Top stories from The Straits Times on Saturday, March 17

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Saturday, March 17.


PM Lee, Turnbull push for cooperation on free trade

Protectionism is a "dead end", Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said, when he and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made a strong push for countries to continue working together on free trade.

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Bottled water used in Singapore meets safety standards: AVA

Routine laboratory tests by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority show that bottled water that is used in Singapore meets safety standards, the authority said in a statement.

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Britain launches murder probe into death of Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov

The retired Russian executive was found dead on Monday evening at his home in southwest London, where he had lived for two years. A post-mortem found he died from "compression to the neck".

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Illegal short-term rentals pit condo management against errant owners

Illegal short-term rentals are a gold mine for recalcitrant home owners, but a bugbear for residents dealing with disruptive holidaymakers.

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Experts warn against leaving children in cars parked outdoors after tragedy in Malaysia

In just 20 minutes, a car parked outdoors can see its interior temperature rise to over 48 deg C. The body generally works best within the narrow 36 to 37.5 deg C range.

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Li Ka Shing: From a factory worker at 13 to Hong Kong's iconic billionaire

Li Ka Shing's rise from penniless immigrant in 1940 to billionaire tycoon is the consummate success story in Hong Kong, a city which progressed alongside him from trading outpost to one of the world's biggest financial centres.

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Toys 'R' Us says Asia business not affected by US closures

It's business as usual at Toys 'R' Us in Asia, where the company is even expanding - despite its operations winding down in the United States.

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Heritage homes with stories of Peranakan days, British soldiers and a Eurasian enclave

A new box set of five books offers insights into heritage homes in Singapore.

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Donald Trump signs US-Taiwan travel bill; China 'strongly dissatisfied'

President Donald Trump signed legislation that encourages the United States to send senior officials to Taiwan to meet Taiwanese counterparts and vice versa, angering China, which views Taiwan as a wayward province.

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VIDEO: Eight injured in Georgia ski chair lift crush

At least eight tourists, including a pregnant woman from Sweden, were injured when a chair lift ran out of control in the Georgian ski resort of Gudauri, officials said.

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