Top stories from The Straits Times on Thursday, July 4

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Thursday, July 4.


12 protesters arrested as Hong Kong police crack down on violence


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A large quantity of steel bars, bricks and shields were seized from outside the Legislative Council Complex as well.

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Woodlands double-murder trial: Accused said wife called him 'useless' during argument


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That was the last thing his wife said to their four-year-old daughter before the woman and the girl were strangled by the accused.

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Manufacturing, electronic sectors continue decline, casting shadow on Singapore's economy


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The weaker reading for manufacturing was due to first-time contractions in new orders, factory output, inventory and employment level.

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New bike-sharing operator Moovs in with refurbished ofo bikes


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The start-up will look to expand to other areas after getting LTA's nod to increase its fleet size.

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US, China could reach trade deal by year end, experts tell ST forum


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However, the experts think the rivalry between the two superpowers is here to stay.

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Home Front: Helping older ex-offenders rehabilitate and rejoin society 


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It is a cause for concern that more seniors are turning to crime, with most of these offenders having served jail time before, says ST's Fabian Koh.

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Two dentists fined and suspended over unsupervised work 


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They had ignored repeated reminders by the Singapore Dental Council that dentists on conditional registration need to be supervised in their work.

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Interactive: The colourful history of Singapore’s street names

Singapore’s past is quietly preserved in the names of its streets. They reveal a stunning array of Malay words and other surprising references.

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Digging into Singapore's colourful past with 14th century Fort Canning discoveries 


PHOTOS: ST FILE, LIANHE ZAOBAO, COURTESY OF JOHN MIKSIC

The discovery of fragments of a porcelain pillow - a rare status symbol in 13th century China - shows how influential Singapura's elite must have been.

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Spider-Man star Tom Holland says he is a 'loser' in love 


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While Holland's love life has largely been kept under wraps, he has been linked to co-star Zendaya, although the two maintain that they are simply close friends.

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