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LEE HSIEN LOONG LOGIC: WE HAVE NO RESTRICTIONS ON PRESS MEDIA BECAUSE OF S’PORES HIGH INTERNET SPEEDS

In one of the segments of his interview by BBC HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur, the dishonorable son Lee Hsien Loong was grilled on the issue of Press Freedom in Singapore. In a garbled response to how he would react if the UK were to set a precondition for freedom of expression and freedom of the press in trade talks, Lee commented on the speed of internet access in Singapore and asked: "So where is the restriction?"

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PM LEE STILL HOLDING OUT HOPE FOR TPP DEAL

Singapore would still sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with the remaining 11 members, even with the withdrawal of the United States, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in the BBC's HARDtalk programme, which was broadcast on Wednesday. He said however that he was "not sure" if such a deal would ever be reached.

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ANTI-ISLAM GROUP MARCHES IN GERMAN CITY OF DRESDEN

Clutching German flags, candles and banners, thousands of people joined a demonstration ostensibly against the so-called Islamisation of Germany. "No sharia law in Europe!" proclaimed one banner. But it rapidly became clear that most here are protesting against high levels of immigration and asylum seekers.

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Qin Shi Huang: The ruthless emperor who burned books

Qin Shi Huang was king of the small state of Qin by the age of 13. One by one, Qin Shi Huang defeated neighbouring states, swallowed their territory into his growing empire and enslaved and castrated their citizens. "Every time he captured people from another country, he castrated them in order to mark them and made them into slaves," says Hong Kong University's Xun Zhou. "There were lots and lots of eunuchs in his court. He was a ruthless tyrant." But still, no Qin, no China.

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The Lack of Social-Responsiveness and Courage to Those in Need

Charlotte Ashton was using her own personal experience to make sense of Singapore's ranking on the global survey that found it to be the least positive country in the world. Many people did not realize this and assumed she was using her single experience to judge the whole of Singapore. Even though Charlotte Ashton's article from the BBC is not a big survey of Singapore's level of graciousness, her experience on a public train that eventually led to her feeling unhappy is a cause for consideration for all locals. I think that the ability to practice graciousness in public is based largely on one's ability to be socially-responsive, empathetic and courageous(ability to adapt well in uncommon situations). These qualities would allow a person to react adequately to those in need.

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Is there a ‘massive compassion deficit’ in Singapore?

Freelance writer and self-described food lover Charlotte Ashton jumped at the chance to relocate from London to Singapore last year, she says in the biography section of her website. The Oxford University graduate and former BBC reporter and her husband were happy here until one day, in her 10th week of pregnancy, she felt nauseous while taking the train to work and ended up crouching for 15 minutes because no one offered her a seat.

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Internet opinions: A double-edged sword

Is the Internet killing opinion journalism? Not at all. It provides a vast forum for lots more of it. But it's made the search for high-quality opinion writing more difficult. By "high quality" I mean opinion that adheres to what we regard as journalistic standards. They include a certain loyalty to facts and logic - and transparency. Revealing the writer's real identity helps readers understand where the opinion is coming from.

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China Doctor Jailed for Selling Babies

A Chinese obstetrician has been given a suspended death sentence for stealing newborn babies and selling them to child traffickers. Zhang Shuxia was found guilty of abducting and selling seven babies, the sentencing court said. She told parents their infants had serious diseases and convinced them to give up the babies, the court said.

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