Top stories from The Straits Times on Friday, March 2

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Friday, Mar 2.

Donald Trump announces big tariffs on metal imports, experts fear a trade war

A worker inspects wire rod at TIM stainless steel wire factory in Huamantla, in the Mexican state of Tlaxcala. PHOTO: REUTERS

The US President said the duties of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum would be formally announced next week. 


US stocks tumble on trade war fears, Dow loses 1.7 per cent

Wall Street traders at the opening bell on March 1, 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Wall Street stocks fell sharply on Thursday after US President Donald Trump said he will enact steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. 


Parliament: Singapore's total population likely to be 'significantly below' 6.9 million by 2030

Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, said maintaining immigration will stave off an even sharper decline in Singapore's working-age citizen population, which will soon shrink. PHOTO: LIN ZHAOWEI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Singapore is not expected to change its immigration policy, said Mrs Josephine Teo, who is in charge of population matters in the Prime Minister's Office. 


Parliament: Shanmugam calls Sylvia Lim dishonest, Lim says she is entitled to make GST trial balloon comment

Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam (left) and Workers' Party chairman Sylvia Lim crossed swords in Parliament on March 1, 2018. PHOTOS: YOUTUBE SCREENGRABS

In a testy exchange, Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam and Workers' Party chairman Sylvia Lim crossed swords in Parliament. 


NTU scientists print human skin that matches natural pigment

Dr Ng Wei Long with a vial of 3D printed skin tissue. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

They are the first in the world to be able to match the colours found naturally on the human body - a breakthrough that has the potential to change science and medicine.


Parliament: US President Donald Trump has accepted invitation to visit Singapore later this year, says Vivian Balakrishnan

US President Donald Trump giving a thumbs-up after addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb 23, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

He did not give more details of the visit, but in recent years US presidents have attended the East Asia Summit held at the end of every year. 


Pentagon 'fully prepared' after Russia's Vladimir Putin boasts of hypersonic missiles

A frame grab taken from a handout video footage provided by official website of shows a computer simulation of Avangard gliding hypersonic warhead maneuvering to bypass zones of detection and destruction by missile defense weapons in the video demonstrated on screens during Russian President Vladimir Putin's address to the Federal Assembly at the Manezh Central Exhibition Hall in Moscow, Russia, on March 1, 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

In his state of the nation address, the Russian President boasted of a weapon that can fly at many times the speed of sound and evade existing missile defence systems.


Siberian blizzards blast Europe, stalling transport networks

With up to 90 cm of snow and temperatures as low as minus 10.3 Celsius in Scotland, Britain and Ireland issued their most severe red warnings which advise people to stay at home as travel is too dangerous. PHOTO: AFP

Europe, including Britain and Ireland, experienced the worst weather since 1991, with motorists trapped, schools closed, planes grounded and trains halted.


Engage children while reading to them: Experts

Kindergarten 1 children Raghav Swaminathan and Brandon Foo Fang Wei enjoying reading with teachers Naziahaseen Mohamed Nazir (seated) and Audrey Chew during a weekly reading programme at the Julia Gabriel Centre at The Forum last week. Pupils in Singapore are among the most well-versed in reading, according to the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study. ST PHOTO: DALENE LOW

Tips to help improve their literacy include keeping reading fun with pop-up books, getting them to draw out the letters and shapes they see and even singing out rhymes. 


Football: Man City closer to title after 3-0 dismantling of woeful Arsenal

City's Vincent Kompany reacts following the team's win. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

The league leaders tore Arsenal apart for the second time in four days to restore their 16-point lead at the top.