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RIOTS IN BALTIMORE, USA AFTER FUNERAL OF MAN WHO DIED IN POLICE CUSTODY

THEREALSINGAPORE 28 April 2015 - 9:59pm

Streets in Baltimore looked like a war zone early Tuesday after a night of riots, fires and heartbreak. "Too many people have spent generations building up this city for it to be destroyed by thugs who -- in a very senseless way -- are trying to tear down what so many have fought for," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said.


M'SIAN ISLAMIC SCHOLAR: 'MARITAL RAPE' IS MADE UP BY EUROPEAN PEOPLE

THEREALSINGAPORE 28 April 2015 - 12:38pm

While insisting that the concept of marital rape does not exist in Islam, religious scholars say it may be sinful for a Muslim man to force his wife to have sex when she is ill or menstruating. Perak Mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria said that men can always have sexual intercourse with their spouses even if the latter do not agree, saying that a Muslim woman has “no right” to reject her husband’s demand.


AUSTRALIAN CONVICT MARRIES GIRLFRIEND, AS INDONESIA EXECUTION LOOMS

THEREALSINGAPORE 28 April 2015 - 9:56am

An Australian death row convict married his girlfriend in prison on Monday, a day before his possible execution by an Indonesian firing squad for drug offences. Andrew Chan, who was convicted in 2006 along with fellow Australian Myuran Sukumaran for trying to smuggle heroin out of Indonesia, exchanged vows with Indonesian fiancee Febyanti at a maximum security prison in central Java. 


PM LEE WROTE A SUDOKU SOLVER IN C++, WANTS TO LEARN HASKELL

THEREALSINGAPORE 28 April 2015 - 9:16am

Besides his pink shirts and down-to-earth demeanor, here’s one more reason why Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is cool — he knows how to code. Singapore may be rounding up Smart Nation Innovations Week for 2015, but our journey to become a Smart Nation continues. 


ROBBERY SAVED 9 GREEK CLIMBERS FROM NEPAL QUAKE

THEREALSINGAPORE 27 April 2015 - 2:57pm

Nine Greek climbers who were robbed by a sherpa guide in Kathmandu told Sunday of their lucky escape after heading home from Nepal the day before an earthquake triggered the deadliest disaster in Mount Everest's history. "We arrived in Kathmandu last week and there we discovered that our sherpa had disappeared with the money we had given him," Nerit Sophoclis Paitis, one of the climbers told Nerit, Greek public television. 


SCIENTIST BELIEVES HE CAN SLOW AGEING, EXPECTS TO LIVE TO 150

THEREALSINGAPORE 27 April 2015 - 2:24pm

An anti-ageing expert is convinced he will live until he is 150 and claims healthy Brits will live far longer than they expect.


AMERICAN WOMAN SPENT A YEAR AS A 'SEX SLAVE' OF THE BRUNEI ROYALS

THEREALSINGAPORE 27 April 2015 - 11:06am

HE’S worth an estimated $25 billion (AUS), lives in a 1700-bed palace, indulges himself in western luxuries and has a reputation for enjoying beautiful women. In a story on 60 Minutes, viewers saw how the Sultan of Brunei lives a very extravagant but somewhat moderate Muslim life. But last year the Sultan introduced Sharia Law - where thieves would have their hands cut off and adulterers and homosexuals would be stoned to death. 


WHY WE SHOULDN'T JUDGE A COUNTRY BY ITS GDP

THEREALSINGAPORE 27 April 2015 - 10:56am

Gross Domestic Product has become the yardstick by which we measure a country’s success. But, says Michael Green, GDP isn’t the best way to measure a good society. His alternative? The Social Progress Index, which measures things like basic human needs and opportunity. 


THAI NGO BOYCOTTS ASEAN PEOPLE'S FORUM IN SOLIDARITY WITH S'PORE REP

THEREALSINGAPORE 27 April 2015 - 10:44am

Thai participants at APF2015 have withdrawn their civil society representative, Ms. Sattara Hattirat of Togetherness for Equality and Action (TEA), from the interface with ASEAN Heads of Government in solidaritywith their Cambodian and Singaporean colleagues who were rejected by their respective governments. The Cambodian authorities have replaced the Cambodian CSOs repwith a government official who also runs a GONGO. 


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