Top stories from The Straits Times on Friday, Aug 31

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Friday, Aug 31.


Tripartite committee proposes tougher measures for companies with poor workplace safety records


The new plans include a preliminary recommendation for government agencies to standardise their procurement criteria, used to track and disqualify errant contractors from public-sector projects. PHOTO: ST FILE

The committee - set up to boost workplace safety over the next decade - said government agencies can improve the criteria used to track and disqualify errant contractors.

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Video: US in worse position over North Korea than before, say experts

Joint military drills between the US and South Korea were cancelled in June. Some experts say this was done without discernible gain to the US.
Joint military drills between the US and South Korea were cancelled in June. Some experts say this was done without discernible gain to the US. PHOTO: AFP

With the US waving the military card amid stalled talks, questions have arisen over whether the historic Trump-Kim summit has come to nought.

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Trump threatens to pull US out of World Trade Organisation 'if they don't shape up'


Trump (above) was speaking during an interview with Bloomberg News at the White House. PHOTO: NYTIMES

A US withdrawal from the WTO would severely undermine the post-World War II multilateral trading system that the US helped build.

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Mixed reactions to DBS' handling of 'ripped Singapore flag' incident


In a Facebook post, DBS said that Mr Avijit Das Patnaik was "no longer with the bank" as of Aug 24. PHOTO: ST FILE

The bank's move to part ways with an employee who sparked controversy on social media has ignited debate about whether bosses are overreacting to pressure by online vigilantes.

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CSA's game plan to boost cyber security in Singapore


ST ILLUSTRATION: MANNY FRANCISCO

Companies in 11 critical information infrastructure sectors - such as transport, healthcare, utilities, finance and media - have to step up cyber-security protections. But what are they really supposed to do?

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Activists invite Malaysia PM Mahathir to conference on democracy


Fugitive and former Singapore student union leader Tan Wah Piow with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Malaysian political and social activist Hishamuddin Rais in Putrajaya on Aug 30, 2018. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/TAN WAH-PIOW

The group, which included former Singapore student union leader Tan Wah Piow and academic Thum Ping Tjin, discussed Pakatan Harapan's election win at the 80-minute meeting. 

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Former HDB chairman Hsuan Owyang dies in California, aged 90


Mr Hsuan Owyang arrived in Singapore from Guangzhou, China, in early 1965. PHOTO: ST FILE

A former Wall Street stockbroker, Mr Owyang had an illustrious career in both the private and public sector, and was credited with helping to build Singapore Inc.

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Mark Lee says Facebook post seeking donations for daughter's treatment a scam


Mark Lee's daughter Calynn is undergoing treatment for glomerulonephritis, an inflammatory condition that affects the kidney. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/CHEERS FOR CALYNN LEE

The actor's five-year-old daughter Calynn is undergoing treatment for an inflammatory condition that affects the kidney.

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Video: Apple expected to unveil new phone models, including rumoured 'iPhone XS', on Sept 12


A man looks at Apple's iPhone 8 (left) and his iPhone 7 at a shop in Tokyo, Japan, in September 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

Analysts believe Apple plans to release three new smartphones this year, including one with a larger display than previous models. 

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Football: Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo to face old club Man United in Champions League


Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo was a United player from 2003 to 2009. PHOTO: REUTERS

The two European giants were drawn together in Group H, while last season's runners-up Liverpool was grouped with French champions PSG and Italy's Napoli.

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