Top stories from The Straits Times on Friday, June 1

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Friday, June 1.

Trump says North Korea talks positive, expects to receive letter from Kim Jong Un

North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol (left) shakes hands with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during their meeting in New York, on May 31, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

US President Donald Trump said it may take more than one meeting to seal a denuclearisation deal with North Korea.


Jealous boyfriend kills, dismembers girlfriend, then hangs himself in lurid case gripping Taiwan

Boxing coach and former mixed martial arts fighter Gary Chu is believed to have murdered his girlfriend for lying to him about her virginity. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/GARY K CHU

Former mixed martial arts fighter Gary Chu is believed to have murdered Ms Huang I-Min for lying to him about her virginity. They reportedly met on mobile dating platform Tinder.


US allies hit back at Washington's steel, aluminium tariffs, reigniting global trade war fears

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said that a 25 per cent tariff on steel imports and a 10 per cent tariff on aluminium imports from the EU, Canada and Mexico would go into effect. PHOTO: REUTERS

The tariffs, announced by US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, ended months of uncertainty about potential exemptions and suggested a hardening of the Trump administration's approach to trade negotiations.


KL-Singapore high-speed rail costs above S$37b with interest: Lim Guan Eng

An artist's impression of the High Speed Rail Terminal in Jurong East. In 2016, both Malaysia and Singapore signed a pact to build the high-speed rail, which will shorten travelling time between Singapore and KL to just 90 minutes. PHOTO: FARRELLS

Malaysia's Finance Minister has accused former PM Najib Razak of ignoring interest charges when claiming that the HSR would cost only RM72 billion (S$24.5 billion).


India and Singapore to forge deeper economic ties

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at the Enterprise and Innovation exhibition on May 31, 2018. PHOTO: MCI

Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the two countries should step into the future together, describing their economic partnership as "the heartbeat" of the relationship.


Mr Modi comes to the Shangri-La


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech today will be closely scrutinised for clues on what India will do in the face of an increasingly assertive China in the region.


Pet owners turning to psychics who claim they can speak to animals telepathically

Mr Ezekiel Ong (in blue) "reading" the mind of 15-year-old maltese dog Si Si, the pet of Mr Daryl Ng and his wife Sherlynn Ong. Ms Ong says he saved her dog's life by alerting her to its inflamed pancreas. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

Some pet owners will go to extremes to spoil their animals, paying such psychics $150 or more per session. 


Hotels cut down on single-use plastics like straws and cutlery

Over the next one year, several hotels will gradually phase out the use of disposables such as straws and opt for alternatives that are made with more environmentally-friendly materials. PHOTO: AFP

Millennium Hotels and Resorts (MHR) group has pledged to eliminate single-use plastics from all six of its Singapore hotels by June next year.


Football: Fandi Ahmad's son Ilhan to get special six-figure grant to pursue pro dream

Ilhan, the third of Fandi's four sons, is a Year 10-11 student in QE's Performance Sports Programme, plays for its Under-15 and U-18 teams, and also trains with York-based i2i Football Academy. PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/ILHANFA

The award is worth in excess of $100,000, and covers the 15-year-old attacking midfielder's training and academic fees in England for two years. 


Football: Zinedine Zidane steps down as Real Madrid coach in shock announcement

Zinedine Zidane claimed an unprecedented third consecutive Champions League title when Real beat Liverpool 3-1, capping a remarkable period in his first job in senior club management. PHOTO: AFP​

The 45-year-old quit the Spanish giants just days after winning the Champions League for a record third year in a row, saying it was time for a change for himself and the club.