Burma insisted on Sunday that there must be ''no strings attached'' to foreign aid destined for its hundreds of thousands of cyclone victims, triggering a sharp reaction from donor countries. Deputy Defence Minister Aye Myint told a regional security forum in Singapore that authorities were trying their best to help their people.
Oil smashed past $135 a barrel for the first time on Thursday, continuing its astonishing rise following unexpected drops in United States crude and petrol stocks in a tight market, dealers said. Large institutional investors continued to pile money into oil, which is giving better returns than investments in stocks and bonds, further heating up prices, they said.
Singapore will make history when it stages the first Formula One night race next year after the sport's governing body gave the go-ahead, the race promoter said on Thursday. Singapore GP Ltd said the Federation Internationale de L'Automobile (FIA) gave its approval for the night race through the Singapore Motor Sports Council.
United States President George Bush arrived on Wednesday in South Korea ahead of a summit of Asia-Pacific leaders as a joint statement from the 21 members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) forum sought to pressure the European Union into making more concessions on agricultural subsidies.
Singapore on Thursday stood firm on its decision to hang a 25-year-old Australian drug runner, saying he got a fair trial and was fully aware of the city-state's tough anti-narcotics laws. Nguyen Tuong Van, a Melbourne resident of Vietnamese origin, is now headed for the gallows following Singapore President SR Nathan's rejection of clemency appeals by the Australian government.
Investigators on Tuesday hunted for clues in the wreckage of the crashed jetliner in northern Indonesia as the airline ruled out terrorism in the disaster that killed at least 150 people. The Mandala Airlines Boeing 737-200 plunged into a suburb of Medan on Monday, seconds after taking off from the city's airport.