Foreign news in brief

SINGAPORE: Singapore’s opposition party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), has urged the republic to review its decision to bar Muslim schoolgirls from wearing the tudung to school. 

Chairman Mansor Rahman said yesterday the government should reconsider its decision for the sake of harmony and unity. 

He said the ban could damage Singapore’s reputation. –Bernama  


SEOUL: Babies born to couples in rural South Korea will be presented with silver bracelets in a bid to reverse a falling birth rate, a report said yesterday. 

The bracelets would be placed around the wrist of a baby if it was born in Yonchon-gun county in Kyonggi province, The Korea Times reported. – AFP 


BAGUIO (Philippines): Unusually cold weather has killed six people in Baguio, a health official said yesterday. 

Two elderly persons and four children died of pneumonia and asthma complications linked to the cold snap, city health department chief Florence Reyes said. – AFP  

SINGAPORE: A third Singaporean sailor was confirmed dead as a salvage operation began yesterday aimed at finding out what caused the worst naval accident in modern Singapore’s history, the government said.  

The body of 1st Sgt Seah Ai Leng, 25 from the RSS Courageous was found at Sebong in a northwestern part of the Indonesian island of Bintan late on Sunday. – AP 



NEW DELHI: Indian scientists said yesterday they would soon be able to use chicken eggs to treat snakebites. 

“The new method involves taking antibodies from chicken eggs which are concentrated in the egg yolk to produce anti-venom,” said P.V. Subba Rao, scientific director of the Vittal Mallya Scientific Research Foundation (VMSRF) in Bangalore. – AFP 


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