What's News: June 23, 2018

A South Korean filling out applications for the reunion programme.
A South Korean filling out applications for the reunion programme. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Trump issues car tariff threat

United States President Donald Trump said he will impose a 20 per cent tariff on all cars imported from the European Union unless the bloc removes "soon" import duties and other barriers to US goods, escalating his global trade war. The EU had imposed duties on €2.8 billion (S$4.4 billion) of US products in response to US tariffs. 


China vows to open market

China will ease restrictions on market access, create a more attractive investment environment and take more measures to protect intellectual property, President Xi Jinping told global business leaders. His comments came as China and the United States face off in an escalating trade spat. 


Inter-Korea family reunions

A total of 200 North and South Koreans will be reunited in August with family members they have not seen since the Korean War, said officials from both sides. The reunions - the first such meetings since 2015 - were among the agreements reached at a landmark inter-Korea summit in April and the latest step in a remarkable diplomatic thaw. 


Debate over college tie-ups

The Australian National University's rejection of a proposal by a private foundation with political ties to co-develop a degree course in Western civilisation has sparked debate over academic freedom. It has also raised concerns about universities accepting funds from external parties.


Helping poor families change

What should social workers do with a family that spends $500 on cigarettes and cable TV, yet applies for financial aid? Questioning the poor on their needs and choices is part of helping them, says social work veteran Sudha Nair. 


Option to scatter ashes inland

In addition to scattering the ashes of loved ones at sea, people will be able to also do this inland. This option will be introduced at Choa Chu Kang Cemetery Complex in 2020, and Mandai Crematorium and Columbarium Complex in 2021. 


Parkour meet goes regional

This year's Lion City Gathering, an annual parkour event organised by Parkour Singapore, will also be the first Asian Championships. More than 40 local and overseas parkour enthusiasts will compete in style and speed at the event, which will be held tomorrow. 


Digital success for Singtel

Singtel's push into the digital realm continues to see considerable progress, the telco said in its annual report.

It noted that digital and information and communications technology businesses now contribute around 24 per cent of group revenue, with cyber security turnover amounting to more than $530 million. 


Athlete's Asian Games target

Singaporean athlete Zubin Muncherji has his eyes firmly set on his forthcoming Asian Games debut in Indonesia in August. Having lowered his own national 400m record from 47.29sec to 47.02sec at the Big Ten Championships in Bloomington, Indiana, last month, he is aiming to produce a sub-47sec performance at the Asiad. 



Book of famed artist's works

Artist Chua Mia Tee, 87, has painted iconic scenes of Singapore and loving portraits of his own family. For the first time, more than 300 works by the Cultural Medallion recipient have been gathered for a book that will be launched today. 

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Songs of heartbreak

ST Sessions on the local music scene: For singer Ffion Williams, songwriting is a way to channel her emotions. http://str.sg/ogLF


US-Mexico border uproar

As United States President Donald Trump signs the order to end family separations, here is a look at key questions on the immigrant issue. http://str.sg/ogsM

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