Top stories from The Straits Times on Sunday, May 20

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Sunday, May 20.


VIDEO: Government is taking seriously the need to explain future GST hike, ensure support is on hand: PM Lee


Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaking to Singapore reporters in Putrajaya on May 19, 2018.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

In the wake of Malaysia's new government slashing its goods and services tax, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was asked if this would make it harder to sell the future GST hike to Singaporeans.

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Ex-Malaysia PM Najib asks for witness protection from cops, claims life threatened over 1MDB scandal


Datuk Seri Najib Razak reportedly lodged a police report on May 18, 2018, at the Sentul police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.PHOTO: AFP

Mr Najib reportedly claimed that the threats were not only from Malaysia, but also overseas, and that there was a clear threat on his life and those of his family members. 

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VIDEO: With her lavish lifestyle laid bare, these are 'trying times' for Rosmah Mansor


Madam Rosmah Mansor showing her ink-stained finger after voting in Malaysia's general election in Pekan, Pahang, on May 9. PHOTO: REUTERS

The wife of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak is under renewed scrutiny as recent raids by police have uncovered a haul of luxury goods. 

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VIDEO: Sealed with a kiss, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are married


The couple kissed on the steps of St George's Chapel as they emerged into the sunlight after the ceremony, delighting vast crowds who had descended on Windsor, 20km west of London.PHOTO: REUTERS

The dazzling ceremony in Windsor Castle - which blended ancient English ritual with African American culture - was watched up close by royals and celebrities and from afar by a global TV audience of millions.

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VIDEO: Singapore orchid on Meghan Markle's wedding veil featuring national flowers of Commonwealth countries


Meghan Markle arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry on May 19, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

The veil fulfilled a special wish from the bride, who wanted all 53 countries of the Commonwealth to be with her during the wedding. 

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Sell for redevelopment? No way


No. 18 Lengkok Angsa (left) is one of the only two original terraced houses left after much of the neighbourhood was redeveloped in recent years.ST PHOTO: RACHEL AU-YONG

Two home owners in Lengkok Angsa, just minutes away from Orchard Road, are staying put even as all the houses in the neighbourhood have been bought for redevelopment.

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VIDEO: It Changed My Life: Founder of AI company is a technopreneur and a 'chiongster'


Ms Annabelle Kwok is a dab hand at building things. While she was in university, she invested in some equipment and started to tinker with hardware engineering in her room. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

25-year-old Annabelle Kwok's artificial intelligence firm NeuralBay focuses on detection and recognition software, and offers AI-driven solutions for multinational corporations. 

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The Straits Times list: 50 Asians to watch

They are the new stars in business, the arts and sports. They are changing lives for the better, and making their presence felt. Meet Asia's rising stars.

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China agrees to import more from US to reduce trade deficit, but no sign of US$200b target


A container is transferred at the port in Qingdao in China's eastern Shandong province on May 8, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

“There was a consensus on taking effective measures to substantially reduce the US trade deficit in goods with China,” said a joint statement. 

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VIDEO: Break fast with a feast: Good eats at the Hari Raya Bazaar


(Clockwise from top left) Otah, Beef Ribs with Briyani Rice, Mee Kuah Tulang, Mango Parfait-slushy, Taco Dendeng, Ondeh Ondeh Poffertjes are some items offered at the annual Hari Raya Bazaar. ST PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM

From the fun and fancy such as rolled ice cream in taco-shaped waffle cones to classic street food like vadai, the annual bazaar at Geylang Serai has plenty to savour. 

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