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A culinary adventure on the streets of Singapore

A culinary adventure on the streets of SingaporeSingapor - Singapore is famous for its skyscrapers and luxury hotels but the south-east Asian city is also a culinary capital with thousands of street food vendors in market halls providing tasty titbits for just a few dollars. Typical dishes on offer include fish curries and traditional chicken satays, fried rice and chilli crabs freshly prepared with top quality ingredients.

Singapore shares rise 2.08 per cent

Singapore shares rise 2.08 per cent Singapore  - Singapore shares rose 2.08 per cent on Monday as stock markets around Asia posted gains.

The key Straits Times Index climbed 56.62 points to 2,783.85, with winners beating losers by 453 to 113. (dpa)

Obama demands release of Aung San Suu Kyi

Obama demands release of Aung San Suu KyiSingapore, Nov. 16 : US President Barack Obama has demanded the release of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

In an unprecedented encounter with Burmese Prime Minister Lt. Gen Thein Sein here on Sunday, Obama also pushed for the release of other political prisoners held by the Burmese regime.

According to The Times, the message was delivered across the table to Sein during a meeting with the leaders of the ten countries that make up the Association of South East Asian Nations
(ASEAN).

Obama tells Myanmar to free Aung San Suu Kyi at ASEAN summit

Barack ObamaSingapore - US President Barack Obama used a meeting Sunday with the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to urge pariah state Myanmar to free pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

In what was the first meeting in 43 years between a US president and leaders of the military junta in Myanmar, Obama reportedly told Prime Minister General Thein Sein to release Suu Kyi.

The US has been reluctant to hold a separate summit with ASEAN since 1997, when Myanmar - also called Burma - joined the grouping despite stiff objections from the US and the European Union.

APEC leaders vow to work for strong climate results

APECSingapore  - Asian-Pacific leaders on Sunday vowed to work for a strong outcome of the Copenhagen climate talks in three weeks, but failed to give targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

"We reaffirm our commitment to tackle the threat of climate change and work towards an ambitious outcome in Copenhagen," the 21 leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) said in a joint statement after their two-day annual summit in Singapore.

But they did not mention any target for slashing emissions, thus backing off from an earlier draft of the declaration.

APEC leaders vow to work for strong climate results

APECSingapore  - Asian-Pacific leaders on Sunday vowed to work for a strong outcome of the Copenhagen climate talks in three weeks, but failed to give targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

"We reaffirm our commitment to tackle the threat of climate change and work towards an ambitious outcome in Copenhagen," the 21 leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) said in a joint statement after their two-day annual summit in Singapore.

But they did not mention any target for slashing emissions, thus backing off from an earlier draft of the declaration.

APEC leaders do not expect breakthrough in Copenhagen climate talks

APEC leaders do not expect breakthrough in Copenhagen climate talks Singapore  - Leaders of the 21 Asia-Pacific economies do not expect a breakthrough in climate talks before the Copenhagen meeting in three weeks, a senior US government official said Sunday.

Deputy US National Security Advisor Mike Froman spoke after the leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) met with Danish Premier Lars Lokke Rasmussen.

Obama's early arrival rescues traditional APEC group photo

Obama's early arrival rescues traditional APEC group photoSingapore  - A surprise early appearance of US President Barack Obama at the annual summit of 21 Asian-Pacific economies in Singapore on Saturday rescued the traditional costumed group photo of the leaders.

Coming from Japan, Obama was originally expected to arrive for the Singapore summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)late Saturday, prompting the organizers to postpone the planned group photo session to Sunday with all leaders appearing in business suits.

APEC leaders mull new vision for growth

APEC leaders mull new vision for growth Singapore  - Leaders of the 21-nation Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) grouping met Sunday to discuss a new approach to regional growth, winding up a two-day summit in Singapore.

Belatedly joined by US President Barack Obama, who arrived for the summit late Saturday night, the leaders met in a "retreat" forum that was expected to focus on new ideas.

"We expect our leaders to declare that the new paradigm for growth must entail elements of balanced growth, inclusive growth and sustainable growth," said Kuzuo Kodama, press secretary for the Japanese government.

