What's News: Jun 7, 2018

Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan will be heading to Pyongyang at the invitation of his North Korean counterpart.
Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan will be heading to Pyongyang at the invitation of his North Korean counterpart. PHOTO: REUTERS

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S'pore a neutral host: Vivian

Singapore's hosting of the United States-North Korea summit next week is a sign that it enjoys trust and confidence as an honest and neutral moderator, Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said. Dr Balakrishnan, who was in Washington, will head to Pyongyang today at the invitation of his North Korean counterpart. 

Mr Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie, at Tokyo's Haneda Airport before leaving for the United States.
Mr Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie, at Tokyo's Haneda Airport before leaving for the United States. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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N. Korea on US-Japan agenda

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will hold talks with United States President Donald Trump at the White House today, a meeting that will be dominated by the topic of North Korea, ahead of the highly anticipated June 12 summit between the US and North Korea in Singapore.

WORLD

HK woos technology experts

Hong Kong's pursuit of technology specialists from mainland China and overseas as part of its push to innovate and build a smart city will provide relief to its talent-starved tech companies. But observers say the aggressive recruitment drive will also intensify competition in the region for such talents in the next few years. 

WORLD

Chinese influx worries Manila

The Philippines has seen a spike in Chinese arrivals since late 2016, with tens of thousands of migrants working in Manila's booming gambling industry. Critics say these Chinese migrants are denying jobs to Filipinos and causing property prices to soar. 

OPINION

Checks needed for 'donees'

Professional "donees" or "deputies" can make decisions for people who lose their mental capacity. But more clarity on their fees, and checks and balances on their decisions, are needed, says senior social affairs correspondent Theresa Tan. 

HOME

E-scooter rider sues condo

A condominium resident has filed a suit against the developer of The Glyndebourne for a fall he had while on an e-scooter. He alleged he hit an unmarked elevated ledge, but the developer claims the resident was on a joyride and was unaware of his surroundings.

HOME

Upturn in Comfort bookings

ComfortDelGro has reported a nearly 9 per cent increase in its taxi bookings last month, the biggest year-on-year jump since September 2014. This follows Uber's exit from the South-east Asia region and the pull back of Grab's promotions and incentives.

BUSINESS

S'pore firms to invest in India

Property firm Ascendas-Singbridge and Temasek Holdings will invest about 20 billion rupees (S$398 million) in warehouse and manufacturing hubs in key Indian cities.

The plan is to invest in cities such as Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Bangalore and Ahmedabad.

SPORT

New chief for badminton body

The Singapore Badminton Association will get a new leader when the national sports association elects its officials at its annual general meeting on Saturday.

Current president Tan Kian Chew has decided not to stand for re-election. Sources say the prospective new president will be a known name in the badminton fraternity.

Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph in a scene from Cloak & Dagger.
Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph in a scene from Cloak & Dagger. PHOTO: MARVEL & ABC STUDIOS

LIFE

Marvel adds teen heroes

Marvel adds to its growing roster of teenage superheroes on screen with Cloak & Dagger. Its television chief Jeph Loeb believes casting millennials as heroes is especially relevant today, given how young people are speaking up more on political issues.


WEB SPECIAL

Summit-inspired F&B

Bite into a Burger for World Peace and toast the Trump-Kim summit with a Whisky Trump or The Rocket.

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WEB SPECIAL

Designer's legacy

We look back on the late fashion designer Kate Spade's life and career.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 07, 2018, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe