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BEIJING : French luxury goods firm Louis Vuitton is seeking damages from three people convicted of offering counterfeit versions of its clothing, shoes and handbags on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's popular Taobao shopping website, a Beijing court said.

A district court in Beijing accepted the lawsuit filed by Louis Vuitton, owned by LVMH, the world's biggest luxury group, last Monday, according to a statement on the court's website.

The company is taking the three defendants, two of them surnamed Liang and the other surnamed Han, to court, "asking them to stop infringing on its trademark and is seeking compensation of economic losses of 250,000 yuan ($37,900)", according to the court statement.

Louis Vuitton could not be reached for comment. It was not possible to reach the three defendants for comment.

The three defendants were selling the goods on Taobao, an online shopping site similar to eBay and Amazon that brings together buyers and sellers, according to the court. Alibaba Group did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The lawsuit comes three months after a U.S. clothing industry group urged the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to blacklist the

United States : The United States and South Korea are discussing sending more strategic US assets to the Korean peninsula following the North’s claimed hydrogen bomb test last week.

On Sunday a B52 bomber flanked by US and South Korean fighter jets flew over Osan Air Base in a show of strength.

The White House said the low level flight underscored a deep and enduring alliance with its ally South Korea.

“Deployment of American strategic assets is highly crucial. North Korea has conducted

Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said Sarawak will be developed 'the Sarawakian way' without interference from people or quarters from outside the state. Adenan also said he would not bow down to critics who opposed his way of steering the state to greater heights.

Speaking at the launch of this year's Sejiwa, Senada programme here today, Adenan said the fate of Sarawak lies in its own hands.

"Rest assured, the fate of our state is controlled by Sarawakians. Who knows Sarawak better than

PUTRAJAYA : Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wants civil service administrators and staff to optimise government expenditure rather than resort to austerity measures.

In his address at the first monthly assembly this year for the Prime Minister's Department here, today, he urged the workforce to apply creative thinking and innovation to enhance productivity.

He stressed both processes must be given priority in the government administration to offset external factors that Malaysia has

Britain : Music Legend David Bowie has died after losing an 18-month battle with cancer, his son has confirmed.

Britain’s Prime Minister led the tributes to Bowie, who he called a “master of re-invention”.

His death comes days after the release of his first new album in a decade, entitled Black Star.

BANGKOK : Thailand plans to produce about 25 million tonnes of rice in the 2016-2017 crop instead of the normal production output of between 31-32 million tonnes in the last periods, according to the latest report released by the country's Ministry of Commerce.

The decision to cut output is prompted by a huge rice inventory and severe droughts in the country, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

Commerce permanent secretary Chutima Boonyaprapat said that the private and farming sectors had

Called to keep Umno out of Sarawak, its Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem has responded with his own proposal to also bar opposition parties DAP, PKR and PAS from setting up base in the Borneo state.

Adenan disclosed that he had been urged by opposition lawmakers to approve a motion at the state assembly recently to disallow the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition’s biggest party from establishing an office in Sarawak, national paper New Sunday Times reported today.

“Since Umno, a political

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