What's News: May 21, 2018

A 100-drone light show was part of the weekend festivities.
A 100-drone light show was part of the weekend festivities.ST PHOTO: LIM YAN LIANG


US-China trade war averted

The world's two largest economies appear to have averted a potentially damaging trade war, with a consensus to substantially reduce the US' trade deficit with China that has been hailed as a win-win by Chinese media but viewed with scepticism in the United States.


Najib probe to be by the book

The probe of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak over billions of dollars missing from 1Malaysia Development Berhad will be conducted strictly to the rule of law, said Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Mr Anwar noted that Mr Najib still has much to answer for, including the murder of Mongolian model Shaaribuu Altantuya.


Milestone for Tianjin Eco-City

More than 1,000 runners from the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area took part yesterday in the inaugural Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Eco Run, capping a weekend of festivities celebrating the 10th anniversary of the bilateral project. Officials said the 30 sq km township has come a long way compared to a decade ago, when it was a collection of salt pans and barren fields.


Cuba faces aviation crisis

By the time it crashed last Friday just outside of Havana, killing 110 people, the ageing Boeing 737 had changed ownership globally nearly a half-dozen times. Although the cause of the crash has not been determined, the plane itself is a powerful symbol of Cuba's troubled aviation industry.


Hard to break up EU-US ties

US President Donald Trump has done much to anger European Union leaders on a variety of issues, but the reality is that the EU has too much at stake to turn its back on the transatlantic alliance, says Jonathan Eyal.


Shady side of Far East Plaza

Scantily clad women station themselves near glass windows and ask men walking by to go into their shops for a massage.

These brazen displays are happening at Far East Plaza. There are at least 10 dodgy massage parlours there which started operating about two years ago, shopowners said.


More commit to reduce waste

More people, institutions and businesses here have this year committed to using fewer one-time disposables such as straws, bags and containers, as part of a larger zero-waste push.


Growth potential of Reits

Real estate investment trusts (Reits) with overseas assets present additional risks, but they also have better growth opportunities so managements are taking steps to allay investor concerns, according to experts at a panel discussion on Saturday.

But they also noted foreign exchange concerns investors have with overseas assets.


United Spain for World Cup

The rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona is often associated with politics - Real representing Spanish nationalism and Barca the Catalan agenda. But Spain's all-time leading scorer David Villa said that the Barca and Real players in Julen Lopetegui's 23-man squad, to be announced today, will be united for the World Cup in Russia next month.


Vivian Hsu's hangout in S'pore

Taiwanese singer-actress Vivian Hsu, who moved to Singapore after she got married, loves going to the wet market here. "I am very familiar with everyone there, whether it is the fishmonger or butcher," she says. She adds that a butcher once asked her to sing for him on the spot. And a fishmonger saves his best fish for her.


50 Asians to watch

These are the new Asian stars in business, the arts and sports. Meet them at str.sg/50asians.


The Mahathir tsunami

A new government and a new coalition in Malaysia. We look at the events leading up to the historic May 9 election. http://str.sg/ox8Q

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 21, 2018, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe