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May, 27, 2016

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The United States has deployed a P-8 Poseidon spy plane in Singapore for the first time ever, both countries said, amid simmering regional tensions over Beijing's island-building in the disputed South China Sea.
 
Singapore's Straits Times newspaper on Saturday named the late former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew as its "Asian of the Year" for his influence on regional and global affairs.
 
A Singaporean man detained for more than two years under suspicion of being the mastermind behind a global soccer match-fixing syndicate was ordered to be released on Wednesday by the country's highest court, which ruled he was being held unlawfully.
 
A Singaporean woman who went missing nearly five years ago has been reunited with her son after her plight was reported in an Associated Press story about people who sleep at 24-hour McDonald's outlets in Hong Kong.
 
A British national who walked into the track while cars were hurtling toward him at about 280 kilometers per hour (175 mph) during Singapore's Formula One night race was on Tuesday sentenced to six weeks in jail.
 
Singapore church leaders convicted of fraud in failed pop music venture
Six Christian church leaders in Singapore who spent US$36 million on a bid to turn the pastor's glamorous wife into a global pop star were convicted Wednesday of fraud and could face long prison terms.
 
Singapore's largest hospital apologized Tuesday after 22 kidney patients were infected with hepatitis C, with four dying in a rare outbreak at the prestigious facility.
 
Less than three weeks after a landslide general election win by the ruling party, Singapore announced a new Cabinet structure Monday in a pitch for leadership renewal, with some senior officeholders taking on wider coordinating roles overseeing younger ministers.
 
Singapore slammed "shocking" statements from Indonesian officials over the haze crisis as it closed all schools and distributed protective face masks Friday in emergency measures after the air pollution index soared to hazardous levels.
 
Air quality in Singapore reaches 'very unhealthy' levels after fires
Singapore's air quality reached "very unhealthy" levels on Thursday as thick smog from forest fires in Indonesia's neighboring island of Sumatra choked the city-state.
 
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