APEC scraps emission cut target in draft declaration

APEC scraps emission cut target in draft declarationSingapore, Nov 15 - Leaders attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit here have scrapped a provision in their draft declaration pledging to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, an official said.

Yi Xianliang, counselor at the Treaty and Law Department of the Chinese foreign ministry, told a press conference here Saturday that the emission cut proposal was taken off from the draft declaration for fear that the binding provision might disrupt the climate change negotiations, Xinhua reported.

Asia-Pacific summit seeks more US engagement

Asia-Pacific summit seeks more US engagementSingapore - The 16th Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit kicked off Saturday with calls for greater US engagement in the region.

US President Barack Obama, although he failed to attend the opening session of the APEC summit, made known his commitment to the region Saturday morning in Tokyo.

"As an Asia Pacific nation, the United States expects to be involved in the discussions that shape the future of this region, and to participate fully in appropriate organizations as they are established and evolve," he said.

Taiwan hopes for early negotiations with China on trade agreement

Taiwan hopes for early negotiations with China on trade agreementSingapore - Taiwan hopes for early negotiations with China on a partial free-trade agreement - the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) - to institutionalize cross-strait trade and escape the growing pressure from other regional organizations.

"We hope we could complete the whole process in next year," said Taiwan's envoy Lien Chan on the sidelines of the annual summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Singapore.

China to boost domestic demand to tackle global crisis

China to boost domestic demand to tackle global crisisSingapore - China will further improve its citzens' standard of living to spur public consumption and boost domestic demand in order to tackle the global economic crisis, President Hu Jintao said Friday.

"Our focus in countering the crisis is to expand domestic demand, especially consumer demand," Hu told business leaders at the annual summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
(APEC).

IMF chief predicts stronger Asian currencies

IMF chief predicts stronger Asian currenciesSingapore - The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday predicted a revaluation of major Asian currencies against the dollar as a "rebalancing" of the world's economy gets underway.

IMF chief predicts stronger Asian currencies

IMF chief predicts stronger Asian currenciesSingapore - The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday predicted a revaluation of major Asian currencies against the dollar as a "rebalancing" of the world's economy gets underway.

Change in Obama's programme spoils traditional APEC group photo

Change in Obama's programme spoils traditional APEC group photoSingapore  - A change in the travel programme of US President Barack Obama would spoil the traditional costume group photo of 21 Asia-Pacific leaders at their annual summit in Singapore, the organizers said Friday.

Obama was set to appear for a photo session on Saturday with other leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) - including China's President Hu Jintao - in a costume inspired by a blend of different Asian cultures.

Singapore to push Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership

Singapore to push Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Singapore - Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday urged Asia-Pacific nations to press ahead with their vision of free trade in the region, saying that the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (TPP), including Brunei, Chile, New Zealand and Singapore, was a promising tool to reach that goal.

"We have to work together not to protect our markets, but to take steps towards the vision of a free-trade area of Asia-Pacific," Lee said at the annual summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.

China to give two pandas to Singapore, sign other pacts

China to give two pandas to Singapore, sign other pactsSingapore, Nov 13 - Beijing and Singapore have signed four cooperation pacts, including procurement of two pandas from China, to mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries next year, a media report said.

Chinese President Hu Jintao and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong witnessed the signing of the agreements here Thursday.

APEC finance ministers reject early withdrawal of stimulus measures

APEC finance ministers reject early withdrawal of stimulus measuresSingapore - Finance ministers of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Thursday rejected an early withdrawal of stimulus measures implemented to overcome the global recession, saying that exit strategies depended on the degree of recovery in different economies.

APEC warns of fragile recovery, sees unemployment as challenge

APEC warns of fragile recovery, sees unemployment as challenge Singapore, Nov 12 : Ministers of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum Thursday said the recovery of the global economy was still shaky and expected to be uneven while warning of still-high unemployment rates in some nations.

"The global economic situation has eased considerably," the APEC trade and foreign ministers said in a joint statement after a meeting at the annual APEC summit in Singapore.

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