Syrian army regains control of Hasakeh city

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Syrian army regains ground against Islamic State in Hasaka city AMMAN, June 7 (Photo: Reuters) (VOVworld) – On Tuesday, Syrian troops and Kurdish fighters ousted the Islamic State (IS) from the city of Hasakeh in northeast Syria, more than a month after the jihadists took control of this area. Director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdel Rahman said the Syrian army pushed IS out of Zuhur, the last district it controlled in Hasakeh city, and that IS has retreated to the city’s southern suburbs. At least 287 IS fighters were killed in Hasakeh, either in clashes with troops and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) or in air strikes by a US-led coalition. 120 Syrian army soldiers and dozens of Kurdish fighters were also killed during the prolonged fighting. … [Read more...]

Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Ministers’ Meeting opens

A TPP negotiation in Sydney, Australia on October 25th (Photo: AFP/ VNA)

(VOVworld) – Trade Ministers from 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement began a new round of negotiation on Wednesday in Hawaii. This is a final chance to reach an agreement before the US gets mired in its 2016 presidential election. The Vietnamese delegation is being led by Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang. The four-day negotiation will focus on regulations on intellectual property rights, labor markets, and environmental protection. The highlight of the negotiation will be the US and Japan, trying to agree on access to their agriculture and automobile markets. The TPP negotiations began in 2005. The participants are working hard to reach an agreement as soon as possible after missing a deadline at the end of 2013. The TPP will be a free trade area with a population of 800 million, accounting for 30 percent of global trade turnover and 40 percent of the world’s economic output. … [Read more...]

White House dismisses petition for Edward Snowden’s pardon

Demonstrators hold signs in support of Edward Snowden in Washington DC in 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

(VOVworld) – The White House on Tuesday reiterated its refusal to pardon the CIA former contractor and fugitive data leaker Edward Snowden. White House counterterrorism advisor Lisa Monaco said on Tuesday that Snowden’s decision to steal and disclose classified information had caused severe consequences for the security of the US and the American people. She added that Snowden should return to the US and "accept the consequences of his actions." The petition to the White House was created in the summer of 2013, shortly after Snowden released his documents, and has received more than 167,000 signatures. … [Read more...]

Iran, EU resume talks

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif addresses during a joint news conference with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini (L) after a plenary session at the UN building in Vienna, Austria, July 14, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)

(VOVworld) – Iran and the EU agreed to resume their talks on a number of issues, including the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal, said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday. Addressing a joint press conference with EU foreign chief Federica Mogherini in Tehran, Zarif said high-level talks will focus on increasing co-operation in trade, energy, human rights, counter-terrorism, the environment, and regional issues. Mogherini said the Iran nuclear deal’s implementation will open a new chapter in Iran-EU comprehensive co-operation. … [Read more...]

Iranian Foreign Minister optimistic over nuclear deal’s implementation

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) gestures while he makes way with European Union foreign chief Federica Mogherini (centre) for a round of talks, in Tehran, Iran, July 28, 2015.

(VOVworld) – Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Tuesday that there were no concerns over the implementation of the historic nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1. Zarif made the statement at a joint press conference with the EU’s chief foreign minister, Federica Mogherini, who is in Iran. During a meeting with the EU foreign chief, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani insisted that all sides needed to abide by the agreement, which will benefit the whole world. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese students win medals at International Chemistry Olympiad

The Vietnamese delegation at International Chemistry Olympiad (Photo: vnexpress.net)

(VOVworld) - All four Vietnamese students won prizes at the 47th International Biology Olympiad which was held in Azerbaijan from July 20-29. According to the Ministry of Education and Training, Dinh Tuan Hoang from Hanoi-Amsterdam High School earned the gold medal. Two silver medals were carried off by winners Pham Thai Ha, also from from Hanoi-Amsterdam High School, and Tran Dinh Hieu from Bac Ninh High School for gifted students. The bronze medal was awarded to Nguyen Thuy Hang from Hung Vuong High School in Phu Tho province. The Vietnamese delegation stood in 8th place at the event that drew 294 students from 79 countries and territories. … [Read more...]

Venezuela asks UN to mediate territorial dispute with Guyana

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks to reporters at UN headquarters in New York, July 28, 2015

(VOVworld) – Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said he asked UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for UN mediation in Venezuela’s border dispute with Guyana. Maduro told reporters after his meeting with the UN chief in New York on Monday that a UN mission would go to Venezuela and Guyana to mediate. He said that the Geneva agreement in 1966 was the most appropriate foundation to resolve the dispute, insisting on Venezuela’s policy of resolving the dispute by diplomatic and peaceful means. Last month, the Venezuelan Parliament passed a diplomatic strategy which claimed sovereignty over the Essequibo River, which has been disputed by Guyana. Earlier, Maduro signed a decree establishing a commission on delimiting the maritime borders with Venezuela’s neighbouring countries. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese businesses keen on investing in Moscow

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(VOVworld) - Many Vietnamese businesses have shown their interests in investing in Moscow, including the TH-True Milk – TH Group which is planning a 2-billion-USD project on dairy cow breeding and processing of dairy products. Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Nguyen Thanh Son told Moscow oblast’s Governor Andrey Vorobiev Tuesday that Vietnam always attaches importance to developing its comprehensive strategic partnership with Russia, and with Moscow oblast in particular. Son said he believes an agreement between HCM City and Moscow oblast signed in May during President Truong Tan Sang’s visit to Russia will lay a solid foundation for cooperation between Vietnam and Moscow oblast. Governor Vorobiev said Moscow is eager to implement the agreement between HCM City and Moscow oblast and create a basis for Vietnamese businesses to invest in the province. … [Read more...]

