What's News: June 7, 2017


Scramble to solve Qatar row

Efforts are under way to fix a diplomatic row after a powerful Arab bloc led by Saudi Arabia cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism across the region. US President Donald Trump's endorsement of stepping up pressure on Qatar this way may complicate mediation efforts.


Citizens key in fighting graft

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday stressed the key role that all Singaporeans play in stamping out corruption. He reiterated the country's zero tolerance for corruption at the official opening of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau's new reporting centre in Whitley Road.

Soldiers displaying the money that was reportedly recovered in Marawi. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY


$2m seized from militants

Philippine security forces have seized bundles of banknotes and cheques worth some 79 million pesos (S$2.2 million) from Muslim militants still holed up in the southern city of Marawi, and arrested the father of two brothers leading the insurrection. President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to end the siege this week.


Trump will let Comey testify

US President Donald Trump will not use his powers to prevent former FBI chief James Comey from testifying to Congress tomorrow, said the White House, setting the stage for potentially explosive testimony. The FBI is probing possible collusion between the President's election campaign team and Russia.


Asean's manufacturing edge

Asean as a manufacturing zone needs to keep its competitive edge in the light of fast-changing technology. Business editor Lee Su Shyan examines the scale of the challenge, new opportunities and where Singapore fits in.


Hands-off stance on gardens

The National Parks Board said town councils and residents' committees (RCs) are free to develop their own guidelines about how community gardens should be run. The issue emerged after a recent disagreement between a gardener and an RC in Choa Chu Kang GRC.


Hail a cab, pay with Grab?

Grab is looking into the possibility of having commuters in Singapore pay for street-hail taxis using its app, following a pilot for motorcycles in Jakarta. This will "digitise the street-hailing experience", said Grab co-founder and group CEO Anthony Tan.


Noble stocks plunge

Noble Group shares sank to their lowest level since 2000 yesterday, falling as much as 11 per cent in morning trade before closing at 30.5 cents - 4.7 per cent, or 1.5 cents, down from Monday's close.

The sell-off was triggered by investor fears that the company may not be able to engineer a turnaround, even as it presses on in talks with core banks to try to secure more funding.



Oops! Ko is still No. 1

Lydia Ko (above) is the world's No. 1 woman golfer for at least another week.

This follows her reinstatement, after a bungled forecast showed that Thai Ariya Jutanugarn would be the first South-east Asian to take the top ranking.

A wrong date was used in the projection tool, and the LPGA Tour has apologised and called the pair to set the record straight.


Eat in a stranger's home

Twenty sets of home cooks will share recipes and feed visitors next month, in the run-up to the Singapore International Festival of Arts. Visitors to O.P.E.N. Kitchens, to be held from July 8 to 30, will learn recipes and stories about food that are important to the cooks.


All eyes on Britain

Find out what is at stake before polling begins tomorrow in the British general election. http://str.sg/4LLM


Rooftop farmer

Meet the man who designed a "growing tower" made out of PVC pipes on top of a multi-storey carpark rooftop. http://str.sg/4LsQ

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