Parliament: Conditions at Punggol dormitory could have been better maintained as it was made isolation area, says Zaqy Mohamad

SINGAPORE – Conditions at a foreign worker dormitory in Punggol could have been better maintained while it was being turned into an isolation area, said Minister of State for Manpower Zaqy Mohamad on Tuesday (April 7). Acknowledging challenges at the start, Mr Zaqy told Parliament that his ministry is coordinating efforts to take care of foreign workers at both S11 […]

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There may be trouble ahead as Sir Keir Starmer reveals shadow cabinet

Ed Miliband was Labour’s youngest ever leader. So when he quit after losing the 2015 general election, aged 45, it was always possible that he would return to frontline politics. After all, William Hague served as foreign secretary after a disastrous spell as Conservative leader. Now Mr Miliband is on course for a cabinet comeback if Labour were to win […]

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Outgoing U.S. intel watchdog fired by Trump says he acted appropriately

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Michael Atkinson, the outgoing top watchdog of the U.S. Intelligence Community, on Sunday said he was fired by President Donald Trump for acting impartially in his handling the whistleblower complaint that triggered an impeachment probe of the president last year. “It is hard not to think that the President’s loss of confidence in me derives from my […]

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Top U.S. watchdog vows 'aggressive' oversight of Trump administration after intel firing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. federal watchdog vowed on Saturday to continue to conduct “aggressive” independent oversight of government agencies, after President Donald Trump fired the inspector general of the U.S. intelligence community late Friday night. Michael Horowitz, chair of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), an independent agency in the executive branch and […]

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Anti-abortion group is short of signatures for ban at 22 weeks

An anti-abortion group did not turn in enough valid signatures to place a 22-week abortion ban on Colorado’s November ballot, the Secretary of State’s Office says. The group, Due Date Too Late, will now have 15 days to collect more signatures. Because of a Denver judge’s order Thursday in favor of the activists, those 15 days will not begin until […]

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Keir Starmer set to replace Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Party leader

Sir Keir Starmer is expected to be confirmed as the new leader of the Labour Party later. He is the favourite to succeed Jeremy Corbyn after winning the support of a majority of local constituency parties, and maintaining a consistent lead in opinion polls of Labour members. The other contenders are shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey, an ally of Mr […]

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Defense Secretary Esper backed firing of carrier captain Crozier

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper backed the Navy’s firing of the commander of a coronavirus-striken aircraft carrier, the Pentagon said on Friday, amid a backlash from Democrats in Congress as well as the crew of the vessel, who hailed their captain as a hero. Captain Brett Crozier was relieved of command of the Theodore Roosevelt on Thursday […]

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Wisconsin Republicans reject governor's call to delay Tuesday's primary and vote by mail

(Reuters) – Republican legislative leaders in Wisconsin rejected Democratic Governor Tony Evers’ call on Friday to cancel in-person voting and delay next week’s presidential primary, saying it must proceed despite fears about the coronavirus pandemic. Evers, who had been criticized for not seeking a delay earlier, called for a special session of the legislature to make Tuesday’s primary an all-mail […]

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