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‘Robocop’ on patrol at Singapore summit

SINGAPORE: Hi-tech Singapore has deployed an autonomous robot with a swivelling camera for a head and flashing lights to patrol a summit venue -- arresting the attention of amused passers-by who stopped to snap selfies. The white, four-wheeled buggy, measuring about five-feet (1.5 metres), trundled around the perimeter of a convention centre in the city-state, providing additional security at a meeting of world leaders. The so far unnamed robot, decked out with flashing blue and red lights, is a prototype reportedly…

Panel recommends regulation of tech firms over fake news

SINGAPORE: A Singapore parliamentary committee said on Thursday the government should consider legislation to ensure technology companies rein in online fake news and that those responsible are punished. The committee, set up to make recommendations on fighting “deliberate online falsehoods”, said measures were needed as companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter “have a policy of generally not acting against” content known to be false. “I think there is increasing recognition on all sides that there has to be…

Facebook to invest $1 billion in first Asian data center in Singapore

JAKARTA: Facebook said on Thursday it will invest more than $1 billion to build its first data center in Asia in Singapore, slated to open in 2022. Facebook’s facility will be located in the west of the island, near where Google is expanding its Singapore data centers in an $850 million investment as mobile growth, e-commerce and cloud computing demand rise across the region. “This will be our first data center in Asia,” Thomas Furlong, Facebook’s vice president of infrastructure data centers, said at a press…

Record suicides of elderly people in ageing Singapore

JAKARTA: The number of elderly people committing suicide in Singapore reached a record high last year, a non-government group said Monday, urging stronger support for the over 60s in the rapidly ageing city-state. Samaritans of Singapore (SOS), which focuses on preventing suicides, said fear of becoming a burden to family, social disconnection, physical impairment and deteriorating mental health are the most common challenges faced by the elderly. With persistently low birth rates and longer lifespans, affluent…

Ozil shines on return as Arsenal crush PSG in Singapore

SINGAPORE: Mesut Ozil enjoyed a successful return to action at the end of a tumultuous week as the German midfielder scored the opening goal for Arsenal in a 5-1 victory over a makeshift Paris St Germain side in a pre-season friendly in Singapore on Saturday. Ozil sensationally quit the national side on Sunday citing “racism and disrespect” for his Turkish roots as he bore the brunt of criticism following Germany’s disastrous World Cup, but he looked relaxed and focused against the French champions. Arsenal…

Kim and Trump emerge from Singapore summit with “lot of progress”

SINGAPORE:  Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un emerged from their Singapore summit on Tuesday with the US president hailing "a lot of progress" and a "fantastic" sit-down. "We had a really fantastic meeting," Trump said as he strolled out of the Capella Hotel side-by-side with the North Korean leader. "A lot of progress. Really, very positive, I think better than anybody could have expected, top of the line, really good," Trump added, before showing Kim the interior of "The Beast", his armour-plated limousine. "We're…