Top stories from The Straits Times on Monday, May 14

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Monday, May 14.


Family of six carried out bombings at three Indonesia churches, killing at least 13 people


The scene following one of the suicide attacks at the Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church, in this photo provided by Antara Foto. Police said the attackers comprised a husband and wife, their two sons aged 15 and 17, and two daughters aged nine and 12. PHOTO: REUTERS

One of the attacks was carried out by the mother - the first-ever suicide bombing by a woman in Indonesia - who had a belt bomb and was accompanied by her two daughters aged 9 and 12. 

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First batch of 1,500 HDB flats in new Tengah estate will be launched in November: Lawrence Wong


As the first "Forest Town", Tengah will see a car-free town centre and lush greenery surrounding the site. PHOTO: HDB

A steady stream of flats will be launched over the next few years in Tengah, which will grow to about 700ha - roughly equal to Bishan in size - when completed. 

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Indonesia's first female suicide bomber a mum of 4


Indonesia's first female suicide bomber Puji Kuswati with her family. PHOTO: INDONESIAN POLICE

Puji Kuswati, 46, led a seemingly normal life - she had 268 friends on Facebook, enjoyed the beach, went river rafting and kept cats as pets. 

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Mahathir, Anwar step in as tensions flare within Malaysia's ruling alliance


Newly elected PM Mahathir Mohamad and former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim reportedly had to step in to ease tensions between the various factions in their Pakatan Harapan alliance. PHOTO: AFP

In a statement from his hospital bed, jailed politician Anwar Ibrahim said he had told members of his party to ensure that Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's government "remains strong and stable".

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Malaysian PM Mahathir rejects claims that country's revenue will dip without GST


Dr Mahathir has said the government has deviated since he stepped down 15 years ago from principles laid down by earlier leaders. PHOTO: REUTERS

"The lack of funds in the government is not because of insufficient income...funds were misused to buy support for (former PM) Najib Razak," said Dr Mahathir on abolishing the GST. 

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US to lift sanctions if North Korea dismantles nuclear weapons programme: Mike Pompeo


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Pyongyang on May 9, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

The US Secretary of State said the lifting of sanctions would help North Korea create economic prosperity which "will rival" that of the South. 

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PMD sales tumble after new regulations take effect


Electric scooters for sale at Falcon PEV. Its general manager Victor Lee said PMD sales have slowed by about 20 per cent, starting from a year ago, and attributed this partly to more retailers entering the market, along with news of the Active Mobility Act going into force. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Retailers say sales of devices such as e-scooters have fallen by as much as 40 per cent since May 1, adding that people may need time to become familiarised with the new regulations.

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Grandfather planned Australia family murder-suicide, says father of children killed


Mr Aaron Cockman speaking to members of the media in Margaret River, Australia, on May 13, 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

A grieving Mr Aaron Cockman's children - three boys and a girl aged eight to 13 - were among the seven people found dead by police on a rural property in Osmington. 

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Baby falls to her death in India after slipping from mother's arms during selfie-taking on escalator


CCTV footage first showed the couple taking a selfie on a corridor. They then reportedly wanted to take another selfie on an escalator, during which the mother lost her balance and dropped her baby. PHOTO: SCREENGRABS FROM DAILY MAIL VIDEO

Witnesses said the woman's husband had asked her for a selfie while on the escalator, which caused her to lose her balance and drop her baby, who fell three storeys.

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Football: Record-breaking Salah helps Liverpool clinch final Champions League spot, Swansea relegated


Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Brighton and Hove Albion at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on May 13, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

Mohamed Salah set a new Premier League record of 32 goals in a 38-game season to help his side pip Chelsea and guarantee Champions League football next season. 

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