Top stories from The Straits Times on Monday, July 9

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Monday, July 9.


First four Thai boys rescued from flooded cave as rescuers race 'against water and time'


An ambulance arrives at a hospital in Chiang Rai province after the rescue of some of the schoolboys trapped inside Tham Luang cave on July 8, 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

"The next operation will begin in the next 10 hours, or less than 20 hours," said the head of rescue operation.

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Seven companies apply for bicycle-sharing licence


Mobike bicycles parked at Chinatown MRT station. Mobike, ofo, SG Bike and GBikes have submitted their applications to the Land Transport Authority for a full licence to operate dockless bicycle rental services. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Four bicycle-sharing firms - ofo, Mobike, SG Bike and GBikes - have submitted their applications to the Land Transport Authority for a full licence to operate dockless bicycle rental services. Three others - Anywheel, QiQi Zhixiang and GrabCycle - have submitted their applications for a regulatory sandbox licence.

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Sanctions to remain until North Korea achieves final denuclearisation: Mike Pompeo


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaking to members of the media before boarding his plane at Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang on July 7, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

Speaking in Tokyo after holding meetings in Pyongyang, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington would continue enforcing sanctions until North Korea carried out "fully verified final denuclearisation".

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Singapore has to watch US-China trade war with great caution, says Heng Swee Keat


Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat visits the Workers' Party-held ward of Kaki Bukit in Aljunied GRC on July 8, 2018. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

A trade war between the United States and China will affect the global economy significantly and unsettle financial markets, said Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, who added that Singapore has to watch the developments with great caution.

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David Lee in Russia: Tears, but also plenty of pride, as Russia's brave run at the World Cup comes to an end


Russia fans watching the World Cup quarter-finals match between Russia and Croatia in Sochi on July 7, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

The referee's whistle blew short and sharp, and for the 15,000 Russians fans at the Kuibyshev Square Fan Fest in Samara, it was like a stab to the heart.

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Leaders pay tribute to Mrs Wee Kim Wee


President Halimah Yacob and her husband Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee at Mrs Wee Kim Wee's wake at her home yesterday. With them are two of Mrs Wee's daughters - Ms Wee Eng Hwa (back facing camera) and Dr Wee Hong Neo. ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

The late Mrs Wee Kim Wee had a natural warmth and caring nature which endeared her to everyone she met, said former president Tony Tan Keng Yam yesterday.

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PUB rolls out craft beer made using Newater for 10th anniversary of global water conference


At the Singapore International Water Week which kicked off on July 8, 2018, members of the press were invited to taste three unlabelled glasses of beer - normal beer, Newbrew and Pure Water Brew. ST PHOTO: AUDREY TAN

The special beer, Newbrew, was specially prepared by national water agency PUB and home-grown restaurant and brewery Brewerkz to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Singapore International Water Week.

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New signs point to a thriving Kampong Glam 200 years ago

 Archaeologist Lim Chen Sian (in white) sorting the artefacts from the dig at Kampong Glam.
Archaeologist Lim Chen Sian (in white) sorting the artefacts from the dig at Kampong Glam. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

Experts say a second archaeological dig further puts to rest the traditional narrative of Singapore's early beginnings as a "sleepy fishing village".

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HDB looking at expanding use of floating system for solar panels in open sea


Solar panels at Punggol Edge, where the pilot for solar-ready roofs began. The Housing Board announced that it will be signing a research collaboration with a landscaping firm in the coming week for the study and development of a floating solar system for coastal marine conditions. PHOTO: HDB

HDB has announced that it will be signing a research collaboration with a landscaping firm in the coming week for the study and development of a floating solar system for coastal marine conditions.

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Visitor upset at host of extras in KKH bill

Madam Jayanthi Menon with the KKH bill for her sister Santhi Menon, which listed charges for even change of urine bag (below). The Australian was visiting her family in Singapore when she was struck down by excruciating pain in her abdomen.
Madam Jayanthi Menon with the KKH bill for her sister Santhi Menon, which listed charges for even change of urine bag. The Australian was visiting her family in Singapore when she was struck down by excruciating pain in her abdomen. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

An ailing Australian visitor had to pay about $10,000 more because she was treated at KK Women's and Children's Hospital instead of a general hospital.

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