Top stories from The Straits Times on Sunday, June 24

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Sunday, June 24.


F&B workers in Singapore to be assessed if they can get on wage ladder


There is no publicly available data, but The Sunday Times understands there are over 30,000 low-wage workers in the F&B sector who earn $2,000 or less a month. ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

There are over 30,000 low-wage workers in the F&B sector who earn $2,000 or less a month, and early efforts are under way to see if they can be included in the Progressive Wage Model.

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VIDEO: It Changed My Life: Couple start anew after a life in and out of prison


"Newlyweds" Mr Tan and Madam Lim are grateful to be back as a family after having been divorced for more than 10 years. Both have found a new equilibrium after a tumultuous life in and out of prison. Mr Tan is now a delivery man, Madam Lim, a freelance courier. ST PHOTO: SONG TAO

Joseph Tan, 53, and Miki Lim, 48, divorced 15 years ago after living with drugs, crime and jail time. Last month, love prevailed and they walked down the aisle again.

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VIDEO: Trump defends policies on North Korea, US-Mexico border during Las Vegas visit


US President Donald Trump speaks at the Nevada Republican Party Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, on June 23, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

"My people are actually doing a very good job," US President Donald Trump said in a speech, adding that his approach will make the country stronger.

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VIDEO: Umno polls: 74 division chiefs win uncontested, including ex-Malaysian PM Najib


Among the division leaders who won uncontested were Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (centre), Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (left) and Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.PHOTOS: AFP, REUTERS

Among the division leaders who won uncontested were Mr Najib, Umno vice-president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and former defence minister Hishammuddin Hussein.

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VIDEO: Germany clinch last-gasp win, Belgium's goal fest: World Cup results and fixtures at a glance


Germany's Toni Kroos scores their second goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group F football match against Sweden at Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, on June 23, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

Toni Kroos' dramatic injury-time goal helped World Cup holders Germany to a 2-1 win over Sweden, while Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard scored two apiece as Belgium beat Tunisia 5-2. 

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World Cup frenzy hits fever pitch in Singapore as businesses cash in


Football fans watching the World Cup match between Belgium and Tunisia at Chijmes last night. With the drama of the knockout rounds fast approaching, bigger crowds are expected at screening locations islandwide.ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA

Thousands have been drawn to public live screenings at community clubs across the island, with the strong interest partly fuelled by the favourable times of matches.

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Australian court approves Marina Bay Sands' bid to reclaim $8m from tycoon


Searches revealed that Mr Wang Zhi Cai owned a condo unit in Kirribilli (above), New South Wales, but attempts to serve the papers on him there failed. The Australian court has allowed MBS to send notice of the Singapore judgment to his known home and business addresses in lieu of serving it on him in person.PHOTO: GOOGLE MAPS

China-born Mr Wang Zhi Cai racked up his sizeable debt as a patron at the MBS casino in 2014, but it later emerged he had given a false address in Australia in his credit application. 

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Former PAP candidate Victor Lye apologises for mistake where WP banner was covered by his own


A Facebook user posted a photo where Grassroots leader Victor Lye's Hari Raya banner was placed over one put up by the Workers' Party. Mr Lye has since apologised.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/VICTOR LYE THIAM

Mr Lye, the branch chairman of the PAP Bedok Reservoir-Punggol division, said he has asked his volunteers to correct the mistake. 

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VIDEO: Saudi Arabia lifts decades-old driving ban on women


Majdooleen, who is among the first Saudi women allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, gets ready before she starts to drive her car in her neighbourhood in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on June 23, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

Potentially thousands of women drivers are set to take the wheel as the desert kingdom ends the decades-old ban, long a glaring symbol of repression against women. 

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Eason Chan, Lala Hsu bag top prizes at Golden Melody Awards; Singapore's JJ Lin empty-handed


Taiwanese singer Lala Hsu Chia-ying (left) and Hong Kong singer Eason Chan (right) pose with their respective trophies after winning The Best Female and Male Vocalist Mandarin during the 29th Golden Melody Awards Ceremony at The Taipei Arena in Taiwan on June 23, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

Hong Kong's Eason Chan won Album Of The Year and Best Male Vocalist (Mandarin), while Lala Hsu of Taiwan took home Best Mandarin Album and Best Female Vocalist (Mandarin). 

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