Top stories from The Straits Times on Monday, May 21

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Monday, May 21.


VIDEO: US, China ease tensions by putting trade war on hold


Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He (left) led his team in the trade talks in Washington with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.PHOTOS: AFP

Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He said the two sides agreed to stop imposing tariffs on each other, while US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said a framework will be set up for addressing trade imbalances in the future.

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53 piracy websites blocked in battle to curb copyright breach


The Pirate Bay and Solarmovie.sc are two out of the 53 piracy websites that have been blocked in Singapore.PHOTOS: THE PIRATE BAY, SOLARMOVIE

Websites like The Pirate Bay, KickassTorrents and Solarmovie.sc have been blocked following the most sweeping action taken by copyright holders in Singapore in more than a decade.

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Renewed dengue concerns after NEA detects rise in Aedes mosquito population


Residents receiving mosquito sprays and pamphlets at their home from Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli (second left) and MP Sun Xueling (left) during the launch of the National Dengue Prevention Campaign on May 20, 2018.ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

With Singapore approaching the peak dengue period, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli urged the public to be extra vigilant.   

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VIDEO: Probe against Najib will be conducted according to the rule of law, says Anwar


Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim speaking to the media during a visit to the home of former Indonesian president B.J. Habibie (left) in Jakarta on May 20, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

"I've said (to the authorities) do not repeat what they did to me," Mr Anwar told reporters in Jakarta, referring to the way he was repeatedly prosecuted for sodomy by political rivals. 

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Viral photos of 'seized' Birkins, Rolex watches aren't from Najib's home, but stock photos


A screengrab taken by Singapore-based Shopfirstluxury, showing a photo used by Sarawak Report that was erroneously stated to show Birkin bags belonging to Madam Rosmah Mansor.PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/SHOPFIRSTLUXURY

The most widely distributed photo of 27 multi-coloured Hermes Birkin handbags laid out on the floor was actually a showroom photo by a Singapore-based luxury goods store. 

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VIDEO: To boost social mobility, help for poor students has to go beyond education

While ST Opinion Editor Chua Mui Hoong was cheered to hear Education Minister Ong Ye Kung single out in Parliament the need to help children from less advantaged homes with their education, she would have liked to hear how their parents will be helped too.

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Far East Plaza faces massage parlour blues



Far East Plaza has seen a shift in services, with massage parlours springing up mostly on the fourth and fifth floors of the mall that used to draw youngsters with its apparel and accessory shops.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
 

The former teenage hangout in Orchard Road is now home to at least 10 dodgy massage parlours, where scantily clad women "display" themselves and proposition men walking by. 

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VIDEO: Rising rents worry some Geylang Serai bazaar stall owners


The annual bazaar features more than 800 stalls which sell food, cookies, traditional clothing, jewellery, rugs and many other items.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

Rental costs have jumped by at least 10 per cent to 20 per cent from last year, and some even claimed to be paying more than double the rate.

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VIDEO: Texas school shooting victims: Mother says daughter had rebuffed suspect's advances


Sadie Baze, mother of slain student Shana Fisher, 16, is overcome with emotion at a picnic that was organised for the community following the shooting at Santa Fe High School. PHOTO: THE WASHINGTON POST

16-year-old Shana Fisher, who last week stood up in class to tell Dmitrios Pagourtzis she wouldn't go out with him, was one of 10 people killed when he unleashed havoc in the Santa Fe High School. 

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VIDEO: Back to work, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to delay honeymoon


The newly married Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (right) and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, leave Windsor Castle in Windsor on May 19, 2018 after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House.PHOTO: AFP

Their first official royal engagement as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be the 70th birthday patronage celebration for Prince Charles.

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