What's News: June 03, 2017

Evacuated employees and guests outside the Resorts World Manila complex yesterday.
Evacuated employees and guests outside the Resorts World Manila complex yesterday.PHOTO: REUTERS


Anger at US' climate pact exit

The leaders of Italy, France and Germany are rejecting United States President Donald Trump's suggestion that the Paris Agreement on climate change be renegotiated. The US leader's decision to pull out of the deal also came under fire at home as mayors of up to 68 cities pledged to "stand for environmental justice".


New Aussie visas for S'poreans

Singapore travellers to Australia can apply for a new six-year visa, while another one announced yesterday will allow Singaporeans and Australians aged 18 to 30 to work and holiday in each other's country for up to a year.


37 killed in casino complex

At least 37 people died, most from suffocating in thick toxic smoke, after a gunman burst into the Resorts World Manila hotel and casino complex, fired an assault rifle and set tables ablaze in what police say was a robbery gone awry. Among those who died was the attacker, who was found inside a hotel room severely burnt and with a gunshot wound in the head.


Kabul bombing may hit talks

All around Kabul, broken glass was being swept up and the dead were still being buried on Thursday, the most visible signs of the toll from the huge bombing.

But another casualty may yet come into view: A new attempt to move towards peace talks with the Taleban.


A building by any other name

Naming rights can add lustre to a family's legacy, or can be viewed as a giant billboard advertisement on a building. It depends on the person's reputation, and also how history views him or her, says Simon Chesterman.


Final farewell for traffic cop

Minister for Law and Home Affairs K. Shanmugam described Traffic Police officer Nadzrie Matin, who was killed in an accident while on patrol, as a true son of Singapore. His colleagues fought back tears as they carried his coffin, draped with the national flag, for the final farewell.


Misa vows to help customers

Misa Travel, which shut abruptly on Wednesday after the Singapore Tourism Board revoked its travel agent licence, said it is working with other travel agencies to provide alternative travel options, and with partners to minimise disruption to travel plans.


Two HUDC estates eye sale

Two other privatised HUDC estates are gunning for collective sale following the successful sale of Eunosville this week. The 560-unit Tampines Court will likely launch its tender next month, while the 336-unit Florence Regency is in the early stages of the en bloc process. Tampines Court owners are seeking at least $960 million.


Shaheed makes tennis history

Singaporean tennis player Shaheed Alam made history when he earned his first ATP singles ranking point on the men's professional tennis circuit last week. It was the first time a local player had earned an ATP point on home soil. He beat Australia's Jake Delaney 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the ITF Singapore Futures.


Local floral artist wins award

Floral artist Keith Lin, 31, wowed judges at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show with a 1m-tall sculptural spiral display made with bamboo stems and covered in colourful foliage and flowers. He bagged a gold medal in the Floral Arrangement Awards category at the show last week.


Which tastes better?

Four young people tried out their favourite Gong Cha drinks against LiHo alternatives in a video taste test. str.sg/teatest


Star gamer

Being a lawyer helped Justin Phua come out tops at the Star Wars: X-Wing 2017 World Championship. str.sg/stargamer

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 03, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe