10 must-reads for today

Dance group Stylo Mylo Crew auditioning yesterday for a chance to perform at this year's ChildAid concert.
Dance group Stylo Mylo Crew auditioning yesterday for a chance to perform at this year's ChildAid concert.PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

1 ChildAid auditions begin

More than 50 young performers turned up yesterday for the first of two auditions for this year's ChildAid. The annual charity concert, which will be held in November, is co-organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times. The concert, which is in its 15th year, raised more than $2 million last year.

2 Asean's Indo-Pacific vision

Asean leaders announced a collective vision for the Indo-Pacific region yesterday in an attempt to reclaim the geopolitical narrative amid the strategic rivalry between China and the United States. 

3 Arabs reject Trump plan

United States President Donald Trump's economic vision as part of the wider plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was met with contempt, repudiation and exasperation in the Arab world, even as some in the Gulf called for it to be given a chance. 

4 Plastic found in Nara deer

Several foreign objects, including plastic bags, have been found in the stomachs of deer in popular Japanese tourist attraction Nara Park. The problem has been attributed to the worsening behaviour of tourists. 

5 Trump's Middle East policy

The confusion over the United States' response to Iran's recent provocations shows the danger of a president with formidable powers but no understanding of how to wield it or the stakes involved, says global affairs correspondent Jonathan Eyal.

6 Religious diversity in S'pore

Ms Karen Armstrong, who spoke here at the first International Conference on Cohesive Societies, said people in Singapore understand that religious diversity has to be managed in order to protect it. The Briton is a widely respected historian and author of over 20 books on faith and religion. 

7 More protein for seniors

Products that contain higher levels of protein may be introduced here to help people aged 50 years and older keep their muscle and bone mass. This is after a survey found that half the seniors here are not getting enough protein in their diets. 

8 Hopes for Trump-Xi meet

Hopes are high that the upcoming meeting between United States President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will reignite US-China trade talks, allowing markets to breathe easier. 

9 Jumper leaps ahead

Tia Louise Rozario picked up the triple jump only this year, but has already broken the national record twice in three months. Yesterday, the 19-year-old won the gold in the Hong Kong Inter-City Athletics Championships with a 12.26m leap. 

10 Rising young star

Lauren Tsai, a 21-year-old Chinese-American model, reality star and illustrator, joins the cast of the superhero show Legion this season. Her only onscreen credit before this was on the Japanese reality series Terrace House: Aloha State (2016). 

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Mobile phone health risks

A recent study by a pair of Australian researchers said young mobile phone addicts could be developing horn-like spikes at the back of their skulls. Here is a look at six health issues that may be linked to smartphone use. http://str.sg/mobile


Grandfather of aesthetics

Dr Tan Siak Khim, dubbed the grandfather of aesthetics in Singapore, talks about how he opened one of the country's first aesthetics clinics, his guiding principles for his work and involvement in philanthropy. http://str.sg/drtan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 24, 2019, with the headline '10 must-reads for today'. Print Edition | Subscribe