Top stories from The Straits Times on Saturday, Jan 27

US open to new talks on TPP, Trump says at Davos meeting


US President Donald Trump gestures as he delivers a speech during the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland on Jan 26, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

United States President Donald Trump declared "America is back", and open for business now that it is once again competitive, and signalled his readiness to reopen trade talks if he could get a "better deal" for the United States.

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Delivering results key to fostering trust: Chan Chun Sing


Attending his first Davos meeting, Mr Chan Chun Sing (third from left), Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, spent the week speaking on several issues related to Asean.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/ CHAN CHUN SING

Trust has been eroded in many developed countries because governments had failed to deliver on their promises that globalisation would bring a better life for their people.

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Singapore's 4G leaders need more time to gain exposure and experience: Analysts


The front runners to take over from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong include (from left) Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Chan Chun Sing and Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung.PHOTOS: DESMOND FOO, JONATHAN CHOO, LIANHE ZAOBAO

The news that no new deputy prime ministers will be appointed at the next Cabinet reshuffle has taken some political observers by surprise, but they said this will allow the fourth generation of leaders to prove their mettle to Singaporeans.

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Eight options to e-pay but cash still king at food centre

The payment kiosk at the Jurong West Street 61 hawker centre accepts both cash and cashless payments. Some hawkers say few customers opt for cashless payments.
The payment kiosk at the Jurong West Street 61 hawker centre accepts both cash and cashless payments. Some hawkers say few customers opt for cashless payments.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

Even as the use of cashless payments like ez-link card and Nets has grown in the Jurong West hawker centre that is blazing the trail for e-payments, patrons and hawkers there say cash remains king.

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Singaporean billionaire Kwek fails in attempt to acquire M&C Hotels


Singaporean billionaire Kwek Leng Beng in a photo taken in 2017. PHOTO: HONG LEONG GROUP SINGAPORE

An attempt by Singaporean billionaire Kwek Leng Beng to take full control of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels (M&C) in a deal valuing the business at 2 billion pounds (S$3.7 billion) collapsed after minority shareholders blocked the acquisition.

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A rapid push for social change may polarise society, says Singapore envoy in reply to Economist article on surrogacy case


The Economist article was referring to a case reported in December, about a gay Singaporean who had paid to father a boy through surrogacy arrangements in the United States.PHOTO: ST FILE

Singaporeans will decide their own pace of change when it comes to family values, as a rapid push for change may risk polarising society, said Singapore High Commissioner to the UK Foo Chi Hsia in response to an article in The Economist about a surrogacy case involving a gay Singaporean.

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Casino mogul Steve Wynn accused of sexual misconduct: Report


Steve Wynn, chairman and chief executive officer of Wynn Resorts Ltd., at a news conference following the company's annual general meeting in Macau, China, on June 5, 2012. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Dozens of people have accused Las Vegas casino billionaire Steve Wynn of decades of sexual misconduct in which he allegedly pressured staff to perform sex acts.

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Tennis: Roger Federer heaps praise on 'future top-10 player' Chung Hyeon


In 20 years at the top, Roger Federer has seen plenty of players come and go and only had praise for Chung Hyeon.PHOTO: REUTERS

Defending champion Roger Federer was leading 6-1, 5-2 in his Australian Open semi-final match against Chung Hyeon when the South Korean retired with foot blisters, bringing the curtain down on a breakout tournament.

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St Jerome's Laneway Festival back for eighth Singapore edition


PHOTOS: LANEWAY FESTIVAL SINGAPORE, LAURA ALLARD FLEISCHL, LITTLE ONG, REN D’VILA

Rain or shine, you can bet that masses of indie music fans will be congregating at The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay, for 12 hours of non-stop gigs at the eighth Singapore edition of the St Jerome's Laneway Festival 2018 today.

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askST: Are parasites common in raw food in Singapore?

People get tapeworms and roundworms from ingesting raw food or water contaminated with tiny worm eggs or larvae.
People get tapeworms and roundworms from ingesting raw food or water contaminated with tiny worm eggs or larvae. PHOTO: ST FILE

The good news is that tapeworms and other parasites that infest the gut are very rare in Singapore. This is because food is usually prepared in a hygienic manner, and in a clean environment, said infectious diseases expert Hsu Li Yang.

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