Top stories from The Straits Times on Friday, May 11

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Friday, May 11.


Singapore confirmed as host of historic summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un on June 12


Singapore was among a list of venues floated for the summit, which would be the first between leaders of the US and the North. PHOTO: REUTERS

Three locations that could possibly host the meeting between the US President and North Korean leader are Shangri-La Hotel, Marina Bay Sands and Sentosa.

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Mahathir sworn in as Malaysia's 7th Prime Minister


Tun Mahathir Mohamad being sworn in as Malaysia's seventh Prime Minister at the Palace on May 10, 2018. PHOTO: BERNAMA

Dr Mahathir Mohamad, 92, was sworn in on Thursday night, hours after former premier Najib Razak said that he accepted the will of the people that handed Barisan Nasional a shock defeat.

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Malaysia election: How power changed hands in 24 hours from Najib to Mahathir 


Malaysia's handover for power from the Barisan Nasional alliance that has ruled it since independence to the Pakatan Harapan coalition saw many twists along the way. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

It involved the interpretation of a tricky constitutional clause, the offer of premiership being made to Parti Keadilan Rakyat chief Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and the intervention of three top government officials.

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Traffic Police to trial new 3D laser cameras at Thomson-Newton junction black spot


The junction of Thomson Road and Newton Road has been chosen for its "high traffic volume and frequent reports of traffic violations." ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

As well as illegal U-turns, the cameras will also target vehicles turning in non-turning lanes and vehicles stopping in yellow boxes and causing obstruction.

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Smaller train cars for Jurong Region Line to navigate tight curves in built-up areas


The Jurong Region Line will serve residents of Jurong, among other neighbourhoods. PHOTO: ST FILE

This is because the 24km, 24-station JRL is built above-ground and its alignment has been designed to navigate the existing developments in built-up areas.

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Tong Garden family feud: Two brothers accused of 'diverting' business from family company


An assortment of Tong Garden products. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/TONG GARDEN SINGAPORE

A son of the founder of the nuts and snacks company is suing two of his brothers for diverting the business's operations and assets to entities controlled by one of them.

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Worker killed after fall at public housing worksite in Sembawang


The fatal accident happened at the Eastcreek @ Canberra project construction site on May 5, 2018. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

The Ministry of Manpower said the foreign worker - who was not wearing a safety harness - was installing a pre-cast column on the 13th floor of the building when he fell over the edge.

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More hotels in Singapore sprucing up for Instagram


Financial products trader Albino Chua, 33, known on Instagram as "Bino Chua", in a hotel room at The St Regis Singapore in August 2015. He does not specifically look for an "Instagrammable" hotel, but places great emphasis on aesthetics. PHOTO: BINO CHUA

Boutique hotels are leading the way, and have arranged their furniture, painted their walls and even kitted out their facilities so that they look good on a phone screen.

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Doctor accused of rape: Patient's genital infection meant thought 'didn't even cross my mind'


Dr Wee Teong Boo explained that he had diagnosed the woman with a lower tract genital infection and suspected both urinary tract infection and pelvic inflammation during her visit. ST PHOTO: LEE JIA WEN

"How would that arouse me? I'm a professional, (the thought) doesn't even cross my mind. The whole episode is very unfair to me, said Dr Wee Teong Boo.

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104-year-old Australian scientist David Goodall dies by assisted suicide in Switzerland


Ecologist David Goodall did not have a terminal illness but said his quality of life had deteriorated significantly and that he wanted to die. He "died peacefully" in Basel. PHOTO: AFP

The ecologist - who had been barred from seeking help to end his life in his home country - "died peacefully" in Basel, tweeted Exit International founder Philip Nitschke.

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