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TODAY, 14 December 2009


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TODAY Monday December 14, 2009 we set you thinking TODAY Monday December 14, 2009 we set you thinking


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TEAM S'PORE AT THE SEA GAMES Team Singapore continued to make hay at the SEA Games with six golds, as Indonesia's Suryo Agung Wibowo lit up the first day of the track and field programme with a stunning performance in the men's loom. The swimming team collected two golds to

in the news [ARTICLE]

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in the news Q The stakes are high as 0 confident Orchard Road retailers get ready to take on the threat to business from the IRs. ■"I From slaughtering pigs to l^i offering amnesty, officials in the Philippines' south try all means at their disposal to placate the kidnappers, resulting

Going up together [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Going up together LEONGWEEKEAT PINNACLE@DUXTON HANDOVER When the economy prospers, flat standards, values will rise: MM Lee sg SINGAPORE The standards of flats and correspondingly, their prices are like a barometer of the economy. If Singapore continues to prosper, the value of flats would appreciate, along with Singaporeans' tangible

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35 tonnes of weapons, and they had no clue? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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35 tonnes of weapons, and they had no clue? AGENCIES FIVE CREWMEN CHARGED Pilot said cargo picked up in Pyongyang was bound for Ukraine; but more questions abound BANGKOK Five foreigners who flew into Bangkok on a cargo plane bristling with some 35 tonnes of weapons from North Korea have


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$5 FOR THE VIEW LEONGWEE KEAT From next month, members of the public will fora price have access to The Pinnacle@Duxton's 50th storey skybridge for views of Jurong, BukitTimah nature reserve, Mount Faber, Shenton Way and Sentosa. While every household in the development will be issued four access cards, members

They're coming home to Duxton [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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They're coming home to Duxton LEONGWEEKEAT SINGAPORE Getting the keys to their new The Pinnacle@Duxton flat yesterday was a moment to savour for Mr Venketroyalu Deenathayalu and his wife, Mdm Venkatesan Hema. Not only is the 24th-floor unit their first home purchase, the couple are also returning to the

Brand-new FHM to hit the stands today [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Brand-new FHM to hit the stands today SINGAPORE The new FHM, which will hit bookstores and newsstands today, will still be "Sexy, Funny, Useful and Irreverent", but never irrelevant especially not with the Upgrade section on the magazine's flip side. The new and improved FHM was unveiled last Thursday at

Footways for all to use [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Footways for all to use SATISH CHENEY, SAJEEDSHEREENA CHEONG MAGGIE CYCLING INTAMPINES SINGAPORE By March next year, it would be legal for cyclists in Tampines GRC to share the footways with pedestrians but those who are a hazard to others could be fined or even brought to court under Tampines

New drug offers hope [ARTICLE]

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New drug offers hope THETELEGRAPH BREAST CANCER UNITED KINGDOM A new breast cancer drug has been shown to shrink tumours in women for whom all other treatments have failed. Forty per cent of women with an aggressive and advanced form of breast cancer who were given the treatment in clinical

800 low-income families get IT boost [ARTICLE]

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800 low-income families get IT boost SINGAPORE Eight hundred low-income families would be given home personal computers and IT training over the next 12 months under a three-way tie-up between North East Community Development Council, Temasek Polytechnic and Hewlett-Packard (HP). The programme aims to not just level up the learning

PM: Hakkas must keep with the times [ARTICLE]

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PM: Hakkas must keep with the times ONGDAILIN SINGAPORE The Hakkas are known for their resilience and diligence or what Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong describes as the "Hakka spirit". And when it comes to preserving the culture and values among the young, the community has its work cut out.


