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Singapore picks new president

SINGAPORE — Former Deputy Prime Minister Tony Tan won the island's presidential election in a recount with a margin of victory of about 0.3 percent.

Tan defeated his closest opponent, Tan Cheng Bock, a former Singapore lawmaker, in the recount after his margin of victory in a four-way race was smaller than 2 percent. He garnered 35.19 percent of the votes cast compared with 34.85 percent for the second-place candidate. The president holds office for a six- year term.

The president-elect, who served in the Cabinet of all three Singapore prime ministers and was a member of the ruling party until June, won 744,397 votes of 2,115,188 valid ballots cast, Returning Officer Yam Ah Mee said in a nationally televised announcement early today. Tan takes office Sept. 1.

The election was Singapore's first contested vote for president — mainly a ceremonial position in the country's parliamentary government — since 1993.

Court orders Brazilian airline to plant trees

SAO PAULO — A court has ordered Brazil's second-largest airline to plant trees near Sao Paulo's international airport to compensate for pollution caused by its passenger jets.

The Sao Paulo State Court of Justice says in a statement that Gol Lineas Aereas Intelligentes S.A. must reforest an area whose size has not yet been determined to compensate for pollution generated by departing and landing aircraft at the airport, located next to the city of Guarulhos.

A Guarulhos city hall spokesman says he expects the court will order the other 41 airlines operating at the airport to adopt similar measures. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on the ruling.

Gol spokesman Leandro Buarque said late Friday that the airline had no immediate comment.

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