Tom Benner

Tom Benner

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

Asia Pacific

Meet the young Singaporeans building bridges with North Koreans

A Singaporean non-profit wants to foster closer ties between North Koreans and the outside world.

Meet the young Singaporeans building bridges with North Koreans

Asia Pacific

Defence officials debate N Korea's commitment as summit looms

The planned June 12 Trump-Kim summit took centre stage at the Asian security conference in Singapore.

Defence officials debate N Korea's commitment as summit looms

South China Sea

Tensions escalate over South China Sea claims

At security summit, Beijing vows to ignore pending international court ruling while US steps up military patrols.

Tensions escalate over South China Sea claims

Elections

Singapore voters ask: How much change do we want?

The status quo is a central issue in Friday's election with opposition candidates saying checks and balances are needed.

Singapore voters ask: How much change do we want?

Poverty & Development

Arduous economic recovery in post-conflict East Timor

Next generation takes the reins of development to move troubled tropical paradise away from its bloody past.

Arduous economic recovery in post-conflict East Timor