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CHANCE TO HONE RETAIL SKILLS Want to devise effective marketing strategies for your business at the coming integrated resorts? Two American experts with luxury retail experience in Las Vegas and Macau will be speaking at two-day workshops here next month and March. Organised by retail consultancy Bootstrap, the workshops are

The stakes are high ... [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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The stakes are high NEOCHAICHIN ORCHARD ROAD VS MARINA BAY SANDS Retailers confident, however, even as they talk of gearing up SINGAPORE Style maven Dr Georgia Lee recently revealed that she gets sent new outfits from her favourite brands to try on. But that's not all the luxury labels

Magic that changes lives [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Magic that changes lives ONGDAILIN PROJECT SMILE Transformed youth give back to others SINGAPORE One grew up with an abusive father and joined a gang at 13. Another was a rebellious troublemaker who spent two years in Boys' Town. One day, however, the magic happened for them. Chia Kai

'Militants' stage daring jailbreak [ARTICLE]

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'Militants' stage daring jailbreak AP MANILA Scores of suspected militants burst through a concrete wall then barged into a jail in southern Philippines yesterday, freeing 31 inmates in a night-time attack in which two people were killed. Vice-Governor Al Rasheed Sakalahul of Basilan island said 70 heavily armed men cut

Malaysian royal's estranged wife has been ordered home: Lawyer [ARTICLE]

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Malaysian royal's estranged wife has been ordered home: Lawyer .AFP KUALA LUMPUR The estranged teenage model wife of a Malaysian prince was ordered by an Islamic court yesterday to resolve her marriage problems and repay a RMI.I million ($450,300) debt, his lawyer said. The Kelantan state Islamic High Court ordered


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Hostages freed AFP PHILIPPINES KIDNAPPINGS Officials strike deal with kidnappers MANILA The ending to the ordeal was a piece of good news for the lawless south, following a political massacre last month that left 57 people dead and the beheading of a man last week in an unrelated abduction. The

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MISS GIBRALTAR WINS MISS WORLD 2009 AFP Miss Gibraltar, Kaiane Aldorino, was crowned Miss World 2009 on Saturday, outshining 111 other hopefuls at a glittering ceremony with a distinctly African flavour. "Thank you South Africa, this is the most wonderful moment of my life," said a tearful Ms Aldorino, a

Suspect captured [ARTICLE]

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Suspect captured AFP CHINA MASS MURDER BEIJING Police in central China yesterday captured a man suspected of killing 12 people, including his father and relatives, and torching up to six homes in a revenge attack. "Twelve people were killed, six homes were destroyed by fire. The victims included his father.

Thaksin's new Cambodia visit [ARTICLE]

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Thaksin's new Cambodia visit AFP PHNOM PENH Thailand's fugitive former Premier Thaksin Shinawatra landed in Cambodia yesterday, setting the stage for another diplomatic fracas between the neighbouring countries. Mr Thaksin, who was ousted in a coup in 2006, was escorted from a small private jet at Phnom Penh International Airport



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SIX INJURED IN FIFTH HONG KONG ACID ATTACK AFP Hong Kong police were yesterday investigating a fifth acid attack in a year after six people were injured by a bottle of corrosive liquid in a bustling shopping district. The plastic bottle was hurled in Causeway Bay, one of the city's


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PANDA GENOME RESEMBLES THAT OF DOG AFP A detailed genome map of the giant panda completed by Chinese scientists has shown that the notoriously shy animal is genetically similar to the dog, state media reported yesterday. Scientists from the Beijing Genomics Institute finished sequencing the giant panda genome in October

Protest erupts over new Indian state [ARTICLE]

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Protest erupts over new Indian state AP HYDERABAD Hundreds of people went on a hunger strike yesterday to protest against India's decision to create the new Telangana state out of its southern region of Andhra Pradesh. A group of university students in the town of Vijaywada and hundreds of women



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DOLLAR MELTS IN HOT WATER AFP Japan Japanese toymaker Bandai has released paper-thin, rose-scented bath soap that looks like the American 100-dollar note and dissolves to create a bubble bath. To avoid being mistaken for the real thing, the "Bubbly Bubble Bath" banknote features a winking United States President Benjamin


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NEW STAPLE PRICES SET AFP North Korea North Korea has set new prices for staple goods after its currency revaluation but most items are selling in markets for more than laid down by the regime, an aid group said. Rice is selling for 50 won per kilogramme in some markets,

No longer the face of Gillette [ARTICLE]

