Top stories from The Straits Times on Friday, June 15

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Friday, June 15.


Family and feast for Hari Raya Aidilfitri

 Family members Omar Hashid, 59; Mohd Noor Hashid, 61; Ismail Hashid, 53; Marseah Bonoh, 84; Qurratu'aini Choi Ismail, 14; Nur Qaisarah Alya Choi, 50; Marianah Hashid, 63; and Zulkefli Hashid, 46; taking a break from the cooking yesterday.
(From left) Family members Omar Hashid, 59; Mohd Noor Hashid, 61; Ismail Hashid, 53; Marseah Bonoh, 84; Qurratu'aini Choi Ismail, 14; Nur Qaisarah Alya Choi, 50; Marianah Hashid, 63; and Zulkefli Hashid, 46; taking a break from the cooking yesterday. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Hajjah Marseah Bonoh, together with some of her children and grandchildren, cooked up a storm last night at her home in Fajar Road to prepare for today's festivities.

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Masagos Zulkifli heartened by Ramadan spirit

People doing last-minute Hari Raya shopping at the Geylang Serai Market yesterday. Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Masagos Zulkifli said he was humbled by many who had volunteered to help the less fortunate, regardless of race or religion, and d
People doing last-minute Hari Raya shopping at the Geylang Serai Market yesterday. Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Masagos Zulkifli said he was humbled by many who had volunteered to help the less fortunate, regardless of race or religion, and despite their fasting and work commitments. ST PHOTO: SYAMIL SAPARI

The Muslim community in Singapore has shown care and compassion for others in the holy month of Ramadan, and this spirit of giving back can spur it to work together and lift it to greater heights, said Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Masagos Zulkifli.

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Football: Fans the true stars as World Cup 2018 kicks off

The opening ceremony of the Fifa World Cup was held at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium yesterday. The tournament was declared open by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The opening ceremony of the Fifa World Cup was held at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium yesterday. The tournament was declared open by Russian President Vladimir Putin. PHOTO: REUTERS

After days of anticipation, the action at the World Cup finally got under way with Russia set-tling the host nation's nerves by romping home to a 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia yesterday.

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Football: A moment to Cherysh for Russia after thrashing Saudi Arabia 5-0 in World Cup opener


Denis Cheryshev of Russia (right) and Yahya Al-Shehri of Saudi Arabia in action during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group A preliminary round football match in Moscow, Russia, 14 June 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

After the doom-laden predictions, the joyous start. The hosts kicked off in their lowest ever world ranking and billed as the worst Russian side ever.

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Police step up action to curb illegal World Cup gambling


People at the live screening of the World Cup at OCBC Square on June 14, 2018. ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

The authorities are stepping up anti-gambling efforts during the World Cup season, which started last night and ends on July 15.

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South Korea may need to adjust defence posture to build trust, says Moon Jae In


South Korean President Moon Jae In presiding over a national security meeting at the Blue House in Seoul on June 14, 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

South Korean President Moon Jae In said his country will "carefully consider" the possibility of suspending joint military drills with the United States, as he acknowledged that a "flexible change" to its defence posture towards the North is necessary to build trust in the denuclearisation process.

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North Korean TV broadcast hails Kim Jong Un as 'world leader'


Still images showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in his hotel room in Singapore and on his plane, taken from a 40-minute broadcast by Korean Central Television. The propaganda push not only signalled his new confidence on the world stage after a series of diplomatic wins, but it also conveyed a desire for greater openness and economic development. PHOTO: KOREAN CENTRAL TELEVISION

North Korean state television yesterday aired footage of Mr Kim Jong Un's historic summit with President Donald Trump in Singapore, with the report describing Mr Kim as a "prominent world leader" who is revered universally.

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Great Singapore Sale deals for the adventure seeker, the laid-back lounger and the glamorous social butterfly


Shoppers entering a store participating in the Great Singapore Sale at 313 orchard, on June 6, 2018. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

The annual sale season for shoppers seeking good bargains and retail therapy is back for its 25th edition and runs until Aug 12.

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Insurers offer carrots to keep IPs as 'last payers'


File photo showing patients waiting at a pharmacy at Singapore General Hospital, on March 3, 2017. PHOTO: ST FILE

Excessive claims made against IPs could make the insurers - who are part of the national healthcare insurance network - raise their premiums.

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Indomie onigiri is Jakarta's latest social media food fad, after Indomie doughnuts


The creative take on the popular instant noodles is available at Indonesia's convenience store chain K3 Mart. PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/K3MART.ID

There is now a new way to eat popular instant noodle brand Indomie, thanks to inspiration from Japan.

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