Written from Vietnam: It’s in the mail!

TuoiTre News Stivi Cooke

Updated : 04/09/2017 10:27 GMT + 7

I knew instantly that I would never see it. Three months after Christmas, I was still waiting for a postcard sent by my mum. As my eldest brother noted over the phone, there was a little bit of Christmas cash tucked inside for me.

Considering that the Vietnamese postal system has always opened every single letter and parcel I’ve ever received, I knew the money would be taken. Although I hoped I’d at least receive the card, minus the cash, it never came. Tiếp tục đọc “Written from Vietnam: It’s in the mail!”

Subsidence causes road leading to Ho Chi Minh City to be wavy

Tuoi Tre News

Updated : 04/09/2017 11:14 GMT + 7

A truck travels on the wavy Hanoi Highway that leads to the east entrance of Ho Chi Minh City.
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Serious subsidence has caused a major route leading to the east entrance of Ho Chi Minh City to become ‘wavy,’ endangering vehicles traveling on the road.

A section of Hanoi Highway, which connects District 9 in Ho Chi Minh City with neighboring provinces to the east of the city, has had its surface heavily distorted by severe subsidence.

As a large amount of traffic flows on the highway on a daily basis, its surface has become wave-like, with the gaps measuring about 10 to 20 centimeters deep, causing immense challenges for vehicles.

Commuters have to travel at a snail’s pace in order to avoid potential accidents. Tiếp tục đọc “Subsidence causes road leading to Ho Chi Minh City to be wavy”

Exclusive: Vietnam’s ‘double standards’ in ivory trade

Al Jazeera Investigative Unit’s report raises questions about Vietnam’s commitment to tackle wildlife trafficking.

14 November 2016

Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit has uncovered evidence that Vietnam is still a major market for illegal wildlife products, despite Hanoi’s stated commitment that it is tackling the issue.

The investigation comes a few days before the Southeast Asian nation hosts an international conference on stopping the illicit trade.

On Saturday, Vietnamese authorities in the capital ground down and burned two tonnes of ivory and 70kg of rhino – all seized from smugglers –  in a symbolic move designed to show the government’s commitment to thwarting wildlife crime. Tiếp tục đọc “Exclusive: Vietnam’s ‘double standards’ in ivory trade”

Nikki Haley: No solution to war with Assad in power

Al Jazeera

US diplomat says removal of Syrian president, pushing Iran out and defeating ISIL are Trump administration priorities.

Syria's army has shown no let-up in its assault on rebel forces [EPA]
Syria’s army has shown no let-up in its assault on rebel forces [EPA]

A political solution to the war in Syria is not possible with President Bashar al-Assad in power, the US ambassador to the UN has said in an apparent hardening of the Trump administration’s position.

Defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, pushing Iranian influence out of Syria, and the removal of Assad are priorities for the US administration, Nikki Haley said in an interview to CNN, which will air in full on Sunday. Tiếp tục đọc “Nikki Haley: No solution to war with Assad in power”

US strike group heads towards Korean Peninsula

Al Jazeera

Third Fleet says USS Carl Vinson making its way to the Western Pacific Ocean following North Korean ‘provocations’.

The Carl Vinson strike group includes an aircraft carrier [Erik De Castro/Reuters]
The Carl Vinson strike group includes an aircraft carrier [Erik De Castro/Reuters]

The Pentagon says a group of US warships is headed to the western Pacific Ocean to provide a physical presence near the Korean Peninsula.

The strike group, called Carl Vinson, includes an aircraft carrier and will make its way from Singapore towards the Korean Peninsula.

The development comes in response to North Korea’s “reckless, irresponsible” conduct, a US navy official said, referring to recent missile tests.

“US Pacific Command ordered the Carl Vinson Strike Group north as a prudent measure to maintain readiness and presence in the Western Pacific,” Commander Dave Benham, spokesperson at US Pacific Command, told AFP news agency. Tiếp tục đọc “US strike group heads towards Korean Peninsula”

Coastal erosion threatens Bình Thuận Province

Viet Nam News Update: January, 27/2017 – 10:00

Erosion is seen recently in southern coastal Bình Thuận Province’s Tiến Thành Commune. VNA Photo
BÌNH THUẬN — Extreme weather conditions resulting in a complex tide phenomenon, landslides and sea erosion are threatening coastal areas in central Bình Thuận Province, authority officials and local people have said.
Mai Kiều, director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said this week that landslides and erosion constantly hitting the province’s 10km coastline over the past 10 years had caused extensive damage to local life.
Tuy Phong District was the hardest hit area, with hundreds of households in the communes and townships, including La Gi, Tân Phước, Vĩnh Tân and Tiến Thành, faced with the high possibility of having to flee their homes.
Landslides and erosion have been increasingly impacting agricultural production; infrastructure, including roads and sea dykes; and particularly many protective forests.
The sea has completely destroyed over 450m of sea dykes and damaged nearly 300 houses and dozens of hectares of forest in the two areas of La Gi and Tân Phước alone, according to Kiều.
Last month, sea tides and waves 3-4m high devastated 150 households in Vĩnh Tân Commune, with some 300m of coastline completely eroded.

Tiếp tục đọc “Coastal erosion threatens Bình Thuận Province”

US funding cut to UNFPA may have devastating effects: UN chief Antonio Guterres

The UN agency’s aim is to deliver a world “where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled,” according to its website.

By: PTI | United Nations | Published:April 5, 2017 12:56 pm

Us funding of Antonio Guterres, Antonio Guterres news, United Nations Population Fund, US funding cut to UNFPA, World news, Latest news, International news, World news UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres feels the decision is based on an “inaccurate perception” of the nature and importance of the work of the UNFPA. (Source: Reuters)UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has voiced “deep regret” at the US’ decision to cut financial support for the United Nations Population Fund, saying the move could have “devastating effects” on the health of vulnerable women and girls around the world.

The UN chief said that cutting financial support for the UN Population Fund, formerly the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), which is active in more than 150 countries and territories, is based on a misinterpretation of the agency’s work. Tiếp tục đọc “US funding cut to UNFPA may have devastating effects: UN chief Antonio Guterres”

North Korean ballistic missile launch condemned by UN Security Council

belfasttelegraph April 6 2017

A man watches a TV report covering North Korea's missile testing, in Seoul, South Korea (AP) 1 1
A man watches a TV report covering North Korea’s missile testing, in Seoul, South Korea (AP)

The United Nations (UN) Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launch and demanded a halt to all tests.

Security Council officials claimed they violate UN sanctions and “are significantly increasing tension in the region and beyond”. Tiếp tục đọc “North Korean ballistic missile launch condemned by UN Security Council”

Việt Nam lên tiếng về việc Tổng thống Philippines muốn củng cố thực thể ở Biển Đông

VE – Chủ nhật, 9/4/2017 | 11:23 GMT+7

Bộ Ngoại giao Việt Nam cho biết đang theo dõi thông tin liên quan đến các tuyên bố mới của Tổng thống Philippines, kêu gọi các bên không làm phức tạp tình hình.

Đảo Thị Tứ thuộc quần đảo Trường Sa của Việt Nam. Ảnh: AP

Tiếp tục đọc “Việt Nam lên tiếng về việc Tổng thống Philippines muốn củng cố thực thể ở Biển Đông”