US gang leader faces life sentence in Vietnam

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Prosecutors requested a court in Binh Thuan southern province on January 3 to impose a life sentence on Mark Joseph Nguyen, an alleged leader of a gang robbing a jewelry shop in October. The Vietnamese-American had been charged with robbery and stealing property. According to the indictments, Joseph had rented a hotel room in Ho Chi Minh City to operate a wine business. On October 14, he drove his Vietnamese accomplices including Nguyen Phuoc Hai, 34, Nguyen Bao Quoc, 33, and Huynh … [Read more...]

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Viet Kieu led $65,000 gold heist: police

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Police in south central Vietnam Saturday said an overseas Vietnamese had organized a major gold shop robbery in Binh Thuan Province. The car used by gold shop robbers in Binh Thuan Friday night was burned by angry locals after it fatally hit a resident while being pursued by the police. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese American-led gang caught after jewelry heist

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Police in the central province of Binh Thuan have pressed charges against four men who robbed a local gold shop of around 1,200 grams of the precious last Friday. The remains of the car used in gold heist that was later burnt by locals furious over the death of man who was fatally hit when the thieves tried to escape … [Read more...]

Police still searching for gold in Vietnamese American-led heist

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SOCIETY IN BRIEF 24/10

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Conjoined twins die of respiratory disease The conjoined twins born in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang on October 12 died on Sunday afternoon due to breathing problems, said Dr. Cam Ngoc Phuong, head of the neonatal intensive care unit at Ho Chi Minh City's Pediatrics Hospital 1. "We supported the twins in breathing but they had serious problems in respiration due to several defects such as a single atrium and attached hearts," she said. The baby on the left has difficulty … [Read more...]

SOCIETY IN BRIEF 20/10

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Denmark to give $135 million ODA for green growth The Government of Denmark will provide US$135 million in official development assistance (ODA) to Viet Nam during the 2011-12 period, with the funds earmarked for projects that foster green growth. Work funded by the ODA will include projects on clean water, energy efficiency, and research on climate change adaptation. Funding will be provided for improving quality and access to drinking water for poor households while also reducing water … [Read more...]

SOCIETY IN BRIEF 17/10

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Industrial workers to get better facilities Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan has asked HCM City's leaders to find land in industrial parks and export processing zones (EPZs) to build boarding houses, cultural houses for workers, and kindergartens for their children. The city should set aside a land fund for building such facilities when zoning an industrial park and export processing zone, she said. Last Friday, Doan visited the Tan Thuan IP to survey the working conditions and incomes of … [Read more...]

Gold in Binh Thuan robbery remains unfound

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The four arrested robbers have not told police where they hid the 1.2 kg of gold that they robbed from a jewelry shop in Binh Thuan Province. The counter that was broken by one of the four robbers on October 14Photo: Tuoi Tre The police are questioning 35-year-old Nguyen Mark Joseph aka Khanh, a Vietnamese-American, Nguyen Phuoc Hai, 34, Nguyen Bao Quoc, 33, and Huynh Quoc Thai, 23, about the robbery, but all of them have so far not revealed where the gold is. Khanh told … [Read more...]

1 more arrested for Binh Thuan gold shop robbery

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The Binh Thuan Province police have arrested a third man in connection with last Friday’s jewelry shop heist in which the robbers took away 1.2 kg of gold and injured the shop owner. View more picturesThu Thanh gold shop in Cho Lau town, Binh Thuan Province, which was robbed last FridayPhoto: Tuoi Tre Huynh Quoc Thai, 23, of Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Thanh District had been arrested yesterday in the city, the police said. Two of … [Read more...]

Fugitive rats on accomplice in earlier theft

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The Binh Thuan Province police have seized a man in connection with a gold robbery committed in June after he was fingered by his overseas Vietnamese accomplice, an international fugitive who was arrested for another robbery 10 days ago. The suspect, Bui Trung Kien, 26, of Ho Chi Minh City's District 1, was taken in yesterday after Nguyen Mark Joseph aka Khanh, told the police about him. Khanh was arrested October 14 after allegedly masterminding another robbery in the province's Bac Binh … [Read more...]

