One dead, several injured as lightning storms hit Europe

Firefighters walk at the entrance of the Parc Monceau on May 28, 2016 in Paris, after eleven people including 10 children were struck by lightning in the park. (Photo: AFP/Matthieu Alexandre)

One man was killed and several people, including children, were injured on Saturday as lightning strikes hit parts of Europe, including a park in Paris and a football pitch in Germany. PARIS: One man was killed and several people, including children, were injured on Saturday (May 28) as lightning strikes hit parts of Europe, including a park in Paris and a football pitch in Germany. In southern Poland a man in his forties was killed when he was struck by lightning as he descended the Babia Gora mountain, local media said. Three others were injured by lighting in the region while a 61-year-old man drowned in floodwaters, according to TVN24 television and PAP news agency. In Germany, more than 30 people were taken to hospital in the western village of Hoppstaedten when lightning struck the pitch at the end of a children's football match. Most of those affected were children, who were taken to hospital as a precaution and were found to be unharmed. However three adults were … [Read more...]

Lightning strikes kill one, injure 3 in central Vietnam

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The survivors are being treated at the hospital for burns, chest pain and dizziness A farmer was killed and three others hospitalized on Saturday after they were struck by lightning on their field in Hue Town. The farmers were hit at around 2 p.m. when they were taking shelter in a canvas tent from a sudden thunderstorm, said one of the survivors, 48-year-old Ho Nghia, said. Le Van Tuong, 42, succumbed to severe burns after the victims were admitted to Hue Central Hospital. The survivors - Ho Nghia, his son Ho Linh, 17, and Nguyen Van Toan, 46 - are being treated at the hospital for burns, chest pain and dizziness. … [Read more...]

Lightnigh strikes kill one, injure 3 in central Vietnam

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The survivors are being treated at the hospital for burns, chest pain and dizziness A farmer was killed and three others hospitalized on Saturday after they were struck by lightning on their field in Hue Town. The farmers were hit at around 2 p.m. when they were taking shelter in a canvas tent from a sudden thunderstorm, said one of the survivors, 48-year-old Ho Nghia, said. Le Van Tuong, 42, succumbed to severe burns after the victims were admitted to Hue Central Hospital. The survivors - Ho Nghia, his son Ho Linh, 17, and Nguyen Van Toan, 46 - are being treated at the hospital for burns, chest pain and dizziness. … [Read more...]

Messi due to go on trial in Spain for tax fraud

Lionel Messi (2-L) and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, are accused of using a chain of fake companies in Belize and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes on 4.16 million euros AFP/Eitan Abramovich

Argentina star Lionel Messi, one of the world's highest-paid athletes, goes on trial in Barcelona on Tuesday for allegedly defrauding Spain of over four million euros in unpaid taxes. BARCELONA: Argentina star Lionel Messi, one of the world's highest-paid athletes, goes on trial in Barcelona on Tuesday (May 31) for allegedly defrauding Spain of more than four million euros in unpaid taxes. After winning a league and Cup double with Barcelona, the five-time World Player of the Year and his father will confront in court the accusations that have dogged him since June 2013. The trial will run until Jun 2 - the day when Messi is due to testify along with his father. The court appearance comes just days before he joins his Argentina teammates for the Copa America in the United States. Argentina take on defending champions Chile in their first game of the tournament in California on Jun 6. Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, are accused of using a chain of fake companies in … [Read more...]

Real Madrid beat city rivals Atletico on penalties to win Champions League

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and coach Zinedine Zidane celebrate after Real won the UEFA Champions League final over Atletico Madrid. (Photo: AFP/Gerard Julien)

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the decisive penalty in a 5-3 shoot-out victory after the final finished 1-1 following extra-time. MILAN: Cristiano Ronaldo added the finishing touches as Real Madrid were crowned kings of Europe for an 11th time with a 5-3 penalties victory over Atletico Madrid, after a 1-1 draw in the Champions League final on Saturday (May 28). Two years after reviving Real's bid for a 10th title, captain Sergio Ramos struck the opener after just 15 minutes at a packed San Siro. But the match was pushed into extra time when Belgian Yannick Carrasco came off the bench to level on 79 minutes. After two, scoreless periods of extra time the match went to penalties. And when defender Juanfran's effort blasted off the bottom of Keylor Navas's upright, it gave Real the advantage. Ronaldo stepped up and made no mistake, securing the trophy for the second time in three years to leave a dejected Atletico with the crumbs again after an agonising defeat. Real, inaugural winners … [Read more...]

Spain reports first case of Zika-related microcephaly

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A total of 105 people in Spain have been infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, according to official statistics from May 3. BARCELONA: Spanish health authorities said late Thursday (May 5) they had detected the country's first known case of the microcephaly birth defect in the foetus of a pregnant woman infected with the Zika virus. "A pregnant woman was infected by Zika and dengue and the foetus has shown various defects," the health authority of the Catalonia region said in a statement. This was Spain's first case of Zika-related microcephaly, where babies are born with abnormally small heads and sometimes brain damage. A total of 105 people in Spain have been infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, according to official statistics from May 3. Spanish authorities have said all the infection cases - including 13 pregnant women - are "imported cases" found in people either "from, or who have visited affected countries" in Latin America. The current Zika outbreak … [Read more...]

Caught on camera: shop owner thwarts brazen robbers

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Police in Ho Chi Minh City are searching for suspects in a robbery attempts that was foiled when the brave victim fought back. A video footage capturing the brazen robbery in an eyewear shop on To Hien Thanh St., Dist. 10, was posted on the Internet by members of a vigilante group in HCMC on Friday. A group member told Thanh Nien the incident took place at 2.30 p.m. on May 17. A man entered the shop asking to buy sunglasses as another suspect waited on a scooter outside. When the shop owner, a woman who preferred anonymity, was showing him some products, he suddenly held a knife at her throat with one hand and covered her mouth with the other. After a brief but violent struggle, the suspect snatched the woman's iPhone, rushed out of the shop and tried to escape with his accomplice on their scooter. The brave shop owner shouted for help and grabbed him, causing the bike to tip over. The two suspects fled on foot, leaving their bike behind. According to neighbors, the two robbers, … [Read more...]

Japanese media reps find Vietnam’s Da Nang attractive

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Representatives of Japanese media agencies have been impressed by the natural beauties of Da Nang during a recent fam trip to the central Vietnamese tourism hub. While the Japanese arrivals to Da Nang are increasing, Japan is still behind China and South Korea in the city’s top three biggest tourist sources, according to the municipal tourism department. A Japanese media trip has visited Da Nang to study its tourism environment and potential, as well as touring nearby attractions such as My Son and Hoi An, to promote all of those Vietnamese destinations to audience back home. The media representatives remarked after the trip that Da Nang is very attractive to tourists from the East Asian country. Ozeki Masakooszeki, an Asahi TV reporter, said Da Nag looks similar to the Japanese city of Osaka, with similar beautiful landscapes. Masakooszeki has been to Vietnam three times but it was his first trip to Da Nang. The reporter said his first impression with the central … [Read more...]

Katy Perry teams up with UNICEF in trip to Vietnam

Katy Perry in an exchange activity with a Raglai ethnic community in Tra Co Commune, Ninh Thuan, on May 28. Photo: Thien Nhan

Katy Perry in a visit to a Raglai ethnic community in Tra Co Commune, Ninh Thuan, on May 28. Photo: Thien Nhan Pop star Katy Perry visited several disadvantaged communities in central Vietnam on May 25-29 in a trip to support UNICEF, for which she is a Goodwill Ambassador. During her second visit to the country, Perry participated in various programs, from education, nutrition, health and child protection, climate change preparation, to water, sanitation and hygiene in several districts of Ninh Thuan Province. She joined UNICEF-supported activities with disadvantaged children at various schools and child protection centers as well as with poor communities in the province. Perry in May 2015 attended an event organized by Forbes Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City. Ninh Thuan, home to the largest Raglai ethnic community in Vietnam, is one of the eight provinces in the country which participate in a 2012-2016 mother and child healthcare project. The project’s total budget is US$5 … [Read more...]

