• VIDEO: Looking for edible weeds at Dempsey

    Mr Bjorn Low, 34, founder of urban farming consultancy Edible Gardens, who has a strong interest in local plants, takes The Straits Times on a hunt for plants that include peperomia, a wild pepper varietal that grows well in shaded areas, and the herbaceous and startlingly bitter King Of Bitters, an inconspicuous shrub with dark green leaves. Keyword:Detail=bjorn low,Keyword:Detail=garden,Keyword:Detail=edible,Keyword:Detail=dempsey,Keyword:Detail=wild,Keyword:Detail=plants,Keyword:Detail=weeds,Keyword:Detail=foraging,Location:Region=Singapore,Content:Type=News Singapore

    VIDEO: Digging for shellfish at Kranji Beach

    During low tide, one can forage for clams and mussels along Kranji Beach. There, while digging and trudging the mud flats with foraging enthusiast Nigel Lian, 26, a communications executive, The Straits Times found native horseshoe crabs, clams, and mussels. Location:Region=Singapore,Content:Type=News Singapore,Keyword:Detail=foraging,Keyword:Detail=beach,Keyword:Detail=kranji,Keyword:Detail=clams,Keyword:Detail=mussels,Keyword:Detail=nigel lian

    VIDEO: Punters have their eye on the $12m Toto prize

    This year's $12 million Toto Hong Bao draw is $2 million more than last year's and second only to 2002, and punters are clamouring to place their bets. Content:Type=News Singapore,Location:Region=Singapore,Keyword:Detail=toto,Keyword:Detail=hongbao,Keyword:Detail=draw,Keyword:Detail=$12 million

    VIDEO: News In A Minute: Friday, February 27

    Today's top headlines: Changes to IPPT standards; rise in salaries for fresh graduates; Yishun integrated transport hub to open in 2019. Content:Type=News Singapore,Location:Region=Singapore,Keyword:Detail=ippt,Keyword:Detail=changes,Keyword:Detail=salaries,Keyword:Detail=fresh,Keyword:Detail=graduates,Keyword:Detail=yishun ,Keyword:Detail=integrated transport hub

    VIDEO: Interview with Grace Yow

    The SkillsFuture Council member Grace Yow, who is executive VP of manufacturing at Fluidigm Corporation and spent 26 years at National Semiconductor, speaks about the council's ideas and plans and how she feels a culture of lifelong learning can be honed. Content:Type=News Singapore,Keyword:Detail=supper,Keyword:Detail=club,Keyword:Detail=grace yow,Keyword:Detail=budget,Keyword:Detail=2015,Keyword:Detail=skillsfuture

    VIDEO: Internet traffic equality for all

    The US Federal Communications Commission is setting new so-called net neutrality rules to regulate web traffic. Content:Type=News World,Location:Region=Americas,Keyword:Detail=united states,Keyword:Detail=usa,Keyword:Detail=internet,Keyword:Detail=equality,Keyword:Detail=federal communications commission,Keyword:Detail=fcc,Keyword:Detail=netflix,Keyword:Detail=comcast,Keyword:Detail=verizon

    VIDEO: Llama drama in Arizona

    Llamas on the loose - as two of the animals dart through the streets of Sun City, Arizona, dodging police and traffic before finally being lassoed. Content:Type=News World,Location:Region=Americas,Keyword:Detail=arizona,Keyword:Detail=llama,Keyword:Detail=chase,Keyword:Detail=sun city,Keyword:Detail=united states,Keyword:Detail=usa

    VIDEO: Hong Kong woman who abused her Indonesian maid faces sentencing

    Former Hong Kong maid arrives at court for sentencing of her ex-employer who was found guilty of abuse Content:Type=News World,Location:Region=Asia,Keyword:Detail=hong kong,Keyword:Detail=maid,Keyword:Detail=abuse,Keyword:Detail=court,Keyword:Detail=sentencing,Keyword:Detail=employer,Keyword:Detail=Law Wan-tung,Keyword:Detail=Erwiana Sulistyaningsih

