Top stories from The Straits Times on Tuesday, June 19

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Tuesday, June 19.


More drinking points and possible sugar tax on the cards as war on diabetes ramps up


A Riverside Primary School pupil refilling his bottle at a water cooler. Health Minister Gan Kim Yong wants to saturate Singapore with readily available drinking water to wean people off sweetened drinks. PHOTO: ST FILE

Imagine a Singapore where there is drinking water wherever you go and you pay a sugar tax on your packaged drinks. That is what might happen as Health Minister Gan Kim Yong ramps up the war against diabetes.

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Buying something online? Watch out for pre-ticked boxes, warns Case


A consumer advisory issued on June 19 reminds consumers to "thoroughly check" their online orders before making any final payments. PHOTO: ST FILE

The Consumers Association of Singapore says that some consumers may inadvertently end up with goods or marketing materials they did not want.

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South Korea, US agree to suspend joint military drills scheduled for August


A South Korean holds a placard during a protest near the US embassy in Seoul, South Korea, on June 15, 2018. The Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises is an annual joint war exercise between the South Korean and US military forces. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

The move follows President Donald Trump’s pledge to end “war games” after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last week.  “We are still coordinating additional actions. No decisions on subsequent war games have been made,” Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said.

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One known Law for healthier Teochew kueh


Madam Wee Ling Kue, 67 and Mr Chan Pak Seng, 68 - the owners of Original Tiong Bahru Golden Pig & Roasted - are among those at Tiong Bahru Market who are using wholegrains in their dishes. ST PHOTO: LEE JIA WEN

Ms Betty Ng, 73, went with a friend to Tiong Bahru Market, all the way from Ghim Moh where they live, because they had heard of a stall there that offered healthier versions of Teochew kueh, with whole grain rice.

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England, Belgium, Sweden begin their World Cup campaigns with wins: Results and fixtures at a glance


Belgium's forward Romelu Lukaku (right) controls the ball opposite Panama's midfielder Gabriel Gomez and Panama's midfielder Anibal Godoy during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group G football match between Belgium and Panama at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on June 18, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

England and Belgium got their World Cup campaigns off to winning starts as the Video Assistant Referee system proved its worth to help Sweden edge past South Korea on Day 5.

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Trump defends migration crackdown, attacks ally Germany's migration policy


Protestors chant outside the Metropolitan Detention Center where ICE (US Immigration and Customs Enforcement) detainees are held, during a 'Families Belong Together March' against the separation of children of immigrants from their parents, in downtown Los Angeles, California, on June 14, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

US President Donald Trump's administration is facing a barrage of criticism for separating immigrant children from their parents at the US-Mexico border.  

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Osaka quake: Nine-year-old dies en route to school, while panic fuels fake news


Police officers investigate the site where an elementary school student was killed after the walls next to the school pool had collapsed due to a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan, on June 18, 2018. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Her 10-minute walk to school for the past three years always brought nine-year-old Rina Miyake past a cheerful mural of a garden on a sunny day.

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All 84 KFC outlets to stop providing plastic straws and lids for drinks


The move will save an estimated 17.9 tonnes of single-use plastics in a year, KFC said. PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

The move will save an estimated 17.9 tonnes of single-use plastics in a year.

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Florida rapper XXXTentacion, 20, dead in shooting: TMZ


Rapper XXXTentacion had reportedly spent time in jail and youth detention centres and was awaiting trial for domestic violence against his pregnant girlfriend. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/XXXTENTACION

Up and coming US rapper XXXTentacion was shot dead near Miami on Monday, celebrity website TMZ reported.

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Video gaming addictive like crack: WHO


An attendee plays a video game at E3, the world's largest video game industry convention in Los Angeles, California, US, on June 12, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

Video gaming can be addictive in the same way as cocaine or gambling, the World Health Organization said Monday in a much anticipated update of the International Classification of Diseases.

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