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No longer the face of Gillette AGENCIES TIGERWOODS Advertisers shun scandal-hit golfer NEW YORK Gillette has become the latest company to distance itself from Tiger Woods after he announced his "indefinite break" from the PGA Tour. The Procter Gamble company will stop running print and broadcast ads featuring Mr Woods

He 'leaked nuclear secrets' to inspectors [ARTICLE]

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He 'leaked nuclear secrets' to inspectors THEDAILYTELEGRAPH MISSING SCIENTIST PARIS An Iranian scientist who vanished six months ago revealed secrets of his country's nuclear programme to international weapons inspectors, The Sunday Telegraph has learned. Mr Shahram Amiri briefed United Nations nuclear monitors in a clandestine meeting at Frankfurt airport just

Blair insists he made the right call [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Blair insists he made the right call AFP LONDON Lawyers for the overthrown Iraqi leadership have asked England's At-torney-General for consent to prosecute former British Premier Tony Blair (picture), claiming a new interview revealed offences contrary to the Geneva Conventions. Mr Giovanni di Stefano, representing former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister

Drug money kept banks afloat: UN [ARTICLE]

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Drug money kept banks afloat: UN THE GUARDIAN MONEY LAUNDERING LONDON Drug money worth billions of dollars kept the financial system afloat at the height of the global crisis, the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Mr Antonio Maria Costa, has said. Mr Costa said he has

Nearly 1,000 climate protesters released [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Nearly 1,000 climate protesters released AGENCIES COPENHAGEN Danish police released hundreds of activists who were detained during a mass rally demanding strong action from delegates at the United Nations climate conference yesterday. Police said only 13 of the 968 people detained during and after the demonstration in Copenhagen remained in

US, Russia talks on Net security [ARTICLE]

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US, Russia talks on Net security THENEWYORKTIMES WASHINGTON SHIFT NEW YORK The United States has begun talks with Russia and a United Nations arms control committee about strengthening Internet security and limiting military use of cyberspace. American and Russian officials have different interpretations of the talks so far but the



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AUSSIE BLITZ ON DRUNKS NETS 2,000 AFP Australian police ended a two-day crackdown on drunken behaviour with more than 2,000 arrests or warnings issued by yesterday, saying they were disgusted by the level of alcohol-fuelled crime. Police hoped the operation would lead to a national debate about binge-drinking. More than


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OBAMA: GIVE NICER GIFTS THAN I GET AFP The White House may be awash with Christmas cheer but its most famous resident appears a tad disgruntled with Santa. When it comes to gifts, "I give nicer stuff than I get," President BarackObama said half-jokingly in a interview to air on

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Cabby 'severely warned' [LETTER+ILLUSTRATION]

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Cabby 'severely warned' Tammy Tan Letter from Group Corporate Communications Officer, ComfortDelGro Corporation Limited WE REFER to the letter "The cabbie from hell" by Ms June Wan (Dec 2). We deeply apologised to Ms Wan and her children for the unpleasant incident with our taxi driver. Passenger safety is important

Truly eco-friendly [LETTER]

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Truly eco-friendly Peter Heng Letter from I REFER to the report "Spores first ecofriendly supermart" (Dec 11). Most wet markets save on energy use because they are not air-conditioned and operate only during the day. Products sold in a wet market typically require less warehousing, packaging, labelling or manpower (suchas

A 'welcome relief' [LETTER]

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A 'welcome relief' Joe Peters SUPPORT FORTRADITIONAL ARTS Letter from Liaison Officer (Singapore), International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM), Unesco I REFER to your report "Singapore Arts: Boost for Traditional" (Dec 11). On behalf of the International Council for Traditional Music, I applaud the decision of the Government to increase


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FOCUS ON THE FAMILY DR BILL MAIER BY BEATING POST-HOLIDAY DEPRESSION Did you know that for many people the most depressing time of the year comes right after the holidays? We're all so wrapped up in getting the house decorated and the presents bought that we don't seem to have

When extraordinary is not enough [ARTICLE]

