Top stories from The Straits Times on Thursday, July 26

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Thursday, July 26.

Trump and EU chief Juncker strike deal to avert trade war, agree to work towards 'zero tariffs'

Trump and Juncker speaking about trade relations after their White House meeting. PHOTO: REUTERS


The US President and EU chief executive agreed to work toward eliminating trade barriers on industrial goods, as the former appeared to give ground on his threat to impose car tariffs.


Police manhunt on for suspected attackers who slashed man in Serangoon Road

A picture circulating on social media which appears to show the victim lying on Serangoon Road in front of a bus stop yesterday afternoon. The man, believed to be a Singaporean, was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital with injuries on the back of his head, arms and legs. His four attackers fled in a rental car. PHOTO: ST READER


A group of four men had carried out the attack with a kitchen knife and a samurai sword at the bus stop in front of Broadway Hotel on Wednesday afternoon.


Family of SCDF NSF viewed CCTV footage of alleged ragging incident

Corporal (Cpl) Kok Yuen Chin's parents, siblings, aunts and girlfriend were shown parts of the video footage at the Police Cantonment Complex on July 24, 2018. ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO


Corporal Kok Yuen Chin's parents, siblings, aunts and girlfriend were shown parts of the footage, a day before five men allegedly involved in his death were charged in court. 


No three-Michelin-starred restaurant for Singapore, but 5 new one-star establishments

Michelin starred restaurant chefs posing for a group photo. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR


Among the five new one-star entrants are modern Australian barbecue restaurant Burnt Ends, Cantonese eatery Jiang-Nan Chun and Nouri, which serves up "crossroads" cooking. 


SingHealth cyber attack: Delinking PCs from Internet causes some inconvenience to patients

The preventive measures were taken after the authorities revealed that a cyber attack had compromised the personal information of around 1.5 million SingHealth patients. ST PHOTO: SYAMIL SAPARI


Staff at Singapore's public healthcare institutions have had to find alternative methods for routine tasks since their computers were temporarily delinked from the Internet last week.


Laos dam collapse: Singapore offers US$100,000 to Red Cross and humanitarian assistance

A family displaced by a dam failure and flooding waits outside an empty coffee warehouse in Paksong, Laos. PHOTO: NYTIMES


The US$100,000 (S$136,000) sum has been offered as seed money to kick-start a public fundraising appeal by the Singapore Red Cross to help communities. 


University entry criteria for poly graduates may be reviewed: Ong Ye Kung

Any change in entry criteria for poly graduates would be in line with Education Minister Ong Ye Kung's plan not to depend excessively on exam scores for admission purposes. PHOTO: ST FILE


The scores some local universities use to decide the admission of polytechnic graduates may be reviewed, when the Education Minister pointed out the role of O-level results in the process.


Husband accidentally stepped on accelerator instead of brake when car hit wife and killed her: Coroner

An inquiry into the death of Madam Ng Siew Fong revealed that the front left tyre of the vehicle ran over her when she fell to the ground. She died from a head injury. PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS


Madam Ng Siew Fong was struck by the front left passenger door which was left ajar and was run over when the car suddenly reversed in Ang Mo Kio. 


Rosyth School tells parents to stop spreading rumours about 'suicide game'

On July 25, 2018, Rosyth School sent a message to parents, saying that it had just become aware of another rumour and was preparing a response to it. PHOTO: ST READER


The game was created by students on one of the school's buses, in which students receive "happiness" points for good achievements and lose them for bad behaviour.


First lake of liquid water is discovered on Mars

The planet Mars. Nasa's Curiosity rover has found remnants of an ancient freshwater lake on the surface of Mars. PHOTO: REUTERS


The 20km-wide underground lake, located under a layer of Martian ice, has raised the possibility that more water - and maybe even life - exists on the Red Planet.