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...]