New incentives needed to develop antibiotics to fight superbugs

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The mcr-1 plasmid-borne colistin resistance gene has been found primarily in Escherichia coli, pictured.REUTERS/COURTESY CDC Drugmakers are renewing efforts to develop medicines to fight emerging antibiotic-resistant bacteria, but creating new classes of drugs on the scale needed is unlikely to happen without new financial incentives to make the effort worth the investment, companies and industry experts said. American military researchers on Thursday announced the first U.S. case of a patient with an infection found to be resistant to the antibiotic colistin, the drug often held in reserve for when all else fails. That put a spotlight on the urgent need for new medicines that can combat what health officials have called "nightmare bacteria." Drugmakers on Friday acknowledged that in the absence of a new way of compensating them, it simply does not make economic sense to pour serious resources into work on new antibiotics. "The return on investment based on the current commercial … [Read more...]

Japan’s Abe to delay sales tax hike until 2019: government source

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a news conference during the G7 Ise-Shima Summit in Shima, Japan, May 27, 2016.Photo: Reuters/Issei Kato Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to delay an increase in sales tax by two and a half years, a government official said on Sunday, as the economy sputters and Abe prepares for a national election. Abe told Finance Minister Taro Aso and the secretary general of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Sadakazu Tanigaki, on Saturday of his plan to propose delaying the tax hike for a second time, until October 2019, said the official, who was briefed on the meeting. The prime minister, who has promised to announce steps on Tuesday to spur economic growth and promote structural reform, is also expected to order an extra budget to fund stimulus measures, just two months into the fiscal year and on the heels of a supplementary budget to pay for recovery from recent earthquakes in southern Japan. After chairing a summit of Group of Seven … [Read more...]

French PM says he will not bow to labor reform protestors

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French police apprehend a youth during a demonstration to protest the government's proposed labour law reforms in Nantes, France. Photo: Reuters/Stephane Mahe French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is determined not to join a long list of politicians who have conceded defeat to protesters, he told the Journal Du Dimanche (JDD) newspaper, as the government prepares to dig in its heels on labor reform. The hardline CGT union has organized street protests, train strikes and refinery blockades to pressure the government to scrap plans that would make it easier for companies to hire and fire workers. "If we gave in to the street and to CGT because we were obsessed over the short term by 2017 (presidential elections), we would lose everything," Valls was quoted as saying by the French newspaper. In the mid-1990s Prime Minister Alain Juppe triggered France's worst unrest in decades because he would not budge on pension reform but he eventually backed down after weeks of industrial action and … [Read more...]

Turkey’s new prime minister wins vote of confidence in parliament

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Turkey's new Prime Minister Binali Yildirim reads his government's programme at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Turkey, May 24, 2016.Photo: Reuters/Umit Bektas Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim's government on Sunday won a vote of confidence in parliament as well as approval for his legislative program, parliament speaker Ismail Kahraman said. Yildirim is a close ally of President Tayyip Erdogan and a co-founder of the ruling AK Party. He was declared prime minister after he was elected as the new leader of the AK Party at a party congress. Yildirim's appointment marks another step in Erdogan's plan to create a full presidential system in Turkey. Yildirim replaces Ahmet Davutoglu, who said he was stepping down after weeks of tension with Erdogan. Kahraman said the result was 315 votes for approving the government and 138 against. … [Read more...]

British man found hanged in central Vietnam

A British man was found dead early Sunday morning at his home in Hoi An Town, Quang Nam Province, local police said. Nicholas Robert Shirra, 51, allegedly hanged himself before his family members discovered his body at the house in Tam Thanh Dong Hamlet, Cam Thanh Commune at around 1:05 am on Sunday. They later reported the case to the local police, said the spokesperson of Quang Nam Police. Colonel Nguyen Duc Dung said the deceased and his Vietnamese wife moved to Cam Thanh commune, more than 10 kilometers from Hoi An downtown, in 2010. They have children. The provincial police are working with relevant agencies to investigate the cause of his death, said Dung. … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s ethnic culture shines in the Czech Republic

Vietnam took part in the ethnic minority festival in Prague.

(VOVworld) – More than 30 ethnic troupes from 18 countries have showcased their cultural diversity at a festival in Prague, the Czech Republic. The Vietnamese delegation left a deep impression with unique traditional costumes and performances. Lotus dance and spring dance of Vietnam’s Central Highlanders received big applause from the audience. Le Duy Ky, Vice Chairman of the Vietnamese Association in Prague, and a member of the Organizing Board, said: "The festival has been held for 18 times. Recognized as an ethnic minority group in the Czech Republic, Vietnam has shown its determination to preserve national identity and cultural values. We want to introduce the beauty of Vietnamese culture to other countries". Huu Binh, VOV correspondent in Czech … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Japan agree to boost cooperation

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe (Photo: VGP)

(VOVworld)- Talks were held between Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Saturday after a welcoming ceremony for the Vietnamese guests. The two leaders discussed specific measures to make the Vietnam-Japan strategic partnership more comprehensive, pragmatic and effective. Both PMs stressed the need boost political trust by maintaining regular exchanges of high-ranking delegations and meetings on the sideline of international forums. They shared the same view on enhancing the efficiency of bilateral dialogue mechanisms and defence and security cooperation, including UN peacekeeping missions. They agreed to boost Japan’s investment in Vietnam via the implementation of Phase 4 of the 2016 Vietnam-Japan Joint Initiative. Vietnam and Japan pledged close cooperation in implementing Vietnam’s Industrialisation Strategy within the framework of the Vietnam-Japan cooperation until 2020 with a vision to 2030. The two sides discussed … [Read more...]

Thai princess releases a photo book on Vietnam

Thai princess talked to Ambassador Nguyen Tat Thanh.

(VOVworld) – On Saturday, Thai Princess Maha Chaktri Sirindhon launched a photo book on Vietnam entitled "Vietnam through the lens of Princess Maha Chaktri Sirindhon". This is part of activities to mark the 40th anniversary of Vietnam-Thailand diplomatic ties. The book was compiled by Vietnamese embassy in Thailand and includes 100 photos on Vietnam, 60 of which were taken by the Princess during her visits to Vietnam from 1993 to 2015. They capture Vietnam’s scenic spots, historical and cultural relic sites and the Thai Princess’ meetings with Vietnamese leaders. Quang Trung, Xuan Hung … [Read more...]

Prime Minister concludes Japan visit after attending expanded G7 Summit

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and other leaders at the expanded G7 Summit (Photo: VGP)

(VOVworld)- Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has concluded his 3-day visit to Japan after attending the expanded G7 Summit as his aircraft touched down Noi Bai airport, Hanoi on Sunday morning. During his stay in Japan, PM Phuc attended the plenary session of the expanded G7 Summit in Mie prefecture. He shared concerns of G7 and ASEAN countries over challenges to peace, security, and maritime and aviation security, safety and freedom in the East Sea. He called on involved countries to refrain and address disputes by peaceful measures in accordance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), enhance trust-building measures and preventive diplomacy and work towards the early formulation of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC). During bilateral meetings with world leaders, PM Phuc emphasized Vietnam’s efforts to befriend with all countries and to be a reliable … [Read more...]

Photo exhibition on Vietnam’s sea and islands in Dong Van stone plateau

Trieu Tai Vinh, Secretary of Ha Giang provincial Party Committee presented painting of Lung Co national flag pole to heads of delegations joining the trips to Truong Sa archipelago   (Photo: VNA)

(VOVworld) – 260 photos on Vietnam’s sea and islands and naval soldiers are on display at an exhibition which opened Saturday night in Dong Van district, Ha Giang province. The photos also featured a trip by Ha Giang leaders and people to Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago and present gifts soldiers there and DK1 platform. The exhibition provides Ha Giang people with information on Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos. … [Read more...]

Iran’s new parliament convenes first session

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (Photo:Reuters)

(VOVworld) - Iran’s new Parliament opens its first session on Saturday in Tehran after elections concluded in April. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei hailed the big voter turnout in the parliamentary elections. Mr Ali Khamenei reconfirmed two top priorities that the Parliament should work on including boosting the economic growth and expanding the Islamic culture. President Hassan Rouhani said that after three years, Iran’s economy has become stable; inflation has dropped to 10 % from 40%. He pledged to continue to lower inflation and to achieve a GDP growth rate of 5% this year. … [Read more...]