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PRESIDENT OBAMA’S REMARKS ON THE EXECUTION OF JOURNALIST JAMES FOLEY BY ISLAMIC STATE

THEREALSINGAPORE 21 August 2014 - 10:07pm

Today, the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group ISIL. Jim was a journalist, a son, a brother and a friend. He reported from difficult and dangerous places, bearing witness to the lives of people a world away. He was taken hostage nearly two years ago in Syria, and he was courageously reporting at the time on the conflict there. Jim was taken from us in an act of violence that shocked the conscience of the entire world. He was 40 years old, one of five siblings, the son of a mom and dad who worked tirelessly for his release. Earlier today, I spoke to the Foleys and told them that we are all heartbroken at their loss and join them in honoring Jim and all that he did.


THAI MILITARY COUP APPOINT THEIR GENERAL AS THE NEW PRIME MINISTER OF THAILAND

THEREALSINGAPORE 21 August 2014 - 4:39pm

Thailand's coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha has been appointed prime minister by a legislature he hand-picked, giving the army chief a veneer of legitimacy even while the military presses on with efforts to silence its critics. Although Prayuth's appointment on Thursday paves the way for an interim government to be set up in the coming weeks, power will remain firmly in the junta's hands.


US TRIED AND FAILED TO RESCUE HOSTAGES, SAYS PENTAGON

THEREALSINGAPORE 21 August 2014 - 9:13am

"The United States attempted a rescue operation recently to free a number of American hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (IS)," Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement. "This operation involved air and ground components and was focused on a particular captor network within ISIL (IS). "Unfortunately, the mission was not successful because the hostages were not present at the targeted location." 


HACKERS TARGET INFORMATION ON MH370 PROBE: REPORT

THEREALSINGAPORE 20 August 2014 - 5:16pm

The computers of high-ranking officials in agencies involved in the MH370 investigation were hacked and classified information was stolen. The stolen information was allegedly being sent to a computer in China before CyberSecurity Malaysia - a Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation agency - had the transmissions blocked and the infected machines shut down. 


SAUDI SHEIKH: WOMEN SHOULDN'T DRIVE BECAUSE IT DAMAGES THEIR OVARIES AND PELVIS

THEREALSINGAPORE 20 August 2014 - 4:41pm

A leading Saudi cleric warned women who drive cars could cause damage to their ovaries and pelvises and that they are at risk of having children born with "clinical problems." Sheikh Saleh Al-Loheidan's widely derided remarks have gone viral as activists claim a website urging women to defy their country's driving ban has been blocked in Saudi Arabia.


MELBOURNE, ADELAIDE, SYDNEY, PERTH AMONG WORLD'S MOST LIVABLE CITIES, SG RANKED 52ND

THEREALSINGAPORE 20 August 2014 - 4:19pm

The Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) claims its annual Liveability Survey could be used to "assign a hardship allowance as part of expatriate relocation packages," among other things. But that needn't apply to those in Melbourne, which for the fourth year running has been declared the best city in the world to live. The Australian culture hub was buoyed by superlative healthcare, infrastructure and education as well as a murder rate of 3.1 per 100,000 people, half the global average of 6.2.


AUSSIE MP & MINING TYCOON: THE PRCS ARE TRYING TO TAKE OVER OUR COUNTRY!

THEREALSINGAPORE 20 August 2014 - 2:09pm

​The head of the Palmer United Party was being asked about his legal battle against a Chinese state-owned company on the ABC’s Q&A program last night. Mr Palmer accused the Chinese government of wanting to take over Australian ports to get the nation’s resources for free.


ISLAMIC STATE RELEASES VIDEO WHICH SHOWS BEHEADING OF CAPTURED AMERICAN JOURNALIST

THEREALSINGAPORE 20 August 2014 - 12:06pm

A video showing the beheading of an American journalist has been posted online, purporting to be a message to the United States from the terrorist group Islamic State (IS). The high-resolution video shows the killing of 40-year-old James Foley, a freelancer who had been missing since being kidnapped in Syria in 2012. Foley's family has confirmed his death, saying: "We have never been prouder of our son Jim. He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people." The video, titled "A message to America", shows Foley on his knees, dressed in an orange jumpsuit, next to a militant clad completely in black with his face covered.


MALAYSIA MILITANTS AIMED TO CREATE ISLAMIC STATE ACROSS S-E ASIA, INCLUDING SINGAPORE

THEREALSINGAPORE 19 August 2014 - 5:58pm

Malaysian police have foiled plans for a wave of bombings drawn up by radical Islamist militants inspired by Iraq's extremist jihad group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), a top counter-terrorism official said Tuesday. The 19 suspected militants arrested from April-June were formulating plans to bomb pubs, discos and a Malaysian brewery of Danish beer producer Carlsberg, said Ayob Khan Mydin, deputy chief of the Malaysian police counter-terrorism division. 


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