Top stories from The Straits Times on Saturday, June 9

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Saturday, June 9.


Food celebrity Anthony Bourdain found dead at 61


Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, the face of CNN's Parts Unknown TV series, was a strong supporter of Singapore hawker fare. PHOTO: AFP 

Anthony Bourdain coined the term "hipster hawker" at the inaugural World Street Food Congress, which was held in Singapore in 2013.

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Important for the world to help peace process through Trump-Kim summit: K. Shanmugam


The summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take place at the Capella Hotel in Sentosa on June 12, 2018. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

With Singapore seven hours away by flight from the Korean peninsular and about 20 minutes by missiles, any incident in that region will affect the country badly, said Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam.

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Trump-Kim summit facts: From A to Z

What do burgers and an envelope have to do with the Trump-Kim summit?

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Allies confront Trump with trade numbers in tense G-7 summit


(From left) Donald Tusk, Theresa May, Angela Merkel, Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau, Emmanuel Macron, Shinzo Abe, Giuseppe Conte and Jean-Claude Juncker stand for a family photo. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

US President Donald Trump countered a slew of trade numbers from US allies with his own, different data, holding firm to his position that the United States was at a disadvantage, an official at a G-7 summit said as consensus eluded the group’s leaders.

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GBikes ceasing bicycle-sharing service from July 7


GBikes will cease operations on July 7, the same day the new licensing regime for operators kicks in. PHOTO: ST FILE

Singapore's bicycle-sharing sector is seeing its first casualty, amid stiff competition and a new licensing regime for operators taking effect on July 7.

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Raids and forensics help taxman recover $35m from tax scams


Iras forensic officers distilling relevant data and evidence from computer hard drives in the forensics lab. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

Tax scams may be getting more sophisticated, but this did not stop the taxman from recovering $35 million in taxes and penalties last year from cheats.

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Many HDB residents say no to bigger dogs in flats


Iras forensic officers distilling relevant data and evidence from computer hard drives in the forensics lab. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOOCaption

A study aimed at convincing the authorities to let bigger dogs be rehomed in Housing Board flats has hit a glitch when more than half of Singaporeans and permanent residents polled indicated they are unwilling to share common space with larger dogs.

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Mall apologises for toilet sign barring construction workers, threatening $107 fine


The sign read: "A penalty of $107.00 (incl. of GST) will be imposed for non-compliance and unauthorised use of toilets at level 1 and 2."PHOTO: FACEBOOK/MARTHA TARA LEE

Mall owner M+S said the sign had been reworded, deleting the threat of a fine, and that no worker had been fined.

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Firefighter injured in scrap metal plant blaze


The fire involved the contents of a decommissioned 10m-long cylindrical heat exchanger. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/SINGAPORE CIVIL DEFENCE FORCE

A firefighter from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) sustained burns while fighting a fire at a scrap metal plant at Sungei Kadut on Friday.

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Murdered Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu case: Malaysia may commute killer's death sentence


The fire involved the contents of a decommissioned 10m-long cylindrical heat exchanger. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/SINGAPORE CIVIL DEFENCE FORCE

Malaysia may commute the death sentence handed down to a former police commando convicted of the gruesome murder of a Mongolian woman, so that the man could return home from Australia, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said.

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