Top stories from The Straits Times on Saturday, June 29

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Saturday, June 29.


Trump says open to meeting North Korea's Kim Jong Un at demilitarised zone

The surprise offer came amid a recent flurry of diplomacy over North Korea's nuclear programme after a Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi collapsed without an agreement.

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Singapore to allow digital banks; MAS issuing up to 5 new licences: Tharman

The new licences are in addition to any digital banks local lenders have set up under the existing Internet banking framework.

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Leaders at G-20 call to boost global trading system

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong joined several world leaders to rally against protectionism and stress that free trade is vital.

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Review sought in case of alleged overcharging of wealthy widow by lawyer 

The Attorney-General and the Law Society have separately asked the High Court to review a disciplinary tribunal's decision involving WongPartnership's Mr Alvin Yeo.

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SMU surveys students on sexual harassment; plans to have office for victims, initiate new disciplinary measures

SMU is also starting a comprehensive module to educate students on consent and respect.

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Almost half of ex-offenders return to prison within 5 years of release: Shanmugam

Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam said the figure, a slight dip from previous years, is a cause for concern.

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Sino-Japan ties still fraught but at least Abe and Xi are talking 

The "eternal neighbours" label has helped ease tensions between the countries but deep-rooted differences remain, says ST Japan correspondent Walter Sim.

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US-China trade war: Much pain, little gain 

A collision of commerce and politics makes a deal increasingly hard to achieve, says ST China bureau correspondent Danson Cheong.

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Cop convicted of damaging walking stick belonging to 'Parrot Man' and then lying about it

Footage taken from a body-worn camera showed the cop deliberately stepping on former businessman Zeng Guoyuan's walking stick before arresting him.

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Most coral species in Singapore resilient to projected rise in sea levels

While the resilience of local coral reefs might be good news, an NUS don warned that sedimentation remains a factor that will affect their survival.

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