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Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on the hustings ahead of Friday's election. There are signs he may hang on for longer than announced.

It's the margin, not the victory that matters in this election

Singapore has been ruled by the People's Action Party since 1959. That's unlikely to change now, but the vote still matters a lot.

  • by James Massola

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Donald Trump said he aced the test, but no further details about the test were provided.

Trump says he 'aced' cognitive test, but White House won't release details

The US President said that he "very recently" took a test measuring his mental acuity and "aced" it, but the White House would not say when he took it or why.

  • by Maggie Haberman
Ghislaine Maxwell says she is not a flight risk and has denied all charges against her.

Ghislaine Maxwell denies charges she aided Jeffrey Epstein, says she deserves bail

The 58-year-old said her detention in New York put her at "serious risk" of contracting the COVID-19 disease.

  • by Jonathan Stempel




Banned from using pro-democracy slogans, Hong Kong protesters are using blank paper to symbolise censorship.

What is Australia's Hong Kong visa package all about?

Why is Australia offering visas to some Hongkongers? Who will be eligible? What are the politics of the move?

  • by Eryk Bagshaw
Turkish health officials perform an impromptu dance to celebrate the end of quarantine for health workers returning  from Kazakhstan and Russia.

Kazakhstan denies Chinese reports of pneumonia deadlier than COVID-19

On its official WeChat account, the Chinese embassy flagged a "significant increase" in cases on three Kazakh cities since mid-June.

  • by David Stanway

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Iran has asked Interpol to help detain US President Donald Trump over a drone strike that killed general Qassem Soleimani.

'Not necessary': US killing of Qassem Soleimani was unlawful, says UN expert

The retaliatory missile attacks Iran launched against US bases in Iraq five days later were also "completely outside the scope of what is permissible" in international law.

  • by Nick Cumming-Bruce

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