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FITNESS EXPERTS CONCERNED OVER NEW IPPT

Netizens on his Facebook page had mixed reactions to the changes, with some questioning if the new test would be too easy.The removal of three other stations also raised concerns among some fitness experts. Director of Genesis gym Jonathan Wong, who conducts IPPT training, told The Straits Times that while the new test was "significantly easier", it might undermine combat fitness standards.

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SPINNING THE NARRATIVE, IGNORING THE FACTS

Soviet leader Josef Stalin once memorably remarked about his country that "it does not matter how people vote; it matters who does the counting". Mr Putin is continuing this tradition by assuming that facts are unimportant - the only thing that matters is who spins the narrative.

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FRENCH COURT OVERTURNS RULING ORDERING HALAL FOOD IN JAIL

A French court on Tuesday cancelled a November ruling ordering a prison to provide halal meals for Muslim prisoners, in the latest legal battle over an issue that has caused controversy in the secular republic. The issue of halal meat is a controversial topic in the country and has been used as a political football. The leader of the far-right National Front party Marine Le Pen launched a fierce row before the last presidential polls in 2012 by claiming that all meat distributed in the Paris region was halal, or slaughtered according to Islamic law, and that non-Muslim consumers were being misled.

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PRC “FOREIGN TALENT” MOLESTER JAILED 6 MONTHS

On Tuesday Wang Xiong, 24, was sentenced to six months in prison after pleading guilty to outraging the 27-year-old's modesty on Jan 27 this year. One other count of molest, committed against a 21-year-old girl six days earlier in a similar fashion, was taken into consideration. The court heard that around 7.45pm that night, the Chinese national had exited Pioneer MRT and was walking towards his rented flat along Jurong West Street 65. This was when he spotted and tailed his neighbour, who lived in the adjacent block of flats.

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British appeals court frees S’pore father jailed for contempt

A BRITISH appeals court has freed a Singaporean dad jailed for contempt after finding the judge involved should have recused herself from dealing with the case. The court held that the judge had been so "steeped" in the child wardship case, which led to the contempt hearing, that it would have been a "better course" and "a safer one" for another judge to hear the case.

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MINISTER YAACOB IBRAHIM CRUMBLES UNDER PUBLIC PRESSURE; ORDERS LIBRARY TO RESTORE PRO-GAY BOOKS

SINGAPORE - Communications and Information Minister Yaacob Ibrahim has instructed the National Library Board to place two controversial children's books in its adult section, instead of pulping them. "The decision on what books children can or cannot read remains with their parents. Parents who wish to borrow these books to read with their children will have the option to do so," he said in response to queries

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INDONESIAN MUSLIMS PLEDGE SUPPORT FOR TERRORIST GROUP ISIS

SEVERAL hundred supporters of hardline groups gathered at a mosque in Solo, central Java, on Tuesday to show their support for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the recently declared caliphate of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). A similar gathering is planned on Sunday in Malang, East Java. These come on top of two similar ISIS gatherings that had already been held near Jakarta and in Bima this month, raising concerns about young Indonesians travelling to the battlefront and returning to carry out terror attacks back home.

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Call to cap maid recruitment fee paid by employers

THE biggest maid agent association here has submitted a proposal to the Government to cap the fees that employers pay on behalf of their maids, to stop agents from jacking up fees. The Association of Employment Agencies (Singapore) (AEAS) is calling for this fee - which can be as high as $4,000 - to be capped at around $1,000 instead. As maids usually cannot afford the fee, employers "lend" them the money, getting the money back through deductions from the maids' salaries. The women can thus go without pay for up to nine months or take home as little as $10 to $20 each month.

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Parents may get carrot to join kids in newer towns

PARENTS may receive incentives to join their children in newer towns, in a bid to free up Housing Board flats in mature estates. This would allow children who wish to join their parents in mature estates to have better chances of buying the freed-up flats, said National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan. It was heartwarming to see many families still wanting to live near each other, he added at a Tuesday night dialogue on housing issues.

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