Thousands evacuated as Germany tackles huge WWII bombs

Visiting Kendo Thang Long Club at Giang Vo Residential Area in Hanoi, we witnessed an animated practicing atmosphere of about 50 students. The loud shouts, the slapping sound of bamboo swords clashing against each other, the noise of feet stomping on the floor make the whole training place full of energy. Dressed in a uniform which has several similarities to that of a samurai, Le Hai Son, president of the club, introduced us the Japanese martial art. In Japanese, ken means sword and do means the way.  Son also acknowledged that Kendo was introduced into Vietnam in the early 2000s. At the beginning, it was taught to children of Japanese expatriates working in Hanoi. Afterwards, the martial art was practiced more and more by Vietnamese. Now, Kendo is not only developing in Hanoi but also in many other cities and provinces nationwide. Kendo first appeared in Vietnam in the early 2000s. In 2009, Kendo Vietnam Club was formally established with branches in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, marking a new stage of development in practicing this sport in the country. Youngsters who practice Kendo not only learn a sport but also good manners. Established in August, 2014, Kendo Thang Long Club has been a rendezvous for people who love the sport as well as Japanese culture. Những bài tập thiền giúp các kendoka thư giãn và lấy lại thăng bằng cho cơ thể sau buổi tập.  …... [read more]

With the passage of time, the victory’s significance has become increasingly well-established. Misconceptions and disinformation about the invaluable sacrifices by the Soviet Union’s Red Army have been eclipsed, as well those about progressive and democratic forces in their joint struggle against fascism. German, Japanese, and Italian fascists launched wars of aggression against a string of countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania in a bid to rule the world and uproot the great October Revolution. The Second World War became the largest and most destructive war of the 20th century, killing 60 million people, maiming 90 million others and causing a colossal loss of about US$4 trillion. Of the total, the Soviet armed forces and people suffered the greatest losses: more than 27 million people killed, tens of millions of others wounded and over 17,000 cities, towns and villages destroyed. It was the resilient and valiant spirit of combat of the Red Army and the people of the Soviet Union that shattered Hitler’s ambition to conquer the whole world. They not only liberated the occupied land in the Soviet Union but also freed a series of East European countries. The Red Army pushed deep into Nazi German territory, attacked Berlin and forced the German armed forces to surrender unconditionally to the Soviet Union and the Allies. The victory over fascism was made in large part by the Soviet people under the leadership of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, who helped save mankind from the fascist disaster and created…... [read more]

Prof. Klaus Schwab, Founder - Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), delivered this message at a dialogue, entitled “Global competition and the Vietnamese youth’s role” with students from the Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City, on June 8. Schwab advised Vietnamese students to study harder, expand networking and seek opportunities to explore the world from different aspects so that they can accumulate experiences. At the dialogue, the professor spoke of the impact of the global financial crisis in late 2008 on the world economy, especially economic powers such as the United States and Japan. He said that economic institutions set up after the second World War have now failed to catch up with scientific and technological advances. The professor also aired his views about Vietnam’s educational development and other socio-economic issues. On this occasion, the university conferred an honourary doctorate degree in economics on Prof. Schwab in recognition of his great contributions to global economics and long-standing commitments to Vietnam.... [read more]

The United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women (UN Women) recently published a report entitled “Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights”. Introducing the report, the UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said,”Our world is out of balance. It is both wealthier and more unequal today than at any time since the Second World War. We are recovering from a global economic crisis – but that recovery has been jobless. We have the largest cohort ever of educated women, yet globally women are struggling to find work.” Unemployment rates are at historic highs in many countries, including those in the Middle East and North Africa, in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as in southern Europe. Where women do have jobs, globally they are paid 24% less than men, on average. For the most part, the world’s women are in low-salaried, insecure occupations, like small-scale farming, or as domestic workers – a sector where they comprise 83 per cent of the workforce. Why isn’t the global economy fit for women? In flagship report Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights, UN Women’s investigate what this failure means – and propose solutions. Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka affirmed, “We take a fresh, holistic look at both economic and social policies and their implications for the entire economy. We look particularly at the ‘invisible’ economy of unpaid care and domestic work that anchors all economies and societies. Conventional measures like GDP have…... [read more]

The statement wrote: “On behalf of the United Nations Country Team in Vietnam, I would like to extend our warmest congratulations to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on its election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on October 16”. Mr Hendra said this is testimony to Vietnam’s further integration into the international community and its growing prominence and influence in the world. The Vietnamese Government is strongly committed to playing an active role in maintaining world peace and security, he added. World’s media highlights Vietnam becoming non-permanent member of UNSC Most news agencies in Russia on October 16 covered the vote on non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council. In its early news bulletins Interfax reported on the initial results of the vote at 20.40 local time. The ITAR-TASS news agency, updated at 21.30, named the five countries elected as non-permanent members of the UNSC (Libya, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Croatia and Burkina-Faso). In the first round of voting, Libya, Vietnam and Burkina-Faso easily acquired the two-thirds of the votes needed to be elected as non-permanent members. Libya received 185 votes out of 190, Vietnam received 183 votes and Burkina Faso received 178 votes. Qatar, Vietnam’s predecessor at the UNSC, expressed its belief that Vietnam will contribute greatly to the UN’s work. The ambassador and head of the Indonesian delegation to the UN, one of the two Asian non-permanent members of the UNSC, said Indonesia will fully cooperate with…... [read more]

