Top stories from The Straits Times on Thursday, June 28

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Thursday, June 28.


oBike's rental bicycles remain uncollected across Singapore, but town councils prepared to take action


An oBike bicycle near Merlion Park, on June 27, 2018.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

The recent shutdown of oBike in Singapore has left thousands of its rental bicycles strewn around the island , but town councils are looking to take action.

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Najib says he and his wife Rosmah get many gifts, dismisses S$300m valuation of jewellery, luxury goods


Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak said he and his wife "have been gifted with a lot of items by foreign leaders as well as personal friends" due to his position as prime minister.PHOTO: REUTERS

Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak has pushed back against the valution given by police that the jewellery, handbags, watches and luxury sunglasses along with millions of dollars found in his possession were worth between RM900 million (S$304 million) and RM1.1 billion.

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Moscow, Washington strike deal to hold Putin-Trump summit in third country


Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) during his annual press conference in Moscow on Dec 17, 2015, and US President Donald Trump speaks about the spending bill during a press conference at the White House on March 23, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

Moscow and Washington have struck a deal to hold a summit soon between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump, Kremlin foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters on Wednesday.

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China will not give up an inch of territory, President Xi Jinping tells US Defence Secretary James Mattis


US Secretary of Defense James Mattis arrives at a hotel in Beijing on June 26, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

China is committed to peaceful development but on matters relating to its sovereignty, it would not give up "even an inch" of its territory, Chinese President Xi Jinping told visiting US Defence Secretary James Mattis on Wednesday.

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Early wins for Jokowi's allies at regional polls


A polling station in Solo, Central Java, decorated with a football theme amid the ongoing World Cup in Russia. Over 150 million registered voters were set to elect their governors, mayors and regents in yesterday's polls.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Indonesian President Joko Widodo could emerge as the biggest winner in his country's regional elections yesterday, although he was not on the ballot.

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More than 500 SIA passengers stranded at Changi for up to 6 hours after technical glitches


Singapore Airlines planes at Changi Airport Terminal 3. Two flights, one bound for Bangkok and another for Melbourne, were stranded at Changi Airport for up to about six hours on June 27 because of aircraft problems.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

More than 500 passengers on two Singapore Airlines flights - one to Bangkok and the other to Melbourne - were stranded at Changi Airport for up to about six hours on Wednesday  due to aircraft problems.

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World Cup: Defending champions Germany crash out after shock loss to South Korea


Joshua Kimmich of Germany (left) and Go Yo-han of South Korea in action during the Fifa World Cup 2018 group F preliminary round soccer match between South Korea and Germany in Kazan, Russia, on June 27, 2018.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Defending world champions Germany crashed out of the World Cup after a shock 2-0 loss to South Korea on Wednesday, courtesy of two stoppage-time goals.

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Goodluck Garden to go to High Court over collective sale


Owners of the 210-unit Goodluck Garden in Toh Tuck Road will go to court after the Strata Titles Board issued a stop order yesterday.PHOTO: KNIGHT FRANK PTE LTD

The collective sale of Goodluck Garden in Toh Tuck Road, agreed on in March for $610 million, has hit a road block after seven minority owners objected, saying that information was withheld which could have allowed them to sell the property for a higher price.

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Wanna One, Apink and BTOB among 21 K-pop acts to perform in Singapore at HallyuPopFest


This may be the last time boyband Wanna One will be performing in Singapore before they are expected to disband at the end of the year.PHOTO: H.A.H. ENTERTAINMENT

Get ready for a lot more K-pop, as 21 South Korean pop acts including Wanna One, Taeyeon, Apink, and BTOB will be in town to perform over a three-day festival in September.

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Longest total lunar eclipse of the century to occur on July 28 morning in Singapore


Earlier this year, on Jan 31, a rare astronomical event caused much excitement among enthusiasts when a lunar eclipse, blue moon and a supermoon occurred simultaneously.PHOTO: ST FILE

Astronomy enthusiasts can mark their calendars for July 28, when the longest total lunar eclipse of the century will take place in Singapore.

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