Top stories from The Straits Times on Friday, June 8

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Friday, June 8.


Trump open to inviting Kim Jong Un to White House, praises ‘warm and nice letter’ ahead of summit


Trump speaks as Abe looks on during a joint press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House. PHOTO: AFP

The US President held out the prospect of inviting the North Korean leader to the US if he deemed next week's Singapore summit a success. 

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Trump-Kim summit: Section of Sentosa's Capella Hotel sealed as security tightened at venue


Workers sprucing up Capella's facade and grounds on June 7, 2018.

A section of the second floor sealed off with black curtains was the most visible sign that the hotel is preparing to be the venue for the historic June 12 summit.

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Facebook bug switched privacy settings of 14 million accounts to 'public'


Facebook said it will soon start individually informing the people who were affected by the bug, which set the audience for people’s posts to “public”. PHOTO: REUTERS

The software glitch, which lasted 10 days in May, set the audience for people's posts to "public" even if they had intended to share them just with friends, or a smaller audience.

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Trump-Kim summit: Pudding to paper, every detail matters



ST ILLUSTRATION: MANNY FRANCISCO
 

Summits like the Trump-Kim meeting on June 12 call for party planning on steroids, and even then, the unexpected can happen. 

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Loan sharks turning to tech to inflict emotional harm, say police


Loan sharks have shifted to non-confrontational or non-damage tactics to harass their victims. PHOTO: ST FILE

They are sending debtors videos of homes being set on fire, unwanted food deliveries and pictures of places where their loved ones frequent to get them to pay up.

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Tanjong Pagar MRT station hit by freon gas leak during morning peak hour


Smoke seen at Tanjong Pagar MRT station on at 9.45am on June 7, 2018. PHOTO: ROLAND YEO

Preliminary investigations show that the leak on Thursday - which caused white smoke to engulf the platform - was due to a leaking air-conditioning compressor.

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Singaporeans feel safest in the world as country tops law and order index


A study says that 94 per cent of adults in Singapore feel safe walking alone at night. PHOTO: LIN ZHAOWEI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

A global study by research firm Gallup has found that 94 per cent of adults here feel safe walking alone at night, compared with the global average of 68 per cent.

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New treatment regime offers hope for hepatitis patients: NUH study


As of 2018, 27 out of 260 patients from five hospitals here, including NUH, have been cured. PHOTO: NUH

An ongoing clinical trial by the hospital, which involves combining an injection with oral medication, has yielded an 11 per cent success rate.

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More building blocks of life found on Mars


A Nasa photo shows the Curiosity rover at the site from which it reached down to drill into a rock target called "Buckskin" on lower Mount Sharp. PHOTO: AFP

Scientists said the unmanned Curiosity rover has detected the most complex organic matter yet from 3.5 billion-year-old rocks on the surface of the Red Planet. 

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Show off that bump with chic, affordable maternity wear from local entrepreneurs


Ms Rebecca Loke set up maternity wear business Emma and Kei with her primary schoolmate Kellyn Chew. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

More effort is being channelled into designing maternity and nursing outfits that appeal to fashion-conscious mums-to-be. 

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