Top stories from The Straits Times on Thursday, June 7

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Thursday, June 7.


Trump-Kim summit: Sentosa's Capella provides scenic backdrop for meeting but also security headaches


Experts said the choice of the Capella Singapore hotel on Sentosa island to hold the Trump-Kim summit meant that security agencies will have to plan for potential maritime incursions. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

With over 50,000 tourists and local residents visiting the island on an average day, security experts say screening those entering will be a challenge.

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Free online access to The Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao for Trump-Kim summit; stand a chance to win a Samsung S9


The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao have set up dedicated teams to cover the summit, providing on-the-ground reporting of breaking news, as well as in-depth analyses from seasoned commentators.

Sign up at stsub.sg/tks - which will go live from Saturday - for free access to comprehensive coverage of the historic June 12 summit. Readers can also read non-summit-related exclusive stories for a limited time. 

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Resident sues condominium developer for negligence after e-scooter fall


The Glyndebourne in Trevose Crescent. Briton John Curtis, who lived there, is suing its developer for negligence after the e-scooter he rode on Jan 31, 2015, hit an allegedly unmarked elevated ledge on the ground of the basement carpark. PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Briton John Curtis, who lived at The Glyndebourne in Trevose Crescent, injured himself when the e-scooter he rode on Jan 31, 2015, hit an allegedly unmarked elevated ledge on the ground of the basement carpark.

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PAP Old Guard minister Jek Yeun Thong dies, aged 87


Mr Jek Yeun Thong is survived by his wife, Madam Huang Kek Chee, 84, two sons Kian Jin, 59, and Kian Yee, 55, and five grandchildren. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

The former labour minister, who died in his home on Sunday, played an important role in cultivating the Chinese ground for the People's Action Party.

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Trump-Kim summit: Elite bodyguards likely to accompany Kim Jong Un on trip


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un surrounded by bodyguards as he walks to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae In at the inter-Korean border on April 27, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

Security around the North Korean leader is known to be ironclad, with his bodyguards - who caused a small stir jogging alongside his car at the inter-Korea summit - expected to follow him to Singapore. 

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Former beauty queen injured in e-scooter accident at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

Madam Cassandra Ho, who was crowned Elite Mrs Singapore Asean in 2016 (far left), was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital after she was hit by an e-scooter. She hurt her head and face (left) in the accident.
Madam Cassandra Ho, who was crowned Elite Mrs Singapore Asean in 2016 (left), was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital after she was hit by an e-scooter. She hurt her head and face (right) in the accident. PHOTOS: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS, ST READER

Housewife Cassandra Ho, 49, was making her way to a community garden at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park when the accident occurred. She hurt her head and face as a result. 

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NUS is back on top as Asia's No. 1 university


The National University of Singapore has reclaimed its perch as Asia's top university this year. PHOTO: ST FILE

In the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Ranking, NUS climbed from its 15th position last year to 11th this year, dislodging NTU, which moved back one rank to 12th.

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US-China trade war could destabilise global economy: Heng Swee Keat


inance Minister Heng Swee Keat, who travelled to Beijing on Tuesday, discussed strategic projects with state councillor Xiao Jie yesterday in a "very good meeting". PHOTO: DANSON CHEONG

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said while serious thinkers in the US and China appreciate the potential impact and implications of a trade war, the danger is if either side makes a miscalculation. 

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Trump to stick with hard line on trade but unilateralism will face heat at G-7 summit


US President Donald Trump (left), with his economic adviser Larry Kudlow, speaks during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on May 11, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

“Trump’s trying to fix this broken system," top economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on the eve of the US President's trip to Canada for the annual Group of 7 summit.

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Kate Spade suffered from mental illness for years, says sister


Kate Spade in 2016 as she debuted her new accessories line, Frances Valentine, in New York. PHOTO: KATE WARREN FOR THE WASHINGTON POST

The fashion designer's older sister Reta Saffo said her death "was not unexpected", adding that Spade suffered for years from mental illness but had refused treatment. 

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