Top stories from The Straits Times on Thursday, June 21

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Thursday, June 21.


Singapore to cut use of cash, hopes to go cheque-free by 2025


 

As Singaporeans adopt online payments with gusto - more than eight in 10 consumers have done so - the latest step sees the expansion of the PayNow transfer service to include businesses.

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Ex-Malaysian PM Najib explains why he had so many luxury handbags, lots of cash, jewellery


 

The investigation will cover flows of funds to parties in former ruling coalition Barisan Nasional, in a move that could have far-reaching ramifications for Malaysia's political landscape.

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Trump backs down, signs order to end family separations at US-Mexico border


 

Amid outrage at home and abroad, the US President's move marked a rare instance since he took office in which he has changed course on a controversial policy, rather than digging in. 

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Malaysia to widen 1MDB probe to BN parties, politicians


 

The investigation will cover flows of funds to parties in former ruling coalition Barisan Nasional, in a move that could have far-reaching ramifications for Malaysia's political landscape.

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Portugal's Ronaldo strikes again, Suarez sends Uruguay into last 16: World Cup results and fixtures at a glance


 

Striker Luis Suarez struck the only goal in a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia as Uruguay joined hosts Russia in the last 16, while Portugal and Spain in Group B also recorded 1-0 victories.

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NUS investigating after students allegedly stripped in the sea as part of game


 

The incident allegedly took place at Sentosa's Siloso beach on June 4, with students wading into the water to take off their clothes to lay out the longest line of clothes on the beach.

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Keppel Club cuts monthly fee to $1


 

Faced with the daunting prospects of lease expiry in December 2021, the club will also slash membership transfer fees by 25 per cent.

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Strawberries grown in Singapore vertical farm make debut


 

Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Koh Poh Koon said government agencies will need to see how best they can change rules to assist vertical farms here.

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ST Podcast: Why It Matters - Making of the historic June 12 Trump-Kim summit in Singapore


 

Join ST deputy news editor Jeremy Au Yong as he hosts three reporters to discuss what went into hosting the summit, which produced a denuclearisation deal.

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Cinema chains unreel changes to lure moviegoers back to big screen


 

With fewer people in Singapore going to the cinema, chains like Cathay, Filmgarde and Golden Village are pulling out all the stops - from opening new outlets to easier ticketing.

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