    VIDEO: Jihadi John was 'a beautiful young man' - charity worker

    A charity worker who knew the man known as "Jihadi John", gets emotional during a news conference, saying Mohammed Emwazi was a "beautiful young man". Content:Type=News World,Location:Region=Europe,Keyword:Detail=uk,Keyword:Detail=london,Keyword:Detail=charity,Keyword:Detail=cage,Keyword:Detail=mohammed emwazi,Keyword:Detail=jihadi john,Keyword:Detail=asim qureshi,Keyword:Detail=kuwait,Keyword:Detail=islamic state,Keyword:Detail=isis,Keyword:Detail=hostage

    VIDEO: Jihadi John’s path to ISIS

    The London-accented ISIS killer known as “Jihadi John,” who has featured prominently in the group’s gruesome beheading videos of Western hostages, has been identified as 27-year-old Mohammed Emwazi in a report by the Washington Post. Content:Type=News World,Keyword:Detail=isis,Keyword:Detail=islamic state,Keyword:Detail=jihadi john,Keyword:Detail=mohammed emwazi,Keyword:Detail=washington post,Keyword:Detail=kuwait,Keyword:Detail=london,Keyword:Detail=hostages

    VIDEO: Islamic State fighters smash priceless relics in Iraqi museum

    Islamic State posts video of its fighters destroying priceless antiquities dating back thousands of years. Content:Type=News World,Keyword:Detail=islamic state,Keyword:Detail=iraq,Keyword:Detail=mosul,Keyword:Detail=antiquities,Keyword:Detail=museum,Keyword:Detail=artifacts,Keyword:Detail=assyrians,Keyword:Detail=arcadians

    VIDEO: Prince William arrives in Japan

    The UK's Prince William arrives in Japan and takes a rainy tour of Tokyo Bay. Content:Type=News World,Location:Region=Asia,Keyword:Detail=japan,Keyword:Detail=tokyo,Keyword:Detail=prince william,Keyword:Detail=visit

    VIDEO: China now has more submarines than the US

    China now has more submarine vessels than the United States. According to top US Navy Admiral Joseph Mulloy, China has also simultaneously increased the geographic reach of the submarines and the length of time they stay at sea. Keyword:Detail=army,Keyword:Detail=usa,Keyword:Detail=united states,Keyword:Detail=defence,Keyword:Detail=submarine,Keyword:Detail=china,Location:Region=Asia,Content:Type=News World

    VIDEO: Afghans bury their dead after worst avalanches in decades

    Villagers in north Afghanistan are burying the more than 180 people killed in some of the region's worst avalanches in three decades. Content:Type=News World,Keyword:Detail=afghanistan,Keyword:Detail=avalanche,Keyword:Detail=bury,Keyword:Detail=decades,Keyword:Detail=khenj,Keyword:Detail=village

    VIDEO: Hopes for Modi's first full-year budget

    India announces a bold new budget plan to put the economy on a fast track to growth and Prince William visits China to promote business and cultural exchanges. Content:Type=News World,Location:Region=Asia,Keyword:Detail=india,Keyword:Detail=budget,Keyword:Detail=prime minister,Keyword:Detail=narendra modi

    VIDEO: North Korea shipping firm skirts sanctions by renaming ships

    According to a United Nations report, a North Korean company has been relabeling its vessels in order to evade sanctions. Content:Type=News World,Location:Region=Asia,Keyword:Detail=north korea,Keyword:Detail=sanctions,Keyword:Detail=united nations,Keyword:Detail=evade,Keyword:Detail=vessels,Keyword:Detail=ocean marine management,Keyword:Detail=circumvent

