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Designer jailed for threat to circulate woman's nude photos, fined $23k for obscene video films

[The Straitstimes/Asia News Network] A designer threatened to post nude photographs of a woman he befriended online, and had never met, when she ended all contact and ignored him, a district court heard.

About seven months later, Mohamed Hirwandie Mohd Hashim stumbled on the 21-year-old's online profile on Facebook.

The 30-year-old created a Facebook account under his previous moniker John Teo, and tried to add the victim as a friend.

Asian stocks down as investors seek safe havens before Xi-Trump meeting


Songkran festival to be low-key due to mourning period


Singapore tops list of best Asian universities

The Korea Herald/Asia News Network) National University of Singapore has retained its title as Asia’s best university for the second year in a row, according to the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2017.

Peking University maintained its second-place ranking and Tsinghua University was ranked third. Both of them are located in Beijing.

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology ranked eighth, followed by Seoul National University and Pohang University of Science and Technology.

Trump orders on trade puzzles Asia

Bangkok (ANN News Desk) - US President Donald Trump's executive order on what he describes as trade "cheaters" has many countries in Asia scratching their heads and questioning US policy in the region. 

Trump signed an order late last week that he promises will stop "foreign importers that cheat." Under the executive order, countries with large trade imbalances with the United States will be closely scrutinized for a 90 day period while the administration holds talks with manufacturers, service providers, farmers and consumers to identify ongoing problems.

Cambodia, Myanmar: opportunities for VN firms

Viet Nam News HCM CITY -There is a huge opportunity for Vietnamese firms to invest in agriculture in their countries and export agricultural produce to other markets, Cambodian and Myanmarese officials have said.

Thailand in crosshairs of Trump’s trade policy

THAILAND will be among 16 countries to be targeted by the Donald Trump administration in its attempt to narrow the United States’ massive trade imbalances.

US President Trump has signed two executive orders directing his administration to review the country’s trade deficits and clamp down on countries that abuse trade rules. He said the new executive orders signed on Friday (yesterday Thailand time) would start a new chapter for American workers and businesses.

Students create website to help foreigners find houses

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Students at Meiji University have launched a website that offers assistance to foreigners looking for places to live in Nakano Ward, Tokyo.

Called “Living Together in Nakano,” the site lists real estate agencies where English is spoken and other such services. It was created by a group of about 10 people, including graduating seniors of the School of Global Japanese Studies, which is located on Meiji’s Nakano campus. 

Basket makers weaving way to success


VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Lao people have traditionally made household items from bamboo since ancient times, handing down their skills from generation to generation.

This has been practical because the items they make are cheap to produce and used in daily life.

Century-old forest at Botanic Gardens opens to public

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - The Learning Forest is the first space in Singapore where the public can experience two habitats in one venue.

A majestic 100-year-old Jurassic Park-like forest, complete with freshwater wetlands, was opened at the Botanic Gardens on Friday (March 31).