Top stories from The Straits Times on Sunday, June 23

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Sunday, June 23.


'Neighbour from hell' drove 6 families away from Punggol HDB block


The 51-year-old housewife who has been accused of harassing her neighbours. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Over the past two years, one Housing Board block in Punggol has seen heavy market activity. Six households on the same floor moved out - because of one woman.

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Young, jobless and feeling hopeless in Singapore


ST ILLUSTRATION: CEL GULAPA

Experts flag vulnerability, struggles of a growing group of youth aged 15 to 24 in Singapore who are defined as Neet (not in education, employment or training). 

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Asean adopts pact to cut marine waste


South-east Asia has come under fire for not doing enough to tackle its mounting trash troubles, with single-use plastic and sub-par waste management adding to the problem. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

PM Lee noted the need for countries to work together on cross-border environment issues.

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Murky waters worry Johor residents


Chickens in Kampung Murni Jaya. Johoreans say that poultry-farm waste causes rivers to be contaminated by ammonia. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

The main culprits are poultry farms, oil-palm plantation mills and rubbish disposal sites, a visit by Insight finds.

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US to hit Iran with 'major' new sanctions on Monday, says Trump


US President Donald Trump speaks to the media prior to departing on Marine One from the White House on June 22, 2019. PHOTO: AFP

The move is sure to exacerbate tensions with the Islamic republic inflamed by the downing of a US spy plane.

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Long-stay patient at IMH paints art that sells for thousands


Mr Sim Kah Lim, whose paintings sell for between $1,200 and $8,000, suffers from schizophrenia and has been hospitalised at the Institute of Mental Health for the past 36 years. ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

Mr Sim Kah Lim, 51, paints from memory and today his paintings sell for between $1,200 and $8,000.

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Chinese nationals injured in Jurong fire: 1 undergoes surgery, 2nd man discharged


A massive fire broke out at a liquefied petroleum gas facility at 43 Jalan Buroh on June 21, 2019. PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

Migrant Workers’ Centre said in its Facebook post that it is working with the company to ensure the welfare of the workers. 

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PAS delegate warns Malaysia could become 'second Singapore' if Malay rights sidelined


Parti Islam SeMalaysia flags in Johor Baru in April 2018, ahead of Malaysia's 14th general election. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

Selangor PAS election director Roslan Shahir Mohamad Shahir claimed the Chinese-dominated Democratic Action Party poses a threat to Malays.

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Low immunity among people, high mosquito population reasons for dengue surge


Singapore is in the midst of a dengue outbreak, with five reported deaths from the disease so far this year. PHOTO: ST FILE

This comes amid a spike in dengue cases around the region, which indicates that the Aedes mosquito - the carrier of the disease - may be thriving with a warmer weather pattern this year, said experts.

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Head to the Southern Islands for hidden charm


Lazarus Island boasts a pristine 700m beach and is a favourite port of call for private yachts during the weekends. ST PHOTOS: LIM YAOHUI

The group of more than 10 small islands is home to a vast array of marine life that is largely unseen by the public.

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