Singapore

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  • The three permanent galleries of the National Museum of Singapore are open again, after a year-long revamp.

The Singapore History Gallery, Life In Singapore: The Past 100 Years and Goh Seng Choo Gallery were reopened by Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong yesterday.

Artefacts displayed include the Singapore Stone which dates back to the 10th to 14th centuries, a full set of the first National Service uniform and a sewing machine used during the war.

The museum has also taken care to provide a more immersive experience for visitors, said its director Angelita Teo.


  • Police have arrested 21 men for various immigration offences in a multi-agency operation at Yew Tee Industrial Estate.

The joint effort on Thursday and Friday involved 105 officers from the Jurong Division, Immigration and Checkpoints Authority and Singapore Customs.

In a Facebook post yesterday, police said 75 cartons, 343 packets and 157 sticks of assorted brands of duty-unpaid cigarettes were also seized during the operation.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Wilson Lim, the commander of Jurong Division, said: "Police will continue to work closely with other... agencies to deter illegal activities."


  • Police in California are facing intense criticism after a video showing officers tackling a black teenager to the ground for allegedly jaywalking went viral.

The video, taken earlier this week by a passerby in the town of Stockton, shows a police officer scuffling with the 16-year-old boy and then using his baton to restrain him and strike him in the face.

The incident was met with fury with hundreds of comments left on the Stockton Police's Facebook page.

"This is appalling abuse of authority and assault," wrote Phyllis Tabron. "This officer needs to be fired for what he did to this defenceless child for jaywalking which is a minor violation which is never enforced."

- AFP.


  • Chinese President Xi Jinping has told media magnate Rupert Murdoch that Western news organisations are "welcome" in China, despite the continued blocking of numerous foreign websites.

"(We) welcome foreign media and correspondents to cover China stories, introducing China's development to the world, and helping the world grasp the opportunities (afforded by) China's development," Mr Xi said as he met with Mr Murdoch in Beijing, Xinhua reported.

Mr Murdoch's visit precedes Mr Xi's upcoming visit to Washington, which the tycoon assured Mr Xi would be covered in full.

- AFP.