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When extraordinary is not enough Tay Koon Quie PINNACLE@DUXTON COMPLETION SCHEDULE Reader was informed, despite claims otherwise Letter from Deputy Director (Sales), Housing and Development Board I REFER to the letter "Please keep officers, residents in the know" (Nov 25) by Ms Shelby Doshi. Buyers of Pinnacle@Duxton (P@D) were informed

Pay should match skills, knowledge [ARTICLE]

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Pay should match skills, knowledge Kumar PillayThangavalu Letter from I CANNOT agree enough with Mr David Soh in "Employers need to be objective" (Dec 10). Singaporeans are not fussy or lazy, however it is the reality that concerns them. While I am not stating that they should be paid hefty


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SHORT TAKES Tham KokChoy MAIDS ARE HUMANTOO Letter by1 Why is a domestic helper any different from an office worker? He or she should be entitled to the same respect. Just ask yourself: How would you want your employer to treat you? It is sad to often see at food

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Nobody, nobody but Cho m MAYSEAH DROP DEAD DIVA The inimitable Margaret Cho on comedy, canines and Robert Pattinson ■na*\d> ■Al< SHE IS one of America's most renowned comediennes but she uses her stand-up shows as platforms for political and social advocacy. She's completely goofy but she also has a

Looking for love at a dance fest [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Looking for love at a dance fest NICO NAGANO ZOUKOUT2OO9 A post-modern love story at a dusk-till-dawn beach party? It's possible. THIS is a public apology to my friend, C. Based in Tokyo and turning the treacherous age of 30 soon, he was hoping to meet The One at

8 DAYS breaches 1,000-issue mark [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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8 DAYS breaches 1,000-issue mark IT HAS been 19 years since a magazine called 8 DAYS was launched. It's no mean feat, which was why they decided to make a big bash of it when they launched their I.OOOth issue at Illuma over the weekend. On hand were MediaCorp artistes

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Men's pairs come unstuck [ARTICLE]

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Men's pairs come unstuck SHAMIR OSMAN VIENTIANE Dinh Qung Linh's roar yesterday said it all: There will be no clean sweep by Singapore in table tennis. Dinh and compatriot Doan Kicn Quoc destroyed the dream of the Republic's top seeds, Gao Ning and Yang Zi, trouncing the pair 3-1 triumph


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GLADIATORS TANYO-HINN Sweetenham's message propels women's relay quartet to gold No 12 VIENTIANE They were expected to strike gold for Team Singapore for the 12th time at the National Sports Complex' aquatic centre. But as an expectant 800-odd crowd waited in the main arena, Bill Sweetenham pulled Quali Ting

Gold for Rabiatul [ARTICLE]

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Gold for Rabiatul VIENTIANE SEA Games rookie Rabiatul Adawiyah continued her yearlong streak, taking the women's artistic singles gold in the silat competition here last night. The 20-year-old Singaporean scored 471 points, to edge out her opponents from Vietnam and Indonesia. Speaking to MediaCorp shortly after her victory, she said:


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He's got gold LOWLINFHOONG Jet-heeled Wibowo pulls out a stunning sprint to post a new record VIENTIANE The message on Indonesian sprint king Suryo Agung Wibowo's teeshirt said it all yesterday. "I got gold", it screamed out, and why not. In a stunning individual performance, the 26-year-old not only

Tseng in tears after another fourth-place finish [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Tseng in tears after another fourth-place finish VIENTIANE Hopes were high in the Singapore camp for the Republic's first triple jump medal at the SEA Games in 38 years, but Stefan Tseng's dream ended in tears yesterday, as the 19-year-old finished fourth in the final. Up against arch-rivals V Kongnil


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S'POREANS IN ACTION TODAY ARCHERY Men's 70m recurve team and individual 1/8 elimination round and q-final: Benson Ong, LeowTingYue, Abdul Dayyan Jaffar; 70m compound bow individual 1/8 elimination round and q-final: Chua Boon Rong, Vinson Heng, Michael Ong; Women's 70m recurve team and individual 1/8 elimination round and q-final: Elizabeth

