What's News: June 11, 2018

Mr Donald Trump (right) intends to meet one-on-one briefly with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the beginning of their summit on June 12, 2018.
Mr Donald Trump (right) intends to meet one-on-one briefly with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the beginning of their summit on June 12, 2018.PHOTOS: REUTERS, LIM YAOHUI


Leaders of N. Korea, US arrive

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and United States President Donald Trump arrived yesterday within hours of each other. Curious crowds lined the streets leading to the St Regis and Shangri-La hotels, where the two men are staying. They will meet at 9am tomorrow in a highly anticipated summit that could have lasting impact on the world order.


Trump, Kim to meet alone first

Mr Donald Trump intends to meet one-on-one briefly with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the beginning of their summit tomorrow - a moment the United States President has said will be a critical gauge of whether a deal is likely, according to a US official familiar with their plans.

Chinese President Xi Jinping during a press conference yesterday. PHOTO: EPA-EFE


Xi pushes for free trade

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for an open global economy while criticising "self-centred, short-sighted and closed-door policies", at a time when the United States' protectionist trade policy is rocking the world. He was speaking at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit yesterday.


Amazon earns ire of Aussies

Amazon's plan to block shoppers in Australia from its overseas websites in response to the government's impending sales tax has angered customers. Some analysts said the firm appeared to be fighting back against looming tax crackdowns not only in Australia, but also in the European Union and the US.


How will summit turn out?

Summits were conceived in the 20th century as exceptional meetings for exceptional times. Some reshaped history; others turned out failures. Which way will the Trump-Kim summit turn, asks Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


Bike-share firms yet to apply

Bicycle-sharing companies have yet to submit their applications for licences ahead of next month's deadline, but they said they are working on it. At least three firms plan to continue operating in Singapore, though one has decided to cease operations next month.


Higher cost for high ceilings

Home buyers may find themselves paying more for properties with very high ceilings in excess of 4m. If so, they are being charged for "void area", which in a recently launched project cost buyers $200,000 more than a unit with the same gross floor area but regular-height ceilings.


S'pore not priciest city: Index

Singapore may be ranked the most expensive city to live in, according to some reports, but the latest tax-adjusted Worldwide Cost of Living Index for top earners, from international trust and corporate services provider Sovereign Group, puts Singapore in 11th place.


Synchro swim coach to leave

National synchronised swimming coach Maryna Tsimashenka, who has taken the sport to new heights since joining in 2009, is set to leave the Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) in September after the Asian Games, The Straits Times understands.

The SSA had placed an advertisement on renowned swimming website SwimSwam for a "Singapore National Artistic Swimming Coach", with applications due on May 20.



Funny side of millennial's life

Chennai-based stand-up comic Bhargav Ramakrishanan, 31, riffs on millennial moments, from moving out of his parents' house to dealing with growing-up fears. Baggy, which is his stage name, is among a rising cohort of Asian comedians. He will perform in Singapore on Saturday.


Living City

Explore the laid-back charms of Masjid Petempatan Melayu Sembawang, a mosque built in 1963, which former kampung residents still visit. http://str.sg/ofXJ


An inspector calls

Home-defect inspectors' services are in high demand now. We see how they help spot faults in apartments. http://str.sg/oYkX

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