Top stories from The Straits Times on Thursday, May 24

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Thursday, May 24.


Trump says will know next week if Singapore summit with Kim Jong Un will proceed as scheduled

White House aides are preparing to travel here this weekend for a crucial meeting with North Korean officials to discuss the agenda and logistics for the June 12 summit.

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About S$40m in cash seized from apartments linked to Malaysia’s ex-PM Najib

The 30 bags of cash were seized along with a haul of 284 boxes filled with designer handbags and jewellery last week. Counting started on Monday and was only completed two days later.

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Scoot expanding to make up for lost time, to grow fleet to 70 planes by 2022

Singapore's biggest low-cost carrier plans to launch more flights to new destinations and will raise the number of planes it has from 40 now to about 70 in 2022.

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LTA, NParks sued by family of man hurt in wild boar roadkill accident

The courts are set to decide whether or not the two agencies can be held liable for the severe head injuries suffered by a motorcyclist who slammed into the carcass of a wild boar on a highway.

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Pentagon pulls China's invite to Pacific naval exercises over its 'continued militarisation' of South China Sea

In the latest strain on US-China ties, China hit back at the decision - calling it "very non-constructive" and saying it was taken without due reflection.

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Ex-directors say 1MDB can't pay its debts, RM9.8b of 'investments' are scams: Lim Guan Eng

New Malaysian Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, who met 1MDB CEO Arul Kanda Kandasamy, lambasted the latter as being "utterly dishonest and untrustworthy".

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Trump-Kim summit: Some Singapore hotels taking back rooms set aside for travel agencies

These hotels include the Shangri-La Hotel and Marina Bay Sands - seen as the likeliest locations for the summit - as they prepare for a jump in visitors.

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Moving Ramadan ad by McDonald's Singapore goes viral, picked up by international media

The video, which ends on a touching note, follows a McDonald's delivery rider who wakes up before dawn for his suhur - or pre-dawn meal - before embarking on his day of deliveries.

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Police seeking attackers in rioting case in Tanjong Pagar, 2 men taken to hospital

A total of four victims - including one who was arrested under the Liquor Control Act - were reportedly attacked by a group of people in different areas in Tanjong Pagar Road and Duxton Road.

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Attempted assassination turned my world upside down, says Yulia Skripal

The daughter of one of Russia's most famous spies, who survived an assassination attempt that British authorities blame on Russia, said she wants to return to her country despite the poisoning.

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