Forest fires brought on by drought in Malaysia and Indonesia fouled air quality to unhealthy levels in parts of Southeast Asia, stoking concerns of a repeat of the haze that engulfed the region in June.
China’s Communist leader Xi Jinping, already emerging more powerful than his predecessor, has fresh impetus to tighten his hold on domestic security after an outcry over a knife attack on civilians three days ago.
The drought parching Singapore and swaths of Malaysia and Indonesia threatens to raise food prices, slow economic growth and disrupt water supply in the region, home to the world’s oldest tropical rain forests.
Billionaire developer Kwek Leng Beng said last year that skyrocketing prices and restrictive rules made buying residential land in Singapore “suicidal.” That hasn’t stopped international developers from rushing in.
Yao Lina, an accountant in Shanghai, says the 43 percent opening-day gain for China’s first initial public offering in more than a year isn’t enough to bring her back to the $3.2 trillion equity market.
When Sylvia Lim entered Singapore politics in 2001 as an opposition member, her father said he would visit her in jail, recalling how past adversaries of the ruling People’s Action Party were sued, bankrupted or imprisoned.
The National University of Singapore said it welcomes a discussion with Yale University after professors at the Ivy League school expressed concern about civil and political rights at a branch campus scheduled to open in the Asian city-state next year.