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August, 26, 2016

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President Barack Obama celebrated 50 years of diplomatic relations with Singapore Tuesday with a state dinner for a leader Obama praised as respected around the world and a trusted partner.
 
A Belgian man who admitted killing his five-year-old son in Singapore was spared from execution by hanging on Monday, after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of culpable homicide.
 
Singapore said Friday it has detained a 44-year-old Australia-based Singaporean who allegedly glorified the Islamic State group and backed the establishment of a caliphate in the city-state.
 
Singapore's central bank chief vowed Monday to name and shame other banks engaged in money-laundering after a scandal involving Malaysian state fund 1MDB hurt the city-state's financial reputation.
 
Malaysia, Singapore team up on bullet-train project
Malaysia and Singapore signed an agreement Tuesday to pursue an ambitious high-speed rail link touted as a first for Southeast Asia that would knit the historically fractious neighbors more closely together.
 
Four Bangladeshi workers accused of planning to join the Islamic State group were jailed for between two and five years in Singapore on Tuesday for raising money to fund attacks in their homeland.
 
Singapore police force hunts Australian bank 'note' robber
Singapore police said Friday they are hunting a man who managed to steal more than US$22,000 from a bank using nothing but a piece of paper.
 
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.
 
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