Top stories from The Straits Times on Monday, June 18

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Monday, June 18.

$1.3m study under way to help rejuvenate Orchard Road

The study will lay the blueprint for Orchard Road, Singapore's premier shopping district, for the next 15 to 20 years. The first part involves finding out how people think about and use Orchard Road. The study will also examine the precinct's physical environment and analyse how it is faring from an economic perspective. PHOTO: ST FILE

An Australian urban planning consultancy is leading the six-month study to lay the blueprint for Singapore's premier shopping district for the next 15 to 20 years.


South Korea and US to announce halt to joint military exercises this week: Report

A file photo of South Korean and US soldiers watching from an observation post during a joint live firing drill between South Korea and the US at the Seungjin Fire Training Field in Pocheon, northeast of Seoul, on April 26, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

The suspension, however, will likely include a "snapback" clause, which means exercises could resume if North Korea fails to deliver on its denuclearisation commitment, reported Yonhap news agency.


Football: Mexico's 'Chucky' Lozano hands World Cup holders Germany nightmare start

Mexico's forward Hirving Lozano kneeling to celebrate his goal against Germany in their World Cup Group F match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 17, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

The Germans were mediocre and appeared bereft of pace and ideas in their opening 1-0 loss to Mexico, who scored via crowd favourite Hirving Lozano in the first-half. 


Football: World Cup favourites Brazil suffer first night nerves in Swiss stalemate

Switzerland's Steven Zuber scores a goal for his country during the match against Brazil, at the Rostov Arena, on June 18, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

Brazil's bid for a sixth World Cup got off to a rocky start in a 1-1 draw with Switzerland as coach Tite blamed nerves for his players' failure to kill the game off. 


Married couple die in Johor car crash while driving home to Singapore; 2 young children injured

A Singaporean PR and his wife were killed when they collided with an SUV near Tangkak in Johor on June 15, 2018. PHOTO: SIN CHEW JIT POH/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

Singapore PR Chua Keh Loing, 41, was behind the wheel when he lost control of his car, which collided head-on with a sport utility vehicle last Friday. 


Wild sambar deer put down due to severe injuries after 3-vehicle accident on BKE

Due to the large size of the deer, the Wildlife Reserves Singapore was alerted and a team was able to safely contain the injured animal at about 7.30am, on June 17, 2018. PHOTO: ACRES

A 46-year-old taxi driver suffered cuts on his head and was taken to hospital after the accident, which occurred when a motorcyclist tried to avoid the deer. 


Terrorism and cyber threats among pressing security issues SAF has to deal with: DPM Tharman

Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam inspecting the guard of honour at the 109/17 Officer Cadet Course commissioning parade at Safti Military Institutue, on June 17, 2018. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

Mr Tharman said the changing role of the Singapore Armed Forces - which has evolved over the years into a fighting force capable of a wide range of operations -  reflects the new threats. 


One shot, one kill: On target to be better snipers

In order to approach and occupy a building, a team of snipers mask their presence by stalking through the jungle for most of the journey, pausing with pistols at the ready only to watch and listen for any sign of nearby enemies. The Singapore Armed Forces’ sniper weapon of choice is the bolt-action Sako TRG-22 equipped with a Schmidt & Bender PM II scope. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

ST gets an exclusive look into the SAF's first two-week Advanced Sniper Course, which aims to equip snipers with the skills to operate in an urban environment. 


Malaysia's most powerful Islamic body faces scrutiny

Muslims wait for Eid al-Fitr prayers at the Jamek Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, on June 15, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

The move to review and reform the work of the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) is part of sweeping moves taken by PM Mahathir Mohamad's government. 


Singapore short film snags grand prize at top Tokyo festival

Singapore director Chai Yee Wei won the GrandPrix award at the Tokyo Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia 2018. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

Benjamin's Last Day At Katong Swimming Complex, by director Chai Yee Wei, is about the loss of heritage, nostalgia and a young boy's sexual awakening.