Top stories from The Straits Times on Saturday, June 23

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Saturday, June 23.

Trump threatens 20% tariff on all imported EU cars as bloc slaps duties on US goods

Brand new cars sit on a truck that is leaving a lot at the Auto Warehousing Company near the Port of Richmond on May 24, 2018. PHOTO: AFP 

US President Donald Trump on Friday threatened to escalate a trade war with Europe by imposing a 20 per cent tariff on all US imports of European Union-assembled cars. His tweet on autos came after EU reprisals against US tariffs on European steel and aluminum.


North, South Koreas to hold reunions for war-separated families in August

Officials from both sides met at the North's scenic Mount Kumgang resort on June 22, 2018, and set a date for the reunions for late August 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

North and South Korea agreed on Friday to resume reunions for families separated by the Korean War in August - the first such meetings since 2015 and the latest step in a remarkable diplomatic thaw on the peninsula.


What travel insurance packs in these days

Wedding photography agency OneThreeOneFour, which helps couples take wedding photos in places like Bali (above) and Japan, welcomes insurance cover for such overseas photo shoots or destination weddings. Insurers such as Aviva and Chubb Travel Insurance have introduced these offerings in response to growing demand. PHOTOS: ONETHREEONEFOUR

Travel insurance has always been a bit mundane - lost bags, cancelled flights, sickness - but the increasingly adventurous trips Singaporeans are taking have prompted the sector to think outside the square.


Possible speed bumps facing an upgraded KTM line

An artist's impression of Batu Pahat station on the proposed Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR line. The project is now on the back burner, with the new Malaysian government citing its high cost as a stumbling block. PHOTOS: EDELMAN, BLOOMBERG

A proposal to upgrade the KTM rail network in lieu of a high-speed rail line between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore has thrown up several questions that need to be answered to determine whether it is a viable option.


Late winners lift Brazil, Switzerland: World Cup results and fixtures at a glance

Brazil's Neymar celebrates after scoring a goal against Costa Rica during a World Cup match between the two nations, on June 22, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

Brazil left it very late, but posted their first win of the World Cup, while Switzerland is in a strong position to qualify from Group E. In group D, Nigeria's win keeps Argentina’s chances of qualifying alive before the two sides meet in Saint Petersburg next week.


Inland ash-scattering services to be available by 2020: NEA

Inland ash scattering will be available at Choa Chu Kang Cemetery Complex in 2020 and Mandai Crematorium and Columbarium Complex (above) in 2021. PHOTO: ST FILE

By 2020, people will be able to scatter the ashes of their loved ones inland, besides the current options of scattering ashes at sea or keeping the remains in a niche.


Music teacher goes on trial for molesting student

Filipino Carl James De La Cruz Casten faces five charges of molestation. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

A 33-year-old music teacher has been accused of molesting his then 18-year-old student during two private cello lessons with her in 2016.


Dick Lee returns with 'The Jumping Jukebox Jive' ChildAid concert in November

This year's concert will be held at the Resorts World Sentosa theatre on Nov 25 and 26. Mr Lee said that it will be a "great platform for young talent to build their confidence". ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

Renowned singer-songwriter Dick Lee is back as the creative force behind this year's ChildAid, an annual charity concert co-organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times.


Parkour Singapore leaps forward with Asian championships

Parkour enthusiasts worldwide are expected to gather at The Star Vista where obstacles have been set up. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

A small group of parkour enthusiasts have taken their love for the sport to a higher level. This year's Lion City Gathering (LCG), an annual parkour meeting organised by Parkour Singapore which first began in 2015, will double as the first Asian Championships.


Mushroom growing takes root as urban farmers cultivate edible fungi

Climbing instructor Jack Yam started growing mushrooms (left) last year using kits by Mushroom Kingdom and Kin Yan Agrotech. PHOTO: JACK YAM

Urban farming is all the rage these days. But while most people take the well-trodden path of growing fruit, herbs and vegetables, some amateurs are experimenting with mushroom-growing.