Top stories from The Straits Times on Thursday, June 14

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Thursday, June 14.


US aims for 'major' North Korea disarmament in 2-1/2 years: Secretary of State Pompeo 


US secretary of state Mike Pompeo (centre) during US President Donald Trump’s press conference after the Trump-Kim summit at Capella Hotel on June 12, 2018. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Mr Pompeo was in Seoul on Wednesday to brief South Korean officials on the summit, a day after US President Donald Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a historic summit in Singapore.

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Singapore may have gained over $700m in exposure as host of Trump-Kim summit: Analyst Meltwater


US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shake hands after signing a "comprehensive" document at the end of their summit, on June 12, 2018. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

The media intelligence firm estimates the Republic reaped a 38-fold return, thanks to tourism, retail and media exposure.

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Trump-Kim summit: Singapore sanctions on North Korea to remain, says Heng Swee Keat


Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said the summit had been "an important first step towards peace on the Korean peninsula". PHOTO: ST FILE

"The agreement is that the sanctions will not be lifted immediately," Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat told Singaporean media at the end of a six-day visit to Tokyo.

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Wall Street sees two more Fed hikes in 2018, three in 2019 


Traders work ahead of the closing bell on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York City, on June 13, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

Wall Street's top banks expect the US Federal Reserve to raise interest rates twice more this year and three times in 2019, in line with forecasts issued on Wednesday (June 13) by central bank policy makers who signalled a modest acceleration to their pace of rate hikes along with increased confidence in the economy.

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KKH introduces surgical technique which preserves part of cancer patients' breast


Dr Lim Geok Hoon developed the technique after a patient asked if the scar left by the conventional mastectomy procedure could be smaller. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

KK Women's and Children's Hospital has come up with a surgical technique for suitable patients which produces a less visible scar around the areolas, preserving them and the nipples.

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Former City Harvest Church leaders Serina Wee and John Lam struck off membership of national accountancy body


Former City Harvest Church leaders Serina Wee and John Lam were removed from the ISCA on April 9, 2018. PHOTOS: ST FILE

Former City Harvest Church leaders Serina Wee and John Lam have been struck off the memberhip of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA), the national accountancy body said on its website.

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Two men injured after SBS Transit lorry crashes into drain


The SBS truck was found in a canal at Bedok North Avenue 4 towards Changi South Lane. PHOTO: SGROAD BLOCKS/TRAFFIC NEWS

The Singapore Civil Defence Force rescued the 57-year-old driver and the 29-year-old passenger using ropes and ladders.

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Indonesia's President Joko Widodo may face multiple rivals in re-election bid


All eyes are on the growing list of candidates who have indicated that they may run against President Joko Widodo, 56, when the race for the  highestoffice kicks off officially in September, seven months ahead of the polls in April next year. PHOTO: WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/JOKOWI

All eyes are on the growing list of candidates who have indicated that they may run against the president when the campaign for the highest office kicks off officially in September, seven months ahead of the polls in April next year.

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Football: US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup 


Fifa president Gianni Infantino (right) posing for a picture with officials after the announcement, that the 2026 Fifa World Cup will be held in the United States, Mexico and Canada, during the 68th Fifa Congress in Moscow, Russia, on June 13, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

The 2026 tournament will be the first expanded tournament featuring 48 teams, up from the current 32-team tournament.

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Ocean's 8: All-star, all-woman 


(From left) Cate Blanchett, Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson, Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter and Rihanna attending the world premier of Ocean's 8, on June 5, 2018 in New York. PHOTO: AFP

Ocean's 8 is being hailed as a leap forward for female representation in Hollywood with its power women.

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