ST Explainers: Terror in London, Gulf rift and UK election

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Terror-related headlines dominated in the past fortnight. Three terrorists drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and went on a stabbing spree before they were shot dead on June 3. A diplomatic crisis erupted in the Middle East on June 5 when Arab nations cut off ties with the tiny kingdom of Qatar, accusing the latter of supporting extremism.

Closer to home, the Singapore Terrorism Threat Assessment Report 2017 revealed that Singapore was targeted for attacks.

Besides these headlines, ST Explainers delved a little deeper with explainers for everything from the Paris climate agreement to energy-saving tips.

Lowdown on Britain's terror attacks

Who were the three men behind the London Bridge attack? In the aftermath, as more information emerged, it turned out that two of the attackers were known to the authorities. Read more about them at Eight people died in the attack, which came 12 days after a suicide bombing in Manchester. For a recap of how events unfolded, go to

Arab nations cast out Qatar

Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia and Egypt, cut ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of supporting extremism. For a timeline on the biggest diplomatic crisis to hit the region, go to We also listed the measures that the Gulf states have taken against Qatar, ranging from closing airspace and maritime territories to Qatari flights and shipments to expelling Qatari citizens.

Britain's election buzz

The snap election in Britain was marred by two terror attacks. And the race between Mrs Theresa May's Conservative Party and Mr Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party turned out to be tighter than expected when polls were called in April.

For the British media's takes on the shock result which has presented the UK with a hung Parliament, read our roundup at What exactly is a hung Parliament and what are its implications for the UK? Find out at

The incoming prime minister will face daunting challenges for the next five years. We list the top five challenges at

Who's who in financial governance group

Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam is the chairman of the newly formed G-20 Eminent Persons Group on Global Financial Governance. For a who's who guide to some of the top economists and leaders in this 16-member international group, go to

Impact of US pullout from climate pact

US President Donald Trump announced on June 1 that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. What is the agreement and what is the impact of the US withdrawal? Get the answers at

Japan's royal family

A change in Japan's laws has paved the way for 83-year-old Emperor Akihito's abdication. We look at Japan's royal family, its history and what the future holds for this Japanese institution at

Terror risks in Singapore

Singapore was targeted by terrorist groups in the past year, according to the Singapore Terrorism Threat Assessment Report 2017, released by the Ministry of Home Affairs on June 1. We pluck out eight key points from the report at

Downtown Line 3 offerings

The Downtown Line 3, which opens on Oct 21, will double the length of the existing MRT line. For a guide to shopping, food and other attractions near the 16 new stations, go to

How to cut water and electricity bill

A new Public Sector Sustainability Plan announced on June 5 set out details on how the public sector will cut its usage of water and electricity by 2020. If you are looking to reduce your water and electricity consumption, check out our tips at

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 10, 2017, with the headline 'ST Explainers: Terror in London, Gulf rift and UK election'. Print Edition | Subscribe