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TEMPLE IN THAILAND TO BUILD SEPARATE TOILETS FOR CHINESE AND NON-CHINESE

THEREALSINGAPORE 28 February 2015 - 9:21pm

One of northern Thailand's most famous temples plans to build separate toilets for Thais and other non-Chinese tourists, officials confirmed on Saturday. Wat Rong Khun, better known as the White Temple, in Chiang Rai will add the new toilets as a solution to complaints about the lack of bathroom etiquette by Chinese tourists, temple officials told DPA. 


NORTH KOREA'S KIM JONG UN TELLS ARMY: ‘PREPARE FOR WAR’ WITH U.S.

THEREALSINGAPORE 28 February 2015 - 9:03pm

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has urged his army to prepare for war with the United States and its allies, state media said Saturday, as Pyongyang ramps up the rhetoric ahead of U.S.-South Korea military drills. Kim’s comments came after South Korea and the United States Friday conducted a joint naval drill involving 10 South Korean warships and a U.S. Aegis destroyer, ahead of the launch of large-scale military exercises that have enraged the North. 


INDONESIA RETRIEVES FINAL MAJOR PART OF AIRASIA FLIGHT QZ8501 FUSELAGE

THEREALSINGAPORE 28 February 2015 - 5:43pm

Indonesia has retrieved the final major part of the fuselage of an AirAsia jet that crashed into the Java Sea in December, killing all 162 people on board, officials said on Saturday. The mangled wreckage, the largest part of the plane retrieved, was pulled from the sea Friday and loaded onto a ship, national search and rescue chief Bambang Soelistyo told AFP. 


COLORADO SOLD NEARLY 5 MILLION MARIJUANA EDIBLES IN 2014

THEREALSINGAPORE 28 February 2015 - 2:56pm

The state's marijuana overseers issued their first annual report. Colorado just got its first year-long batch of data on the state’s grand experiment with legal marijuana. In the first annual report on supply and demand, Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division disclosed on Friday that 4.8 million edible marijuana products and nearly 150,000 lbs. of marijuana flowers were sold in 2014. 


ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND EXPECTED TO CUT 2,600 JOBS IN ASIA

THEREALSINGAPORE 28 February 2015 - 12:32pm

Royal Bank of Scotland will hand restructuring chief Rory Cullinan the task of overseeing another major scaling back of its investment bank, sources told Reuters, allowing it to focus on lending to British households and businesses. Cullinan will take over responsibility for RBS's investment bank from Donald Workman, currently executive chairman for corporate and institutional banking, the sources said. 


LEONARD NIMOY, ACTOR WHO PLAYED MR SPOCK ON STAR TREK, DIES AGED 83

THEREALSINGAPORE 28 February 2015 - 9:32am

Leonard Nimoy, who enchanted generations of audiences with his depiction of Star Trek’s human-alien philosopher and first officer Mr Spock, has died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 83. The actor died on Friday morning of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Bel-Air, his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, told the New York Times. He had been hospitalised at UCLA medical center with breathing difficulties days earlier. 


MALAYSIA CHRONICLE: CAN SINGAPORE SURVIVE WITHOUT THE LEES?

THEREALSINGAPORE 27 February 2015 - 10:42pm

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was diagnosed with prostate cancer, shocking the people of Singapore who wished him a successful surgery, while triggering high concern from neighbouring countries. Meanwhile, although the doctor said that he believes Lee will be able to fully recover, the people still naturally focus on the successor issue. 


KINDERGARTEN KIDS WITH 'AK-47S' CAUSE OUTRAGE IN RUSSIA

THEREALSINGAPORE 27 February 2015 - 9:41pm

Pictures of young Russian children posing with mock AK-47 rifles and other weapons at a kindergarten have provoked a storm of controversy, but some defended them as patriotic education. Pictures making the rounds online show boys and girls around five or six years-old posing for cameras with mock-ups of AK-47 assault rifles, a sniper rifle and a grenade launcher in their hands. 


WHAT COLOR IS THIS DRESS: HOW ONE DRESS DIVIDED THE INTERNET

THEREALSINGAPORE 27 February 2015 - 2:55pm

What colors are this dress? The colors of a dress have come under serious debate on social media with some seeing it as white and gold and others as black and blue - but why the disparity? The picture of the dress was initially posted on Tumblr by Caitlin McNeill, a 21-year-old from Scotland after she shared a photo of it with her friends. 'What happened was two of my close friends were actually getting married and the mother of the bride took a photo of the dress to send to her daughter,' McNeill said. 


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