HCM City acts as construction sand prices skyrocket


Update: July, 05/2017 – 17:30

The HCM City People’s Committee has begun to crack down on speculation in sand and other construction materials, which has caused their prices to soar. — VNA/VNS Photo Công Phong
Viet Nam News HCM CITY — The HCM City People’s Committee has instructed government agencies and district administrations to closely monitor the quality and price of construction sand.

The Department of Trade and Industry has been told to recommend measures to prevent speculation and find out the market price of sand from shops in the city. Tiếp tục đọc “HCM City acts as construction sand prices skyrocket”

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US Navy starts drills with Vietnam days after sailing near disputed South China Sea island

The USS Coronado arrived at Cam Ranh International Port, Vietnam, for a five-day exercise with the Vietnamese navy, Wednesday, July 5, 2017.


By TYLER HLAVAC | STARS AND STRIPES Published: July 5, 2017

The Navy has kicked off naval drills with Vietnam, just days after sending a guided-missile destroyer near a South China Sea islet claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam.

The USS Coronado and USNS Salvor steamed into Vietnam’s Cam Ranh International Port Wednesday for the annual five-day “Naval Engagement Activity,” which will include ship handling, medical evacuations and practicing the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea, a Navy statement said. Skill exchanges will cover shipboard damage control, shipboard medicine and law. Tiếp tục đọc “US Navy starts drills with Vietnam days after sailing near disputed South China Sea island”

Vietnam Makes Bold Move For Oil In Disputed South China Sea



Vietnam has allowed a drillship in a contested part of the South China Sea, according to an industry consultant who spoke to the BBC.

The drillship, Deepsea Metro I, on contract to Talisman-Vietnam, a unit of Talisman Energy—which Spanish Repsol bought back in 2015—is drilling about 250 miles from the Vietnamese coast.

The move is a bold one, because the block where Deepsea Metro I is drilling—called Block 136-03 by Vietnam and Wan-an Bei 21 by China—has already been leased to a company by Beijing – Hong Kong-based Brightoil, which has close ties to the Chinese government. Over the last three years, Hanoi denied Talisman-Vietnam a license to drill in the block in a bid to avoid antagonizing China, but it seems things have since changed. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam Makes Bold Move For Oil In Disputed South China Sea”

Rohingya man killed in Myanmar Buddhist mob attack


Unrest in Myanmar has forced thousands of Rohingya into squalid displacement camps where they have languished for years, many facing severe restrictions on their movements. (Photo: AFP/ROMEO GACAD)

YANGON: A Rohingya Muslim was stoned to death and six others wounded by a mob of Buddhists in the capital of Myanmar’s Rakhine state, authorities said Wednesday (Jul 5), the latest flare-up in a region seething with religious tension.

The western state is a hotbed of sectarian unrest, with frequent bouts of communal violence between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims, a persecuted minority. Tiếp tục đọc “Rohingya man killed in Myanmar Buddhist mob attack”

UNSC to hold emergency meeting on N.Korea


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UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday after North Korea said it had successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile, diplomats said.

The United States — which confirmed it was an ICBM launch — backed by Japan and South Korea, requested the urgent meeting that is scheduled for 3pm (1900 GMT). Tiếp tục đọc “UNSC to hold emergency meeting on N.Korea”