    VIDEO: Sheeran takes Brit Awards, Lupita Nyong'o's pearl dress stolen

    The day's top showbiz news and headlines including Ed Sheeran takes the Brit Awards, Madonna suffers a fall, and Lupita Nyong'o's pearl Oscar dress is stolen. Content:Type=Lifestyle,Location:Region=Europe,Content:Category=Music,Keyword:Detail=brit awards,Keyword:Detail=ed sheeran,Keyword:Detail=british,Keyword:Detail=solo artist,Keyword:Detail=album,Keyword:Detail=award,Keyword:Detail=sam smith,Keyword:Detail=madonna,Keyword:Detail=lupita nyong'o

    VIDEO: The Life digital magazine, Issue 9 (March 2015)

    In the March issue of The Life, we feature the natural splendours of Iceland, gastronomic delights in Peru, eight Spring/Summer style trends, and people who travel the world to catch art fairs. Get The Life, Issue 9 free from The Straits Times Star E-books app for iPad (https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/the-straits-times-star/id886065856?mt=8) and Android devices (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sph.ststar). Read more about the app at http://www.straitstimes.com/st-star-app Content:Type=Lifestyle,Location:Region=Singapore,Keyword:Detail=the life!,Keyword:Detail=e-mag,Keyword:Detail=iceland,Keyword:Detail=the straits times,Keyword:Detail=star app,Keyword:Detail=spring,Keyword:Detail=summer,Keyword:Detail=trends,Keyword:Detail=art

    VIDEO: News In A Minute: Thursday, February 26

    Today's top news headlines: UK Singapore Law Students' society says law firms should look beyond a graduate's school, two agencies to support foster families are set up, and a man is arrested for suspected drink driving. Content:Type=News Singapore,Location:Region=Singapore,Keyword:Detail=law,Keyword:Detail=students,Keyword:Detail=school,Keyword:Detail=university,Keyword:Detail=foster,Keyword:Detail=agencies,Keyword:Detail=families,Keyword:Detail=drink driving,Keyword:Detail=lornie road,Keyword:Detail=queensway,Keyword:Detail=traffic jam

    VIDEO: Post-Budget Roundtable: Pay attention to income levels

    Our panel of experts give their key takeaway from Budget 2015. What do they like most and what more can the Government do? Content:Type=News Singapore,Location:Region=Singapore,Keyword:Detail=budget,Keyword:Detail=roundtable,Keyword:Detail=2015,Keyword:Detail=skillsfuture,Keyword:Detail=cpf,Keyword:Detail=childcare

    VIDEO: Post-Budget Roundtable: A nation of learners

    The SkillsFuture initiative allows adult Singaporeans to take charge of their own education and encourages people to become lifelong learners. Keyword:Detail=roundtable,Keyword:Detail=2015,Keyword:Detail=upgrading,Keyword:Detail=training,Keyword:Detail=education,Keyword:Detail=skillsfuture,Keyword:Detail=cpf,Keyword:Detail=budget,Location:Region=Singapore,Content:Type=News Singapore

    VIDEO: Post-Budget Roundtable: Pre-school education should be free

    Find out what more our panel thinks could be done to help middle-class families. Content:Type=News Singapore,Location:Region=Singapore,Keyword:Detail=budget,Keyword:Detail=2015,Keyword:Detail=roundtable,Keyword:Detail=education,Keyword:Detail=pre-school

    VIDEO: Post-Budget Roundtable: Universal pension for older workers

    The hot topics of retirement and CPF are discussed by our panel. Content:Type=News Singapore,Location:Region=Singapore,Keyword:Detail=budget,Keyword:Detail=2015,Keyword:Detail=cpf,Keyword:Detail=retirement,Keyword:Detail=pensions,Keyword:Detail=roundtable

    VIDEO: Post-Budget Roundtable: "Not an obvious election budget"

    Did Budget 2015 feel like an election budget? Our panel weighs in. Keyword:Detail=election,Keyword:Detail=sg50,Keyword:Detail=roundtable,Keyword:Detail=2015,Keyword:Detail=budget,Location:Region=Singapore,Content:Type=News Singapore

    VIDEO: Footage shows people falling into sinkhole in Seoul

    CCTV footage catches the moment a man and woman fall into a sinkhole after getting off the bus in Seoul. Keyword:Detail=seoul,Keyword:Detail=south korea,Keyword:Detail=sinkhole,Location:Region=Asia,Content:Type=News World

    VIDEO: South Korea gunman kills three

    A gunman shot dead three men on Wednesday in Sejong City, South Korea before turning the gun on himself. Content:Type=News World,Location:Region=Asia,Keyword:Detail=south korea,Keyword:Detail=gunman,Keyword:Detail=suicide,Keyword:Detail=sejong city,Keyword:Detail=gongju,Keyword:Detail=rifle,Keyword:Detail=shooting

    VIDEO: North Korea could possess as many as 100 nuclear weapons by 2020

    The United States is concerned about North Korea's nuclear weapons programme after a think tank predicted Pyongyang could have up to 100 nuclear weapons within the next five years. Content:Type=News World,Location:Region=Asia,Keyword:Detail=united states,Keyword:Detail=usa,Keyword:Detail=north korea,Keyword:Detail=pyongyang,Keyword:Detail=nuclear,Keyword:Detail=weapons

    VIDEO: Nineteen manatees rescued from drainage pipe in Florida

    Nineteen manatees were rescued early Tuesday morning from a storm drain at Satellite Beach, Florida. The manatees, also known as sea cows, were apparently trying to find their way to warmer waters when they became lodged in the drainage pipe, officials and local media said. Content:Type=News World,Location:Region=Americas,Keyword:Detail=united states,Keyword:Detail=usa,Keyword:Detail=florida,Keyword:Detail=satellite beach,Keyword:Detail=drain,Keyword:Detail=manatee,Keyword:Detail=pipe,Keyword:Detail=sea cows

    VIDEO: US justices support for Muslim woman

    A majority of US Supreme Court justices express support for a Muslim woman denied a job at Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a head scarf. Content:Type=News World,Location:Region=Americas,Keyword:Detail=supreme court,Keyword:Detail=abercrombie & fitch,Keyword:Detail=a&f,Keyword:Detail=samantha elauf,Keyword:Detail=job,Keyword:Detail=headscarf,Keyword:Detail=civil rights

    VIDEO: US charges three with conspiring to support Islamic State

    Two of three men charged with conspiring to support Islamic State appear in Brooklyn federal court. Content:Type=News World,Location:Region=Americas,Keyword:Detail=united states,Keyword:Detail=usa,Keyword:Detail=new york,Keyword:Detail=brooklyn,Keyword:Detail=islamic state,Keyword:Detail=charge,Keyword:Detail=suspects,Keyword:Detail=isis,Keyword:Detail=support

    VIDEO: US woman missionary kidnapped in central Nigeria

    Nigerian bandits on Monday morning kidnapped an American missionary from Hope Academy, a school located near the village of Emiworo in the central state of Kogi. Content:Type=News World,Location:Region=Africa,Keyword:Detail=nigeria,Keyword:Detail=bandits,Keyword:Detail=kidnap,Keyword:Detail=united states,Keyword:Detail=american,Keyword:Detail=missionary,Keyword:Detail=hope academy

    VIDEO: Dow at record High

    While the S&P moved off its record high, and the Nasdaq broke its 10-session winning streak, the Dow edged higher to hit another record close. Content:Type=News Business,Location:Region=Americas,Keyword:Detail=dow,Keyword:Detail=s&p,Keyword:Detail=nasdaq,Keyword:Detail=janet yellen,Keyword:Detail=fed,Keyword:Detail=federal reserve

    VIDEO: Greeks place hope in new reforms

    Greece's list of reforms still has a few hurdles to pass, but optimism is spreading on the streets of Athens. But as Katie Gregory reports there's still a long way to go before the euro zone can breathe a sigh of relief. Content:Type=News Business,Location:Region=Europe,Content:Category=Economy,Keyword:Detail=greece,Keyword:Detail=athens,Keyword:Detail=reform,Keyword:Detail=greeks,Keyword:Detail=eurozone

