TRANSASIA CRASH DEATH TOLL RISES TO 32, HEADLESS CORPSE RECOVERED FROM SALVAGED COCKPIT

At approximately 11pm on Wednesday, rescuers successfully salvaged the cockpit from the ill-fated flight GE-235, which crash landed into the Keelung River after a failed liftoff from Taiwan's Songshan Airport. Divers extracted a headless corpse from the mangled cockpi, bringing the total number of dead up to 32. A remaining 11 passengers remain unaccounted for.

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TAN CHENG BOCK: GOVT SHOULD USE MEDIATION & NOT COURTS TO SETTLE DISPUTES

It is indeed sad that the issue has turned sour and legal action was resorted to. Singapore is aiming to be an IP (Intellectual Property ) Hub and because of our reputation, we can succeed. So this unfortunate dispute is going to cause damage to what we want to achieve. Dr Ting is a Singaporean and has world-wide reputation as an inventor. Let's settle such disputes through mediation without the need to resort to the courts. This will save time, cost and face for all parties.

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S'POREAN MAN CHARGED WITH ORGANISING CAMBODIAN SEX HOLIDAY FOR PAEDOPHILE

A man has been accused of organising a sex trip to Cambodia for a Singaporean, in the first case of its kind. Chan Chun Hong, 30, is charged with making travel plans between Dec 24 last year and Feb11 for one "Teo Dennis", with the intention of helping him to commit the offence of having commercial sex with a minor outside Singapore. It was among 105 charges tendered by the prosecution last Friday.

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EDELMAN SURVEY: MORE LOCAL LOSING TRUST IN SINGAPORE GOVT

Singapore has slipped in an online survey on the level of trust people have in institutions such as the government, business and the media. It fell two spots to fifth, behind the United Arab Emirates (UAE), India, Indonesia and China, in this year's Edelman Trust Barometer. Last year, it was third, behind China and the UAE. This year's fall in ranking is due to waning confidence in all four areas covered in the survey: government, media, business and non-governmental organisations (NGO).

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PAP WILL LOSE WITHIN THE NEXT 50 YEARS, EX-DETAINEE

"So long as the very popular current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong remains in control - not only as Prime Minister but as Senior Minister or Minister Mentor like his predecessors, the mantle of legitimacy can perhaps be extended to younger leaders. But even Mr Lee will be in his 80s by three more elections. The challenge will be considerable from then onwards... Historical trends elsewhere point towards an election loss by the PAP in the second half of the next 50 years. Or to put it another way, it would be extraordinary if that did not happen."

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CURRENT CHECKS ON ISA ARE INSUFFICIENT, SAYS EX-POLITICAL DETAINEE

Businessman Ho Kwon Ping has called for limits to Singapore's Internal Security Act (ISA), under which people can be detained without trial if they are deemed to pose a threat to national security. The one-time political detainee also called for the phasing out of caning and capital punishment, and the introduction of National Service for new male citizens and Singaporean women.

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THARMAN IN 2012: THAIPUSAM WILL NOT BE A HOLIDAY BECAUSE IT WILL RAISE BUSINESS COST

Back in 2012, Finance Minister made the following statement about Thaipusam becoming a public holiday. He said that Thaipusam would not be gazetted as a public holiday because it would "raise business costs and affect Singapore's economic competitiveness". Do you think it is a valid reason to reject a Thaipusam public holiday?

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BAD ASS JORDANIAN KING PERSONALLY LEADS ISIS BOMBING TO AVENGE FALLEN PILOT

One day after one of his hero pilots was burned alive by ISIS, and broadcast for a horrified world to see, King Abdullah of Jordan took swift and decisive action. First, he executed the two ISIS prisoners who the group had sought to be released, hanging them by the neck at dawn this morning. Then, in an unprecedented act of personal vengeance, the King, a trained pilot, was said to be planning to personally lead a combat mission to bomb ISIS positions in Syria.

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TEMASEK MUST PAY EACH S'POREAN S$1,800 A YEAR FOR USING OUR MONEY TO INVEST

Temasek manages $223,000,000,000 of our reserves, most of which originated from our CPF. link Temasek invests (or reinvests the returns) in risky assets such as foreign energy/resources and hedge funds. How some of these investments performed have not been disclosed. Since Temasek funds belong to EVERY citizen (excluding new citizens), it is only right for the PAP to distribute part of the returns to individual citizens and not use it to supplement the budget.

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