What's News: Jun 4, 2018

An aircraft preparing to land at London's Heathrow Airport.
An aircraft preparing to land at London's Heathrow Airport.PHOTO: REUTERS


China warns US on sanctions

China has warned that agreements to buy more American goods will be void if Washington imposes trade sanctions and takes other punitive actions, including higher tariffs. Beijing's stance was spelt out yesterday as United States Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin also attracted ire from US allies over new tariffs on steel and aluminium.


Opportunity for every child

A recent report by non-governmental organisation Save the Children, which ranked Singapore as the joint best country for children to grow up in, reflects Singapore's success in "giving every child, regardless of background, the best possible start in life", Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday.


Trade rows could hurt airlines

Growing tension over international trade could damage the airline industry and the world economy, aviation executives and global airlines have warned. The uncertainty could curb demand for business travel, a key driver of profits.


Johor supports axing of HSR

The Johor government supports the cancellation of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project to reduce Malaysia's national debt, Menteri Besar Osman Sapian said yesterday. Datuk Osman added that the project was unacceptable, given the current economic situation, noting that it would take time to turn a profit.


Russia and the West

A new round of Russia-bashing in the West bodes ill for European and global power dynamics, says Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


Cancer centre targets $150m

The National Cancer Centre Singapore has started a campaign to raise $150 million by 2020 towards caring for cancer patients, as well as for research and education. It had already raised $80 million in a behind-the-scenes donation drive, including $50 million from the Goh Foundation.


Ex-shuttler faces sex charges

Former national badminton player Ashton Chen Yongzhao, 28, is scheduled to appear in court today after he allegedly committed consensual sexual acts on an underage girl multiple times over a period of two years from 2014.


First retail private equity bond

Treasury executive Sim Zhen Wei is looking forward to subscribing for Singapore's first private equity fund bond targeted at retail investors and retail investors are seeking more details, such as the yield.


Germany's poor run continues

Despite being one of the 2018 World Cup favourites, title-holder Germany's problems are piling up after a second straight friendly loss - 2-1 to Austria on Saturday - which stretched their winless run to five games. "If we play like that in Russia, then we have no chance," coach Joachim Low fumed after a sloppy display in Klagenfurt.



Joshua Bell reunites with SCO

Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell (above) will play the Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) on Aug 30. He had performed with the SCO in 2016 for its 20th anniversary.

What it should have been

In yesterday's infographic on the 1MDB saga, "The scandal: What we know so far", the Malaysian flag was used to represent Indonesia.

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Summit outcomes

United States President Donald Trump is set to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12. We look at some of the likely outcomes. http://str.sg/ofzw


Dim sum treats

Love dim sum? Here are seven places to go for a well-priced meal. http://str.sg/ofFq

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