Vietnam, UK agree to deepen strategic partnership

(VOVworld) – UK Prime Minister David Cameron began a two-day visit to Vietnam on Wednesday, This is the first time that a British Prime Minister has visited Vietnam since the two countries established diplomatic ties in 1973. Vietnam and the UK established their strategic partnership in 2010 with bilateral cooperation focusing on politics, diplomacy, trade, investment, education, training, science, technology, national defense, and people-to-people exchanges. The UK is Vietnam’s leading partner in the EU with two-way trade reaching 4.5 billion USD in 2014. During talks on Wednesday, Prime Minister Dung and Prime Minister Cameron agreed on ways to deepen the two countries’ strategic partnership along with further cooperation in modern science and technology, finance, banking, education, training, and national defense. After talks, they witnessed the signing of a number of cooperative agreements. … [Read more...]

Special mechanisms to be piloted in Korea-Vietnam Incubator Park

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The inauguration of the incubator park in 2013 (VOVworld) – The Prime Minister has decided to pilot several special mechanisms and policies regarding the development of the Korea-Vietnam incubator park (KVIP) in Can Tho City. The park’s construction in the O Mon industrial zone, funded by the Korean government, has entered its final stage. The Prime Minister has allowed the park with a total acreage of 200 ha to be added to Vietnam’s industrial zones’ development planning. Special policies applied to this incubator park include preferential policies for businesses and investment projects in the park. In addition to preferential import, incorporation, and value added taxes, businesses will also receive support in technology development and human resource training. The KVIP will install equipment serving research and development activities of the farm produce, seafood processing, and mechanical manufacturing industries. … [Read more...]

Requiem for war martyrs and 504 innocent civilians killed in the Son My massacres

Requiem for war martyrs and 504 innocent civilians killed in the Son My massacres

(VOVworld)- A requiem for war martyrs, 504 innocent civilians killed in Son My massacres and those who died during the war was held in Son My War Remnant Memorial, Quang Ngai province on Wednesday. This is part of the program "Easing Son My pain" in 2015 hosted by Quang Ngai province’s Youth Union and the Science Academy for Child and Woman Development. The event aimed to ease the pain that families of the victims of massacre suffer and encourage them to strive forward. It demonstrated the younger generation’s gratitude towards war martyrs who gave their lives for national independence and freedom. … [Read more...]

National Assembly Office’s Party Congress convened

National Assembly Office’s Party Congress convened

(VOVworld)- The National Assembly Office convened its 13th Party Congress on Wednesday. In his address NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung stressed the need to further strengthen the realization of the 2013 Constitution. Hung urged the Party Committee to develop its plan to improve the performance of the National Assembly, enhance Party building activities to strengthen the Party leadership and combat capacity, as well as raise the political stance, morality and professionalism of Party members. During its last tenure, the Party Committee of the National Assembly Office contributed significantly to the National Assembly’s constitutionalization, legislation, supervision and decision making on major national issues. … [Read more...]

E-commerce creates favorable business environment for SMEs

Vietnam is one of the world’s most developed markets in terms of e-commerce users    (Photo: Channel News Asia)

(VOVworld) - E-commerce creates a favorable business environment for small and medium-sized enterprises, said Dr. Nguyen Dinh Chuc, Deputy Director of the Research Institute of Regional Sustainable Development. At a workshop Tuesday in Hanoi on the impact of the internet and e-commerce on Vietnam’s SMEs, Chuc said the internet and e-commerce help reduce transaction costs, create a level playing field, expand communications between businesses, and decrease information costs. This enables enterprises to access international markets and information at a lower cost and reach a wider range of customers. From 2012-2013, the internet and telecommunication infrastructure in Vietnam has seen considerable growth. Vietnam now has more than 30 million internet users and around 17 million 3G subscribers. … [Read more...]

Communications cooperation between VFF and social, political organizations reviewed

Communications cooperation between VFF and social, political organizations reviewed

(VOVworld)- A conference to review closer communications between the Vietnam Fatherland Front and social-political organizations opened in Hanoi on Wednesday. The participants including representatives from the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor, the Youth Union, the Vietnam Women’s Union, and the Associations of Farmers and War Veterans highlighted the outcomes of their cooperation in promoting Party guidelines and state policies, creating a public consensus, and maintaining political stability. They emphasized the need to further disseminate information on Party guidelines, state policies, national defense activities and major celebrations in Vietnam. … [Read more...]

ASEAN – a role model of friendly cooperation, solidarity, trust

Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh takes a photo with guests at the ceremony (Source: VNA)   (VOVworld) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted a ceremony on Tuesday to celebrate the 20

th anniversary of Vietnam’s entry into the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on July 28, 1995, and ASEAN’s formation 48 years ago on August 8, 1967. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said the formation of the ASEAN Community at the end of 2015 will have a significant impact on all member states and the region. He said that based on the pillars of politics, security, economics and culture, the ASEAN Community will improve the solidarity of the people, help reduce tensions and disputes, and promote peace, cooperation and development in the region. He said: "ASEAN has transformed Southeast Asia from a region divided by conflicts and suspicions into a role model of cooperation, friendship, solidarity, and mutual trust where all members strive for the shared goals of peace, cooperation, and development. Our faith in the strength of solidarity has helped us overcome historical barriers and differences to live together under the same roof. … [Read more...]

60th anniversary of state management of religion marked

Mr. Duong Quoc Xuan presented gifts to Khmer dignitaries on Chol Chnam Thmay Festival. Photo: ctvcamau.vn   (VOVworld) – The Steering Committee for the Southwest Region held a ceremony on Tuesday in Can Tho City to mark the 60

th anniversary of state management of religion. Duong Quoc Xuan, Deputy Head of the committee, said that the implementation of religious policies in the region is on the right track. Localities have created favorable conditions for religious organizations to operate in compliance with the law and handled their requests on religious activities and the building and upgrading of worship facilities. Xuan said he was pleased that all major religious events in the region have been held in conformity with the law. The southwest region, comprising 13 Mekong Delta provinces, has a diversity of religions, including Buddhism, Catholicism, Protestantism, the Caodaism, Hoa Hao Buddhism, and Islam. … [Read more...]

A group of stealing assets in cars arrested

Vuong Van Long was identified as the leader of criminal group, stealing assets from cars in parking lots. — Photo dantri.com.vn

NGHE AN (VNS) — Police in the central Nghe An province's Vinh City has arrested four persons for allegedly stealing valuables from parked cars. Col Mai Chien Thang of Vinh City's Police School said the police is completing paperwork to prosecute them for the criminal act. The group of criminals who lived in the city, included Vuong Van Long, Nguyen Van Cuong, and Tran Duc Thanh. Long, 25, was identified as the leader of the gang that used to frequently break into parking lots on rainy nights and smash the windows of cars parked there, decamping with valuable assets, such as watches, laptops, phones, and documents. After stealing property, they used to sell it to Nguyen Thai Hung, 41, a resident of the city. Hung has also been arrested for further investigations to clarify how he used to dispose of property acquired in this fashion. According to initial statistics, this group was involved in 32 cases of property theft in five months, having stolen assets worth about VND600 … [Read more...]

Vietnam poultry sector calls for dumping investigation into US chicken imports

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Two Vietnamese husbandry associations are appealing to the government to launch a probe to determine whether U.S. businesses are dumping their chicken products at below-market prices in Vietnam. On Tuesday, the Animal Husbandry Association in southeastern Vietnam and its counterpart in the southern province of Dong Nai both signed petitions for a dumping investigation to be undertaken, and submitted the complaints to the government and relevant agencies. The associations also called on the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Animal Health Department to create conditions for local businesses to export chicken to Japan to offset the losses caused by dirt-cheap U.S. imports on home soil. The move came after Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported on July 1 that chicken legs shipped from the U.S. are on sale in the Southeast Asian country at only US$0.9 a kg, or VND20,000. In 2013, the price was a bit higher, $1.5 a kg. The director of a Dong Nai-based poultry … [Read more...]

Seminar gauges the power of national brand

(VOV) - Hundreds of representatives from 85 businesses across the nation gathered in Da Nang on July 29 at a seminar discussing the importance of promoting a national brand in the context of regional and global integration. "Maintaining a positive national image is an essential ingredient for export and investment promotion," said Do Kim Lang, deputy head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Trade Promotion Agency. In addition, in the context of Vietnam’s deepening integration into the world’s economy, businesses are facing tough competition said Lang, adding that the development of a national brand would help businesses improve competitiveness. Vietnam has had a national branding program in place since 2003. Last year, 63 businesses were honoured with National Value Awards for their outstanding contributions to developing strong national brands. … [Read more...]

Noi Bai airport to tighten baggage security

Police and security staff check the entire airport. — Photo anninhthudo.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — The Aviation Security Centre of Noi Bai International Airport has developed a plan to improve aviation security and better manage baggage and cargo to prevent it from being stolen. The plan was drawn up following reports of stolen property among passengers recently, Pham Quy Vu, the centre's deputy director, said. He said security forces are working with the relevant agencies to confirm the reports of theft, strengthen inspections and prevent crime. So far, security forces have been checking that all regulations related to the process of receiving, delivering and transporting passengers' luggage have been followed. The plan aims to strengthen management and assign specific responsibilities to organisations and individuals at different stages of the luggage-handling process. Agencies in the aviation sector have also checked the background of all employees who are involved in luggage and goods transportation services. The waste treatment area of the airport has … [Read more...]