TL;DR: WEEK OF 28 OCTOBER

TUE: ISIS NAMES AL-QURAISHI AS NEW LEADER OF ISIS Following a US special forces raid in Idlib, ISIS names Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi as the successor to former ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (Picture Credits: BBC) Read more about the profile of ISIS’ new…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 21 OCTOBER

TUE: NETANYAHU FAILS TO FORM NEW COALITION GOVERNMENT Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu fails to form a new coalition government, and it’s all up to ex-military chief Benny Gantz to form his coalition and succeed as Israel’s next Prime Minister. (Picture Credits: Times of Israel)…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 14 OCTOBER

FRI: EBOLA VACCINE SEES GREEN LIGHT AT THE END OF EUROPE’S REGULATIONS European drug regulators approve American drugmaker Merck’s vaccine Ervebo, as a licensed treatment against the Ebola virus. (Picture Credits: Reuters) Read more about the planned developments after the vaccine’s approval at Reuters.…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 7 OCTOBER

MON: SINGAPORE TAKES ON VICE SYNDICATES In a bid to protect women from trafficking and exploitation, amendments to the Women’s Charter have been proposed to give police greater jurisdiction over online vice-related offences. (Picture Credits: TODAY Online) Read more about the proposed amendments to…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 23 SEPTEMBER

MON: HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE AN ENVIRONMENTALIST SCORNED “This is all wrong” exclaimed Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg at the UN climate summit. Thunberg was on a panel with other climate activists to encourage countries to meet the goals of the Paris…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 9 SEPTEMBER

MON: INDIA DISPOSING OF DISPOSABLE PLASTICS At a UN climate meet, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for the world to follow in India’s footsteps in phasing out disposable plastics. India is set to ban six single-use plastic products, which includes plastic bags, cups,…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 2 SEPTEMBER

MON: ‘OK’ HAND GESTURE MAKES CHINESE AUTHORITIES NERVOUS In a viral video, a Chinese girl being kidnapped uses a hand gesture resembling the “OK” signal as a call for help. Her 2 fingers are pressed together to look like the number “110”, the emergency…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 26 AUGUST

MON: ANOTHER “LIBELLOUS” POST AGAINST THE PRIME MINISTER Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has demanded The Online Citizen remove a controversial piece titled “PM Lee’s wife, Ho Ching weirdly shares article on cutting ties with family members”. He claims the piece contains “several false…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 19 AUGUST

TUE: SINGAPOREAN SHUTTLER SMASHES SINGAPORE’S RECORDS Singapore’s world no. 32 shuttler Yeo Jia Min scored a sensational upset against Japan’s world no. 1 Akane Yamaguchi in the round of 32 at the Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Championships in Basel, Switzerland. Yeo would advance…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 5 AUGUST

MON: KASHMIR IN LOCKDOWN Since 5 Aug, India’s government has removed Kashmir’s special status as an autonomous state, a provision known as Article 370. Curfew conditions have thus far been imposed on Kashmiris, with a public communications shutdown and Indian paramilitary troops being sent…