Top stories from The Straits Times on Sunday, July 1

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Sunday, July 1.


Mustafa founder in legal tussle with stepfamily

Ms Shama Bano, the daughter of Mr Mustaq Ahmad (left), said that the business was running as usual and that the plaintiffs are not involved in the management or operations of the business.
The founder of the popular Mustafa Centre, Mr Mustaq Ahmad (above), is being sued by his step-siblings and their mother, who are seeking a court-ordered account of the affairs and records of Mohamed Mustafa & Samsuddin. PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

The founder of the popular Mustafa Centre, Mr Mustaq Ahmad, is being sued by his step-siblings and their mother, who are seeking a court-ordered account of the affairs and records of Mohamed Mustafa & Samsuddin.

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Standard but standout flats that sell for over $1m


Clementi Towers, the first Housing Board project to be integrated with a mall, has flats selling above the million-dollar mark. ST PHOTO: SYAMIL SAPARI

Unlike exec apartments and DBSS flats, such pricey standard flats emerged only 2 years ago.

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Illegal trade in wildlife: South-east Asia’s tragedy


Bear bile sold in 1cc vials in one of the medicine shops in Hanoi, Vietnam. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

The hunger for exotic animals to feed appetites for traditional medicines and trophies is rampant in Asia. The Straits Times environment correspondent Audrey Tan and photojournalist Lim Yaohui discover the region's dirty secrets as they go undercover. 

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Singapore open to exploring security cooperation with Malaysia in waters around Pedra Branca: Ng Eng Hen


Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said it would make no sense for Singapore and Malaysia to deploy more resources around Pedra Branca or Middle Rocks if they could work together. ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

"I think... certainly as closest neighbours, collaboration is a win-win and we will look for more opportunities to do things together," he said.

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France win 4-3 thriller to send Argentina and Lionel Messi packing: World Cup results and fixtures at a glance


Argentina's forward Lionel Messi runs with the ball during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between France and Argentina at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on June 30, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

Teenager Kylian Mbappe scored two goals in four minutes to send France charging into the World Cup quarter-finals and Lionel Messi home with a thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina on Saturday. 

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It Changed My Life: She paddles to help others stay afloat

Madam Chui with her husband at the Everest base camp in 2004, one year after she finished treatment for cancer. Madam Irene Chui has been captain of Breast Cancer Foundation-Paddlers In The Pink for three terms, leading the dragon boat team in many c
Madam Irene Chui has been captain of Breast Cancer Foundation-Paddlers In The Pink for three terms, leading the dragon boat team in many competitions. The 53-year-old says of the sport: "It changed my life. It's about teamwork and brings together breast cancer survivors and offers them support." ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Irene Chui is full of beans, and for good reason.

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A TV, mobile data, a maid - needs or wants for a poor family?


A girl sits on a bench along East Coast Park while using her mobile phone. PHOTO: ST FILE

There is no hard and fast rule about what is a need or a want; this has evolved with the pace of Singapore's development.

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Football: 'I will never go near any of that again,' vows former match-fixer Gaye Alassane after gaining reprieve over citizenship issue


Gaye Alassane, who had been part of a global match-fixing syndicate, was told on June 27 that he would not be deprived of his Singapore citizenship. ST PHOTO: SHAMIR OSMAN

"I came to Singapore when I was 18, and now I'm 43. That's 25 years, not 25 days. This is my country now, my home. If I had lost my citizenship, I really don't know what I would have done."

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Singapore firm's AI machine trumps doctors in diagnostic contest in China


Organised by the China National Clinical Research Centre for Neurological Diseases, the competition was the first public showing of Biomind, an AI machine developed by Singapore start-up Hanalytics and the Beijing Tiantan Hospital. ST PHOTO: DANSON CHEONG

Biomind, an AI machine designed by Singapore firm Hanalytics to diagnose neurological conditions, was pitted against 15 human professionals.

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Singapore's ballet scene blossoms

Singapore Dance Theatre dancers Etienne Ferrere and Chihiro Uchida during a performance of Rubies by George Balanchine at Ballet Under the Stars in 2015.
Singapore Dance Theatre dancers Etienne Ferrere and Chihiro Uchida during a performance of Rubies by George Balanchine at Ballet Under the Stars in 2015. PHOTO: SINGAPORE DANCE THEATRE

More people, including boys, are taking up ballet, which is being offered at more private dance schools as well as primary and secondary schools.

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