Nga, Iran dọa tấn công đáp trả mọi hành động xâm phạm Syria của Mỹ

Thứ hai, 10/4/2017 | 07:56 GMT+7

Nga và Iran hôm qua tuyên bố Mỹ đã vượt lằn ranh đỏ khi tấn công tên lửa căn cứ Syria và cảnh báo sẽ đáp trả bằng vũ lực mọi hành động xâm phạm.

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Tàu khu trục Đô đốc Grigorovich của Nga được điều đến Địa Trung Hải, sau khi hai tàu chiến Mỹ phóng 59 quả tên lửa vào Syria. Ảnh: Reuters

“Những gì Mỹ thực hiện với hành vi gây hấn ở Syria đã vượt qua lằn ranh đỏ. Từ giờ, chúng tôi sẽ đáp trả bằng vũ lực trước mọi hành động xâm phạm hoặc vượt giới hạn từ bất kỳ bên nào. Mỹ biết khả năng đáp trả của chúng tôi”, Independent dẫn tuyên bố từ trung tâm chỉ huy chung lực lượng Nga, Iran và dân quân ủng hộ chính quyền Tổng thống Syria Bashar al-Assad.

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Frequent inspections tire Vietnamese business owners

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Updated : 04/11/2017 15:35 GMT + 7

A traffic inspector examines fire extinguishers installed on a long-haul bus in Hanoi.

Despite a government order dictating that authorities only inspect businesses once a year, enterprises in Vietnam are facing repeated inspections that do more harm than good to their business.

A paper manufacturing company based in Ho Chi Minh City said it has been the subject of approximately 30 inspections by authorities since 2015. Continue reading “Frequent inspections tire Vietnamese business owners”

United Airlines: Chinese and Vietnamese anger at passenger removal – Nam hành khách bị kéo khỏi máy bay Mỹ là người gốc Việt

United Airlines: Chinese and Vietnamese anger at passenger removal

Outrage has erupted on Chinese and Vietnamese social media over the removal of a passenger from an overbooked United Airlines flight.

Videos posted online showed security officers dragging the man, who appears to be Asian, from the flight.

The man has not yet been identified. One eyewitness said he was a “Chinese American doctor”, while another said he was originally from Vietnam. Continue reading “United Airlines: Chinese and Vietnamese anger at passenger removal – Nam hành khách bị kéo khỏi máy bay Mỹ là người gốc Việt”

Investors, bankers flee from BOT projects

Last update 13:00 | 11/04/2017

 

VietNamNet Bridge – Investors are fleeing from BOT (build-operate-transfer) projects in the transport sector after encountering many difficulties. 


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BOT investors are now in a dilemma as toll collection is not big enough to pay bank debts.

Tran Ngoc Le from Yen Khanh Production, Trade & Service Company, one of the major investors in the Hac Tri Bridge in Phu Tho province, said the monthly turnover from the project is VND5 billion, while the company has to pay VND10 billion in bank loan interest.

The investor initially expected to take back the investment capital after 17 years, but it has realized that the time may be 50 years. Continue reading “Investors, bankers flee from BOT projects”

Huế reports its first avian flu outbreak

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Update: April, 11/2017 – 15:16

Infected ducks are taken to a landfill site. — Photo infonet.vn

THỪA THIÊN- HUẾ — Authorities in central Thừa Thiên-Huế Province discovered the first cases of H5N6 avian flu outbreak at two family-run farms in Phú Lộc District.

According to a report by the province’s Department of Husbandry and Veterinary, a total of 5,500 ducklings tested positive for the H5N6 avian infection and other 1,000 dead ducklings were buried at the landfill site on Monday.
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EU prolongs sanctions on Iran over human rights violations

BRUSSELS: The European Union on Tuesday extended until April 2018 sanctions against Iran for “serious human rights violations”, a narrower measure than restrictions the bloc had already lifted after an international accord on Tehran’s nuclear programme.

The EU has pursued rapprochement with Iran since the 2015 nuclear deal, which reversed a decade of hard-hitting Western financial and trade sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Top EU officials have been shuttling in and out of Tehran since, often accompanied by large European business delegations. Continue reading “EU prolongs sanctions on Iran over human rights violations”

Thai junta rejects conditional peace talks with Muslim insurgents

BANGKOK: Thailand’s military junta on Tuesday rejected a conditional offer from the main Muslim separatist group fighting in southern Thailand to enter into formal peace talks.

The Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) said on Monday that it would be willing to enter into formal negotiations on the decades-old insurgency if certain conditions were met by the Thai government.

Among its demands were mediation by a neutral third party and the participation of international observers. Continue reading “Thai junta rejects conditional peace talks with Muslim insurgents”

9 dead as militants attack Philippine tourist island

MANILA: Nine people including four members of the Philippine security forces were killed on Tuesday (Apr 11) in clashes with 10 suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf kidnap group on the resort island of Bohol, authorities said.

The incursion would be the first on a key Philippine tourist destination in recent years by the group which pledges allegiance to the Islamic State and often targets foreigners in the lawless southern Mindanao region.

