Top stories from The Straits Times on Thursday, May 3

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Thursday, May 3.


Death of NSF after heatstroke: Committee of Inquiry and police to probe incident


An independent committee, headed by a cluster superintendent from the Ministry of Education, has been formed to look into the circumstances that led to the death of full-time national serviceman Dave Lee Han Xuan. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE


The COI will be headed by a cluster superintendent from the Ministry of Education, while a coroner's inquiry may be held depending on the outcome of the police investigation.
 

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Speed guns deployed to curb reckless riding by e-scooter users and cyclists


Active Mobility Enforcement Officers (AMEOs) use a speed gun to spot speeding PMD users. ST PHOTO: BENJAMIN SEETOR


The guns have a range of up to 1km and possess video-recording capabilities. Under the Active Mobility Act, they must keep to a speed limit of 15kmh on footpaths and 25kmh on shared and cycling paths.
 

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Malaysia election: Mahathir's Pakatan Harapan coalition narrows gap with ruling BN at half-time


Flags of Barisan Nasional, Parti Keadilan Rakyat - which is part of Pakatan Harapan - and Parti Islam SeMalaysia fluttering over a night market in Permatang Pauh, Penang, on Tuesday. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG


The latest opinion pools indicate that former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad is inching closer to ending Barisan Nasional's six decades in power.
 

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KL police launch probe into Mahathir under fake news law for claiming his jet was sabotaged


Dr Mahathir attending an election campaign event in Kuala Lumpur, on May 1, 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE


A source told The Straits Times that while the case is still being investigated under the new law, KL police are still determining whether there is merit to proceed.
 

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Lawyer who focused on molest victim's breast size suspended for 5 years


Lawyer Edmund Wong Sin Yee had defended a 24-year-old student from China who was accused of brushing his forearm against the breast of a 22-year-old woman on board an MRT train in July 2014. PHOTO: ST FILE


Mr Edmund Wong Sin Yee, who went on a "demeaning" line of questioning of a molest victim - including staring at her breasts - was suspended for professional misconduct.
 

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Uber app to cease in Singapore after this weekend, competition watchdog yet to complete probe into Grab-Uber merger

A Comfort Delgro taxi with an advertisement offering services on Uber. PHOTO: AFP

This will end the US company's five-year foray into Singapore's taxi market, after the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore ordered the app extended twice.

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Western Union armed robber, who was caught after 3-day manhunt, jailed almost 5 years


Hashim Hamzah (centre) is taken by the police to the crime scene in Ubi Avenue 1 on Aug 7, 2017. PHOTO: ST FILE


The police trawled through over 1,000 hours of CCTV footage before catching 58-year-old Hashim Hamzah, who had made off with $650 in cash last August.
 

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The rights and wrongs of discretionary right turns


ST ILLUSTRATION: MANNY FRANCISCO


Knowing when to make a discretionary right turn at intersections is one of the more challenging aspects of learning how to drive - and even licensed drivers don't always get it right.
 

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Cambridge Analytica to close after Facebook data scandal


Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress over the harvesting of users' personal information. PHOTO: AFP


The British marketing analytics firm's decision follows weeks of intense pressure after allegations emerged it may have hijacked up to 87 million Facebook users’ data.
 

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Football: Liverpool to play Real Madrid in Champions League final


Liverpool players celebrating with fans after the Uefa Champions League semi-final match against AS Roma on May 2, 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Despite losing a hectic semi-final second leg in Rome, Jurgen Klopp's side survived a spirited Roma fightback to win 7-6 on aggregate.

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