to each other in location, in separate luxury hotels, the two sides are still far apart on key details. North Korea and the US are still not in... More »

Trump, Kim Are Both on the Ground in Singapore

Air Force One lands hours after North Korean leader arrives for historic summit on Tuesday

(Newser) - President Trump and Kim Jong Un have both arrived in Singapore, reports the AP , with Air Force One touching down Sunday evening at a military base hours after Kim arrived. CNN reports it's a rare trip outside the Hermit Kingdom for Kim for an even rarer summit. The North... More »

Kim Jong Un Impersonator Stopped, Questioned by Cops

Lookalikes arrived in Singapore just in time for the summit

(Newser) - A Kim Jong Un lookalike was detained and questioned upon his arrival in Singapore on Friday, days before a summit between the North Korean leader and President Donald Trump, reports the AP . The Hong Kong-based impersonator, who uses the name Howard X, is in the city-state for summit-related promotions by... More »

New Glitch in Summit Meeting: Who Pays for Kim's Hotel?

The Fullerton Hotel in Singapore is expensive, after all

(Newser) - At least as of Friday, the US-North Korea summit meeting is back on —but who's going to foot the bill? Especially that darned hotel bill. So the Washington Post is asking in an article about how two teams led by Washington and Pyongyang are hammering out details before... More »

Trump Announces Site of Summit With Kim Jong Un

They will meet in Singapore on June 12

(Newser) - The time and date are set: President Trump will meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12. "We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!" Trump tweeted Thursday morning, providing details for the first time about the... More »

World's First 'Tropical Polar Bear' Euthanized

Singapore Zoo said 27-year-old Inuka had too many age-related ailments to live comfortably

(Newser) - Inuka, the world's first polar bear born in the tropics, was euthanized Wednesday by the Singapore Zoo, officials say. The 27-year-old bear suffered from age-related ailments including arthritis, and his limbs became too weak to support his 1,100-pound-plus frame, per the AP . The zoo said this resulted in... More »

New Passport Rankings Have a Notable No. 1

For first time, an Asian nation (Singapore) gets the honors

(Newser) - A new ranking of the world's most powerful passports is out, and it contains a notable first, per US News & World Report . The Passport Index by financial advisory firm Arton Capital puts an Asian nation in the top spot for the first time. Singapore gets the honors, with... More »

Only One Country Beat US for Most Competitive Economy

Switzerland is No. 1 in World Economic Forum ranking

(Newser) - One of Donald Trump's platforms during the presidential campaign was to "restore America's competitive edge," but the US might not be doing so shabby after all. Quartz , which features the World Economic Forum's new Global Competitiveness Report , notes that the United States has actually ascended... More »

Divers Find Remains of All 10 Missing Sailors

They searched flooded compartments of USS John S. McCain

(Newser) - Divers have recovered the remains of all 10 sailors who went missing after the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker collided near Singapore last week, the US Navy said Monday. Navy and Marine Corps divers had been searching in flooded compartments of the destroyer for days after the... More »

Navy: USS John S. McCain Has 'Significant Damage'

4 nations search for 10 missing US sailors

(Newser) - The USS John S. McCain docked at Singapore's naval base with what the Navy says is "significant damage" to its hull after an early morning collision with an oil tanker as vessels from several nations searched for 10 missing US sailors. Vessels and aircraft from the US, Indonesia,... More »

10 Sailors Missing After US Warship Hits Tanker

At least 5 others injured in accident east of Singapore

(Newser) - At least 10 US sailors are missing after the USS John S. McCain collided with a tanker early Monday east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca in the second collision involving a ship from the Navy's 7th Fleet in the Pacific in two months. The Navy says five... More »

Singapore PM Is Working Against Late Dad's Will: Siblings

Tussle escalates, offers rare glimpse at cracks in powerful family

(Newser) - A tussle that began over their father's will escalated Wednesday when two siblings accused their brother, the prime minister of Singapore, of using "the organs of state" against them and grooming his son to take up a political role, the AP reports. Business executive Lee Hsien Yang, the... More »

United's New Flight: 18 Hours, Nonstop

Route from LA to Singapore would be world's longest nonstop from US

(Newser) - The appeal of the nonstop flight is a great one, and United Airlines has just come up with the most extreme one of all for travelers in the US: an 18-hour flight from Los Angeles to Singapore, Fortune reports. The 8,700-mile flight, set to begin in October, will take... More »

Teen Singapore Blogger Granted Asylum in US

Amos Yee openly criticized Singapore's leaders

(Newser) - A teenage blogger from Singapore whose online posts blasting his government landed him in jail was granted asylum to remain in the United States by an immigration judge in Chicago Friday. Amos Yee has been detained by federal immigration authorities since December, when he was taken into custody at Chicago'... More »

Singapore Rages After US Man Gets 4 Years for Sex With Girls

Thousands say punishment isn't enough—they want him caned

(Newser) - A mixed martial arts teacher originally from the US found out his fate in Singapore last week for having sex with two 15-year-old girls—and thousands are decrying the punishment as not being nearly as punitive as it should be, the BBC reports. Nearly 29,000 people have signed on... More »

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