Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on May 14

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Saturday, May 14.


Mercury in S'pore hits 36.8 deg C in April, second-highest temperature on record

But weather experts say the country is not in the grips of a heatwave.

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US and Asean close summit with commitment to upgrade ties

The US also moved to fill the position of US ambassador to Asean, a post that has been vacant since 2017.

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UK sanctions Putin's inner circle, including alleged girlfriend

Ms Alina Kabaeva, a former Olympic gymnast, is believed to be Mr Putin's current partner.

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Musk puts on hold $61b deal for Twitter, but says he remains committed after shares slump

CDC vouchers: A helping hand for families and small retailers

The latest tranche of CDC vouchers was rolled out this week, nearly two years after the scheme was first trialled.

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AXA Singapore staff queried on insurance contracts covering 11,000 taxis: Sources

ST understands that contracts with ComfortDelGro and Trans-Cab were flagged to the authorities.

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'Our dignity is being trampled on': Legacy of US occupation still haunts Okinawa, 50 years on

May 15 marks 50 years since Okinawa’s sovereignty was returned to Japan by the United States. 

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Reno revolution: Interior design at a click

AI and virtual reality are among new features used by renovation platforms to help people realise their dream homes.

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Mistress of man stabbed by father-in-law backs up 2 friends who have sued estate administrators

The men claim they each hold a one-third share of a $4.6m Holland Village property registered in Mr Tuppani's name.

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Artworks worth millions in Singapore: Do you know where they are?

Here are the places where you can view the art pieces for free. Hunt them down over this long weekend.

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