Top stories from The Straits Times on Tuesday, July 3

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Tuesday, July 3.


Thai youth football team, coach lost for 9 days in cave found safe and alive


 

Dramatic footage released by the Thai Navy Seals show the emaciated and bedraggled team crammed onto a wedge of dry ground surrounded by water deep inside a cave that has held them captive for nine days.

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$6.3m in deposits owed to oBike users in Singapore, company unable to meet July 4 deadline to clear bikes


 

About US$4.6 million (S$6.3 million) in deposits is owed to users by troubled shared-bicycle firm oBike, the company's founding investor and chairman Shi Yi told The Straits Times on Monday.

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Analysts expect new peak in private home prices by year end


 

Private home prices are rapidly regaining the ground they lost since values started slipping five years ago, with figures out on Monday underlining the buoyant market.

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Belgium set up quarter-final clash with Brazil: World Cup results and fixtures at a glance


 

Brazil and Belgium set up a blockbuster World Cup quarter-final meeting, but in very different styles as the Europeans narrowly avoided a huge shock at the hands of Japan.  

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Trump threatens action on WTO after reports he wants to withdraw


 

US President Donald Trump threatened to take action against the World Trade Organisation on Monday, after media reports said he wanted to withdraw from the global trade regulator.

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SIA's gamble on premium economy seats pays off


 

From zero of such seats just three years ago, Singapore Airlines (SIA) now offers premium economy seats on more than half its routes and almost all its long-haul flights.

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Living City: Migrant workers find refuge in Rowell Road shophouse


 

The second floor of a shophouse at Rowell Road is a hive of activity seven days a week.

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War on diabetes: Fitness interest groups on the rise


 

As the war against this metabolic disease gathers steam, more activity groups have been formed to cater to different interests and abilities to get more people onto their feet.

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Wife of man accused of raping daughter testifies for him


 

A 35-year-old woman, whose technician husband is on trial for repeatedly raping their daughter more than three years ago, still believes that the girl, who was 14 then, is making up the allegations.

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Many Asian influences in The Lion King musical


 

The arts of Asia are extremely prevalent in not just the designing of the costumes, but also in the various forms of mask and puppetry and dance.

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