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AseanPlus News 19 Sep 2006 | 12:00 AM

Cops prevent free speech march

A SMALL group of Singaporean activists who have spent two days and nights on the sidewalk of a busy city intersection after being prevented from holding a protest march were distributing flyers yesterday to promote free speech.

AseanPlus News 18 Sep 2006 | 12:00 AM

Focus on IMF voting reforms

A DEAL by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to increase the voting power and influence of developing countries is said to be almost in the bag, despite continuing stiff opposition from some of the Fund's 184 members.

Nation 18 Sep 2006 | 12:00 AM

Nor Mohamed: Transparency needed in reform plan

There must be stronger representation of less developed countries in the International Monetary Fund's power structure, Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop said.

AseanPlus News 18 Sep 2006 | 12:00 AM

Police block march to parliament

B>SINGAPORE: /B>Six anti-government activists who spent the night on a street corner after authorities refused to let them march towards the IMF-World Bank meetings tried to proceed again yesterday but were blocked by police officers.

World 17 Sep 2006 | 12:00 AM

Singapore politician plans prolonged standoff

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A Singapore opposition leader surrounded by police for two days in a stand-off over the right to protest said on Sunday he would refuse to move until Tuesday's formal start of the IMF-World Bank meetings.

AseanPlus News 17 Sep 2006 | 12:00 AM

G7 ministers to face many hurdles

TOP world finance chiefs have gathered in Singapore to grapple with simmering inflation, slowing US growth, terrorism financing and the lopsided global economy.

World 17 Sep 2006 | 12:00 AM

Rights group says 48 deported, banned in Singapore

BATAM, Indonesia (Reuters) - Around 48 activists from 16 countries who wanted to attend the IMF-World Bank meetings or related events in Singapore have been deported, banned or interrogated by police, a rights group said on Sunday.

AseanPlus News 17 Sep 2006 | 12:00 AM

NGOs reject offer to join dialogue

FOREIGN activists in Batam yesterday rejected an offer by Singapore to admit 22 of their delegates to the IMF and World Bank meetings in the city-state and stood firm on a decision to boycott the gathering.

World 16 Sep 2006 | 12:00 AM

Singapore police block opposition march, upset NGOs

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore's police surrounded an opposition politician for more than six hours to stop him from leading a protest march past the venue for the annual IMF-World Bank meetings on Saturday.

World 16 Sep 2006 | 12:00 AM

Singapore police, opposition in park standoff

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore police and opposition activists were locked in a stand-off in a downtown park as authorities blocked a planned protest march past the venue for the annual IMF-World Bank meetings on Saturday.