Top stories from The Straits Times on Saturday, June 16

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Saturday, June 16.


Trump announces tariffs on US$50 billion of Chinese goods; China retaliates in equal measure


In April, the US revealed an initial list targeting about 1,300 products worth US$50 billion on Chinese imports. PHOTO: REUTERS

The world’s two largest economies have taken a step closer to a trade war with the US announcing tariffs of 25 per cent targeting US$50 billion in Chinese imports from “industrially significant” technologies. 

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Heading home, after 33 years with the Ngs

(From left) Mr Alvin Ng, 38, Ms Alicia Ng, 27, Ms Sabado, 65, Ms Agnes Ng, 34, and her four-year-old son Aiden, and Madam Yeong, 60. Ms Sabado helped raise the children and accompanies the family on yearly vacations. Ms Remidios Sabado (in white) wit
(From left) Mr Alvin Ng, 38, Ms Alicia Ng, 27, Ms Sabado, 65, Ms Agnes Ng, 34, and her four-year-old son Aiden, and Madam Yeong, 60. Ms Sabado helped raise the children and accompanies the family on yearly vacations. ST PHOTO: LEE JIA WEN

In a month's time, Ms Remidios Sabado will be sending dozens of "balikbayan" boxes - or repatriate boxes - back to the Philippines. The 65-year-old is going home for good, after working for the Ng family for 33 years.

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Muslims urged to continue to mix with those of other faiths

Over 50 residents and grassroots and community leaders of various ethnic and religious backgrounds in East Coast GRC and Fengshan SMC marked the start of the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations at Al-Taqua Mosque yesterday. Students from Woodlands Seco
Worshippers gathered for Aidilfitri prayers at Sultan Mosque yesterday morning. All 70 mosques in Singapore held Aidilfitri prayers, marking the end of Ramadan and a day of victory after a month of fasting. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

The Muslim community should continue to look for ways to mix with people of other faiths and work together in common spaces, said Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Masagos Zulkifli.

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Motorcade commanders for US and North Korea delegations always prepared for next journey


Motorcade commanders Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sherrin Chua (left) and DAC Evon Ng were in charge of planning the motorcades for US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the June 12 summit. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

While the world watched closely the meeting between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, thousands of police officers worked behind the scenes to ensure the summit on June 12 at Capella Singapore went off without a hitch.

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World Cup: Magic Ronaldo lights up World Cup with hat-trick to deny Spain


Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates after scoring against Spain during the Fifa World Cup 2018 group A preliminary round soccer match between Portugal and Spain at the Fisht Stadium, in Sochi, Russia, on June 15, 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Portugal’s irrepressible captain Cristiano Ronaldo scored a stunning late free kick to complete a World Cup hat-trick and rescue a 3-3 draw in an enthralling match against neighbours Spain on Friday. 

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Singaporean sisters making menstruation more manageable

Sisters (from left) Rebecca, Joanne and Vanessa Paranjothy run social start-up Freedom Cups that promotes reusable menstrual cups. These flexible, bell-shaped cups can be fitted under the cervix to collect menstrual blood for up to 12 hours. Unlike t
Sisters (from left) Rebecca, Joanne and Vanessa Paranjothy run social start-up Freedom Cups that promotes reusable menstrual cups. These flexible, bell-shaped cups can be fitted under the cervix to collect menstrual blood for up to 12 hours. Unlike tampons and pads, they can be washed with soap and water and reused. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Championing a change in the way women face menstruation issues is feminine hygiene products company Freedom Cups. The social start-up, founded by three Singaporean sisters, is part of 50 stories of change on Impact Journalism Day on Saturday.

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Airbnb study says non-tourist areas gain from listings

An Airbnb apartment in Tiong Bahru in 2015. The Tanjong Pagar and Tiong Bahru area was among Airbnb's most popular neighbourhoods with 17,000 guests last year, up 55 per cent from 2016, the study said.
An Airbnb apartment in Tiong Bahru in 2015. The Tanjong Pagar and Tiong Bahru area was among Airbnb's most popular neighbourhoods with 17,000 guests last year, up 55 per cent from 2016, the study said. ST FILE PHOTO

The study examined the number of guest arrivals, average number of nights hosted, and Airbnb host earnings in its three highest-performing neighbourhoods.

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Researcher raises red flag over animal poaching


A cable noose trap found by NUS senior tutor Marcus Chua in Mandai forest. The mammal scientist believes it could have been used to ensnare animals such as wild boars or pangolins. PHOTO: COURTESY OF MARCUS CHUA

More work needs to be done to ensure the blight of animal poaching does not become a serious issue.

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Singapore Airlines flight to Melbourne aborted after slide 'unexpectedly deployed'


When contacted by The Straits Times, an SIA spokesman said that the Boeing 777 was being "pushed back" for departure from the gate when the evacuation slide was "unexpectedly deployed". PHOTO: ST FILE

A Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight to Melbourne was leaving the gate at Changi Airport on Friday night when an emergency slide was suddenly deployed.

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Man, 30, arrested for alleged murder in Geylang Road


The police were alerted to the fight at 218 Geylang Road at about 7.50am. PHOTOS: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

A 30-year-old man has been arrested for the alleged murder of a man in Geylang Road, after police were alerted to a fight on Friday morning.

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