Top stories from The Straits Times on Saturday, July 7

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Saturday, July 7.

Trade war impact could extend to other Asian nations

Farmer John Duffy loads soybeans from his grain bin onto a truck before taking them to a grain elevator on June 13, 2018 in Dwight, Illinois. PHOTO: AFP 

How will Washington's trade war with Beijing affect Asian countries? Here is a look at the potential economic damage to China and other most-at-risk Asian economies.


VIDEO: Thai cave boys 'not ready' to dive to freedom as former Thai Navy Seal rescuer perishes

Narongsak Osottanakorn, governor of Chiang Rai province, speaking to journalists. PHOTO: REUTERS

The diver’s death on Friday brought heartache for rescuers and anxious relatives waiting outside the Tham Luang cave in the country’s mountainous north – and raised serious doubts over the feasibility of attempting to bring a group of boys with no diving experience out through the cramped passageways filled with muddy water.


Mega sites eyeing collective sale could face uphill task: Analysts

At Pine Grove, which has garnered 76 per cent of signatures so far, Huttons Asia's Mr Terence Lian said: "Once we have the mandate to launch the tender, we will go ahead with the reserve price of $1.72 billion." PHOTO: DTZ

The new cooling measures announced on Thursday night may well have doused the current bout of collective sale fever, with analysts expecting mega sites such as Braddell View, Mandarin Gardens and Laguna Park to face an uphill task in luring developers who have just been hit with heftier land acquisition costs.


48 candidates vying for Nominated MP posts

Founder of a not-for-profit arts group Felicia Low (left) and fine arts lecturer Woon Tien Wei are among those who are vying to be Nominated MPs. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

This is up from the 41 names submitted in 2016.


VIDEO: World Cup: Belgium dump Brazil out of tournament after 2-1 win

Belgium's Youri Tielemans celebrates with teammates after the match. PHOTO: REUTERS

Belgium struck early and held off a late Brazil fightback to send the five-time champions tumbling out of the World Cup with a 2-1 victory in an end-to-end thriller that earned them a semi-final against France.


VIDEO: World Cup: France reach semi-finals for the first time since 2006 after 2-0 win over Uruguay

France's Paul Pogba in action with Uruguay's Jose Gimenez in the match on July 6, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

First Argentina and then Uruguay have been beaten as France have turned themselves into the scourge of South America.


CareShield Life a good move, but subsidies are rather skewed

Early indications suggest that many of those in their 60s, who are already covered by ElderShield, should brace themselves for five-figure top-ups. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

The wealthy can probably do without CareShield Life, since the $600 a month payout might not mean much to them. Those for whom it would be of great benefit should be given the help they need to get onto the scheme.


Boy nearly drowns at Bukit Batok Swimming Complex

In the video uploaded by Facebook user Wong Chee Wai, Sport Singapore lifeguards are seen attending to the boy, who is lying by the edge of the pool. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM FACEBOOK/WONG CHEE WAI

A dramatic video of a boy being resuscitated at Bukit Batok Swimming Complex made its rounds on social media on Friday.


Ex-PM Najib sues three top officials involved in Malaysia's 1MDB graft probe

In a legal counterattack, former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak is suing three top officials involved in the investigation into 1MDB. PHOTO: AFP

Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak's lawyers alleged that anti-graft chief Mohd Shukri Abdull, police commercial crimes head Amar Singh and Attorney-General Tommy Thomas were prejudiced against him over the course of their investigations.


Eateries roll out eats in local flavours ahead of National Day

Eateries cash in on nationalistic fervour by launching food items such as (clockwise from top left) Hainanese tendergrill chicken burger, Rendang beef burger, D24 Durian McFlurry and Goldspice chicken. PHOTOS: BURGER KING, KFC, MCDONALD'S

National Day is just over a month away, and it's now almost a tradition for eateries to cash in on nationalistic fervour with new offerings.