Top stories from The Straits Times on Thursday, May 2

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Thursday, May 2.


Extra 10% funding from April 2020 for firms working with unions to train workers: Heng Swee Keat

Technological advancements should help workers do their jobs better, not replace them, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat.

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Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn names consort queen 3 days ahead of coronation

The announcement was made in the Royal Gazette, which said the king has legally married Ms Suthida but did not specify the date of their marriage.

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May Day Rally: In a time of transition, Heng Swee Keat gives reassurances of close PAP-NTUC relationship

For Mr Heng to speak in place of PM Lee at the May Day rally marks the start of a changing of the guard, and gives him a platform to connect with the labour movement.

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New rules for e-payments: 5 things to note when using e-payment services

Under the new guidelines, the $100 cap does not apply. Consumers disputing unauthorised transactions need to show they had not been reckless.

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British PM Theresa May sacks defence minister Gavin Williamson over Huawei leak

Mr Williamson now faces the possibility of a criminal probe.

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US Attorney-General Barr defends clearing Trump on obstruction of justice, chides ‘snitty’ Mueller letter

“I don’t think the government had a prosecutable case,” said Mr Barr, the first Trump administration official to testify about the contents of Mr Mueller’s report.

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Japanese hopeful as Reiwa era begins 

A new era presents a chance for a "fresh start" to the Japanese, given that Heisei was defined by stagnation and passivity. 

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NUS sexual misconduct case: 2 more students to sit on review committee, recommendations ready by mid-May

It hopes to have the full recommendations out by mid-June, instead of the earlier-announced date of August.

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More grain, less gain? Eating rice helps fight obesity: Study

Experts found that people following a Japanese or Asian-style diet based on rice were less likely to be obese than those living in countries where rice consumption was low.

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Drone used to deliver transplant kidney for first time

The specially designed high-tech drone was fitted with equipment to monitor the kidney along its 5km journey to its recipient.

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