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16631
Trump Forest - a global reforestation project aiming to offset Trump's anti-climate policies - has reached 1 million trees after thousands of pledges from around the world.
49256
Donald Trump falsely says he never denied Russian meddling
2359
Mueller Unveils New Charges in Russia Probe
1830
President Donald Trump remained focused on the Russia matter on Monday, questioning in a tweet why his predecessor didn't act to prevent Moscow from interfering in US elections. "Obama was President up to, and beyond, the 2016 Election. So why didn't he do something about Russian meddling?"
900
As some 250,000 Puerto Ricans are without power 5 mos after Hurricane Maria—the longest blackout in US history—the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority is cutting its operating reserve to save money, as govt plans privatizing it. "This puts the economic development of the country in private hands."
52591
A homophobic video urging Russians to re-elect President Vladimir Putin has gone viral less than a month before the country's election. The video tells voters that if Putin's rivals win they will take Russia into a "nightmare" future in which they are forced to co-habitate with gay men.
194
Man who says he was a Russian 'troll' arrested by Russian police after going public
514
Tasmania to reach 120% renewable electricity in five years, Labor pledge
3995
Cape Town 'day zero' moved to June 4th, national disaster declared. The city will run out of water on this day
781
Dutch activate 'hard Brexit' plan and blame 'a lack of clarity' from the UK
345
Iran threatens to ‘level Tel Aviv,’ kill Netanyahu if Israel attacks
965
South Korean Cryptocurrency Regulator Found Dead at Home
168
'It's not a war. It's a massacre': scores killed in Syrian enclave
104
Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitckii has tested positive for doping. He says somebody might have spiked his drink back in Japan.
289
Archeologists have hailed "astonishing" discovery of what are believed to be only surviving examples of Roman boxing gloves. Thought to date from AD120, have been well preserved thanks to oxygen-free environment underneath concrete floor...beneath stone fort of Vindolanda, south of Hadrian's Wall.
952
Special counsel Robert Mueller's interest in Jared Kushner has expanded beyond his contacts with Russia and now includes his efforts to secure financing for his company from foreign investors during the presidential transition, according to people familiar with the inquiry.
448
Major Russian mafia trial opens in Spain
81
Russia admits ‘several dozen’ of its citizens killed in Syria fighting
764
Trump Jr. to deliver foreign policy speech during business trip to India
33
France considers jailing illegal immigrants for up to five years for fake ID
115
U.N. issues blank statement on Syria, says it has run out of words
116
100 civilians, including 20 children, killed in worst Syria shelling since 2015
34941
UK millennials suffer worst falls in incomes of any nationality apart from Greece, report reveals
59
Syrian pro-government forces enter Afrin
246
A seminal event in the Earth's history - when plants appeared on land - may have happened 100 million years earlier than previously thought.
222
South Korea Refuses Call to Fire Judge Who Freed Samsung Heir
30
Israeli man killed in Palestinian stabbing attack
35
Doctors can stop providing life support to toddler Alfie Evans who has a mystery illness against his parents' wishes, the High Court has ruled.
28
Facebook exec apologizes for claim that Russian goal wasn’t to sway election: report
1631
Philippines: HIV cases up 3,147 percent in 10 years. Critics say President Duterte's statement deriding condom use as 'not satisfying' harms advocacy to prevent HIV.
37
'Gays for Putin' Schedule Rally in Support of Russian President
7602
All adult Singapore Citizens to receive S$100-S$300 from the government, due to budget surplus.
85
The Paris accord set only modest goals on climate change, but the world's nations are falling short anyway
27
Erdogan: Turkish army will besiege Afrin within days
44
North Korean cyber-espionage has reached new heights. Spying unit is widening its operations into aerospace and defence industries, according to US security firm that tracks cyber-attackers around the world.
4189
A Cave in China Is Filled with Exotic Plants that Shouldn’t Be There—But Researchers May Have Figured Out Why - They may be the only surviving species after heavy deforestation
438
Peru's ex-President Alberto Fujimori has been ordered to stand trial for the 1992 killings of six farmers.
22
The populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) has overtaken the Social Democrats (SPD) in a national opinion poll for the first time.
661
A plan to protect wolves in France could see their population swell to 500 in the next five years. The proposal - which would increase the number of wolves by around 40 per cent - is designed to ensure the survival of the species in France.
435
British soldiers are to be deployed to Africa to boost the fight against illegal wildlife poaching
1100 just_a_pyro Huh, guess nobody else wants to be the president of Singapore. Oh, wait, one of the requirements is to have 3 years prior experience in being a high-tier goverment official or a big company CEO. How is that democratic and not an oligarchy, again?
116 Darrenyankj Singaporean here. The anger isn't over the fact that our president was elected without a vote (she likely would have gotten it anyway) but the election process as a whole. While conceding that Singapore does have a system of illiberal democracy, this is the first time that the incumbent party has undermined the elections process so as to block off a presidential candidate. The fact that the elections process was reserved only for the Malay race limited the number of potential candidates significantly and is contrary to the spirit of meritocracy.
128 LeapingLupine The Singapore government write the rules so they can entrench their stooges into key positions without any opposition. It is "their brand" of (almost) democracy. It's fine when it's fine, (sort of...) but it's not fine when the benevolent dictators are out and the other less benevolent dictators are in power.
34 ionised Key sections from the article (all emphasis is mine): > Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament from the Muslim Malay minority, **did not have to face an election for the largely ceremonial post after authorities decided her rivals did not meet strict eligibility criteria.** > **It was not the first time** in the affluent city-state – which is tightly controlled and has been ruled by the same party for decades – **that the government has disqualified candidates for the presidency, making an election unnecessary.** > **But there had already been criticism of the process as it was the first time the presidency had been reserved for a particular ethnic group** – in this case the Malay community – and the decision to hand her the job without a vote added to anger.
268 viv0102 Just FYI for those who are unaware, The "President" role in Singapore is mostly ceremonial. The Prime Minister position is the role with all the power. Not saying there shouldn't be an election for this, but that it wouldn't really matter much anyway in the grand scheme of things. They normally choose a "President" from a different one of the three main different races in Singapore every term. Edit: I perhaps worded the last part wrongly. I didn't mean that it has always been a law that Singapore choses a president from a different ethnicity (It is a rule since 2016). Just that it has generally been a trend since the first president, Yusuf Ishak to have different ethnicities represent as President and not one ethnic representative continuously across many terms. This because majority of the Presidents of Singapore so far were not elected but chosen by the Parliament.
29 dtagliaferri yeah, well, since when is Singapore a democracy.
11 -Aerlevsedi- The non-elected President actually has the gall to say: >"Every woman can aspire to the highest office of the land if you have the courage, determination and will to work hard," she told a cheering crowd of supporters. "This shows that multi-racialism is not just a slogan, something good for us to say or hear. It means it really works in our society that everyone has the chance to (make it to) the highest office of the land." This is the direct opposite of the truth. What a slap to multi-racialism, meritocracy and democracy.
10 autotldr This is the best tl;dr I could make, [original](https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/13/singapore-first-female-president-elected-without-vote) reduced by 69%. (I'm a bot) ***** > Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament from the Muslim Malay minority, did not have to face an election for the largely ceremonial post after authorities decided her rivals did not meet strict eligibility criteria. > It was not the first time in the affluent city-state - which is tightly controlled and has been ruled by the same party for decades - that the government has disqualified candidates for the presidency, making an election unnecessary. > Social media was abuzz with criticism as Halimah, 63, was formally announced as the president-elect, with Facebook user Pat Eng writing: "Elected without an election. What a joke." ***** [**Extended Summary**](http://np.reddit.com/r/autotldr/comments/6ztb62/anger_in_singapore_as_first_female_president_is/) | [FAQ](http://np.reddit.com/r/autotldr/comments/31b9fm/faq_autotldr_bot/ "Version 1.65, ~208939 tl;drs so far.") | [Feedback](http://np.reddit.com/message/compose?to=%23autotldr "PM's and comments are monitored, constructive feedback is welcome.") | *Top* *keywords*: **election**^#1 **presidency**^#2 **Halimah**^#3 **Malay**^#4 **without**^#5
27 -Aerlevsedi- The most ironic thing is that this completely goes against the national pledge where citizens pledge for meritocracy regardless of race or religion.
27 Mamemoo > We, the citizens of Singapore, pledge ourselves as one united people, regardless of race, language or religion, to build a **democratic society**... This is in their pledge, let that sink in.