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President, PM offer condolences on Vietnam president’s death

ISLAMABAD: President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday extended condolences on the death of Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang.  In a tweet, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said: “President & Prime Minister of Pakistan have extended heartfelt condolences on sad and untimely demise of President of Vietnam, Mr. Tran Dai Quang today. People and government of Pakistan are with the people of Vietnam at this hour of grief.” President & Prime Minister of Pakistan have extended heartfelt…

Vietnam’s President Quang dies after ‘serious illness’

HANOI: President Tran Dai Quang, one of the country’s top three leaders but with mostly ceremonial duties, died on Friday after an illness, state television and radio announced. Quang, 61, died in a military hospital in Hanoi from a “serious illness despite efforts by domestic and international doctors and professors,” Vietnam Television reported. Vietnam has no paramount ruler and is officially led by the president, prime minister and Communist Party chief. Experts say the presidency is largely ceremonial. Quang…

‘I feel like I’m walking on clouds’ : Vietnam’s ‘Golden Bridge’ has giant support

DA NANG, Vietnam: In the mountains of central Vietnam, a colossal pair of hands lifts a golden thread of walkway high above the clifftops, as if the mountain itself has sprouted limbs. “I feel like I’m walking on clouds,” said Vuong Thuy Linh, a tourist from Hanoi. “It’s so unique”. Cau Vang or the “Golden Bridge” in Vietnam’s Ba Na Hills has attracted scores of tourists since it opened in June, eager to see a novel piece of architecture famed for its unusual design. The pedestrian walkway, designed by TA…

Vietnam minibus crash kills groom and 12 wedding guests

HANOI:  Thirteen people were killed and four injured when a minibus carrying guests on the way to a wedding in central Vietnam collided head-on with a large container truck on Monday, the government said in a statement. The bus was carrying the groom and his family members from Quang Tri province to the bride’s home in Binh Dinh province during the early hours of the couple’s wedding day. “The accident killed ten of them instantly. Three, including the groom, died on the way to the hospital,” the statement said.…

Thief snatches mobile phone from 4-year-old

HANOI, Vietnam: A thief in Vietnam was caught on camera snatching a mobile phone from the hands of a four-year-old toddler. As the little one, mounted on a bike continues to play on the smartphone, a man is seen hovering around. And even before the little kid realises, the man wearing a full-sleeves tee and cap walks up to the child and snatches the phone out of his hands running from the crime scene. The child startled by the theft looks baffled for a few seconds before breaking down into tears and starts wailing.…

Vietnam braces for typhoon as Philippine toll rises to 230 dead

HANOI/MANILA: Authorities in Vietnam prepared to move a million people from low-lying areas along the south coast on Monday as a typhoon approached after it battered the Philippines with floods and landslides that killed more than 230 people. Typhoon Tembin is expected to slam into Vietnam late on Monday after bringing misery to the predominantly Christian Philippines just before Christmas. Vietnam’s disaster prevention committee said 74,000 people had been moved to safety from vulnerable areas, while authorities in 15…

US Army deserter who spent decades in N.Korea dies at 77

SEOUL: Charles Jenkins, a US Army deserter who spent four decades in communist North Korea and married a Japanese woman abducted by Pyongyang, has died at the age of 77, officials said on Tuesday. According to the Asahi Shimbun daily, his daughter found him collapsed outside their house on Monday and called the emergency services. He later died of heart problems at a hospital in the northern city of Sado, according to the local government. He deserted during a drunken night in 1965, crossing the heavily fortified…

Vietnamese researcher shows iPhone X face ID ‘hack’

HANOI: A researcher in Vietnam has demonstrated how he apparently fooled Apple’s face recognition ID software on its new iPhone X using a mask made with a 3D printer, silicone and paper tape. An announcement on Friday by Bkav, a Vietnamese cybersecurity firm, that it had cracked Apple’s Face ID, and a subsequent video apparently showing an iPhone being unlocked when pointed at a mask, were greeted with some skepticism. Ngo Tuan Anh, Bkav’s vice president, gave Reuters several demonstrations, first unlocking the phone…

Trump offers to mediate on South China Sea

HANOI: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he was prepared to mediate between claimants to the South China Sea, where five countries contest China’s sweeping claims to the busy waterway. Trump was speaking in Vietnam, which has become the most vocal opponent of China’s claims and its construction and militarization of artificial islands in the sea. About $3-trillion in goods passes through the sea each year. “If I can help mediate or arbitrate, please let me know,” Trump said in comments at a meeting in Hanoi…

Trump and Putin brush aside US election claims at Asia summit

DANANG, VIETNAM: Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin both sought to dampen claims of Moscow's meddling in US elections, with the Russian leader branding the accusations as "fantasies", after meeting in Vietnam on Saturday. The two leaders snatched brief but chummy discussions on the margins of an Asia-Pacific summit, in an encounter overshadowed by claims over Russian influence in the vote that propelled Trump to the White House. Trump, whose key former aides are under a US investigation for alleged collaboration with the…