• Buy a discount maid at Singapore's malls - Features

    aljazeera.com 27 Jun '14, 5am

    Go to the Bukit Timah Shopping Centre, a 1970s mall in central Singapore, and you will find five levels of brightly lit rooms and galleries called "Homekeeper" and "Budget Maid". Inside these rooms, dozens of women sit in a listless, artificial silence. They nod respectfully as you en...

  • Singapore bans gay penguin book - Asia-Pacific

    aljazeera.com 12 Jul '14, 10am

    Singapore has ordered the destruction of a children's book inspired by a real-life story of two male penguins raising a baby chick in New York's zoo after it was deemed inappropriate. The National Library Board, which runs 26 public libraries in Singapore, pulled the book from the she...

  • Singapore: Small state, big arms purchases - Features

    aljazeera.com 28 Mar '14, 10am

    Singapore ' s determination to remain independent has fuelled a military expansionism - but in a fast-changing global security environment, the militarised city-state may be forced to take sides. "Our immediate part of the world is changing dramatically," said Singaporean Defence Mini...

  • #Saudis lead Middle East #military spending @AJEnglish

    Saudis lead Middle East military spending - Middle East

    aljazeera.com 14 Apr '14, 2am

    Middle Eastern nations increased their military expenditure by billions of dollars last year, with Saudi Arabia's budget now the fourth largest in the world, according to figures from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. The Kingdom spent $67bn last year, a 14 percent...

  • Singapore poverty in the spotlight - Features

    aljazeera.com 09 Nov '13, 3pm

    The report cites two measures of inequality in Singapore. First, the period from 1998 to 2010 saw the real median income of employed residents in the bottom 20 percent fall by approximately 8 percent, while the income of those in the highest-earning quintile increased by 27 percent. S...

  • Bitcoin is the most famous type of cryptocurrency, but it's far from the only one.

    The rise of cryptocurrencies - Features

    aljazeera.com 02 Feb '14, 8am

    Shiva Keshavan, an Olympic luger from India, wasn't sure whether he could afford to attend the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He had to raise $5,000 in a matter of days. But in only three hours, a small but active section on the popular website Reddit raised the necessary fund...

  • World powers react to the Bitcoin boom - Features

    aljazeera.com 07 Dec '13, 1pm

    Jinyoung Lee Englund , the director of Public Affairs for the Bitcoin Foundation - a member-driven non-profit organisation for the Bitcoin community - said the Senate Committee had been cautiously optimistic about the virtual currency. "They recognise that new technology is not scary ...

  • Haze casts shadow over Singapore-Jakarta ties

    Haze casts shadow over Singapore-Jakarta ties - Asia-Pacific

    aljazeera.com 20 Jun '13, 7am

    Indonesia has accused Singapore of "behaving like a child" by complaining about severe haze from raging forest fires on Sumatra island that has cloaked the city-state. "Singapore should not be behaving like a child and making all this noise," Agung Laksono, the minister who is coordin...