Mr Triet expressed his hope that Belarusian and Vietnamese localities would strengthen cooperation and share experience in socio-economic development. He visited Khatyn national memorial complex, about 60km north-east of the capital, Minsk, where many people in Khatyn village in Logoiski of Minsk province, including 75 children, were killed by the Nazi Germany during the second world war. President Triet laid a wreath to commemorate the victims and expressed his condolences over the massacre and criticised the past war. As a war-worn country, Vietnamese people, like Belarusians, want to ensure peace and stability in the world and at home. During his visit to Begoml town in Vichev province, Mr Triet expressed his delight at the strong development of Belarus’ agricultural sector and wanted to boost cooperation with Belarusian localities. Earlier, President Triet visited the Berezinsky Biosphere Reservein Vichev, about 100km from Minsk.... [read more]

Following is the gist of the interview: Reporter: What is your assessment of the historical significance of the Second World War and the role of the Soviet army in smashing the fascist axis? President Sang: The outstanding victory in the struggle to annihilate fascism belonged to all democratic progressive forces around the world, but without the role of the Red Army and the huge sacrifices of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War, mankind hardly escaped from perdition. The triumph of the allies in the Second World War, in which the Soviet army played a decisive role, saved humanity from the fascism disaster, thus making significant contributions to maintaining world peace. People throughout the world, including those from Vietnam always remember and are grateful to millions of the Soviet Red Army soldiers and people for their heroic efforts and great sacrifices in the fight against fascism and never forget the losses of the Soviet people during the fierce war years. The victory of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War paved the way for national liberation of oppressed nations across the world, encouraging people of other countries, including Vietnam to rise in revolt against the oppression of colonialism, fascism and militarism to regain national independence and freedom. Under the clear-sighted leadership of President Ho Chi Minh with the wholehearted solidarity, and the encouragement of the victory of progressive forces in the world, the people of Vietnam staged a general uprising to seize power, making a successful August Revolution…... [read more]

With his cello, he played pieces through many epochs of musical history, from Johann Sebastian Bach through the European Classical and Romantic periods to Jimi Hendrix and John Cage. For a nearly half a century, Frank Wolff has performed in many European, American and Asian countries. This is his second visit to Vietnam after the first in 1996. Born in 1945, shortly after the Second World War, Frank Wolff showed his passion for playing the cello. He studied music in Freiburg, then philosophy in Frankfurt. After many years of further cello studies, he became the member of an orchestra and a string quartet in Berlin.... [read more]

Countering terrorist threats remains a huge focus for the EU states in 2017. Even during New Year celebrations in countries like Germany and Italy, several terrorist attacks and conflicts associated with migrants were witnessed. European officials fear that terror attacks will increase this year, as terrorists continue to infiltrate the lines of migrants to the Old Continent. British media reported that a leader of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS), namely Lavdrim Muhaxheri, along with about 300-400 IS fighters may have penetrated into Europe disguised as refugees. The increase in terrorist threats also means that the EU will have to pay more for the war against terrorism both in and outside the continent. French President François Hollande in his New Year message was committed to pursuing the fight against terrorism and extremism worldwide. Meanwhile, a major problem for the EU for years – the migrant crisis – is forecast to remain a serious challenge for the region in 2017, in the context of armed conflict hotspots around the EU still show no sign of cooling down. The latest statistics show that the number of migrants granted asylum in Belgium over the past year climbed to a record high. In the first 11 months of 2016, a total of 14,241 migrants were given refugee status by Belgium authorities, an increase of approximately 30% compared to 2015 – the peak year of the migration crisis. Recent reports from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM)…... [read more]

The military high command in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong, on January 4, defused a 226kg bomb unearthed in the local Dak Song district. The MK82 bomb is 1.67m in length and 29cm in diameter. It contains 87 kg of explosive substance, with detonation diameter spanning 600 metres. Three shells were also found in the same area with the bomb by local farmers who dug holes to plant pepper trees. Dak Nong is located in the south of the Central Highlands and houses the key road connecting the region with the southeast region. Once a warzone, the province has been tackling unexploded bombs for many years. During the war, the US army dropped more bombs on Vietnam than were deployed in the First and Second World Wars combined, according to the US organisation Clear Path International. It is estimated that about 30 percent of the bombs remain unexploded. VNA... [read more]

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