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The world's No.1 Scrabble player is Malaysian Ganesh Asirvatham

The world's No.1 Scrabble player, Ganesh Asirvatham, says that competitive Scrabble is not for the faint of heart. "The words that we use and the choices that we make are driven by sheer memorisation and the ability to make rapid-fire mathematical and statistical calculations on the go," he says.

Scars on Middle East landscape bear witness to past peace failures

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Talk of Middle East peace is in the air again, as politicians are set to gather in Bahrain to launch the latest in a long line of initiatives to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

US adults are spending big on videogames, playing mostly on smartphones

The average American videogamer is 33 years old, prefers to play on their smartphone and is spending big on content – 20% more than a year ago and 85% more than in 2015, a report showed on May 9.

No stopping doc from her mission

PAEDIATRICIAN Dr Adele Tan Guat Kean, 72, has put retirement on hold to carry out advocacy work that is close to her heart. She believes a lot more needs to be done to prevent childhood obesity and promote breastfeeding.

It all begins with a single step

The Star’s English education pullout makes waves of improvement in primary schools

New Year's Eve party in Times Square to cheer for press freedom

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Reporters will be the guests of honour at the New Year's Eve party in New York's Times Square on Monday, in what organizers said was a celebration of press freedom after an unusually deadly year for journalists at U.S. news outlets.

Juliet McDaniel’s debut novel hilariously skewers the beauty pageant world

The author was inspired by her grandmother’s experiences on the way to becoming Mrs Minnesota 1956.

'Iftar', 'hangry' among new entries in Merriam-Webster dictionary

A slew of new food words like avo, guac and hangry, is now officially recognised by the gatekeepers of the English language at Merriam-Webster.

Perilous, dark labyrinth for Thai schoolboys on journey back to light

THAM LUANG CAVE, Thailand (Reuters) - As the world holds its breath, 12 boys and their soccer coach - accompanied by an elite team of rescue divers - are making a treacherous journey to safety through flooded underground caverns that have tested some of the world's best cavers.

Campaign to promote reading

WITH Cheam Li Joan’s proficiency in English, one would never guess that her family uses Hokkien as the medium of communication at home.