TL;DR: WEEK OF 26 AUGUST

Written by Millegram

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 allegations” regarding the 38 Oxley Road property and has asked for a “full and unconditional apology” within 3 days from the day it was published

The Full Story @
TODAY – Further details about the demand made by PM Lee

 

TUE: DID A BLACK HOLE BURP ABOUT 1 BILLION YEARS AGO?

Astronomers are poring over new data from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) in the US and the Virgo Interferometer in Italy, for what is believed to be more gravitational waves. They suspect that the findings point to a major event 900 million years ago, where a black hole 8,550 million trillion kilometers from Earth swallowed a neutron star whole. If confirmed, this would be the third ever detection of gravitational waves.

The Full Story @
CNN – Details about the super-event
GraceDB – Data for y’all Astrophysics nerds

 

THU: A BLAST FROM THE PAST – THE SECOND COMING OF CHERNOBYL?

On 8 August, five nuclear specialists died in an explosion at a military testing facility in northern Russia. Elevated radiation levels following the explosion suggest it was caused by a nuclear accident. Russia initially withheld details, claiming it was a rocket engine test. Rosatom (a Russian state agency specializing in nuclear energy) later admitted there was a nuclear element involved, leading to speculation that Russia was testing their missile known as “Skyfall”.

The Full Story @
CNN – Details of the incident
The Japan Times – Details of the incident
CNN – Speculation about the “Skyfall” missile

 

SAT: YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BUT YOUR CHAINS – RUSSIANS DEMAND FREE ELECTIONS AND FREE SPEECH

With the Russian general elections coming up, thousands of Russians protested the barring of opposition candidates from their elections. They were motivated by a protest ban that sanctioned violent detention of protestors. Meanwhile, students have been protesting the arrest of Egor Zhukov, a prolific critic of the Russian government, storming the courthouse during his appeal hearing.

The Full Story @
Reuters – Details on the free election protests
BBC – Details on the protests in support of Egor Zhukov

 

SAT: ANTHOINE HUBERT’S DEATH MASKS CHARLES LECLERC’S VICTORY IN F1

A day before 21-year-old Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc won his first F1 title at the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix, his compatriot Anthoine Hubert died while racing in F2. He died in a crash when his car was hit side-on by Juan Manuel Correa, who is currently recovering after surgery. Despite multiple measures to ensure drivers’ safety, Hubert’s death comes just four years after F1 driver Jules Bianchi died from injuries sustained in the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.

The Full Story @
CNN – Charles Leclerc dedicates Formula 1 victory to Anthoine Hubert

 

SUN: PAPUAN POLICE POLICING PAPUAN PROTESTS

For the past two weeks, violent protests and speeches on separatism have been erupting across Papua after a group of Papuan students were arrested for allegedly disrespecting the Indonesian flag on Indonesia’s Independence Day. In response, approximately 7,200 police officers were deployed to enforce a ban on demonstrations and restrict internet usage.

The Full Story @
Reuters – Further details about the “largest” protests in years in Papua
Reuters – Response made by the Indonesian Police

 

IN OTHER NEWS:

1) Cuba reforms fishing laws to protect coral reefs
2) Tan Cheng Bock claims fear is stopping people from joining his party
3) Amazon’s indigenous warriors take on loggers in ranchers
4) Trade war driving Singapore to a recession
5) Trump tweets sensitive surveillance image of Iran
6) Malaysia National Day
7) Nearly 100 companies brex-yeet out of UK
8) West Texas mass shooting
9) Singaporean journalist expelled from China after writing report about Xi Jinping’s cousin
10) Hurricane Dorian slams into the Bahamas

 

Contributors: Chu Yao Quan, Clement Ng, Erica Liaw, Jerome Teo, Jong Ching Yee, Joseph Ong, Lune Loh, Rachel Tay, Zacchaeus Chua

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