Top stories from The Straits Times on Monday, June 4

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Monday, June 4.


Burning question over North Korea's extent of denuclearisation

For two days, the burning question at the Shangri-La Dialogue was whether countries would be willing to accept a lesser outcome than a complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation of North Korea.

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China warns trade deals off if US goes ahead with sanctions

Beijing's stance comes after US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He concluded two days of talks on trade issues.

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More S'pore homeowners opting for defect inspection services, but is industry in need of checks?

Industry players say there were around three defect inspection companies in 2015, which has grown to more than 10 today due to low barriers of entry.

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Public submission for NMPs opens Monday; blogger Xiaxue to garner support for nomination

Nominees should have rendered distinguished public service, brought honour to Singapore, or have distinguished themselves in their respective fields.

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92kg e-scooter heaviest seized so far amid stricter enforcement against errant PMD users

Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said as PMDs and bicycles are increasingly used in first- and last-mile connectivity, more needs to be done to educate users and promote responsible riding.

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Tracking Trump-Kim ties: In their own words

From trading barbs to sitting down for talks in Singapore on June 12, we look at how the Trump-Kim relationship has evolved.

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Malaysian PM Mahathir clashes with royals over choice of Attorney-General

Respected constitutional lawyer Tommy Thomas has been named by the Pakatan Harapan government to replace the incumbent, but the selection of a non-Malay has not gone down well.

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No need for chemotherapy in many breast and lung cancers, major studies show

The two major studies show that many people with breast and lung cancers may forgo chemotherapy and still live longer.

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21-year-old woman gang-raped and found dead after 4 men filmed carrying her out of Thai nightclub

CCTV footage showed the quartet carrying the unconscious victim - who was believed to have been drugged or drunk - out the pub and placing her in the back of a pickup truck. They were arrested last week.

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Former national badminton player Ashton Chen accused of sexual offences with underage girl 

Chen, 28, is said to have committed his first offence against the girl in 2014 when she was 13. She allegedly performed oral sex on him at a staircase landing.

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