What's News: July 11, 2018

South Korean President Moon Jae-in with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. PHOTO: REUTERS


Thais cheer successful rescue

All the members of a youth football team that spent more than two weeks trapped in the bowels of a flooded cave have been brought out safely, capping a search-and-rescue mission that captivated the world. Thais in the northern city of Chiang Rai honked their car horns and made live "selfie" videos as they celebrated the successful rescue.


Data on physical activity

Singaporeans who live in the east are the most physically active, with 48 per cent getting in 150 minutes of moderate activity per week. On the other hand, for those living in the west, only 38 per cent managed the same. This was one of the key findings from the Singapore City Active Citizens Worldwide Report.


India, S. Korea expand ties

India and South Korea yesterday agreed to boost defence ties through more military exercises and training as part of efforts to expand their relationship beyond an economic partnership. This was decided during President Moon Jae-in's visit to India.


Climate deal on track

The world is on track to agree on the rules of a sweeping deal that aims to put the brakes on climate change, the United Nations' climate chief said yesterday. But a lot of negotiation remains ahead of key talks in December. These face added urgency as the impact of climate change becomes ever more apparent.


Fix unwanted phone charges

Slapped with phone bill charges for services you never subscribed to? The solution is simple: Telcos should change the default to an opt-in, not opt-out, system, says Tiffany Fumiko Tay.


Greater push to tackle waste

The deadline for companies to report the packaging in their products has been brought forward to the end of 2020. Firms must submit information on the type and amount of packaging in their products, as well as their packaging waste reduction plans.


Judge rules on couple's assets

A man contended that the compensation sum he won in a lawsuit after a traffic accident was not a matrimonial asset and not liable to be divided with his wife in their divorce. But a district judge ruled that the money was a matrimonial asset.


China's producer inflation up

China's producer inflation accelerated to a six-month high in June, lifted by strong commodity prices. Annual consumer inflation also edged up as food prices rose at a faster pace, but retail price pressures remain modest, allowing the central bank to remain more focused on ways to support the slowing economy.


Lescott sure of England win

Joleon Lescott remembers the feeling of the earth falling out from beneath him when Gareth Southgate's right-footed penalty found only the gloves of German goalkeeper Bodo Illgner. But the former England international believes the same man who broke English hearts at Euro 1996 could well set the entire nation alight this week. He believes England will beat Croatia.

A recent artwork believed to be by Banksy spotted in Paris. PHOTO: REUTERS


Banksy's art sparks debate

British graffiti artist Banksy, known for his politically charged sketches on walls, painted a series of murals in Paris that have sparked debate among residents and tourists. The satirical images tackling issues such as migration and poverty began popping up late last month.


Dinner with Sumiko

"You have got to be on your toes," Malaysian Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng says about dealing with Singapore. http://str.sg/limguaneng


Underdogs in World Cup

Assistant sports editor Rohit Brijnath shares his views on the performances of the underdogs and how the game's giants need to relook their gameplay. http://str.sg/oQxo

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