Police arrest nine more democracy activists in Hong Kong

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The protest outside China’s liaison office in Hong Kong saw scuffles as demonstrators charged barriers and police used pepper spray to drive them back AFP/Anthony Wallace

Concerns are growing that the semi-autonomous city’s freedoms are under threat from Beijing, fuelling calls from some groups for greater autonomy or even a complete split from China.

Pro-independence activists Yau Wai-ching and Baggio Leung were arrested and charged Wednesday over causing chaos in the legislature after being barred from taking up their seats as lawmakers last year. Continue reading “Police arrest nine more democracy activists in Hong Kong”

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Female Muslim clerics in Indonesia issue rare fatwas

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Female Islamic clerics in Indonesia declared a series of fatwas Thursday, including one to tackle child marriage, a rare example of women taking a leading religious role in the Muslim-majority country.

 
Among the fatwas issued was one against women being sexually abused; and one against environmental destruction, in a country that struggles every year with huge fires that are started illegally and devastate vast swathes of rainforest. (Photo: AFP/Sonny Tumbelaka)

CIREBON: Female Islamic clerics in Indonesia declared a series of fatwas on Thursday (Apr 27), including one to tackle child marriage, a rare example of women taking a leading religious role in the Muslim-majority country.

The fatwas – religious edicts that have no legal force but are influential – were issued at the end of a three-day congress of female clerics in the country with the world’s biggest Muslim population. Continue reading “Female Muslim clerics in Indonesia issue rare fatwas”

SE Asian militant group JI regaining strength: Think-tank

 
Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir is considered the spiritual head of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) AFP

Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) does not pose an immediate threat and its leadership has for some years rejected violence to achieve its goal of forming an Islamic state, said the report from Jakarta group the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC). Continue reading “SE Asian militant group JI regaining strength: Think-tank”

China launches first domestically made aircraft carrier

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Newly built 50,000-tonne carrier demonstrates the growing technical sophistication of China’s defence industries.

The newly built carrier was transferred from dry dock into the water in Dalian [Li Gang/Xinhua via AP]
The newly built carrier was transferred from dry dock into the water in Dalian [Li Gang/Xinhua via AP]

China has launched its first domestically made aircraft carrier, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defence industries.

The 50,000-tonne carrier was towed from its dockyard on Wednesday morning after a ceremony in the northern port city of Dalian.

Development of the new carrier began in 2013 and construction commenced in late 2015. It is expected to be formally commissioned some time before 2020, after sea trials and the arrival of its full air complement. Continue reading “China launches first domestically made aircraft carrier”

Two Koreas: History at a glance

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A brief history of how North and South Korea got to where they are today.

27 Apr 2017 13:00 GMT | North Korea, South Korea, Asia Pacific, Infographic

The Korean Peninsula, located between the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea, has seen heightened tensions in recent months as US President Donald Trump has threatened to act against North Korea’s continued missile tests.

After the defeat of the Japanese empire in World War II, Korea was split into two spheres. The Soviet Union controlled the territory in the north and the US controlled the south. Continue reading “Two Koreas: History at a glance”

Đắk Lắk: Đẩy nhanh tiến độ điều tra về đấu thầu thuốc

Ngày 27/4/2017, trao đổi qua điện thoại, ông Trần Đình Sơn-Viện trưởng Viện Kiểm sát Nhân dân tỉnh Đắk Lắk và Thiếu tướng Trần Kỳ Rơi- Giám đốc Công an tỉnh cùng xác nhận với đại diện báo Tiền Phong về việc liên ngành Kiểm sát- Công an đang phối hợp đẩy nhanh tiến trình điều tra về các dấu hiệu sai phạm, tham nhũng trong đấu thầu thuốc tại Đắk Lắk.

Cô Linh ngồi chờ đòi lại điện thoại trước cửa phòng giám đốc Sở Y tế

Continue reading “Đắk Lắk: Đẩy nhanh tiến độ điều tra về đấu thầu thuốc”

Vietnam’s nine travel hotspots for 2017

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Bright blue lake in Hai Phong, green tea hill in Nghe An and eco-tourism site in M’Drak are cited as attractive travel destinations for this year.

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White grass flower fields are located between Dinh Lap district in the northern Lang Son province and Binh Lieu district in Quang Ninh province. These flowers are in full bloom in late autumn and early in winter. Continue reading “Vietnam’s nine travel hotspots for 2017”

Quang Ninh more beautified by picturesque Binh Lieu

Binh Lieu mountainous district of Quang Ninh province is likened to ‘Sapa’ in northern Lao Cai province with similar climate, landscapes and culture of ethnic minority groups.
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Terraced fields, ranges of hills and mountains, waterfalls and small hamlets make Binh Lieu look a gorgeous village.
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A path leading to the peak of Ba Lanh Continue reading “Quang Ninh more beautified by picturesque Binh Lieu”

Lifting farmland limits is key to agriculture development: expert

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VietNamNet Bridge – In 2016, when agriculture suffered from drought, low production and low yield, which led to a negative growth rate, the lowest since 2011, experts said that Vietnam’s agriculture needed critical reform.vietnam economy, business news, vn news, vietnamnet bridge, english news, Vietnam news, news Vietnam, vietnamnet news, vn news, Vietnam net news, Vietnam latest news, Vietnam breaking news, farmland limit, MARD, hi-tech agriculture

At a working session earlier this year in the northern province of Ha Nam, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said that Vietnam needs to shift from ‘untied agriculture’ into ‘tectonic agriculture’.Government officials and experts have recently mentioned the farmland limit policy as a barrier to large-scale agriculture production which hinders development.

