Top stories from The Straits Times on Wednesday, Dec 5

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Wednesday, Dec 5.

Singapore-KL ties hit by disputes over waters and airspace

Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said the Malaysian actions "are clearly a violation of our sovereignty and international law". ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Singapore-Malaysia ties took a sudden turn on two fronts, as simmering disputes over airspace and territorial waters came into the open.


US stocks end down more than 3.0% on trade, growth worries

The Dow Jones industrial average fell nearly 800 points on Dec 4, 2018, as investors' fears increased over a potential trade war between China and US. PHOTO: AFP

Wall Street stocks were pummelled on Tuesday by worries over slowing US growth and trade conflict amid mounting skepticism over the US-China tariff truce.


How other countries are tackling high sugar consumption

Generally, the goal of having a sugar tax is to encourage manufacturers to reformulate their drinks so less sugar is used. PHOTO: SYAMIL SAPARI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Many countries in the world tax pre-packed drinks that are high in sugar as a way to cut the sugar consumption by their people. 


Airspace management isn't about sovereignty, but about keeping skies safe, as traffic increases

In its latest forecast unveiled, the International Air Transport Association noted that the number of air travellers could double to 8.2 billion a year in 2037. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

The way forward must be integration, not fragmentation.


PM Lee sues financial adviser Leong Sze Hian for defamation contained in Facebook post

Leong Sze Hian speaking during a peaceful protest held at Hong Lim Park on June 8, 2013. PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

The blogger had shared an article on his Facebook page that alleged PM Lee had helped to launder 1MDB funds


Singapore wine merchant seeking damages or return of stolen wines from buyers

Court records showed that Hock Tong Bee, which was founded in the 1930s and owns CornerStone Wines, is involved with at least 50 cases in the State Court and High Court combined since 2016. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO FILE

Hock Tong Bee, one of Singapore's oldest wine and spirits merchants, is suing buyers who had bought stolen wine from its former employee, with claims for amounts as high as $900,000.


'Zero' doubt Saudi crown prince directed Khashoggi murder: Republican senators

US Senator Lindsey Graham speaks to reporters after attending a closed-door briefing, on the death of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, by Central Intelligence Agency Director Gina Haspel at the US Capitol in Washington, US, on Dec 4, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

The explosive new declarations by two key senators came after a briefing by the CIA's director.


British PM suffers setbacks as Brexit debate starts in parliament

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks in the House of Commons in London on Dec 4, 2018, at the beginning of a debate on the Brexit deal. PHOTO: AFP

On the first day of debate, her government was found in contempt of parliament and then a group of her own Conservative Party lawmakers won a challenge to hand more power to the House of Commons if her deal is voted down. 


Tech the halls: Gadget gift guide for Christmas

Whether you want to splurge or have a tight budget, The Straits Times has found some cool gadgets to buy this festive season. ST PHOTO: TREVOR TAN

Whether they are for loved ones or for the home, here's a look at some cool gadgets to buy this festive season.


Kensington Palace denies rift between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton

Allegations of a feud between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have been disputed by Kensington Palace. PHOTOS: REUTERS

Kensington Palace has broken its silence over media reports of an alleged feud between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton.