What's News: June 12, 2017

 Britain's Primer Minister Theresa May leaves Downing Street on her way to Buckingham Palace after Britain's election in London, Britain on June 9, 2017.
Britain's Primer Minister Theresa May leaves Downing Street on her way to Buckingham Palace after Britain's election in London, Britain on June 9, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

TOP OF THE NEWS

Tory-DUP deal not on yet

British Prime Minister Theresa May was still seeking a deal yesterday with a party from Northern Ireland that she needs to stay in power after a disastrous election. The deal will involve the Democratic Unionist Party supporting the Conservatives on key votes but not joining a formal coalition.


TOP OF THE NEWS

Battle to crush intolerance

Indonesia's biggest Muslim organisation, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), is on a campaign to crush intolerance and defend the nation's inclusive brand of Islam, relying on the sheer force of numbers of its paramilitary wing to disrupt hardliners' rallies and meetings. The NU said it felt compelled to step in partly due to the weakness of the government.


Passengers at Hamad International Airport in Doha, after a ban on Qatari flights.
Passengers at Hamad International Airport in Doha, after a ban on Qatari flights. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

WORLD

Qatar issue: Help for families

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates announced hotlines to help families with Qatari members, after the cutting of diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar led to travel disruptions. Qatar moved yesterday to avoid an escalation of the feud, telling citizens of its Gulf neighbours that they are welcome to stay.


WORLD

Discrimination by employers

More than three-quarters of recent graduates in China said they experienced discrimination of some form, with employers asking about their home town or even zodiac sign, a survey showed. Experts attribute this to the lax enforcement of anti-discrimination laws.


OPINION

Surge of far left in Britain

Far-left activist Jeremy Corbyn's rise in Britain's elections signals a trend of left-wing politicians winning over young voters with no memory of past socialist failures, writes Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal. Will such politicians win power? Unlikely, for now.


HOME

Complaints over devices

Free electrotherapeutic services provided by a company originating in Japan have proven to be popular with the elderly in the heartland. The devices, which are unregulated here, can be had for up to $26,000. The consumer watchdog said it has received two complaints for misleading claims.


HOME

Smuggling kingpin nabbed

Information shared by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority, relating to the shipment of one tonne of elephant tusks through Singapore, has led to the arrest of one of Africa's kingpins of animal-parts smuggling.


BUSINESS

Firms eye sustainability pie

More firms here are jumping on the lucrative sustainability bandwagon. A recent report shows that businesses in Asia could unlock at least US$5 trillion (S$6.9 trillion) in market opportunities and create 230 million jobs by 2030 by implementing a few key development goals.


SPORT

S'pore sailors top Asian pair

Singapore's Kimberly Lim and Cecilia Low finished as the top Asian pair in the 49erFX class at the Sailing World Cup in Santander, Spain, last Saturday. They were seventh in their category, ahead of Japan's Chika Hatae and Hiroka Itakura, who were ninth. The result will boost their confidence ahead of the 49erFX World Championship in Portugal on Aug 28.



ST PHOTO: FELINE LIM

LIFE

From gangster to top DJ

DJ KoFlow, one of the music scene's most established turntablists, had a troubled past and was involved in gangs as a teenager. He was arrested and put under probation. But he discovered hip-hop and DJ-ing, and turned his life around. On June 30, he will be the first home-grown hip-hop act to headline a show at the Esplanade Concert Hall.


VIDEO

'Go back to school'

A stranger's words years ago played a vital role in shaping Mr Thomas Wee's life. http://str.sg/4bpf

VIDEO

It's a small, small world

To mark 50 years of national service, a local company launched a series of miniature metal figurines of Singapore Armed Forces soldiers. http://str.sg/4bx6

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 12, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe