Rescuers check the rubble after a villa collapsed in Hanoi on September 22, 2015. Photo: Ngoc Thang As workers in downtown Hanoi begin to clean up the wreckage of a century-old villa that collapsed on Tuesday afternoon, it hits many survivors that they have lost almost everything to a tragedy that could have been prevented. The villa’s main block crashed down, sending large chunks of the walls onto other houses and a makeshift market nearby. An official from Hoan Kiem District has confirmed at least two women were killed, both vendors at the market. Six other people are being treated for broken bones and brain injuries. Locals said the list of victims could have been longer if the incident had happened in the morning, when the market is usually crowded. The old villa at 107 Tran Hung Dao Street was built by the French in 1905 and is now servicing as an office for Vietnam Railways. The roof of the villa started leaking after heavy rain in the morning. An employee of the … [Read more...] about Hanoi residents face uncertain future after century-old villa collapses
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Rescue workers carry a body bag with remains retrieved from a mass grave at an abandoned camp in a jungle some three hundred meters from the border with Malaysia, in Thailand's southern Songkhla province May 2, 2015. Photo: Reuters Thai police have arrested a man they believe is the key figure behind a brutal human trafficking network that ran a jungle camp where dozens of bodies have been found. Soe Naing, widely known as Anwar, was detained on Wednesday as authorities closed in on a camp near the Thai-Malaysia border where as many as 400 trafficked migrants, mainly Rohingya and Bangladeshis, were imprisoned for ransom, Police Colonel Anuchon Chamat, deputy commander of police in Nakhon Si Thammarat province, told Reuters. He was charged with fraud related to his failure to release a trafficked Rohingya after receiving a ransom payment. His arrest, and the uncovering of the camp containing 26 bodies on Friday, is the first major bust of a trade in humans that activists and some … [Read more...] about Thai police arrest Rohingya man suspected of running deadly jungle camp
Love him or hate him, Neil Patrick Harris proved to be one of the hardest-working hosts in Oscar history on Sunday night, singing, dancing and even sprinting in his underpants onto the stage of the Dolby Theatre. But the 41-year-old Broadway and television talent who came to prominence as the child star of "Doogie Howser, M.D.," also confronted a major elephant in the room, opening the show with a fleeting but pointed jab at the homogenous field of Oscar nominees. "Tonight we honor Hollywood's best and whitest, sorry, brightest," Harris enthusiastically dead-panned to hearty laughter that seemed to break the usual pre-show jitters among the movie royalty packing the auditorium for the 87th Academy Awards. The opening joke was a reference to the criticism Oscar voters faced this year for failing to nominate a single performer of color in any of the acting categories for the first time in many years, including the critically acclaimed star of the civil rights drama, "Selma," … [Read more...] about Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris runs gamut, in his tux and undies
Traditionally familiar to Russians due to their country's wartime alliance with Vietnam, more recently Nha Trang has become "a little Russia," with many Russian visitors feeling comfortable enough to settle down. Many shops in the central resort town now have Russian signboards, tour guides and drivers, while even ordinary residents are learning to speak Russian - an adaptation to the wave of visitors. Tuyet, a sandwich vendor on Nguyen Thien Thuat Street in downtown Nha Trang, said she does not know a single Russian word, but asked her niece to help her make a sign advertising beef and omelet sandwiches in Russian to place in front of her shop. "Since I added the sign, I've received a lot more Russian customers. I just have to remember how the words look when they point at one," she said. A 47-year-old Russian tourist named Mokretcova said the Russian signboards make her and her compatriots feel comfortable as they enable them to shop on their own. Nha Trang became known to … [Read more...] about Bolstered by old military ties, Nha Trang lures Russians tourists
When Jose Mourinho took afternoon tea with Sir Alex Ferguson at The Lowry before Real Madrid's Champions League clash with Manchester City, there was plenty to discuss. Mourinho loaded the bullets for Ferguson after Chelsea appointed Rafa Benitez and two days later the Manchester United manager took aim at the Spanish coach. Fergie and Mourinho are close enough to discuss the Portuguese coach's future as he prepares for a return to English football after three years at Real Madrid. The end game is fast approaching for Mourinho and he is ready for the next big challenge. His behaviour at the Bernabeu is becoming increasingly eccentric and he was the centre of attention before Real's 2-0 derby win over Atletico Madrid on Saturday. He had promised to walk on to the playing surface at precisely 8.20pm to gauge the reaction of Real's supporters after he was jeered during a Spanish Cup tie with Alcoyano last Tuesday. Most of them voiced approval for the man who prised the … [Read more...] about Big three scrap to get Jose back! Is it United, City or his old friends at Chelsea?