Top stories from The Straits Times on Tuesday, June 26

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Tuesday, June 26.

Singapore, Malaysia must comply fully with 1962 water agreement provisions, says MFA in response to Mahathir comments

The 1962 water agreement is valid for 99 years till 2061. PHOTO: ST FILE

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has criticised the price of raw water sold to Singapore as “ridiculous” and said he planned to renegotiate the pact’s terms.


Malaysia ex-PM Najib's former aide remanded in 1MDB probe

The special officer was brought to court by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission on June 25, 2018. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

A special officer to former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak has been remanded over investigations into the 1Malaysia Development Berhad saga.


14 people killed in vehicle-related incidents last year, top cause for deaths at workplaces in 2017

In an effort to keep the numbers low, the Workplace Safety and Health Council launched the Drive Safe, Work Safe campaign on June 25, to raise awareness about good vehicular safety practices. ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA

One in every three deaths at the workplace last year was caused by a vehicular incident.


Singapore inflation picks up in May, with consumer prices rising 0.4%

Headline inflation rose partly due to a faster pace of increase in petrol prices, and a smaller year-ago fall in car prices following a rise in COE premiums. PHOTO: ST FILE

Singapore's headline inflation rose in May with further increases expected over the course of the year.


US-China trade war concerns weigh on Asian currencies

China's yuan fell as much as 0.61 per cent to its lowest against the US dollar in more than 51/2 months, on news of a reported US government plan to curb Chinese investment in US firms involved in "industrially significant technology". PHOTO: REUTERS

Emerging market currencies in Asia weakened yesterday as a reported US government plan to curb Chinese investment in US tech firms weighed heavily on risk sentiment.


A salute to the best of the Singapore Armed Forces

(From left) Third Sergeant Muhammed Syakir Zainol, Lieutenant-Colonel Ng Kiang Chuan and Corporal Joshua Ng from the 1st Commando Battalion. The unit won the Singapore Armed Forces' Best Combat Unit award for the 15th consecutive year. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

The Singapore Armed Forces has selected the best units for its annual competition this year. The Straits Times hears stories of sacrifice and excellence from the personnel involved in the various units.


David Lee in Russia for the World Cup: Fans out in full force and in good cheer but Uruguay run out 3-0 winners

A short kilometre's walk along the scenic Griboyedov Canal leading to the Saint Petersburg Fifa Fan Fest next to the majestic Church of the Saviour on Blood turned out to be a 45-minute snail's crawl. ST PHOTO: DAVID LEE

You'll never walk alone, not when it is World Cup match day, and especially when the host nation is playing.


Select Committee aims to strike right balance in war on fake news

(From left) Moderator Torben Stephan of German think-tank Konrad Adenauer Stiftung; Mr Alvin Tan, Facebook's head of public policy for Asean, Malaysia and Singapore; Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information Janil Puthucheary; Mr Warren Fernandez, editor-in-chief of Singapore Press Holdings' English/Malay/Tamil Media Group; and Hong Kong Baptist University media professor Cherian George at the panel discussion on fighting fake news at the East-West Centre's International Media Conference yesterday. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

A parliamentary committee studying ways to fight fake news wants to strike the right balance between ensuring room for free expression for journalists and others on the one hand, and having legal and other tools to tackle disinformation on the other.


Bakery owner, 73, dies after falling into dough-making machine

Workers who noticed a burning smell were shocked to find Mr Ng Sew Kuang in the machine. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

A 73-year-old man died in an accident in a Bedok confectionery on Monday.


Artist Theo Jansen and his fantastic beests

Animaris Turgentia Vela (2013-2015, above) One of Dutch artist Theo Jansen’s more successful Strandbeests, the Turgentia Vela evolved as sails were attached to a simpler walking unit, the Ordis. Its walking speed changes with the strength of the wind. Jansen says it can survive winds of up to 70kmh. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Dutch artist Theo Jansen is designing a new kind of artificial intelligence.