10 must-reads for today

A vehicle surrounded by fallen trees in Taipei after an earthquake yesterday.
A vehicle surrounded by fallen trees in Taipei after an earthquake yesterday.PHOTO: REUTERS
Mr Kim Jong Un.
Mr Kim Jong Un.
Ravi Velloor.
Ravi Velloor.

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake rattled Taiwan's coastal city of Hualien yesterday, shaking buildings and temporarily halting subway services in the capital Taipei. There were no immediate reports of serious damage or fatalities, but 15 injuries were reported in Taipei and two people were injured by falling rocks in Hualien county.

Mr Kim Jong Un  has hailed the successful test-firing of a new "tactical guided weapon", in what is being seen as a move to ramp up pressure on the United States ahead of the North Korean leader's planned trip to Russia. Pyongyang has demanded the exclusion of US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo from nuclear talks and also blasted Seoul for holding joint military drills with the US.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 19, 2019, with the headline '10 must-reads for today'. Print Edition | Subscribe