Monday, 6 December 2021

Tag Archives: Vietnam

Vietnam finds new virus variant, hybrid of India, UK strains

REUTERS/Thanh Hue/File Photo HANOI – Vietnam has discovered a new coronavirus variant that’s a hybrid of strains first found in India and the U.K., the Vietnamese health minister said Saturday. Nguyen Thanh Long said scientists examined the genetic makeup of the virus that had infected some recent patients, and found ...

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Vietnam’s pandemic response leader becomes president

AFP photo HANOI – The man behind Vietnam’s successful handling of the coronavirus pandemic, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, was formally sworn in as president in Hanoi. Phuc, 66, was Vietnam’s prime minister for the last five years, a period in which the economy boomed, and his government’s COVID-19 response won plaudits ...

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Singapore seizes 8.8 tonnes elephant ivory, pangolin scales

SINGAPORE: Singapore authorities have seized 8.8 tonnes (8,800kg) of elephant ivory, its largest ever seizure to date. Authorities estimate that the tusks, valued at $12.9m (£10.4m), have come from nearly 300 African elephants. Some 11.9 tonnes of pangolin scales valued at $35.7m were also seized. It is believed to have ...

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Vietnam, EU sign landmark free trade deal

HANOI: The European Union signed a landmark free trade deal with Vietnam on Sunday, the first of its kind with a developing country in Asia, paving the way for tariff reductions on 99% of goods between the trading bloc and Southeast Asian country. European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom, Romania’s ...

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Vietnam military plane crash, Two pilots killed

HANOI: Two pilots were killed in Vietnam Friday after their military plane crashed during a training session, an official told AFP. Though Vietnam has a good civilian aviation record, airplane and helicopter crashes are regularly reported in the military, which relies on an arsenal of imported equipment – mostly from ...

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Vietnamese man jailed for plotting terror attack

HANOI: A Vietnamese man has been sentenced to six years in jail for terrorism and weapons possession after he was convicted for smuggling a cache of guns into the country from Cambodia, a court official said. Terror-related crimes are rare in the one-party communist state, where a hardline administration in ...

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Indonesia detains 12 fishermen after sea clash with Vietnam

JAKARTA: Indonesia’s navy said Monday that one of its patrol vessels was rammed by two Vietnamese coast guard ships after intercepting a boat it says was fishing illegally in its waters. Indonesia detained 12 Vietnamese fishermen from the boat, which sank in Saturday’s clash, and they are being held at ...

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Kim arrives for nuclear summit with Trump after marathon train trip

DONG DANG: Kim Jong Un crossed into Vietnam Tuesday after a marathon train journey for a second summit showdown with US President Donald Trump, with the world looking for concrete progress over North Korea’s nuclear programme. Following a historic first meeting in Singapore in June that produced a vaguely worded ...

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UN allows North Koreans to travel to Vietnam

UNITED NATIONS: A UN Security Council sanctions committee has agreed to allow North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s delegation to travel to Vietnam for a summit meeting with US President Donald Trump, diplomats said on Wednesday. Vietnam had asked the committee to grant an exemption to senior North Korean officials who ...

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Vietnam’s newest airline Bamboo takes first flight

HANOI: Vietnam’s newest commercial carrier Bamboo Airways took flight Wednesday, officially entering Southeast Asia’s crowded aviation sector where it will face stiff competition from established players. Air travel in the region has boomed in recent years as appetites – and budgets – for travel have soared among spendthrift flyers. Bamboo ...

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