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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 »

The World's 10 Richest Countries

The US just makes the list

(Newser) - While some countries are rich in culture and history, others are actually rich. 24/7 Wall St. has compiled a list of the world's 25 wealthiest countries based on gross national income, which it says is a "more useful measure of national wealth" than gross domestic product. The site... More »

Stingray Kills Aquarium Worker

Philip Chan, 62, was helping transfer Singapore sea creatures to new homes

(Newser) - In what police are calling the first death of its kind in Singapore, a longtime professional diver was killed by a stingray Tuesday at a shuttered aquarium, the BBC and Reuters report. Philip Chan, 62, who'd worked at Underwater World since it opened its doors in 1991, was the... More »

Single Dinner at Singapore Restaurant Costs $2M

Restaurant, Russian company are offering the event to just two worthy diners

(Newser) - In the ultimate act of lavish absurdity, Singapore restaurant Ce La Vi is partnering with Russian company World of Diamonds Group to offer what is being billed as the "most expensive dining experience in the world." It's one only two worthy diners will have the chance to... More »

Plane Makes Emergency Landing, Bursts Into Flames

Singapore Airlines passengers safe but shaken

(Newser) - All 222 passengers and 19 crew from a Singapore Airlines flight are safe and unharmed after a terrifying incident early Monday. The airline says the Boeing 777-3000 was on its way from Singapore to Milan when the pilot decided to turn back after receiving an engine oil warning message, the... More »

Behold, the World's 'Best' Building

31 six-story blocks make up Singapore's Interlace

(Newser) - If the best view from your apartment is into your neighbors' living room, prepare to be envious of the residents of Singapore's the Interlace —the winner of the World Building of the Year at the eighth annual World Architecture Festival. Designed by Netherlands-based Office for Metropolitan Architecture and... More »

The World's 10 Healthiest Countries

If you said 'America,' well, we're not No. 1. Or even No. 30

(Newser) - The world's healthiest country is a place at times better known for the occasional caning than the Mediterranean diet : According to Bloomberg rankings of every country of at least a million inhabitants, Singapore is the healthiest place on the planet, garnering an overall health grade of 89.45% when... More »

'Cheryl's Birthday' Math Problem Puzzles World

Question for Singapore students goes viral

(Newser) - Never mind the color of that dress : When is Cheryl's birthday? The latest viral puzzler to stump the Internet started out as a question for students in Singapore and spread around the world after it was posted here , reports the Washington Post . Students were asked to determine the birthday... More »

Singapore Comes to 'Near-Halt' for Funeral

Lee Kuan Yew eulogized at funeral as architect of Singapore

(Newser) - Singaporeans today bid farewell to longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew with an elaborate procession and a three-hour state funeral where his son, the current prime minister, eulogized the statesman in one of 10 eulogies at the funeral. As Lee Hsien Loong put it: "To those who seek Mr. Lee... More »

Founding Father of Singapore Dead at 91

Authoritarian Lee Kuan Yew was feared and respected

(Newser) - Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of modern Singapore who helped transform the sleepy port into one of the world's richest nations, died today, the government says. He was 91. Lee was admitted to Singapore General Hospital on Feb. 5 for severe pneumonia and was later put on life support.... More »

Singapore to Cane Guys Who Spray-Painted Train

One of 2 Germans convicted: 'This is the darkest episode of my entire life'

(Newser) - With a dozen cans of spray paint at his side as evidence, a Singapore judge sentenced two German men today to nine months in jail and three lashes with a cane for vandalizing a train, the Local reports. Andreas Von Knorre, 22, and Elton Hinz, 21, were charged with entering... More »

Sonar Spots AirAsia Wreckage on Seafloor

As bad weather sends wreckage drifting up to 30 miles

(Newser) - A day after debris was first spotted, Indonesian searchers have confirmed that sonar equipment has detected wreckage from AirAsia Flight QZ8501 at the bottom of the sea—though whether the plane is in one piece or broken up remains to be seen, reports CNN . The wreckage was found between 60... More »

App Rewards People for Ignoring Their Smartphones

Singapore students win prize for 'Apple Tree,' which rewards human interaction

(Newser) - A way to reward people for having face-to-face interaction instead of staring into the void of their smartphone screens? There's an app for that. Or there will be soon, thanks to three 20-year-old Singapore students who won $30,000 in funding Tuesday at the Splash Awards to develop Apple... More »

Bitcoin Firm CEO Dead in Suspected Suicide

American Autumn Radtke found dead in Singapore

(Newser) - Police in Singapore are probing what they call the "unnatural death" of an American woman who ran a firm dealing in bitcoins and other virtual currencies. Autumn Radtke, 28, was found dead in her apartment in what local media say was a suicide, reports the New York Post. Officials... More »

Tokyo Falls as World's Costliest City

Inflation makes Singapore world's priciest

(Newser) - Tokyo, rated the world's most expensive city last year by the Economist Intelligence Unit , has dropped out of the top five thanks to the soaring cost of living in other cities, including the new No. 1, Singapore. The city-state was sent to the top of the list by its... More »

Insane 75' Eagle Putt Decides LPGA Tourney

Paula Creamer snags first win since '10 on chance shot

(Newser) - Paula Creamer sank a 75-foot eagle putt on the second playoff hole against Azahara Munoz to win the HSBC Women's Champions today for her first LPGA title since the 2010 US Women's Open. Creamer's putt curled across the 18th green and then rolled slowly down the slope... More »

The World's Most-Visited City Is...

Hong Kong, followed by Singapore

(Newser) - When it comes to the world's most-visited cities, Asia has a clear lead: Of the top five, four are on the continent, according to a list published by the Telegraph and based on a Euromonitor International report. The number one most-visited city? Hong Kong, which saw 23,770,200... More »

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