The news in 5 minutes (The Straits Times)


S’porean held over ISIS plans

A STUDENT who planned to join ISIS and carry out attacks here has been held since last month under the Internal Security Act. M Arifil Azim Putra Norja’i, 19, is the first known self-radicalised Singaporean to have the intention to carry out attacks here.

Jail, caning for rapist

A STOREMAN who raped a woman in his car and robbed her of her handbag was yesterday given 13 years’ jail and 18 strokes of the cane. Haliffie Mamat, 24, had given her a lifton May 4, 2013, when she could not hail a taxi.


Thai elections delayed

THAILAND’S elections will be delayed by several months to September next year, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday. The post-coup government also announced it had revoked former premier Thaksin Shinawatra’s passports because of his comments in an interview last week.

Weather mayhem

WEATHER is wreaking havoc around the world, with a heatwave in India killing more than 1,100 people as temperatures hit 45 deg C. Meanwhile, the Philippines is facing a prolonged dry spell while torrential rains have battered the US states of Texas and Oklahoma.

Iraqi forces seeking to take back the province of Anbar, which fell to ISIS earlier this month. — PHOTO: REUTERS

Major anti-ISIS offensive

IRAQI forces began a major offensive on Tuesday to liberate all of Anbar province, taking up positions in the southern outskirts of Ramadi to try to oust ISIS militants.

The western province of Anbar is Iraq’s largest, and was seized by ISIS earlier this month.

Vuitton, Chanel shine

AMID slowing luxury sales in China and Russia, Louis Vuitton and Chanel were the only luxury brands which managed to increase in value last year. Analysts attributed their performance to their unique approaches, such as harmonising prices and revitalising the brand.


Tackling boat people crisis collectively

Finding, resettling and repatriating migrants languishing in the seas of South-east Asia is now a priority. Asean should also rally its members to help deal with human traffickers and address other root problems to prevent a recurrence of the humanitarian crisis.

Do medals matter?

WITH the SEA Games to be held next month, two of The Straits Times’ sports writers face off on the question: Do medal tables matter?

Yes, says Chia Han Keong. Medal tables are inspirational tools that spur athletes to greater heights. They also tell stories of nations and athletes.

No, says Rohit Brijnath. Medal tables are jingoistic weapons that never reflect the soul and story of a Games.


More eyes on litterbugs

THE National Environment Agency has been ramping up its use of electronic eyes to catch high-rise litterbugs. And it wants to hire a contractor to use high-definition cameras paired with video analytics to catch offenders in the act. Last year, the agency received 2,500 cases of feedback about high-rise littering.

$2.2b public IT tender

A RECORD $2.2 billion worth of public-sector technology tenders will be called this year, as Singapore embarks on its smart nation journey.

Big-ticket items include the infrastructure for the smart nation scheme and the Singapore Customs’ new trading system.

More to study art, music

MORE secondary school students will get to study art and music from next year through two-year enhanced art and music programmes, which will be extended to more schools, as well as in-depth, four-year elective programmes. The expanded programmes are part of efforts to hone diverse talents in students.


No answers on payout

NEARLY 500 Jurong Country Club members were left disappointed after a meeting on Tuesday with the club’s general committee failed to yield clear answers on possible payouts from the Government’s acquisition of the club’s 67ha site for the S’pore-KL high-speed rail terminus.


Synchronised effort

SINGAPORE’S national synchronised swimming squad is training hard in order to break Malaysia’s grip on the gold medal at the SEA Games.

While they have found success in recent regional competitions, they are still training about seven hours per day to reach perfection in synchronicity.

Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers has been in rehab time and again for dependency issues. — PHOTO: ENERGIE JEANS


Actor’s drinking relapse

JONATHAN Rhys Meyers said he had a “minor relapse” after he was pictured looking intoxicated on a London street carrying an opened bottle. The Irish star has been in rehab time and again for dependency issues and the May 15 photo sparked concerns that he had fallen off the wagon.

(From left): Director Colin Trevorrow with stars Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt at a Beijing press conference yesterday. — PHOTO: UIP

Dinosaurs ‘come to life’

IN JURASSIC World, the upcoming new instalment of the Jurassic Park series of movies, the dinosaurs will be more awesome and realistic creatures, with flying dinosaurs and underwater reptiles “that are much scarier and that much more effective”, says director Colin Trevorrow.

In the two decades since the first movie was released in 1993, film-making technology has improved by leaps and bounds.



The Big Story

Smart learning begins early

The Straits Times’ inaugural Education Forum last year was attended by 300 parents. This year, the focus of the forum on June 27 will be on early childhood development. Find out more about education issues and registration details at the forum’s microsite at


Modi’s report card

IT HAS been a year since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office.

How has he fared and what challenges lie ahead?


Selling Singapore

YOU have seen the Singapore Tourism Board’s three latest videos aimed at tourists from China, Australia and the Philippines.

Now see the ones from past promotional campaigns at

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