Agence France-Presse in Singapore

Singapore has warned maid employment agencies in the city-state against “undignified” advertising following complaints by rights groups that domestic workers are being marketed as commodities.


Google has taken down a blog that listed ways to harass Singapore’s Filipino population, drawing praise from Internet users appalled by growing racial tensions in the city-state.

Chinese telecom giant Huawei on Wednesday vowed to catch up with its more popular rivals Apple and Samsung after unveiling its newest phone for the first time in Asia.


The Pollutant Standards Index reading at noon stood at 105, according to the National Environment Agency (NEA) website. Any reading above 100 is categorised as unhealthy.

If convicted, Eric Ding Si Yan, 31, faces a maximum prison term of five years or a fine of up to S$100,000 (HK$626,000), or both penalties, for each charge.

Two crane operators staged a high-rise protest at a construction site in Singapore on Thursday, its second industrial incident involving mainland Chinese workers in less than two weeks.

Activists expressed outrage on Wednesday over Singapore’s crackdown on Chinese bus drivers who staged the city-state’s first industrial strike in 26 years to demand better pay.

Four mainland Chinese bus drivers accused of instigating Singapore’s first strike since the 1980s were charged on Thursday with criminal offences that could land them in prison.