Top stories from The Straits Times on Sunday, March 4

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Sunday, March 4.

Donald Trump escalates trade war, threatens European carmakers with stiff tariffs

Donald Trump waves upon his arrival in West Palm Beach, Florida,March 2, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

The US President was responding to warnings from European leaders that his promised tariffs on aluminum and steel would trigger retaliation. 


PM Lee commends Low Thia Khiang for 'cogent and balanced' speech on China

Workers' Party secretary-general Low Thia Khiang had spoken in Parliament about how Singapore can become a "global Asian node". PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE

The Workers' Party chief had spoken in Parliament about how Singapore can become a "global Asian node" - a theme of this year's Budget. 


Singapore Airlines eases rules to woo former cabin crew

Former cabin crew members who have returned to work with Singapore Airlines include (from left) leading stewardess Christina Chia, 38, and flight stewardesses Anna Ye, 33, and Catherine Yap, 30. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

With tough competition in the premium air-travel market, SIA is banking on experienced crew to take its in-flight service levels to a new high. 


Widow in Yang Yin saga nearly lost her 200 paintings, now they may go on public display

Madam Hedy Mok, the niece of widow Chung Khin Chun, in the art gallery in the annex block of the Gerald Crescent property. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

The niece of rich widow Madam Chung Khin Chun wants to donate part of a collection of about 200 works of art belonging to her to the National Gallery.


It Changed My Life: Wheelchair-bound architect helps disabled lead normal lives

Mr Kuppusamy (in red), who is captain of the Singapore Wheelchair Rugby team, at a tournament against Thailand last year. PHOTO: RICHARD KUPPUSAMY

Born with spina bifida, architect Richard Kuppusamy bulldozes stereotypes and says he never lets his disability define him.


Spa owners dismayed over new restrictions on opening hours, a 24-hour massage establishment in Guillemard Road, has appealed against the new restricted operating hours. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

From March 1, massage parlours with CaseTrust accreditation will have their operating hours restricted from 7am to 10.30pm. 


Will China pay a price if Xi Jinping leads for life?

President Xi Jinping at a National People's Congress session in Beijing last March. The CCP central committee has proposed abolishing the term limits in the Constitution, which will pave the way for Mr Xi to stay on as president for life, but observers warn of inherent dangers. PHOTO: REUTERS

China's annual marathon political meetings begin on Monday, and a key change will enable Mr Xi to remain at the helm indefinitely. We look at what it means. 


‘You’re evil!’: Mother rages at nanny during US murder trial

Yoselyn Ortega was accused of slaughtering two children under her care inside their family’s luxury Upper West Side apartment in New York in 2012. PHOTO: NYTIMES

Yoselyn Ortega, 55, is accused of stabbing to death two of her employer's children, Leo, 2 and Lucia "Lulu", 6, as a calculated act of spite. 


Three Australians die, more sick in listeria outbreak tied to melons

The outbreak is linked to the melons, also called cantaloupes, from a grower in the eastern state of New South Wales. PHOTO: AFP

More cases are expected in the outbreak, which is linked to the melons - also called cantaloupes - from a grower in New South Wales. 


Chef Wolfgang Puck readies caviar, gold dust for Oscars feast

Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck tastes a confection during a preview for the Governors Ball. PHOTO: AFP

On the menu: Miyazaki Wagyu beef, caviar parfait, cocktail-inspired macarons and 13.6kg of edible gold dust.