    VIDEO: All the Hollywood news

    Lady Gaga is joining the cast of American Horror Story. Content:Type=Lifestyle,Location:Region=Americas,Content:Category=Music,Content:Category=Television,Keyword:Detail=lady gaga,Keyword:Detail=american horror story,Keyword:Detail=entertainment weekly,Keyword:Detail=demi lovato,Keyword:Detail=hospital,Keyword:Detail=lindsay lohan

    VIDEO: Polanski testifies, Lohan gets more community service

    The day's top showbiz news and headlines including Roman Polanski testifies at a hearing, Lindsay Lohan gets additional community service, and Madonna talks Lady Gaga to Rolling Stone. Content:Type=Lifestyle,Content:Category=Movies,Content:Category=Music,Keyword:Detail=roman polanski,Keyword:Detail=lindsay lohan,Keyword:Detail=madonna,Keyword:Detail=lady gaga,Keyword:Detail=poland,Keyword:Detail=hearing,Keyword:Detail=sex crime,Keyword:Detail=community service,Keyword:Detail=american horror story

    VIDEO: No club compensation a 2022 winter World Cup

    Fifa says clubs will not be compensated for losing players during winter World Cup tournament Content:Type=News Sports,Keyword:Detail=qatar,Keyword:Detail=fifa,Keyword:Detail=jerome valcke,Keyword:Detail=compensation,Keyword:Detail=club,Keyword:Detail=world cup,Keyword:Detail=2022

    VIDEO: Water leaks into astronaut's helmet

    A dramatic finish to a spacewalk as NASA astronaut Terry Virts' helmet pools with water. Content:Type=News World,Keyword:Detail=nasa,Keyword:Detail=terry virts,Keyword:Detail=astronaut,Keyword:Detail=space,Keyword:Detail=international space station,Keyword:Detail=iss

    VIDEO: Astronauts rig station for new US space taxis

    US astronauts float outside the International Space Station to rig parking spots for two commercial space taxis. Content:Type=News World,Keyword:Detail=united states,Keyword:Detail=usa,Keyword:Detail=international space station,Keyword:Detail=iss,Keyword:Detail=space taxi

    VIDEO: Arson suspected in Palestinian attack

    Police in the West Bank believe a right-wing Jewish group may be responsible for the burning and vandalism of a mosque, an attack Palestinians say was part of strategy by Jewish settlers to steal land. Content:Type=News World,Location:Region=Middle East,Keyword:Detail=arson,Keyword:Detail=palestine,Keyword:Detail=mosque,Keyword:Detail=attack,Keyword:Detail=jewish,Keyword:Detail=west bank,Keyword:Detail=vandalism

    VIDEO: Apple ordered to pay US$533m

    A Texas jury ruled that Apple's iTunes software infringed three patents. Apple says it'll appeal. Content:Type=News Business,Location:Region=Americas,Content:Category=Companies,Keyword:Detail=apple,Keyword:Detail=iphones,Keyword:Detail=itunes,Keyword:Detail=texas,Keyword:Detail=jury,Keyword:Detail=google,Keyword:Detail=samsung,Keyword:Detail=htc,Keyword:Detail=infringe,Keyword:Detail=patent

    VIDEO: China shuns big tech names

    The Chinese government has taken products from major tech firms off its purchase list in favour of smaller domestic players, but experts warn the plan may backfire making them open to security risks. Keyword:Detail=citrix,Keyword:Detail=mcafee,Keyword:Detail=intel,Keyword:Detail=apple,Keyword:Detail=cisco,Keyword:Detail=companies,Keyword:Detail=tech,Keyword:Detail=china,Location:Region=Asia,Content:Type=News Business

    VIDEO: French President Francois Hollande arrives in Manila for two-day state visit

