Tom Benner

Tom Benner

Asia Pacific

New Singapore opposition party backed by PM's brother launched

Tan Cheng Bock, a retired medical doctor, launches Progress Singapore Party amid speculation of early general election.

New Singapore opposition party backed by PM's brother launched

Asia Pacific

US-China competition to loom over key defence gathering

Beijing dispatches top military brass to Singapore to deliver ‘highly anticipated’ speech at annual Shangri-La Dialogue.

US-China competition to loom over key defence gathering

Media

Singapore passes new law to police fake news despite concerns

Critics say approved measures grant government sweeping powers and threaten free speech.

Singapore passes new law to police fake news despite concerns

Vietnam

Hosting a Trump-Kim summit: The Singapore experience

Singapore case offers key lessons for Hanoi in dealing with security issues, diplomatic protocol and huge media influx.

Hosting a Trump-Kim summit: The Singapore experience

Singapore

Pirate or hero? Raffles bicentennial fuels Singapore debate

Stamford Raffles landed 200 years ago. But not all welcome government plans to mark the start of colonial rule.

Pirate or hero? Raffles bicentennial fuels Singapore debate

Singapore

Life after the Lees? Singapore prepares for the future

Finance minister becomes likely successor to Lee Hsien Loong as city-state positions for more challenging future.

Life after the Lees? Singapore prepares for the future

Singapore

Singapore's bid for UNESCO hawker food listing eats at neighbours

As regional rivals and food critics scoff, city-state is petitioning for UNESCO recognition of its street-fare culture.

Singapore's bid for UNESCO hawker food listing eats at neighbours

Singapore

Singaporean artist jailed after peaceful protest

Human rights groups denounce two-week sentence as an affront to free speech and call for Seelan Palay's release.

Singaporean artist jailed after peaceful protest

North Korea

Trump and Kim sign agreement after historic summit

Short on detail, the landmark statement includes a commitment by Kim to 'work towards complete denuclearisation'.

Trump and Kim sign agreement after historic summit

North Korea

Trump and Kim meet after months of threats and insults

US president and North Korean leader hold face-to-face talks in an unprecedented summit in Singapore.

Trump and Kim meet after months of threats and insults

North Korea

Kim-Trump meeting: More theatrics than substance?

Both the US and North Korea have real incentives to negotiate, but optics could be the priority at the Singapore summit.

Kim-Trump meeting: More theatrics than substance?

Singapore

Strict and orderly Singapore prepares for Trump-Kim summit chaos

City state known for its strict civil laws prepares for huge influx of journalists and diplomats.

Strict and orderly Singapore prepares for Trump-Kim summit chaos