Five gunmen were killed, and four assault rifles and an improvised explosive device were recovered in the fighting on Bohol island, officials said. Continue reading “9 dead as militants attack Philippine tourist island”

Chinese official demoted for not smoking in front of Muslims

BEIJING: A Chinese official who allegedly declined to smoke in front of Muslims in Xinjiang has been demoted for taking an “unstable political stance,” a state-run newspaper reported on Tuesday (Apr 11).

Xinjiang, home to China’s Muslim Uighur ethnic minority, restricts religious practises – such as growing beards, wearing headscarves, and fasting during Ramadan – that are seen as symbols of “Islamic extremism”. Continue reading “Chinese official demoted for not smoking in front of Muslims”

North Korea state media warns of nuclear strike if provoked as US warships approach

SEOUL: North Korean state media on Tuesday (Apr 11) warned of a nuclear attack on the United States at any sign of a US pre-emptive strike as a US Navy strike group led by a nuclear-powered aircraft steamed towards the western Pacific.

Tension has escalated sharply on the Korean peninsula with talk of military action by the United States gaining traction following its strikes last week against Syria and amid concerns the reclusive North may soon conduct a sixth nuclear test. Continue reading “North Korea state media warns of nuclear strike if provoked as US warships approach”

Philippine death squad whistleblower Arturo Lascanas flees to Singapore

Former officer has been in hiding since he revealed the workings of Davao death squads run by now-president Rodrigo Duterte

Arturo Lascanas in his safe house in Manila.
Arturo Lascanas in his safe house in Manila. Photograph: Kate Lamb for the Guardian

After months of living in hiding, Arturo Lascanas – a former police officer who accused Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte of orchestrating a decades-long campaign of death squads and lawless murder – has fled to Singapore.

The retired 56-year-old officer is a self-confessed member of the Davao Death Squad (DDS), a group he alleges was formed in the late 1980s by then mayor Rodrigo Duterte, to kill hardened criminals, drug dealers and political opponents.

Lascanas has been hiding since his dramatic revelations, but managed to leave the country on Saturday night on a Tiger Airways flight to Singapore.

“I have received threats that a lawsuit would be filed against me, and there are also people looking for me as well,” Lascanas told local reporters before he departed.

For months Lascanas has been holed up in a safe house in Manila, living under protective guard, unable to go outside. Now with the looming lawsuit, he said it was time to leave the Philippines for the “time being”.

When he presented at immigration on Saturday evening, one of the most wanted men in the country was told to take a seat, but fifteen minutes later his passport was stamped. Immigration authorities said there was no travel ban, or hold departure, so Lascanas was permitted to leave.

“Mr Lascanas did not have any immigration lookout bulletin order or hold departure order issued against him that could have delayed or prevented his departure,” said immigration spokesperson Antonette Mangrobang, “Hence he was cleared to depart.”

After denying the claims of the DDS in a Senate hearing last October, Lascanas made a stunning turnaround this February, telling the Senate in a second hearing that he had been forced to lie, and worried for the safety of his family if he had divulged the truth.

When the Guardian met Lascanas in his safe house this March, the former officer claimed that decades of extrajudicial killings in Davao weighed on his conscience and he had decided that he didn’t want to take his sins to the grave.

Rodrigo Duterte was mayor of Davao, a city on the southern island of Mindanao, for more than two decades before winning the presidency last May on a promise to rid the country of drugs and crime.

The drug war that has ensued has sparked deep alarm among the international community, with more than 7,000 people killed in police operations and by so-called vigilantes since last July.

After undergoing kidney surgery and a spiritual awakening, Lascanas said he felt compelled to tell the truth about the death squads of Davao, a methodology he claims has been scaled up nationwide under the president’s current war on drugs.

The Duterte administration has vehemently denied the claims, describing the DDS as a “creation of the media,” and Lascanas’ claims as part of a plot to unseat the government.

This is reportedly the first time Lascanas has left the Philippines. He showed immigration he had a return ticket, leaving Singapore on 22 April, but it is unclear if and when he will return.

“I am sure, I might either be jailed or killed. It’s just one of the two possibilities,” he told the Inquirer from the city state, “But for me, I know God has a plan and that would be my destiny for telling the truth. I have accepted that.”

Indonesia: gay men facing 100 lashes for having sex

Case could become the first time Aceh’s sharia law has been enforced against homosexuality

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The men each face up to 100 strokes of the cane after neighbours reported them to Islamic religious police. Photograph: Heri Juanda/AP

in Badung, Indonesia

Two gay Indonesian men have been arrested and face 100 lashes in a case that is drawing international attention to the enforcement of controversial new Islamic bylaws in the semi-autonomous Aceh province.

Mobile phone footage, showing vigilantes slapping one of the young men as he sits naked on the ground awaiting arrest by local sharia police, has been shared on social media in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country. Continue reading “Indonesia: gay men facing 100 lashes for having sex”

Amnesty criticises ‘rogue state’ China as global death penalty toll falls

Rights group calls on Beijing to publish figures to allow informed debate about use of capital punishment

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An execution chamber in Texas. The US last year carried out its lowest number of death sentences since 1991. Photograph: Pat Sullivan/AP

Amnesty International has sharply criticised China for continuing to conceal the number of people it sentences to death, as the human rights group reported a fall in executions globally last year. Continue reading “Amnesty criticises ‘rogue state’ China as global death penalty toll falls”