What's News: July 6, 2016


Terrorists strike again

Suicide bombers suspected to be linked to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group have struck for the fourth time in less than a week. This time, they targeted three locations in Saudi Arabia, and in Indonesia, in an extension of what appeared to be a coordinated campaign of worldwide bombings coinciding with Ramadan.


Sea row: China media ups ante

The Chinese media is urging the government to prepare for armed conflict against the United States in the South China Sea or "plan for the worst", talking tough ahead of an international tribunal ruling widely anticipated to go against China's territorial claims.



Nasa craft reaches Jupiter

Ducking through intense belts of violent radiation as it skimmed over the clouds of Jupiter at over 209,000kmh, Nasa's Juno spacecraft (above) has entered the orbit of the solar system's largest planet. It took five years for Juno to travel this far on its US$1.1 billion (S$1.5 billion) mission.


Report on UK role in Iraq War

The official inquiry into Britain's role in the Iraq War will report today, the product of seven years of work and likely to be the definitive assessment of a conflict that is widely seen in Britain as the worst foreign policy blunder since the 1956 Suez Crisis.


Good move for sustainability

New SGX rules require listed firms to issue annual reports on their sustainability performance and practices. The move to incorporate performance in the environmental, social and governance aspects brings Singapore in line with global practices, writes Wong Wei Han.


Painting 'a cheap fake'

A painting bought by former tour guide Yang Yin for what he claimed was $500,000 was dismissed as a cheap fake by an art expert yesterday. A court heard that he had bought it for Madam Chung Khin Chun, a wealthy widow.


Online shoppers' priorities

Online shoppers care more about payment processes and delivery schedules, while those who visit stores are concerned about product availability and promotions, new research has found. Singapore Management University's study also found that overall customer satisfaction has been improving.


Corporate governance study

Most listed firms performed adequately when it came to corporate governance, and the gap in the quality of disclosures between small and big companies is smaller than expected. These are among key conclusions drawn from a new study by the Singapore Exchange.

Mourinho posing at Old Trafford before his first press conference as Manchester United's new boss. PHOTO: REUTERS


Man United a Champions League club: Mourinho

Jose Mourinho's first news conference yesterday as Manchester United boss provided immediate insight into his vision for the club. "This challenge doesn't make me nervous, it comes at the right moment for my career." He added: "Manchester United is a Champions League club."



Young voices in xinyao

United World College student Alina Liu (above) won the songwriting prize at last Saturday's National Schools Xinyao Singing And Song Writing Competition 2016. Alina, 15,who was born in the United States and holds a Singapore passport, says her winning song, Will You Think Of Me, was partly inspired by Korean TV dramas.


Chris Evans quits Top Gear

Host Chris Evans announced on Monday that he is stepping down from Top Gear, the popular BBC entertainment show whose mix of cars and testosterone-fuelled antics has attracted a global following. Evans joined the show in June last year after the departure of Jeremy Clarkson.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 06, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe