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Vietnam, Customs Union starts first round of FTA talks

The first round of the negotiations of a free trade agreement between Vietnam and the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan took place in Hanoi on March 29. Vietnamese Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang and Trade Minister of the Eurasian Economic Commission Andrey Slepnev signed a joint notice on the session ... Read More »

Thailand sees 5.83 pct drop in February exports

Thailand saw a 5.83 percent drop in exports in February due to the baht appreciation and the country’s accumulated trade deficit worth more than 7 billion USD. Permanent Secretary for Commerce Watchari Wimuktayont said total export value in February stood at 17.9 billion USD, while import value of the same month was worth 19.5 billion USD, up by 5.27 percent. ... Read More »

ASEAN, Japan boost youth exchanges

About 80 students and youths from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will stay in Japan from March 31 to April 7 to promote mutual understanding and friendly relations with Japanese young generation. The activity is under the program of the Japan East-Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) 2.0 that was announced by the Japanese Prime ... Read More »

Lao Cai loses $3.5 million due to hailstones

VietNamNet Bridge – The hailstorm occurring in the early morning of March 27, in the three districts of Bac Ha, Muong Khuong and Si Ma Cai in Lao Cai province damaged nearly 12,000 houses, causing losses of about VND70 billion or $3.5 million. Hail in Lao Cai, thousands of roofs broken    A destructed preschool after the hail.   The ... Read More »

Five woodmen shot to death at Vietnam-Laos border

VietNamNet Bridge – A group of woodmen were found dead at the forest in the border between Vietnam’s Quang Binh province and Laos’ Xavanakhet province. According to the local authorities, a group of eight woodmen went into the forest to find aloes wood. While they were building tents in the forest to find aloes wood, they were arrested by a ... Read More »

Hundreds of smuggled iPhones seized in Hanoi

VietNamNet Bridge – Hanoi police have detected the largest-ever iPhones smuggling case, seizing over 500 iPhones 4, hidden in a secret box on a bus.     At 5.30am on March 28, Hanoi police stopped for inspection — a coach that runs on the route from the northern border province of Quang Ninh to Hanoi. At that time the bus ... Read More »

Lao Cai hit by hail again

VietNamNet Bridge – Lasting for 20 minutes, the hail early this morning, March 29, caused a lot of losses for Bao Yen District in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai. Meteorological experts say they have never recorded such continuous severe hails. Lao Cai loses $3.5 million due to hailstones  Hail in Lao Cai, thousands of roofs broken      ... Read More »

U.S. ex-soldier charged with using RPG for al Qaeda group

A former U.S. soldier has been arrested and charged with illegally using a weapon on behalf of an al Qaeda-affiliated group in Syria. Eric Harroun, 30, of Phoenix was arrested Tuesday night by the FBI at a hotel near Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia. A Justice Department official tells CNN that FBI agents questioned Harroun at the hotel, then ... Read More »

Pope Francis washes youths’ feet at detention center

Pope Francis washed the feet of a dozen prisoners, including young women, at a youth detention center in Rome as part of a Holy Thursday Mass ahead of Easter.     The pontiff poured water over the young offenders’ feet, wiped them with a white towel and kissed them. The act of foot-washing at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper ... Read More »

North Korea ‘readies rocket force’ after US stealth flights

North Korea says it has put missile units on stand-by to attack US targets in response to US stealth bomber flights over the Korean peninsula. State news agency KCNA said leader Kim Jong-un signed off on the order at a late-night meeting of top generals. The time had come to “settle accounts” with the US, KCNA quoted him as saying, ... Read More »