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SINGAPORE : Singapore welcomes the announcement of Implementation Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran's nuclear programme on Jan 16.

"We urge all parties to continue to fulfil their obligations under the JCPOA and call on Iran to continue its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)," Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman said in a statement Sunday.

"This will reassure the international community that Iran's nuclear programme remains exclusively for peaceful purposes," the spokesman said.

The IAEA on Saturday verified that Iran has met all its key nuclear commitments under the JCPOA.

It marked the lifting of nuclear-related sanctions, outlined in the agreement, by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), the European Union and the US.

The JCPOA is an international agreement on Iran's nuclear programme reached in Vienna on July 14 last year between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UNSC - China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States - plus Germany).

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A devastated young couple has pleaded with thieves who stole two placentas from their freezer to return them.

Katarina Fowler and Jamie Brosnahan were shocked to return to their home in Invercargill, New Zealand, on Saturday to find it had been broken into, according to Stuff.co.nz. 

The couple desperately want to have the placentas returned so they can be buried, which is in accordance with Maori tradition. 

Mr Brosnahan also warned the thieves would have 'bad karma' if they didn't return

JAKARTA : Police today confirmed that one of the five suspected terrorists killed in bomb and gun attacks at Jalan MH Thamrin on Thursday was among those imprisoned for terrorist activities.

Afif also known as Sunakin, in his 30s, had been in prison for engaging in terrorist training in Aceh in 2010.

Metro Jaya district police public relations officer, M. Iqbal told reporters here today that apart from Afif, four more suspected terrorists were confirmed killed namely Sugito, 43, Dian Joni

TAIPEI : Millions of voters went to the polls Saturday in an election that was expected to make Tsai Ing-wen Taiwan’s first female president and give her party, which is skeptical of close ties with China, a strong showing in the legislature.

The campaign has largely pivoted on economic issues, as growth in Taiwan has slowed dramatically over the past year. Wages have stagnated and housing prices in major cities like Taipei have remained out of the reach of many people.

Voters have also

JAKARTA : Another person has died from injuries sustained in last week's militant attack in Indonesia's capital, media reported on Sunday, bringing the death toll to eight.

The gun and bomb attack on Thursday, which has been claimed by Islamic State, injured around 30 in Jakarta's commercial district. Five of the attackers were among the dead.

"An employee at a nearby bank succumbed to injuries on Saturday," news website Detik.com quoted Jakarta police spokesman Mohammad Iqbal as

CHICAGO : A producer at ABC News in Chicago has been found murdered in Belize.

The body of Anne Swaney, 29, was discovered Friday morning in a river with blunt force injuries to the head and neck, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Her belongings were found on a deck along the river bank, the paper said.

Swaney was executive producer of online operations at Channel 7. “She was a trailblazer in the digital news space,’’ the station’s president, John Idler, said.

Swaney, who was on vacation in the

JAKARTA - Authorities were on high alert for a terror attack to hit Indonesia, five days before suicide bombings and shootings rocked central Jakarta, the director of the State Intelligence Agency Sutiyoso revealed on Friday (Jan 15).

The State Intelligence Agency had also told police as early as November that “something would happen”. However, it is “very difficult to determine when and where they will strike”, Mr Sutiyoso said.

“We intensified our focus on them, especially during

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