Top stories from The Straits Times on Sunday, July 8

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Sunday, July 8.


Developers wooing homebuyers with more discounts, in wake of cooling measures


Some property developers are also raising commissions to get agents to bring buyers to their launches. PHOTO: ST FILE

Some are also raising commissions to get agents to bring buyers to their launches, in anticipation of buying sentiment being hit by higher Additional Buyer's Stamp Duty rates and tighter loan limits.

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KL will 'keep to our end of bargain' on water accord: Lim Guan Eng

Malaysian Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said the decision to renegotiate the High-Speed Rail project was because of the "exorbitant" price tag.
Malaysian Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said the decision to renegotiate the High-Speed Rail project was because of the "exorbitant" price tag. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

Malaysia will abide by its agreements with Singapore, asserted Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, despite the Mahathir administration calling into question these accords mere days after taking power.

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Lunch With Sumiko: Lim Guan Eng never expected to be Malaysia's Finance Minister in his 'wildest dreams'

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng served 10 years as chief minister of Penang and is credited for rebuilding the state's finances and making it one of the largest contributors to the country's economy. He is also only the third ethnic Chinese to helm Mal
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng served 10 years as chief minister of Penang and is credited for rebuilding the state's finances and making it one of the largest contributors to the country's economy. He is also only the third ethnic Chinese to helm Malaysia's finance portfolio. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

He has a casual, down-to-earth manner, honed from more than 30 years in opposition politics. But there's no mistaking something no-nonsense about him.

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Thai cave rescue: Over 100 shafts drilled into mountain, as rescuers race against time before expected rains set in


Rescue workers checking on water being pumped out of the Tham Luang cave, on July 6, 2018. The boys will have to be extracted from above if the underground chambers become submerged during the rainy season. PHOTO: REUTERS

Rescuers are trying to establish new ways to extract the boys from above if the underground chambers flood.

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England beat Sweden 2-0 to reach first semi-final since 1990: World Cup results and fixtures at a glance


England's Kyle Walker, John Stones and Jesse Lingard celebrate at the end of the match. PHOTO: AFP

England will meet Croatia in the semi-finals after the latter beat Russia 4-3 in a dramatic penalty shootout on Saturday.

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Low COE prices could drive more to scrap cars prematurely


Motorists who bought their cars between 2014 and 2016 are finding it more attractive to switch to a new one now. PHOTO: ST FILE

With the drop in COE prices, motorists who bought their cars between 2014 and 2016 - when premiums were as high as $90,000 - are finding it more attractive to switch to a new ride now.

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It Changed My Life: Transplant survivor in med school to pay it forward


Mr Mark Goh was the first patient to organise the 2013 year-end camp run annually by NUH for children with chronic illnesses. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

Mark Goh is relieved, having just finished his final exams as a first-year student at Duke-NUS Medical School.

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Elaborate scams target Australia's Chinese


International students were coerced into faking their own kidnappings by the scammers, who would then send photographs of the gagged and bound students to their families with ransom demands. Some victims were reported to have been scammed out of up to $505,000. The state of Victoria recorded 32 incidents in the first five months of the year. PHOTO: VICTORIA POLICE

International students and members of the Chinese community in Australia are being targeted by expanding and increasingly elaborate scams with some of the victims cheated out of as much as A$500,000 ( S$505,000) each.

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Mrs Wee Kim Wee, wife of late Singapore president, dies at age 102


Mrs Wee Kim Wee and her daughter Wee Eng Hwa in November 2010. PHOTO: ST FILE

The wife of late Singapore president Wee Kim Wee - known for her warmth, grace and culinary skills - died on Saturday, two days after turning 102.

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Growing range of local farm produce in Singapore


FairPrice carries locally grown produce under various brands, including Pasar, Kok Fah Technology Farm and Oh Chin Huat Hydroponic Farms. ST PHOTO: SYAMIL SAPARI

Local vegetables, fruit, seafood, poultry and dairy products are harvested and go straight from farms to supermarket shelves and restaurant tables within a day.

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