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MALAYSIAN BADMINTON STAR DATUK LEE CHONG WEI FAILS DRUG TEST

THEREALSINGAPORE 21 October 2014 - 11:29pm

KUALALUMPUR: An official from the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) yesterday confirmed that a top Malaysian shuttler has failed a random doping test conducted during the World Championships in Copenhagen in August. BAM and other concerned parties were notified after the recent Asian Games in Incheon. The top male player, who had won a string of tournaments, had played in Incheon and also contributed medals.


2014 WILL MOST LIKELY BE THE HOTTEST YEAR EVER RECORDED

THEREALSINGAPORE 21 October 2014 - 1:30pm

Just days after NASA data showed that August 2014 was the warmest August on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirmed the ranking and raised the ante: There’s a good chance 2014 could become the warmest year on record. “If we continue a consistent departure from average for the rest of 2014, we will edge out 2010 as the warmest year on record,” said Jake Crouch, a climatologist with NOAA’sNational Climatic Data Center, during a press briefing Thursday.


AUSTRALIA FORMER PRIME MINISTER GOUGH WHITLAM HAS DIED, AGED 98

THEREALSINGAPORE 21 October 2014 - 11:03am

Gough Whitlam, a flamboyant Australian prime minister and controversial social reformer whose grip on power was cut short by a bitter constitutional crisis, died Tuesday at the age of 98. Although national leader for only three turbulent years until 1975, the legacy of Whitlam's Labor Party government remains to this day. Many of its legislative and social innovations, once regarded as radical, are now accepted as part of daily life.


2 JAPAN MINISTERS RESIGN AFTER BEING EXPOSED OF VIOLATING ELECTION LAWS AND MISUSING FUNDS

THEREALSINGAPORE 20 October 2014 - 6:05pm

Japan's Justice Minister Midori Matsushima has resigned, hours after the resignation of Trade and Industry Minister Yuko Obuchi. Ms Matsushima had been accused by the opposition of violating election laws. Ms Obuchi is alleged to have misused funds from her political support groups and other donations. Correspondents say the resignations are a major setback for PM Shinzo Abe, who wants to bring more women into the top levels of government.


MALAYSIA'S ISLAMIC DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATING “I WANT TO TOUCH A DOG” EVENT

THEREALSINGAPORE 20 October 2014 - 3:39pm

Islamic Development Department (Jakim) will conduct an investigation on the organising of the “I Want To Touch A Dog” event at Central Park, One Utama in Petaling Jaya yesterday. Its director-general, Othman Mustapha, said the programme should not have taken place and Jakim regretted the irresponsible attitude of the organisers who were not concerned with the sensitivities of Muslims in the country.


AUSTRALIA ABANDONS CONTROVERSIAL BURQA SEGREGATION PLAN

THEREALSINGAPORE 20 October 2014 - 3:33pm

Sydney (AFP) - A controversial plan to make women wearing the burqa or niqab sit in separate glassed public enclosures at Australia's Parliament House due to security concerns was abandoned Monday after an outcry. The backdown followed a decision on October 2 by Speaker Bronwyn Bishop and Senate President Stephen Parry to seat people wearing face coverings in areas normally reserved for noisy school children while visiting parliament.


THIS FEMALE KURDISH FIGHTER HAS KILLED 100 ISIS MILITANTS

THEREALSINGAPORE 20 October 2014 - 1:10pm

This is the female Kurdish fighter known only as ‘Rehana’ and she’s killed over 100 Islamic State militants singlehandedly. The incredible statistic was outlined in a tweet by journalist Pawan Durani and has gathered over 5,000 retweets since it was posted this week. However in a turn of events, recent reports by various different sources claim that the heroine has since been captured and executed. One of these sources being the International Business Times.


THE AUTHOR OF THE 'RICH DAD, POOR DAD' IS NOW A BANKRUPT DAD

THEREALSINGAPORE 20 October 2014 - 7:57am

Robert Kiyosaki, author of the bestselling “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” series, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection after losing a nearly $24 million court judgment to The Learning Annex,The New York Post reports. As one of Kiyosaki’s earliest backers, The Learning Annex was responsible for arranging the speaking engagements and platform that led to his massive success.


INTERNET TROLLS IN UK MIGHT FACE UP TO TWO YEARS IN JAIL

THEREALSINGAPORE 19 October 2014 - 7:07pm

Internet trolls will face up to two years in jail under tough new laws proposed by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling following a number of high profile cases. The sentence for internet abuse is presently six months but under the plans Mr Grayling is proposing to take a hard stance and quadruple it.


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