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AIRASIA FLIGHT QZ8501: INDONESIA RESUMES SEARCH FOR VICTIMS AFTER BREAK

THEREALSINGAPORE 1 February 2015 - 3:15pm

Indonesian rescuers on Sunday resumed their search for 86 victims still missing from the AirAsia plane that crashed on Dec 28. The ill-fated jet had 162 people on board. National search and rescue agency chief Bambang Soelistyo last week said search and rescue teams were being given two days’ break after weeks searching in inhospitable conditions. 


ISIS VIDEO PURPORTS TO SHOW BEHEADING OF JAPANESE HOSTAGE KENJI GOTO

THEREALSINGAPORE 1 February 2015 - 8:15am

Islamic State (Isis) has released a video purportedly showing the beheading of the Japanese journalist Kenji Goto and containing a warning that Japan is now a target for the militants. The video, called A Message to the Government of Japan, showed a militant who looked and sounded like a man with a British accent who has taken part in other Isis beheadings. 


MALE BRAINS ARE HARDWIRED TO PICK UP ON WRONG SIGNALS WHEN IT COMES TO DATING

THEREALSINGAPORE 31 January 2015 - 2:14pm

It’s a scenario that has played out between men and women for centuries. A man thinks a woman wants sex after she smiles at him. She, meanwhile, interprets his advances as acts of friendship. Now scientists say they have finally got to the bottom of why this happens – and it’s all to do with how male brains have evolved to pick up on the wrong signals.


PRESIDENT OBAMA: WOMEN IN INDIA SHOULD BE TREATED WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT

THEREALSINGAPORE 30 January 2015 - 1:30pm

Barack Obama challenged India’s record on religious tolerance and women’s rights on Tuesday in a parting speech to students in Delhi that contrasted with the at-times saccharin feel of a state visit designed to highlight the closeness of the two countries.


HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH: SINGAPORE RIGHTS RESTRICTIONS TIGHTEN

THEREALSINGAPORE 30 January 2015 - 8:38am

Singapore’s government further restricted freedom of expression and assembly in 2014, and turned back gains in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015. However, Singaporean citizens increasingly sought to assert their rights in public spaces and through social media.


THOUSANDS OF LIVE CATS FROM CHINA SEIZED IN VIETNAM: POLICE

THEREALSINGAPORE 29 January 2015 - 10:39pm

Thousands of live cats destined "for consumption" have been seized in Hanoi after being smuggled from China, police said Thursday, but their fate still hangs in the balance. Cat meat, known locally as "little tiger", is an increasingly popular delicacy in Vietnam, and although officially banned is widely available in specialist restaurants. 


MALAYSIA: WE OFFICIALLY DECLARE MISSING MH370 AS AN 'ACCIDENT' WITH ALL LIVES LOST

THEREALSINGAPORE 29 January 2015 - 6:47pm

Malaysia has declared the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 an "accident", its Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) said on Thursday. The Boeing 777 aircraft (BA.N) disappeared on March 8 last year, carrying 239 passengers and crew shortly after taking off from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, bound for Beijing.


SCIENTISTS HAVE FIGURED OUT HOW TO UNBOIL EGGS

THEREALSINGAPORE 29 January 2015 - 6:34pm

When you boil an egg, the heat causes the proteins inside the egg white to tangle and clump together, solidifying it. New research published in ChemBioChem by scientists at UC Irvine shows how they can essentially reverse the clumping process by adding chemicals to a cooked egg.


AIRASIA INVESTIGATORS: CO-PILOT WAS LIKELY AT HELM BEFORE CRASH

THEREALSINGAPORE 29 January 2015 - 10:19am

Investigators looking into the fatal crash of AirAsia Flight 8501 believe the co-pilot was at the controls before the jet went into a dangerously fast climb, two people familiar with the probe said. Indonesian authorities, these people said, are delving into what factors may have surprised or confused the first officer—who was much less experienced than the captain—and caused the nose of theAirbus A320 to point upward at an unusually steep angle while the plane’s computerized stall-protection systems either malfunctioned or were disengaged.


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