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21 August 2017 12:13 AM USS John S. McCain collides with merchant ship near Strait of Malacca

The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca on Aug. 21. According to the Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet website, the collision was reported at 6:24 a.m. Japan Standard Time, while the ship was transiting to a routine port visit in Singapore 6

19 August 2017 5:00 PM Election 2017: Labour closer to National in new poll

Labour has risen to within striking distance of National in a new UMR poll. Elsewhere on the campaign trail, Jacinda Ardern opens up about her private life and there's a heated debate about the housing crisis. Shane Cowlishaw and Bernard Hickey report. A new UMR poll reportedly showed National down three points to 40 percent and Labour at 37 percent 27

9 August 2017 10:48 AM The Daily 202: The GOP congressional majority may be too strong for Trump to break

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) has an advantage heading into the 2018 midterms in holding the GOP majority, despite President Trump's approval ratings. (Win McNamee/Getty Images) If you really want to know why the Republican majority in the House has been so strong, the answer lies in these six states: Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania — across 60

7 August 2017 12:20 AM British captain drunk while berthing cargo ship suspended

A British captain who was five times over the legal alcohol limit while berthing his cargo ship in a New Zealand port was fined and suspended from his duties Monday. Anthony Michael Baker was breath-tested after harbour staff noticed problems as his 40,000-tonne ship Shansi docked in the northern port of Marsden Point on Friday. Baker was arrested and held in custody 24

5 August 2017 1:44 PM In Hiroshima, one August morning in 1945 was dark as night – and this woman can’t forget it

For more than 70 years, Setsuko Nakamura has chosen to speak out about the horror she witnessed as a young girl in the hours and days after an atomic bomb rained destruction onto Hiroshima. Her fight for a world free of nuclear weapons has often been maddening, Elizabeth Renzetti writes, but finally the disarmament activist has something to celebrate 20

5 August 2017 1:48 AM 'Drunken' sailor in the dock in New Zealand

The British captain of a cargo ship found himself in hot water on Saturday as he appeared in court accused of being drunk while trying to berth the vessel at a New Zealand port. The captain, a 53-year-old Englishman from Devon, had "an exceptionally high" breath alcohol reading, police said in a statement. The police were called after the pilot assisting 18

1 August 2017 10:32 AM SBW appeal to be heard tonight

Sonny Bill Williams' appeal against his four-match ban that will decide his availability for the first Bledisloe Cup clash against the Wallabies will be heard tonight. The All Blacks centre was handed the suspension for his second Test send-off against the British & Irish Lions earlier this month. Williams became the first All Black in 50 years to be sent off in a Test when he was red-carded 18

24 July 2017 3:07 PM From The Straits Times archives: Chuando, the fashion revolutionary

This story was first published in The Straits Times on April 17, 2006. SINGAPORE - His name may not ring a bell like hairstylist David Gan’s. But Chuando – or CD as he is known in the fashion world here – is the man behind Singapore’s hottest and most successful model exports in recent years, Serene Chew and Colin Wee. And within fashion circles, the mere mention 127

21 July 2017 2:28 PM Justin Bieber gets himself banned from China for ‘bad behavior’

In 2014, he was asked to leave a Mexican archaeological site after reportedly pulling down his underwear and climbing on off-limits ruins. (This, after he was turned away for carrying beer.) Pilots on a private jet delivering Bieber and his dad to the Super Bowl allegedly had to wear oxygen masks because the stench of pot was so strong. Another time, he got booted 43

21 July 2017 12:09 PM New Zealand residents forced to flee homes to escape rising floodwaters and blizzards

Residents on New Zealand's South Island have fled their homes to escape rising floodwaters and gale-forced blizzards. A state of emergency has been declared in the Canterbury and Otago regions, north of Dunedin, as key roads remain under water and heavy snow falls. The New Zealand Defence Force is also sending in 20 soldiers and nine trucks to flood-ravaged 17