ST Explainers: Dispute over Oxley Road house; G-20 summit, Trump's travel ban and North Korea's missile test

This is a fortnightly round-up of FAQs, pegged on news events, published on The Straits Times' website. Go to http://str.sg/Z9Zr for more.

The dispute over 38, Oxley Road dominated headlines this past fortnight and ST Explainers delved into the history and background of the home of Singapore's founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew.

In other news, a second global ransomware attack hit businesses and governments all over the world on June 28. On the global affairs front, ST Explainers looked at topics ranging from Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Hong Kong on the 20th anniversary of the city's return to Chinese rule, to the G-20 summit.

Lowdown on Lee siblings' Oxley Road spat

A family feud between the Lees went public when Mr Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Lee Wei Ling jointly issued a statement on Facebook saying that they had lost confidence in Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

For a timeline of the dispute, which centred on 38, Oxley Road, go to http://str.sg/4arU. The multiple allegations the two younger Lees posted on Facebook led PM Lee to announce a parliamentary debate on the issue.

For a primer on the house at the centre of the dispute, read our Web special on 38, Oxley Road at http://str.sg/4agL. The different options considered for the house are summed up at http://str.sg/4aWT.

Over the course of the two-day debate in Parliament, ST Explainers crunched down the speeches by various parties. For nine key points in PM Lee's ministerial statement, go to http://str.sg/4aPv. Eight points from his closing speech can be read at http://str.sg/4aXp. The Workers' Party MPs also raised six key points. Read what they were at http://str.sg/4aWy.


Issues likely to dominate G-20 discussions

World leaders gathered in Germany yesterday for one of the most contentious summits of the G-20 group in years.

Intended as an annual summit for economic governance, the Group of 20's official agendas are often overtaken by wars and crises. We look at the issues that are likely to dominate discussions this year. http://str.sg/4ab4


Tips on how to guard against ransomware

A second global ransomware attack was identified as NotPetya, which is said to be more dangerous than the WannaCry worm that crippled systems in May. Senior tech correspondent Irene Tham compares the viruses and gives tips on how to stay safe from ransomware at http://str.sg/4E9X.

We also look at who was affected by the attack and why this attack spread so quickly at http://str.sg/4EjT.


US Supreme Court's decision on Trump travel ban

The US Supreme Court has allowed some elements of President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban to go into effect, with its decision on June 26. For pointers on what this means for the ban, go to http://str.sg/4Ezg. For details on who is affected and what comes next, go to http://str.sg/4aZV.


Options to deal with N. Korea's nuclear ambitions

North Korea said on July 4 that it had successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile. The options for dealing with this renegade nation seem limited. We look at what other nations can do at http://str.sg/4aLZ.


Fewer places for smokers to light up; rules highlighted

Smokers in Singapore will soon have even fewer places to light up. The National Environment Agency has stopped accepting applications for smoking corners in food establishments. We look at the rules prohibiting smoking at http://str.sg/4aiW.


Xi visits HK to mark 20th anniversary of its return

Hong Kong marked the 20th anniversary of its return to China with a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping. ST Explainers takes a look at Hong Kong in terms of numbers, ranging from its median monthly household income to how much is bet on horse races at the city's two race tracks, at http://str.sg/4ECW.

Mr Xi's maiden visit to Hong Kong was accompanied by a huge security operation. We look at the measures taken to prevent any disruptions. http://str.sg/4ECK

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 08, 2017, with the headline 'ST Explainers: Dispute over Oxley Road house; G-20 summit, Trump's travel ban and North Korea's missile test'. Print Edition | Subscribe