Pakistani helicopter gunships staged a predawn raid on a militant hideout on Saturday and shot dead a top al-Qaeda operative wanted for plotting to bomb the New York subway system, the military said. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has offered a $5 million reward for the capture of Saudi national Adnan el-Shukrijumah, 39, who it said was believed to be al-Qaeda's external operations chief at one time. Shukrijumah, who had a Guyanese passport, was the most senior al-Qaeda member ever killed by the Pakistani military. … [Read more...] about Pakistan military kills al-Qaeda leader wanted in U.S.
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Asian stocks rose on Friday as oil prices slipped from recent highs after OPEC said it would boost crude output if the Middle East crisis hit supplies, with traders eagerly snapping up bargains. The euro extended its rally against the dollar as expectations grow that the European Central Bank will hike interest rates soon as it tries to take the heat out of rising eurozone inflation. Tokyo gained 0.71 per cent, or 74.05 points, to end at 10,526.76 and Sydney ended 0.57 per cent, or 27.2 points, higher at 4,836.5, while Seoul closed 0.69 per cent, or 13.54 points, up at 1,963.42. Hong Kong jumped 1.82 per cent, or 411.33 points, to 23,012.37 after four straight days of losses. Shanghai closed flat at 2,878.57 as strong bank results and easing fears over monetary tightening were offset by weaker gold miners and oil firms. The oil price rally sparked by turmoil in the Middle East was halted, at least temporarily, after the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries … [Read more...] about Asian shares rise as oil prices fall
Although Vietnam has stepped up exports to ASEAN, the country ran a trade deficit of US$6.51 billion with the region last year, according to data of the General Department of Vietnam Customs. Vietnam’s trade with other ASEAN countries totaled US$49.53 billion last year, up 19.6% over 2016 and accounting for 11.7% of the country’s total foreign trade. Export growth outpaced import growth but the country still incurred a yawning trade deficit with the region. The country exported US$21.51 billion worth of products to other Southeast Asian countries, growing 23.9% against the previous year, while imports grew by 16.4% year-on-year to US$28.02 billion. The surge in exports to ASEAN is thanks to higher export revenues from mobile phones and phone parts (up US$948 million), iron and steel products (up US$722 million), computers, electronic products and components (up US$488 million), crude oil (up US$378 million), and textiles-garments (up US$181 million). Meanwhile, Vietnam … [Read more...] about BUSINESS IN BRIEF 27/3
Children to play bigger role in reducing risks Discussion of the role of children and adolescents in reducing disaster risks dominated a conference held in Hanoi on October 12 to commemorate the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction. "We need to change public attitudes toward the roles of children and adolescents in the prevention and reduction of disasters, especially at the community level," said Nguyen Thi Ha, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union. Children's involvement in disaster reduction should be encouraged by adults, Ha said. This year's event, themed 'Step up for disaster risk reduction - Making children and young people partners for disaster risk reduction," was organized by the Communist Youth Union and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Other organizers include non-governmental organizations such as Plan International and Save the Children. The meeting drew hundreds of students from five secondary schools in Hanoi and … [Read more...] about SOCIETY IN BRIEF 13/10
Subscription Concert Vol. 45 "Beethoven 8″ 13 and 14 Oct 2011, 8 pm Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien, Hanoi You are invited to a Subscription Concert Vol. 45 "Beethoven 8″ with the performance of MATSUDA Lina (violin), Harriet KRIJGH (cello), KIM Barbier (piano) with conductor Dorian WILSON. The artists will perform famous works of Beethoven. Conductor: Dorian WILSON Violin: MATSUDA Lina Cello: Harriet KRIJGH Piano: KIM Barbier Program Ludwig van Beethoven - Triple Concerto - Symphony No.8 Ticket prices: 150.000, 250.000, 350.000, 450.000 VND. All Tickets available at Hanoi Opera House - 1 Trang Tien or can book over www.ticketvn.com, [email protected] For free delivery Call: www.ticketvn.com, 0913489858, 0983067996, 35651806, 66617859. Screening of "Everything will be Forgiven" Fri 14 Oct 2011, 8 pm L'Espace, 24 Trang Tien, Hanoi You are invited to L'Espace to the film screening titled "Everything will be Forgiven" of director Mia Hansen-Love, starring Paul Blain, … [Read more...] about EVENTS ON OCTOBER 8-15