The U.S. Congress on Friday released a long-classified section of the official report on the Sept. 11 attacks describing an array of potential links between some of the hijackers and officials in Saudi Arabia. The 28 pages of the report on the 2002 investigation focus on potential Saudi government ties to the 2001 aircraft attacks on the United States, in which nearly 3,000 people died. The report said the alleged links had not been independently verified. The pages were released by the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee after years of wrangling in Washington between Congress and different administrations, Republicans and Democrats, and urging by families of those killed. "The matter is now finished," Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told a news conference in Washington. Asked whether the report exonerated the kingdom, he replied: "Absolutely." The release of the previously classified pages is unlikely to end the controversy over the role of Saudi Arabia, an important … [Read more...] about Pages of U.S. 9/11 report detailing possible Saudi ties made public
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Apples still imported from Australia, U.S. Nguyen Quyen By Nguyen Quyen - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – Head of the Plant Protection Department Nguyen Xuan Hong ascertained that apples are still being imported from Australia, the U.S. and New Zealand this year, with thousands of tons imported in the past month alone. As of last month, Vietnam had imported nearly 3,475 tons of apples from New Zealand, around 2,000 tons from Australia and 10,229 tons from the U.S., Hong said, rejecting claims that all apple imports in the country come from China. The import volume of this fruit from China amounted to some 22,500 tons. “With such figures, Chinese apples accounted for as much as 58.3% of apple imports,” Hong said. Earlier, there was information that fruits imported into Vietnam in the past time, mainly apples, were not from Australia and New Zealand, which had caused concerns among consumers. An office worker identified as Thuong in HCMC’s District 1 said she … [Read more...] about Apples still imported from Australia, U.S.
Iran said on Saturday it had evidence Washington was behind the latest killing of one of its nuclear scientists, state television reported, at a time when tensions over the country's nuclear program have escalated to their highest level ever. In the fifth attack of its kind in two years, a magnetic bomb was attached to the door of 32-year-old Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan's car during the Wednesday morning rush-hour in the capital. His driver was also killed. U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton denied responsibility and Israeli President Shimon Peres said Israel had no role in the attack, to the best of his knowledge. "We have reliable documents and evidence that this terrorist act was planned, guided and supported by the CIA," the Iranian foreign ministry said in a letter handed to the Swiss ambassador in Tehran, state TV reported. The Swiss embassy represents U.S. interests in a country where Washington has no diplomatic ties. The spokesman for Iran's Joint Armed Forces Staff, … [Read more...] about Iran sends rare letter to U.S. over killed scientist
TAIPEI - Apple Inc scored a narrow victory against Taiwan's HTC Corp in their smartphone patent battle after the International Trade Commission ruled HTC infringed on only one of four patents at the center of the case brought by Apple. The U.S. trade agency imposed a formal import ban on any HTC phones that infringe on the patent, starting April 19, 2012. Experts say however that the ITC's decision would not hurt the Asian phone giant because the ruling covered just one patent that HTC has time to work around. HTC gets almost half its revenue from the U.S. market. "It's a limited victory for a variety of reasons," said Peter Toren, an intellectual property litigator and partner with the Shulman Rogers law firm in the United States. He said the ruling does not stop HTC from importing as many phones as it likes until April. "It gives HTC plenty of time to implement a design-around, which I understand they are already working on," he said. "The order does in fact take effect in … [Read more...] about Apple in narrow win in U.S. patent suit vs HTC
U.S. firms concerned about automated customs system Hoang Xuan By Huong Xuan - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – U.S. firms have expressed concerns about the Vietnam Automated Cargo Clearance and Port Consolidated System and Vietnam Customs Information System (VNACCS/VCIS) which will come into force on April 1. In a statement passed to the General Department of Customs, the American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (AmCham) pointed out some issues which worry its members. According to AmCham, the VNACCS/VCIS system was developed 18 months ago but is scheduled to be up and running on April 1 this year, and this is a short duration. Therefore, Vietnam needs more time for human resource training and test running the system before it is officially launched. Besides, there should be a duration of grace before fines are imposed on exporters, customs brokers and service suppliers for misunderstanding or accidental violation. The new customs declaration process in VNACCS/VCIS is rather … [Read more...] about U.S. firms concerned about automated customs system