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Saigon cyclo drivers rip foreign tourists: report

A cyclo driver snatches money from an Australian tourist in Ho Chi Minh City after she refused to pay his high price.

Hung and another cyclo driver each quickly took a US$50 note from the wallets of an Australian couple after dropping them with their two children at the Independence Palace last Thursday. The couple gesticulated, asking for their money back, but Hung and his friend just smiled and rode away. The …

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Ben Affleck planning a film based on FIFA scandal

Warner Bros. and Oscar winner Ben Affleck will make a movie about the FIFA scandal, people familiar with the situation said.

The Burbank, California-based studio acquired the rights to “Houses of Deceit,” the story of Chuck Blazer, the FIFA executive turned whistleblower, said the people, who requested anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Warner Bros. is banking on doing better than FIFA’s own film account of …

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Phan Rang pancake a big hit among Saigon foodies

As Vietnam’s economic hub, Ho Chi Minh City attracts millions of people from all over the country who come for better jobs.

As Vietnam’s economic hub, Ho Chi Minh City attracts millions of people from all over the country who come for better jobs. So it makes sense that you can find here a variety of flavors from different places. Some culinary fads have come and gone. Almost nobody can remember them …

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Bill Gates trust to pay $30,000 fine over horse manure

Bill Gates attends a session at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos January 28, 2011.

A trust affiliated with billionaire Bill Gates will pay a $30,000 fine over horse manure in a settlement expected to be approved on Thursday by a special magistrate in the affluent south Florida village of Wellington. But the Microsoft Corp co-founder, ranked as the world’s richest person by Forbes magazine, …

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Man City exhibition game with Vietnam to cost 1 million pounds

SHB chairman Do Quang Hien speaks to the media at a press meeting in Hanoi on June 22, 2015.

Manchester City will send their official formation to Vietnam for an exhibition game next month, but without Argentines Sergio Aguero and Pablo Zabaleta, the Vietnamese bank that will spend one million pounds on organizing the friendly said Monday. The English Premier League side have accepted the invitation to play a …

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World Bank pledges up to $500 mln for quake-hit Nepal

A photo taken June 8, 2015 shows a boy walking along the debris of a collapsed temple carrying a trident, which is locally called "Trishul", a weapon used by Lord Shiva also known as the god of destruction, after the April 25 earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal .

The World Bank on Tuesday pledged up to half a billion dollars to help Nepal rebuild after two earthquakes killed nearly 9,000 people there in April and May, leveling homes and pushing hundreds of thousands of people deeper into poverty. The World Bank, a global development lender based in Washington, …

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6 must-eats in Hanoi’s Old Square

The rice, or nep cam, is not fermented like the one sold in Ho Chi Minh City.

1. It is disturbingly hot during this time of the year in Hanoi. But, thankfully, people in the capital city have come up with drinks and desserts that help cool off. Among them is a mix of yogurt with purple sticky rice and ice shavings, known as sua chua nep …

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Vietnam’s dirty growth

A worker watering to prevent dust from the waste piles of spent coal at Vinh Tan 2 power plant in Binh Thuan Province.

The prettiest route to the Vinh Tan 2 power plant follows the coast road in Binh Thuan Province, past endless foundering beachfront resorts and through some of the strongest coastal winds in the country. Just five kilometers beyond Vinh Hao (the town where the namesake mineral water firm was founded) …

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