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S'pore Airlines plane catches fire in an emergency landing
A Singapore Airlines plane caught fire Monday while making an emergency landing at Changi Airport after turning back from a flight to Milan following an engine oil warning message, the carrier said.
 
Singapore has warned Google, Facebook and Goldman Sachs not to interfere in the conservative city-state's internal affairs after they and other multinational corporate giants sponsored a gay rights rally on the weekend.
 
Singapore's Lee on last day of official Myanmar visit
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, left, white shirt, accompanied by officials, visits the Mahabandoola park across the Yangon City Hall, seen in the background located in central Yangon on Thursday, June 9 during his final day of a three-day official visit in Myamar.
 
A Malaysian murder convict was hanged in Singapore Friday, police said, hours after the city-state's highest court rejected a final bid for him to escape the gallows, sparking condemnation from rights groups.
 
Singapore's ruling party has won a seat in a by-election, cementing its influence on parliamentary decisions with an overwhelming majority.
 
A rare and unexpected family feud has burst into the open between Singapore's prime minister and his sister over the anniversary of the death of their father, the city state's founding leader, Lee Kuan Yew.
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A Singaporean MP who said crowds of South Asian workers were "walking time-bombs" who needed to be fenced off from residential areas in the city-state's Indian quarter apologized Friday for her remarks.
 
Two maintenance staff working on elevated tracks in Singapore's mass transit system were hit and killed by a train Tuesday, an official said. It was a rare tragedy on a train system that has experienced a string of disruptions in recent years, denting the city-state's reputation for efficiency.
 
An activist blogger who must pay libel damages in installments over the next 17 years to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made an initial payment Wednesday, his lawyer said.
 
An activist blogger ordered to pay SG$150,000 (US$109,000) in libel damages to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will make payments in installments over the next 17 years, his lawyer said Monday.
 
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