Robber claims to have thrown gold into river

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A member of the gang suspected of robbing a jewelry shop in Binh Thuan Province last week told police he had thrown a backpack containing about 1.2 kg of stolen gold into a river not far from the scene of the crime but police divers have yet to find it. After refusing to reveal what he had done to the gold, Huynh Quoc Thai, 23, said Wednesday he had dropped it into the Luy River in Dong Thai Commune, Bac Binh District, after getting off the getaway car. Thu Thanh gold shop in Binh Thuan … [Read more...]

Gold robbery kingpin is wanted US drug gangster

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Interpol has confirmed that Nguyen Mark Joseph aka Khanh, the alleged leader of the gang that held up a jeweler's in Binh Thuan last week, is a criminal in the US who is also wanted internationally. Nguyen Mark Joseph aka Khanh, who was wanted internationally by Interpol for drug-related crimesPhoto: Tuoi Tre The Vietnamese police, who informed the international organization about his arrest, also told US authorities about it. The fugitive, also known as … [Read more...]

Vietnamese-American gets life sentence for robbery

The Binh Thuan Province People's Court yesterday sentenced 37-year-old Vietnamese-American Nguyen Mark Joseph and one of his accomplices, Nguyen Van Hai, 34, to life imprisonment for robbery. Vietnamese-American Nguyen Mark Joseph, 37, has been given a life sentence for robberyPhoto: Tuoi Tre >> US gang leader faces life sentence in Vietnam >> Overseas Vietnamese confesses to robbery Joseph, also known as Khanh, and Hai were the masterminds of the robberies at two gold shops in … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 29/10

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Young bands to rock city show A dozen of young rock bands in town will perform at a Rock First Season: Halloween Season show comprising of Halloween-themed fun activities and shopping at Cargo Bar in HCMC from 11 a.m. to midnight tomorrow. The bands include NYN, Walking Toys, The Bugi, Another Think, and Feed The Bill who will excite the audience with numerous genres of rock like hardcore, hard rock, alternative, metalcore and pop punk. Guests will be able to take part in BMX cycling, … [Read more...]

Young bands to rock city show

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Kieu Giang The bands include NYN, Walking Toys, The Bugi, Another Think, and Feed The Bill who will excite the audience with numerous genres of rock like hardcore, hard rock, alternative, metalcore and pop punk. … [Read more...]

Halloween-themed rock show brings local bands

HCM CITY (VNS) - Rock First Motion - Halloween Season featuring 12 local rock bands will take place at Cargo Bar on October 26. The bands include Revival United, Knife-Sticking Head, the BU-GI, and Feed The Bill. There will be more than 10 rock-style booths selling clothes, stickers, tattoos, and accessories. The event will start at 11am. The bar is at 7 Nguyen Tat Thanh Street, District 4. Ticket are available via www.ticketbox.vn or at the venue. - VNS … [Read more...]

Kayaking tours make a splash in Da Nang with sea adventurers

Head first: Nguyen Kim Thu stands on her head during a kayak tour in the sea off the coast of Son Tra peninsula in the central city of Da Nang. It's the newest tour in the city, yet another entertainment option for tourists. - Photos courtesy of Kim Thu and Da Nang Kayak club

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Art & Entertainment News 11/9

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Punk-pop duo to hit CAMA ATK Blue Hawaii, a band from Montreal, Canada, featuring Raphaelle Standell-Preston and Alexander Cowan, will perform live in Ha Noi on Saturday. The punk-pop musical duo, who made waves around the world with their releases Blooming Summer in 2010 and Untogether in 2013, will dominate the CAMA ATK stage, where Raphaelle's dense female harmonies will combine with Alex's synth, guitar and drums, creating a unique flavour not often seen in Asia. Mixing punk with pop, the … [Read more...]

Los Angeles-based electric duo to perform

HCM CITY (VNS) - The Los Angeles electric duo Nguzunguzu will hold a music event to promote their second EP Skycell at Cargo Bar next Thursday, September 18. The duo of Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda will perform along with three DJs, Demon Slayer from Los Angeles, L~N from France and Knappe of the city. The event will start at 9pm at 7 Nguyen Tat Thanh Street in District 4. Tickets are VND150,000 at the door, and VND50,000 for students with valid IDs.- VNS … [Read more...]