    French President Francois Hollande arrives at a military airbase in Manila for a two-day visit focusing on improving bilateral ties with the Philippines. Content:Type=News World,Location:Region=SE Asia,Keyword:Detail=france,Keyword:Detail=philippines,Keyword:Detail=french,Keyword:Detail=president,Keyword:Detail=francoise hollande,Keyword:Detail=manila,Keyword:Detail=state,Keyword:Detail=visit

    VIDEO: Will Smith and Margot Robbie bring Focus" to the movies

    One of Hollywood's veteran movie stars joins forces with a rising star for a new action drama film. Content:Type=Lifestyle,Location:Region=Americas,Content:Category=Movies,Keyword:Detail=will smith,Keyword:Detail=margot robbie,Keyword:Detail=focus

    VIDEO: News In A Minute: Wednesday, February 25

    Today's top news headlines: Petrol companies asked to justify price hike, dry weather expected until March and DBS and POSB launches SMS queue system. Keyword:Detail=queue,Keyword:Detail=sms,Keyword:Detail=posb,Keyword:Detail=dbs,Keyword:Detail=february,Keyword:Detail=dry,Keyword:Detail=weather,Keyword:Detail=duty,Keyword:Detail=increase,Keyword:Detail=tax,Keyword:Detail=price,Keyword:Detail=petrol,Location:Region=Singapore,Content:Type=News Singapore

    VIDEO: Mystery tunnel baffles Toronto police

    Toronto police are digging for clues as they search for the brains behind a mystery tunnel, found near the site of this year's Pan American Games. Content:Type=News World,Location:Region=Americas,Keyword:Detail=canada,Keyword:Detail=toronto,Keyword:Detail=tunnels,Keyword:Detail=mystery,Keyword:Detail=pan american games

    VIDEO: Dozens injured after train hits truck, derails in southern California

    A Los Angeles-bound commuter train derailed early Tuesday morning after it rammed into a tractor trailer that had stopped on the tracks in Oxnard, California, injuring at least 28 people, including four critically. Keyword:Detail=derail,Keyword:Detail=train,Keyword:Detail=oxnard,Keyword:Detail=california,Keyword:Detail=united states,Location:Region=Americas,Content:Type=News World

    VIDEO: Qatar's costly World Cup conundrum

    A Fifa task force has recommended the Qatar World Cup is held in the cooler months of November and December 2022. But the decision may not go down well with Europe's big soccer clubs, their sponsors or broadcasters. Content:Type=News Sports,Content:Category=Football,Keyword:Detail=world cup,Keyword:Detail=2022,Keyword:Detail=qatar,Keyword:Detail=winter,Keyword:Detail=summer

    VIDEO: Winter 2022 World Cup in Qatar a necessary alternative

    German FA chief says the decision to hold the 2022 Qatar World Cup in the winter will be hard getting used to but a "necessary alternative". Keyword:Detail=president,Keyword:Detail=fa,Keyword:Detail=germany,Keyword:Detail=wolfgang niersbach,Keyword:Detail=qatar,Keyword:Detail=2022,Keyword:Detail=world cup,Content:Category=Football,Location:Region=Europe,Content:Type=News Sports

    VIDEO: Islamic State militants capture 90 from Christian villages

    A British-based human rights organization in Syria reports Islamic State militants have captured dozens of Christians from villages in the country’s northeast region. Content:Type=News World,Location:Region=Middle East,Keyword:Detail=syria,Keyword:Detail=islamic state,Keyword:Detail=christian,Keyword:Detail=isis

    VIDEO: Withdrawal of heavy arms remains top concern in eastern Ukraine

    World leaders urge both sides of the conflict in eastern Ukraine to withdraw heavy weapons from the front lines and follow through with the Minsk agreement. Content:Type=News World,Location:Region=Europe,Keyword:Detail=ukraine,Keyword:Detail=russia,Keyword:Detail=weapons,Keyword:Detail=wihdraw,Keyword:Detail=conflict,Keyword:Detail=minsk,Keyword:Detail=agreement