Vietnam says Kim Jong Nam murder suspect thought it was a prank

Hanoi had not previously confirmed that Doan Thi Huong was Vietnamese, saying only that it was in touch with authorities in Malaysia, where Kim Jong Nam was murdered on Feb. 13. Vietnamese embassy officials met her on Saturday. Đọc tiếp

Work starts on $524mn environmental sanitation project in Saigon


Updated : 02/25/2017 15:00 GMT + 7

The Ho Chi Minh City administration on Friday kick-started the second stage of a World Bank-sponsored project aimed to improve the city’s environmental sanitation in District 2.

The Second Ho Chi Minh City Environmental Sanitation Project is intended to improve wastewater services in a sustainable manner in selected areas of Ho Chi Minh City and increase awareness on sanitation, according to the World Bank.

The key component of the project is the construction of a large interceptor that will convey the wastewater, currently discharged on the east side of the Saigon River without treatment, to the wastewater treatment plant that will be constructed under the project. Đọc tiếp

Bodies, individuals related to Formosa disaster made public

Update: February, 23/2017 – 09:59

Infringements and defects committed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment’s Party Civil Affairs Committee and individuals involved in the Formosa fish deaths were serious and must be punished, announced the Central Inspection Commission. — VNA/VNS Photo Võ Dung

HÀ NỘI – Infringements and defects committed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment’s Party Civil Affairs Committee and individuals involved in the Formosa fish deaths were serious and must be punished, announced the Central Inspection Commission.

In an announcement yesterday of the results of the commission’s 11th meeting from February 15-17, the commission concluded that from 2008-16 the ministry’s Party Civil Affairs Committee was irresponsible in exercising their leadership, carried out insufficient inspections and supervision and let infringements occur in assessment of environmental impacts, and adjustment of waste water discharge location and State management of the Formosa Hà Tĩnh project. Đọc tiếp

China hits back at Donald Trump’s ‘champion of currency manipulation’ jibe

US president risks ratcheting up tensions with latest currency claims and repetition of desire for nuclear supremacy

Donald Trump (left) and Xi Jinping
Strained relations between Donald Trump (left) and Xi Jinping appeared to have settled after their phone call a fortnight ago. Photograph: EPA

Beijing has hit back at Donald Trump after the US president risked reigniting a simmering feud with China by accusing it of being the “grand champion” of currency manipulation.

After months of turbulence and uncertainty between the world’s two biggest economies, relations appeared to settle two weeks ago after the US president and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, held their first phone conversation since the billionaire’s inauguration.

However, in an interview with Reuters on Thursday that also saw Trump reiterate his desire for American nuclear supremacy, the US president, who has attacked China over trade, Taiwan, North Korea and the South China Sea, threatened to undermine the tentative rapprochement with a fresh verbal assault.

Britain concerned over challenges to Hong Kong’s ‘one country, two systems’ deal

Bi-annual report on former colony saying confidence in its systems is under threat comes after repeated interventions from Beijing

Pro-democracy supporters
Beijing has told Britain that Hong Kong is an internal matter that no country has a right to interfere in. Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images

Developments in Hong Kong have affected confidence in the city’s autonomy, though its rule of law remained robust “despite challenges”, the British government has said.

Britain handed the former colony back to China in 1997 with guarantees it would retain extensive autonomy, an independent legal system and broad personal and commercial freedoms under a deal known as “one country, two systems”.

The international financial hub has seen tumultuous times over the past couple of years, with pro-democracy protests quelled in what many residents see as creeping interference by Beijing and the rise of a small but vocal movement pushing for independence.

Britain monitors developments in Hong Kong, as the agreement it struck with China for the territory’s return stipulated the continuation of its capitalist way of life for 50 years. Đọc tiếp

Amid land grabs and evictions, Cambodia jails leading activist

japan times

Amid land grabs and evictions, Cambodia jails leading activist

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Thomson Reuters Foundation Feb 25, 2017

Even before a Cambodian judge sentenced land rights activist Tep Vanny to prison, her fellow campaigners said her fate had already been sealed.

Vanny, who fought the evictions of thousands of residents from lakeside land in Phnom Penh to make way for a luxury real estate project, was sentenced to 2½ years on Thursday for her role in a protest outside Prime Minister Hun Sen’s residence in 2013.

She was found guilty of inciting violence and assaulting security guards while trying to deliver a petition to Hun Sen on the land dispute.

The conviction came despite eyewitness testimony that neither Vanny or other protesters had committed acts of violence. It was criticized by campaigners as another step in a crackdown on dissent.

“The courts do not use their conscience. They just wait for orders from powerful men,” said Vanny, a mother of two in her mid-30s, during a recess before her verdict. “It’s easy to use the court. They are using my case to intimidate other people … and scare others to not protest.” Đọc tiếp

Hundreds protest on Philippine streets as Duterte jails top critic

MANILA: More than 1,000 people took to the streets of Manila on Saturday to protest Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on drugs, following the arrest of his most high-profile critic.

