Top stories from The Straits Times on Monday, July 2

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Monday, July 2.


SMRT Trains posts loss of $86m in FY2018

Reliability on two of SMRT's rail lines is improving, but higher maintenance costs and falling ridership are hitting the company's train business.

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RCEP on track for substantial agreement by year-end in big win for free trade: Chan Chun Sing

Trade ministers of 16 countries that account for 30 per cent of global trade have re-affirmed their resolve for a regional trade deal that will benefit economies at different levels of development. 

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Fixing issue of falling facades in HDB blocks

Last year, there were at least two reported incidents of parts falling off housing developments, while there were at least four in 2016.

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oBike working on refunding user deposits and collecting remaining bicycles

Bike-sharing firm oBike, which abruptly shut down operations last week, is working closely with relevant parties on a solution to refund its users their deposits.

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Hosts Russia through to quarter-finals after 4-3 penalty shoot-out win over Spain: World Cup results and fixtures at a glance

2010 World Cup champions Spain are out of this year's tournament after they were stunned by hosts Russia in the last 16 in front of 78,011 fans at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.

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Second phase of Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city launched

 The second major phase of the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city project has formally been launched, focusing on the development of a glitzy-but-green central business district in the heart of the 30-sq km township.

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5 STI stocks consistently raised dividends over past half-decade

Five Straits Times Index stocks that have consistently increased their dividends over the past five years are Sats, ComfortDelGro, Jardine Matheson, Jardine Strategic and Hongkong Land.

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Groundbreaking ceremony for Sembawang integrated hub, hawker centre and pools ready by 2020

By June 2020, Sembawang residents will no longer have to go to Yishun for their daily swims or cheap meals.

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Batali's Mozza eateries to close

Adding to the recent spate of high-profile shutterings, Italian restaurants Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza at Marina Bay Sands will close on July 27.

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A year on, some Sungei Road vendors still searching for a home

The Ministry of National Development has helped to pave the way for vendors to operate from the Woodlands Recreation Centre every weekend since last December.

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