Vietnam's Calisto claims more 'mature' team will win [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Vietnam's Calisto claims more 'mature' team will win SHAMIR OSMAN VIENTIANE Before Saturday's training session, Vietnam coach Henrique Calisto sat his squad down at the side of Laos Football Federation football pitch and spoke to them for 40 minutes. A few players even nodded off during the lecture. This is

No time like now for Nizam [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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No time like now for Nizam SHAMIR OSMAN Strikers put in extra work as final beckons, but coach Pathma #s happy enough SINGAPORE VVIETNAM Chao Anouvong Stadium Live on Ch 5, jpm VIENTIANE After the 90-minute training session ended with penalty kicks here yesterday, Singapore under-23 striker Khairul Nizam


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No blanks for Ser TANYO-HINN 19-year-old Singapore star pips Thai in a shoot-off to finally win gold VIENTIANE She is one of six elite athletes currently in the Olympic Pathway Programme run by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports. Shooter Jasmine Ser's big target is the 2012


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FOURTH-TIME'S A CHARM FOR KHOR LOW LIN FHOONG Before coming here, wushu exponent Khor Poh Chin (centre) had been to three SEA Games starting in 2003, but never won gold. The 23-year-old ended her barren run on the very first day of competition at the 25th SEA Games at the

Top Thai shooter ordered out of Laos [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Top Thai shooter ordered out of Laos TANYO-HINN VIENTIANE Jakkrit Panichpatikum, one of Thailand's top shooters and described as an Asian Games medal hope next year, was ordered to return home by Lao police after causing a disruption here at the SEA Games. Following a long-running spat with the National

Agbonlahor the Villan [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Agbonlahor the Villan AGENCIES ENGLISH FOOTBALL United feeling blue after shock at Old Trafford LONDON Just when they needed three points to close the gap on misfiring Chelsea, who had drawn with Everton earlier, Manchester United lost at home to Aston Villa for the first time in living memory. Well,

Singapore aim for a fresh start, and wait for a new coach [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Singapore aim for a fresh start, and wait for a new coach PATWANT SINGH SINGAPORE A new beginning, that's what Netball Singapore is targeting, after the 2009 Nations Cup ended on Saturday. The association will confirm sometime this week a new coach, who will begin work on the national

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Thousands affected as UBS closes billion-dollar fund [ARTICLE]

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Thousands affected as UBS closes billion-dollar fund AFP ZURICH Thousands of ÜBS clients have been hit by a move by Switzerland's biggest bank to liquidate a property investment fund worth billions of dollars. Swiss newspaper SonntagsZeitung reported yesterday that the closure of the Global Property Fund had been confirmed by

China cracks EU roadworks market [ARTICLE]

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China cracks EU roadworks market AFP POLAND CONTRACT WARSAW China has cracked the European Union's road construction market by winning its first contracts in Poland. China Overseas Engineering Group Company (Covec) will build two stretches of a highway linking Warsaw and Berlin. Covec's bid beat out several European competitors. Experts



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KEPPEL LAND $3.20 I Neutral Credit Suisse keeps call, raises target price to $3.42 from $2.46, pegged at parity to revised NAY estimate versus 20-per-cent discount previously, to reflect improving outlook on Spore office sector and residential markets, both local and overseas. Also increases FYO9-11 EPS forecasts by 14 to


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Its not the end of the World [ARTICLE]

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Its not the end of the World AZHARKHALID ISLAMIC BANKING Expert: Dubai World crisis will not hamper growth of the sector SINGAPORE The robustness of Islamic banking was put in the spotlight recently amid the Dubai World crisis. However, experts said the exposure of some Islamic banks in Dubai

Crying foul over CIMC bid for control of Yantai [ARTICLE]

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Crying foul over CIMC bid for control of Yantai SINGAPORE A minority shareholder of Singapore oilrig maker Yantai Raffles Shipyard (YRS) is crying foul over a US$2l3 million ($296 million) bid by China International Marine Containers (CIMC) for control of YRS, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on Saturday.

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