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November 23, 2016 8:39 AM F1 race: Malaysia’s loss is Singapore’s gain

Singapore in the driving seat as it negotiates new F1 deal, with Malaysia's exit strengthening island republic's negotiating position. SINGAPORE: After negotiating Singapore’s current Formula One deal, Bernie Ecclestone said in 2012 the hardest thing was explaining to the authorities that “we don’t race for free”. Four years on, the F1 boss appears to be frustrated 8

November 23, 2016 1:22 AM Syria Launches New Commando Force As War Heats Up

Syria's military announced it is forming a new commando force, calling on volunteers interested in "achieving the final victory against terrorism" to apply. The announcement on Tuesday, which named the new force the Fifth Corps, didn't specify where it would be deployed. After nearly six years of combat, the Syrian conscription-based armed forces has become 8

November 23, 2016 12:39 AM Trump steps back from media feud in NY Times sit-down

Trump’s clashes with the media appear to foreshadow a stormy relationship when he moves into the White House in January. — Reuters picWASHINGTON, Nov 23 — Donald Trump started the day tweeting about the “unfair” news media. He ended it with a polite sit-down with the New York Times where he called the daily a “world jewel.” The turnabout may — or may not — signal 10

November 22, 2016 2:03 PM Trump: Not first wealthy president, but unique conflicts of interest

President-elect Donald Trump has at least 500 businesses – hotels, casinos, golf courses, and brand deals stretching from Azerbaijan to Ireland. When Donald Trump enters the Oval Office on Jan. 21 he may bring with him the greatest potential for business and financial conflicts of interest of any US president, ever. That’s not just because he’s wealthy 11

November 22, 2016 10:54 AM Will Singapore follow Malaysia in axing its Formula One grand prix – and why would it want to?

F1 could find itself without a race in Southeast Asia for first time in two decades after Malaysia cites costs in its decision to stop hosting races The globetrotting sport of Formula One could find itself void of a Southeast Asian race for the first time in two decades as Singapore – one of two regional hosts – considers pulling out as it weighs up the fleeting 15

November 22, 2016 2:22 AM Deputy FM hopes to break the international West Bank paradigm

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) has big plans for next year, the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War. She seeks to alter what she terms “the false paradigm” that has taken root in the international community, claiming that Israel is an illegal occupier. The false paradigm has developed over the decades following the war in light of Israel’s 4

November 21, 2016 10:56 PM Neil Patrick Harris is a creepy old man in new series

After a bit of a tease, Netflix has released the full trailer for its forthcoming TV adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events, full of Neil Patrick Harris in various forms of (debatably effective) disguise. Harris is the nefarious Count Olaf, antagonist to the three precocious Baudelaire children placed in his care after their parents 34

November 21, 2016 4:46 PM Value for money can work both ways in Formula One

Only two months ago that this column was describing the passion with which Formula One’s premier Asian race, the Singapore Grand Prix, is embraced by the sport and its fans alike. This week the race is rumoured to be on the brink of an abrupt exit. Though Singapore’s near decade of Formula One racing has been much celebrated, its presence on the calendar 52 3

November 21, 2016 4:16 PM Malaysia to pull out of Formula One after 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will discontinue its Formula One Grand Prix race after 2018 due to falling revenues, a government minister said Monday, waving the checkered flag on one of Asia’s longest-running F1 races. The economic problems besetting the sport are taking too much of a toll and Malaysia will not renew after its current contract expires in two years 9

November 21, 2016 1:53 PM Suicide blast targeting Shiites at Kabul mosque kills at least 27

A massive suicide blast targeting Shiites killed at least 27 people and wounded 35 as worshippers gathered at a Kabul mosque on Monday, officials said, the latest sectarian attack to rock the Afghan capital. The attacker was mingling with worshippers inside the Baqirul Olum mosque in the west of the city when he detonated the bomb, said senior police 7