Singapore marks 55th year of independence with military display | AFP

Mask-wearing Singaporeans wave flags as fighter jets, military vehicles, and helicopters pass by in celebration of the city-state’s 55th year of independence. Small crowds of people wear red and white and gathered in a popular tourist spot to watch as helicopters carrying the national flag flew past iconic buildings. Due to the pandemic, people were encouraged to watch live streams at home instead of gathering in the city center to watch the parade. Singapore’s annual National Day marks its independence from Malaysia in 1965.

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Virus-hit Singapore enters recession as economy shrinks | AFP

Singapore plunged into recession in the second quarter as growth fell 41.2 percent quarter-on-quarter with the trade-dependent economy hammered by the coronavirus, preliminary data showed Tuesday.

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Polls open in Singapore general elections | AFP

Singaporeans vote in a general election as the city-state emerges from a major coronavirus outbreak that swept through migrant worker dormitories. The People’s Action Party (PAP), which has governed Singapore for six decades, is assured of victory but faces an opposition with some popular candidates backed by the estranged brother of the country’s premier. IMAGES

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Singapore’s Universal Studio reopens after virus restrictions lifted | AFP

Universal Studios Singapore reopened this week after being closed for nearly three months as the city-state implemented restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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Singapore PM’s brother joins opposition before polls | AFP

The Singapore prime minister’s estranged brother Lee Hsien Yang joined an opposition party ahead of elections next month, presenting a new challenge to the country’s long-ruling government. The 62-year-old walked at a food hawker centre with Tan Cheng Bock, the leader of new opposition group Progress Singapore Party (PSP). Lee Hsien Yang is locked in a long-running row with his sibling, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, accusing him of seeking to capitalise on the legacy of their father, Singapore’s late founding leader. IMAGES

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Robot dog on virus park patrol in Singapore | AFP

A yellow robot dog called Spot which found fame online for dancing to hit song “Uptown Funk” has been deployed to patrol a Singapore park and ensure people observe social distancing.

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Singapore rolls out mobile swab station | AFP

Singapore rolls out a mobile swab station as it seeks to test the more than 300,000 foreign workers living in dormitories in the city-state. The station is a specially-equipped ambulance that can be swiftly deployed and allows health care workers to carry out swab tests on people as they stand outside the vehicle. +ATTN CLIENTS:FOOTAGE CONTAINS SOME SHOTS FROM APRIL 2020

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Flippin’ fun: Penguins in Singapore zoo waddle around | AFP

Penguins in Singapore zoo are regularly being taken out for walks around the deserted zoo during the city-state’s partial coronavirus lockdown, with the creatures checking out the area around their exhibit and exploring the children’s playground. They are also tackling an obstacle course in their enclosure which has been specially designed to keep them entertained. With the zoo closed to the public as the country battles a worsening virus outbreak, the African penguins had precious little to stimulate them without passers-by stopping to admire them.

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‘Like a jail cell’: Migrant workers under lockdown in Singapore over virus surge | AFP

Singapore managed to keep the coronavirus outbreak in check in the early stages, but is facing a fast-moving second wave of infections, with the vast majority of new infections in foreign worker dormitories.

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Singapore migrant workers living in fear as virus hits dorms | AFP

Migrant workers in Singapore are living in fear following a surge of coronavirus infections in their dormitories where they say cramped and filthy conditions make social distancing impossible.

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Fight for your right to party: Singapore DJs take grooves online | AFP

A pandemic isn’t stopping party lovers in Singapore, as DJs live-stream their sets from a nightclub to revellers at home. The country is implementing restrictive measures but has stoped short of a total lockdown, with over 1,000 cases of the virus recorded.

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Coronavirus: Singapore residents clap for workers | AFP

Singapore residents gather at corridors and windows to show their appreciation and to applaud medical workers as well as others such as delivery staff and supermarket employees. Singapore had 879 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and three deaths as of Tuesday morning, according to the John Hopkins University tracker.

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In virus fight, Singapore may jail people who stand close | AFP

Singaporeans could be jailed for up to six months if they intentionally stand close to someone else, under tough new rules announced Friday to halt the spread of the coronavirus. Some Singaporeans wonder if there is a need for a hefty fine while others say “harsh punishment” is needed during this period of crisis.

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Keep the faith: Singapore churches go online amid coronavirus | AFP

The faithful in Singapore are turning towards pre-recorded services and going online with some churches closed and Catholic masses suspended indefinitely over coronavirus fears.

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Singapore wildlife reserve showcases baby animals | AFP

A White rhino calf runs and rolls in the mud while a pair of red-shanked douc langur babies enjoy their new-found pastime of swinging between trees. Over 660 babies were born and hatched at Wildlife Reserves Singapore last year.Β 

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Singapore wildlife reserve showcases baby animals | AFP

A White rhino calf runs and rolls in the mud while a pair of red-shanked douc langur babies enjoy their new-found pastime of swinging between trees. Over 660 babies were born and hatched at Wildlife Reserves Singapore last year.Β 

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Coronavirus clips wings of Asia’s biggest air show | AFP

Asia’s biggest air show opened in Singapore on Tuesday under the shadow of a deadly coronavirus outbreak that has forced dozens of companies to withdraw and is threatening to hammer the aviation industry.

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‘Ring of fire’ eclipse wows across Asia | AFP

Skywatchers from Saudi Arabia and Oman to India and Singapore were treated to a rare “ring of fire” solar eclipse. Annular eclipses occur when the Moon is not close enough to the Earth to completely obscure the Sun, leaving a thin ring of the solar disc visible. de la progression de l’Γ©clipse et des spectateursNΒ°1NB249NΒ°1NB3Y5

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Thorny art in Singapore: Durian seller parodies $120,000 banana art | AFP

After an artist made headlines by eating a $120,000 banana artwork taped to a gallery wall in Miami, a Singaporean durian seller has responds with his own funky art piece.

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