They have called to lift the farmland limit to push up land accumulation and pave the way for large-scale production. Continue reading “Lifting farmland limits is key to agriculture development: expert”

Vietnam province requests relocation of 20,000 houses over riverbank collapse

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Updated : 04/26/2017 12:04 GMT + 7

Authorities in the southern Vietnamese province of An Giang have requested the relocation of 20,000 households due to the threat of increasingly serious subsidence along local rivers.

A delegation from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment convened a working session with authorities in An Giang on Tuesday evening, discussing the collapse of the Vam Nao riverbank that sunk at least 14 houses last weekend.

Speaking at the meeting, Tran Dang Duc, director of the An Giang environment department, said that the subsidence had affected an area 70 meters across and 35 meters into the riverbank. Continue reading “Vietnam province requests relocation of 20,000 houses over riverbank collapse”

Victim’s family cause chaos at public apology for wrongfully convicted man in Hanoi

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Updated : 04/26/2017 14:10 GMT + 7

Chaos erupted in Hanoi on Tuesday at the public apology of a man who had been wrongfully convicted of child rape and murder, with the victim’s family staging a violent protest.

A ceremony was held by the People’s High Court of Hanoi to apologize to Han Duc Long, a man it had sentenced to death for the alleged rape and murder of a little girl.

Long served 11 years in jail during lengthy court trials and appeals that followed the controversial conviction, before finally being set free last December after courts ruled that the case against him lacked sufficient incriminating evidence. Continue reading “Victim’s family cause chaos at public apology for wrongfully convicted man in Hanoi”

Vietnam considers sending jobless university grads abroad as guest workers

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VietNamNet Bridge – The Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) is trying to create jobs for hundreds of thousands of unemployed university graduates in a project to export laborers. 

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However, it’s still too early to evaluate the feasibility of the project.

MOLISA is building up a plan to send workers with professional and technical qualifications abroad in 2017-2020. Japan, South Korea, Germany and Slovakia are the target markets.

MOLISA is building up a plan to send workers with professional and technical qualifications abroad in 2017-2020. Japan, South Korea, Germany and Slovakia are the target markets.

Tong Hai Nam, deputy head of MOLISA’s Overseas Workers Department, confirmed that the ministry is putting forward solutions to create jobs for university graduates who still have not found jobs in the domestic market.

However, he declined to give more details about the plan, saying that it is still necessary to conduct more surveys to perfect the plan.

Some sources said Vietnam now has 200,000 unemployed bachelor’s degree graduates, but there is no further information about them. Continue reading “Vietnam considers sending jobless university grads abroad as guest workers”

H5N1 outbreak reported in Cao Bằng

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Update: April, 26/2017 – 18:10

Veterinary staff spray chemicals to prevent the spread of bird flu in Cao Bằng Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Liêm
Viet Nam News HÀ TĨNH — An outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza has been recorded in the northern Cao Bằng Province, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Veterinary Department announced.

The department said that around 700 ducks and chickens in two farming households in Cao Bằng City’s Ngọc Xuân Ward were infected and died.

The local veterinary agency and local authorities have culled around 2,000 infected poultry and implemented measures to disinfect the area where the outbreak has been reported, to prevent it from spreading further.

So far, the country has recorded six H5N1 and two H5N6 outbreaks, in Cần Thơ City, Cao Bằng, Vĩnh Long, Đắk Lắk, Quảng Ninh and Thừa Thiên Huế provinces, the department said, warning that the risk of bird flu outbreaks is very high in the near future.

Việt Nam has not recorded other strains of bird flu virus such as A/H7N9, A/H5N2 and A/H5N8, but the department is concerned that these viruses may enter the country through livestock being brought in illegally, especially from the northern border provinces.

All regions should implement preventive measures to prevent and contain bird flu, it said, urging locals to help by preventing the illegal poultry imports.

Though the foot-and-mouth disease and swine flu in pigs have been controlled, the department recommends that local authorities keep an eye out, especially in areas that have already seen outbreaks. — VNS

250kg bomb found in Thái Bình

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Update: April, 26/2017 – 17:30

The bomb was found in Kiến Xương District’s Hồng Tiến Commune, in northern Thái Bình Province. – Photo baothaibinh.com.vn

THÁI BÌNH — An unexploded bomb weighing around 250kg was removed from Cồn Nhất Ferry in the northern Thái Bình Province, the provincial Military Command has said.

Trần Văn Vân, a local farmer, spotted the bomb at the ferry in Hồng Tiến Commune’s Cao Bình Village when he went fishing on Hồng (Red) River, provincial commander Colonel Nguyễn Đức Dũng said on Tuesday.

The Kiến Xương District’s People’s Committee halted ferry operations, and authorities summoned the police.

The bomb, 1.6m in length and 30cm in diameter, was disabled and moved around 300m away from the ferry for detonation on Tuesday, Dũng said. — VNS