Sailors clinch Singapore's first gold

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Clash of the Titans - Chinese style

AWE-INSPIRING: The robot horse-dragon, or Long Ma, weighs as much as eight adult African elephants.
DUEL: The Long Ma facing up to a mechanical spider named The Princess.

The robot horse-dragon, or Long Ma, is 12m high and weighs 45 tonnes.

The yellow spider - dubbed The Princess - has a 20m leg-span and can froth at the mouth.

The two robots are controlled by teams of operators perched on board and running alongside, but even so their movements are fluid, almost natural, and the Long Ma can also express himself facially, fluttering his eyelashes among other gestures.

The event, mounted outside the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, is part of the commemorations of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties between France and China.

Read the full report in our print edition on Oct 23.

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HK students iffy about further talks

If talks abandoned, many fear return to violence

DISGRUNTLED: Bystanders reacting as an anti-Occupy resident (right) argues with prodemocracy protesters who have blocked a main road for weeks at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong yesterday.
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Paedophile caught in 'virtual girl' bust found guilty

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Wife of murdered Briton admits she ordered his killing

WEALTHY: The entrance of the Emerald Villas complex in Sanur where Mr Robert Ellis lived.
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Widower built room in his basement just for cats

Nike co-founder Phil Knight and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg have recently donated millions to causes. JUDITH TAN speaks to two corporate honchos in Asia on how they find the time to help stray animals

ANIMAL LOVERS: (Above) Mr Suhaimi Rafdi has 27 cats.
ANIMAL LOVERS: (Above) Mr Suhaimi Rafdi has 27 cats.
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She wants to give all dogs a loving home

ODEL FOUNDER OTARA GUNEWARDENE

ANIMAL LOVERS: (Above) Ms Otara Gunewardene is the founder of Sri Lanka's premier fashion and lifestyle store Odel.
ANIMAL LOVERS: (Above) Ms Otara Gunewardene is the founder of Sri Lanka's premier fashion and lifestyle store Odel.
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'It's hard being away from family during Deepavali'

CELEBRATIONS: Mr Anand Atti Gadda shopping for new clothes for Deepavali.

There are those who like to party.

Others, however, prefer a night of quiet reflection.

Some 3,000 revellers gathered at the open field next to the Singapore Indian Association at Balestier Road on Tuesday night to usher in Deepavali.

But unlike the many migrant workers who flock to Little India during the holiday period, Indian foreign worker Mr Anand Atti Gadda told The New Paper he preferred to stay away from the crowds this year.

Instead, he is celebrating the eve of Deepavali - which was yesterday - at his dormitory at Alexandra Road with his friends.

Read the full report in our print edition on Oct 23. Subscribe to The New Paper, now available in print and digital, at http://bit.ly/tnpeshop.

Police called in over long queue for movie tickets

BLOCKBUSTER: The crowds queueing to buy tickets to see the movie Kaththi at Rex Cinemas on Mackenzie Road (above) and the Golden Cinema at Golden Mile Tower.
BLOCKBUSTER: The crowds queueing to buy tickets to see the movie Kaththi at Rex Cinemas on Mackenzie Road and the Golden Cinema at Golden Mile Tower (above).

It was the foreign workers' day off because of Deepavali and the queue for a hit movie was so long, the cops were called in yesterday.

Others celebrated the festivities by watching a concert on Tuesday night.

And there were those who observed the special day in their own quiet way.

Read the full report in our print edition on Thursday (Oct 23).

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3,000 attend concert

Some party away while others queue for hours for a hit movie. Then, there are those who want some quiet time to reflect on life away from family. The New Paper observes how Deepavali is celebrated by our foreign friends here

CHEERS: Indian film actress Andrea Jeremiah performing for the crowd just before the countdown to Deepavali (above).
CHEERS: Indian film actress Andrea Jeremiah performing for the crowd just before the countdown to Deepavali (above).
CHEERS: Indian film actress Andrea Jeremiah (above) performing for the crowd just before the countdown to Deepavali.
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