The DailyBrief

Monday February 20, 2017

Donald Tsang jailed: Hong Kong’s former leader was remanded in custody pending sentencing on Wednesday for misconduct in public office, becoming the most senior public figure to spend time in jail, writes The Asia Times. Tsang was found guilty on Friday for failing to declare that between 2010 and 2011 he was in discussions about renting a three-story penthouse in the Chinese city of Shenzhen from a firm associated with applying to the Hong Kong government for a digital radio broadcasting license.

Japan’s jean capital: Kojima town in Japan’s Okayama prefecture should be top of the bucket list for any denim fan heading to Japan. Photographer Said Karlsson took his cameras to this town of 15,000 people is find out why it is home to a disproportionately large portion of Japan’s denim industry.

Iran nuclear deal: It was not an accident that the Iranian nuclear question became a footnote when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with President Donald Trump in the White House last week, writes M.K. Bhadrakumar. At the summit press conference Trump dodged any questions on Iran’s alleged belligerence meaning the Iran nuclear deal is here to stay, for the time being at least.

Kim Jong Nam: Malaysia released pictures of suspects in the killing of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half-brother while South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn says the act shows the brutality of isolated North Korea and its “terrorism”. Reuters reports that Malaysian police have arrested a North Korean man in connection with the murder of Kim Jong Nam and that four other North Korean suspects had fled Malaysia on the day of last week’s attack at Kuala Lumpur airport.