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Rebels advance in Ukraine, Moscow faces sanctions threats

Rebels advance in Ukraine, Moscow faces sanctions threats

Russian-backed rebels pushed forward on Monday with a new offensive that has brought all-out war back to eastern Ukraine after a five-month ceasefire, bringing U.S. and European threats of tighter Western financial sanctions against Moscow. Washington and Brussels are both considering new measures after accusing Russia of openly supporting the …

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Artists awarded for musical achievements

Artists awarded for musical achievements

Composer Vu Cat Tuong scored a hat-trick for his song at Bai Hat Viet 2014 (Vietnamese Song 2014), a television show that runs throughout the year to showcase new songs by Vietnamese writers. Yeu Xa (Faraway Love) won the Favourite Song Award as voted for by the public, and also …

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President Obama and US Congress at war: Obama wins

President Obama and US Congress at war: Obama wins

On January 20, President Obama gave a speech to the U.S. Congress and American people on the “State of the Union.” Obama’s theme was that “the dark shadow of crisis for America has passed.” The speech comes after a crushing defeat of Obama’s Democratic Party in November 2014 in which …

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City shifts flower street for Tet

City shifts flower street for Tet

The flower road, created for the last 11 years on neighbouring Nguyen Hue Street, will run from Pho Duc Chinh to Ho Tung Mau. As usual, the mascot of the upcoming New Year will be displayed at the beginning of the street along with flowers and other decorations featuring the …

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Saudi King Abdullah dies, new ruler is Salman

Saudi King Abdullah dies, new ruler is Salman

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah died early on Friday and his brother Salman became king, the royal court in the world’s top oil exporter and birthplace of Islam said in a statement carried by state television. King Salman has named his half-brother Muqrin as his crown prince and heir, rapidly moving …

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Experts study ancient carvings found in Ha Giang

Experts study ancient carvings found in Ha Giang

Archaeologists recently discovered more than 100 stone carvings on a high mountain in the northern Ha Giang province. The carvings, believed to date back to the 10th century AD and made spontaneously on large stones with metal tools, comprise symbolic circles, spirals, rectangular patterns and parallel lines, besides triangles symbolising …

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Rethinking heritage conservation

Rethinking heritage conservation

The relationship between world heritage conservation and sustainable development has been a key issues at a three-day workshop in Ninh Binh that kicked off yesterday. The workshop aims to discuss a draft of the policy to integrate a sustainable development perspective into the processes of the World Heritage Convention, in …

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