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Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew dead at 91

Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew dead at 91

SINGAPORE (BNO NEWS) — Former Singapore prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, who is widely recognized as the founding father of modern Singapore and who led the country for more than three decades, died early Monday after a battle with severe pneumonia, the government said. He was 91.

Lee “passed away peacefully” at the Singapore General Hospital at 3:18 a.m. local time on Monday, the prime minister’s office said in a statement. The former prime minister had been hospitalized with severe pneumonia since early February, but an infection worsened his condition and caused it to become critical last week.

Lee’s son, current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, declared a week-long period of national mourning and ordered flags to be flown at half-mast. His office said Lee’s body would lie in state from Wednesday through Saturday, after which a state funeral service will take place on Sunday afternoon.

U.S. President Barack Obama, in a statement released from the White House, hailed Lee as “a true giant of history” and offered his condolences on behalf of the American people. “A visionary who led his country from Singapore’s independence in 1965 to build one of the most prosperous countries in the world today, he was a devoted public servant and a remarkable leader,” Obama said.

The president added: “Minister Mentor Lee’s views and insights on Asian dynamics and economic management were respected by many around the world, and no small number of this and past generations of world leaders have sought his advice on governance and development.” … He was a true giant of history who will be remembered for generations to come as the father of modern Singapore and as one the great strategists of Asian affairs.”

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, who was in office at the end of Lee’s tenure as prime minister, said he was “deeply saddened” by the news, and added that he respected his “effective leadership of his wonderful, resilient and innovative” country. “I will always be proud that Lee Kuan Yew was my friend,” he said.

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Condition of Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew ‘weakens further’ – gov’t

Condition of Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew ‘weakens further’ – gov’t

SINGAPORE (BNO NEWS) — The condition of former Singapore prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, who is widely recognized as the founding father of modern Singapore and who led the country for more than three decades, has weakened further, the prime minister’s o…

Forensic experts identify another MH17 crash victim, 2 still unaccounted-for

Forensic experts identify another MH17 crash victim, 2 still unaccounted-for

HILVERSUM, THE NETHERLANDS (BNO NEWS) — Forensic experts in the Netherlands have identified another victim of downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, leaving only two people whose remains have not yet been accounted-for, the Dutch government said on Sat…

Condition of Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew worsens

Condition of Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew worsens

SINGAPORE (BNO NEWS) — The condition of former Singapore prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, who is widely recognized as the founding father of modern Singapore and who led the country for more than three decades, has deteriorated further, the prime minister’s office said on Saturday.

“Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s condition has worsened,” the office of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a one-sentence statement issued on Saturday morning, providing no other details.

Lee, 91, has been hospitalized with severe pneumonia since early February, but an infection worsened his condition and caused it to become critical on Tuesday.

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[UPDATE] Magnitude-6.6 earthquake strikes eastern Indonesia, no tsunami threat – seismologists

[UPDATE] Magnitude-6.6 earthquake strikes eastern Indonesia, no tsunami threat – seismologists

A strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck the Molucca Sea off the island of Sulawesi in eastern Indonesia on early Wednesday morning, seismologists said, but no tsunami alerts were issued. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The 6….

[OFFICIAL] 2 service members killed in Dutch helicopter crash in northern Mali – defense chief

[OFFICIAL] 2 service members killed in Dutch helicopter crash in northern Mali – defense chief

Two Dutch service members were killed Tuesday when a helicopter belonging to the UN force MINUSMA crashed in northern Mali, Dutch defense chief General Tom Middendorp said at a press conference. He said the helicopter crash happened during a training e…

[OFFICIAL] Death toll rises to 10 in Russian mall fire, up to 21 still missing – ministry

[OFFICIAL] Death toll rises to 10 in Russian mall fire, up to 21 still missing – ministry

The death toll from Wednesday’s fire and a subsequent collapse at a shopping mall in the Russian city of Kazan has risen to at least 10 after four more bodies were recovered overnight, local authorities said on Friday, but as many as 21 others may still be trapped under the rubble.

A spokesperson for Tatarstan’s Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Situations said the bodies of two men were recovered between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. local time, raising the confirmed death toll to 10. “Rescuers are continuing to clear debris at the scene of the Admiral shopping mall,” the spokesperson said.

An eighth body had been recovered just after 1 a.m. local time, about an hour after a seventh body had been recovered. Tatarstan authorities had said on Thursday afternoon – when the death toll stood at 6 – that as many as 25 people were feared to still be trapped under the debris.

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[OFFICIAL] ISIS leader accepts pledge of allegiance from Boko Haram – audio

[OFFICIAL] ISIS leader accepts pledge of allegiance from Boko Haram – audio

Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has accepted a pledge of allegiance from the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, according to an audio recording from ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani.

  • LINK to the audio recording: https://ia801503.us.archive.org/8/items/alkalima63/kalimah.mp3 (Arabic)

The news comes less than a week after Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State, referring to al-Baghdadi as the “Caliph of Muslims” and vowing to listen to and obey him.

“We announce our allegiance to the Caliph of the Muslims, Ibrahim ibn Awad ibn Ibrahim al-Husseini al-Qurashi, and will listen and obey in times of difficulty and prosperity, in hardship and ease, and not to dispute about rule with those in power,” Abubakar Shekau said in the 8-minute video, which carried only audio of Shekau.

The Boko Haram, which declared a caliphate last year in areas it controls in northeastern Nigeria, is seeking the imposition of an extremist stance of the Shariah law, which is a Muslim code of conduct. The group’s name, in the local language of Hausa, roughly translates as Western religion is sacrilegious’ or ‘non-Islamic religion is a sin.

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[OFFICIAL] Former Ukraine governor found dead in apparent suicide – ministry

[OFFICIAL] Former Ukraine governor found dead in apparent suicide – ministry

Oleksandr Peklushenko, who served as the governor of Ukraine’s southeastern province of Zaporizhia until he was ousted last year, was found dead at his home on Thursday, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the interior ministry says. He was 6…

[UPDATE] Apple services restored after 12-hour-long outage

[UPDATE] Apple services restored after 12-hour-long outage

A service outage on Wednesday that shut down several Apple services, including Apple’s popular App Store, has been restored after more than 12 hours, according to the company’s System Status page.

The outage, which began just before 5 a.m. ET, plagued users attempting to access the company’s iBooks Store, Mac App Store, iTunes Store, and App Store. Other services were unaffected, but it took until just after 5 p.m. ET for the problems to be resolved.

There was no immediate word on what caused the disruption.

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