The protestors massed outside the national police headquarters where Senator Leila de Lima was detained on Friday, in a demonstration against the alleged death-squad murders of thousands of drug suspects.

Demonstrators warned the Duterte crackdown could lead to a repeat of the military-backed dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos, which was toppled in a bloodless “People Power” revolution 31 years ago to the day. Đọc tiếp

Kim Jong Nam probe: Indonesian suspect says she thought liquid was baby oil

KUALA LUMPUR: The Indonesian citizen detained in Malaysia in connection with the alleged assassination of Kim Jong Nam has maintained that she was duped into committing the act, believing that she was part of a prank on a TV show.

This was according to Indonesia’s Deputy Ambassador to Malaysia, Andriano Erwin, on Saturday (Feb 25), after a 30-minute meeting with Siti Aisyah.

She said she didn’t know that the liquid she used on Kim Jong Nam was in fact poison. “She only said that it’s a kind of oil, baby oil, something like that,” Mr Erwin told reporters. Đọc tiếp

Vietnam’s catfish exports face bad press in Europe


VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam’s catfish industry has encountered bad press in recent months. Carrefour, the largest retail group in Europe, announced the stop of the sale of Vietnam’s catfish in Spain, Italy, France and countries where the group has branches.

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Meanwhile, several newspapers in Europe reported that some schools in Spain have refused to buy Vietnam’s catfish.

Truong Dinh Hoe, secretary general of the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), said that in the last 10 years, Vietnam has struggled against unhealthy competition and slandering campaigns triggered by rivals.

According to Hoe, in January 2017, Cuatro TV in Madrid gave false information about Vietnam’s catfish farmed in the Mekong River. The report said the catfish was being bred in unclean cages and not fed standard fish, but dead fish and other waste, which was why Vietnamese could provide fish at such low prices. Đọc tiếp

Vietnam localities defend receiving costly cars gifted by local businesses


Updated : 02/24/2017 16:48 GMT + 7

Authorities from one Vietnamese city and another province have addressed public concerns over luxury cars gifted to the local governments by local businesses, saying the practice is by no means a legal or ethical issue.

State entities in the central city of Da Nang and the southernmost province of Ca Mau have attracted public attention following reports from local media outlets that a number of state-owned cars at their disposal were presents from the local business community.

The Ca Mau administration has two luxury Lexus in its state-owned car fleet, whereas the Da Nang Party Committee and the municipal administration each have four cars gifted by businesses. Đọc tiếp

Experts in South say North Korea has large chemical weapons stockpile

Japan Times

AFP-JIJI Feb 24, 2017

North Korea has up to 5,000 tons of chemical weapons, South Korean experts said Friday, including the toxin used to assassinate Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of leader Kim Jong Un.

Traces of VX — a nerve agent listed as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations — were detected on swabs from the face and eyes of Jong Nam, who was poisoned at a Kuala Lumpur airport last week, Malaysian police said Friday. Đọc tiếp

Nerve agent used to kill Kim Jong-nam: police

Al Jareeza

Malaysian police say nerve agent found on face of half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Kim Jong-nam was attacked by two unidentified women at Kuala Lumpur airport [EPA/YONHAP]

Malaysian police say a preliminary report shows the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was carried out with a nerve agent used in chemical warfare.

A statement on Friday from the inspector general of police said that a preliminary analysis from the Chemistry Department of Malaysia identified the agent at “VX nerve agent”.

VX nerve agent, or S-2 Diisoprophylaminoethyl methylphosphonothiolate, is a chemical weapon classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations. Đọc tiếp

Senator Leila de Lima arrested in the Philippines

Al Jazeera

Senator and vocal critic of President Duterte faces drug-trafficking charges related to her term as a justice secretary.

De Lima has branded the president a ‘sociopathic serial killer’ after he was accused of ordering drug killings [EPA]

A Philippines senator and staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs has been arrested by law enforcement agents after charges were filed in court alleging that she received money from drug dealers inside the country’s prisons.

Senator Leila de Lima is accused of orchestrating a drug-trafficking ring when she was justice secretary during the 2010-2015 administration of Benigno Aquino.

“The truth will come out and I will achieve justice. I am innocent,” she told reporters shortly before law enforcers escorted her away from her office on Friday. Đọc tiếp

Why China is building islands in the South China Sea

Vox – 17 thg 2, 2017

China claims they aren’t military bases, but their actions say otherwise.

China is building islands in the South China sea and its causing disputes among the other nations in the region; Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, and Indonesia. The US has many allies in the region and uses its massive Navy to patrol international waters, keeping shipping lanes open for trade.

Kiểm toán 27 dự án BOT, giảm gần 100 năm thu phí!

22/02/2017 09:08 GMT+7

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