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  • Indonesia earthquake kills at least 52

On December 7th, an earthquake registering 6.5 on the Richter scale struck Indonesia's Aceh province at 5:03 a.m. local time, at a depth of 17.2 km, killing at least 52 people. Indonesia's national disaster mitigation agency said 78 people suffered serious injuries and dozens more were feared trapped in collapsed and damaged buildings. The death toll was expected to rise, Indonesia's army said. Indonesia’s meteorological agency said there was no risk of a tsunami. Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines around the Pacific Basin.…... [read more]

  • Italy president pledges to solve government crisis fast

Before any vote can take place, however, Italy needs a new electoral law. Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni appears to be in pole position to be nominated by Mattarella sometime in the next 48 hours to head the next government and oversee that reform. Gentiloni could potentially take office next week and would face an immediate crisis in the banking sector, with the country's third-largest lender, Monte dei Paschi di Siena (BMPS.MI), likely to need state intervention to avoid collapse. "Our country needs a fully competent government, quickly," Mattarella, a 75 year-old former constitutional court judge, said after meeting officials from…... [read more]

  • Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – December 10

Check out what is in the news today, December 10 Check out what is in the news today, December 10 Politics -- Vietnam received Friday the chairmanship of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) for 2017 from Peru at the Informal Senior Official Meeting (ISOM) among APEC members in Hanoi. -- During talks with Politburo member Nguyen Van Binh, head of the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission, in Hanoi on Friday, chief economist of the International Monetary Fund Maurice Obstfeld expressed his support for Vietnam’s reform orientations. Society -- An hours-long rain hit Ho Chi Minh City on Friday, inundating the…... [read more]

  • South Korean parliament votes overwhelmingly to impeach President Park

The Constitutional Court must now decide whether to uphold the impeachment, a process that could take up to 180 days. South Korean lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Friday to impeach President Park Geun-hye over an influence-peddling scandal, setting the stage for her to become the country's first elected leader to be expelled from office in disgrace. The impeachment motion was carried by a wider-than-expect 234-56 margin in a secret ballot in parliament, meaning more than 60 of Park's own conservative Saenuri Party members backed removing her. The votes of at least 200 members of the 300-seat chamber were needed for the…... [read more]

  • Iraq says it destroys Mosul car bomb factories

Lieutenant-General Abdul Ameer Rasheed Yarallah said Counter Terrorism Service forces spearheading the seven-week operation to retake Mosul seized the Tamim district halfway between the city's eastern edge and the River Tigris running through its center. The elite troops, part of a US-backed, 100,000-strong coalition of Iraqi forces, have been fighting street battles with the militants and now control around half of the city's eastern neighborhoods. But progress has been slow as they have faced counterattacks by the jihadist fighters, who deployed hundreds of the suicide car bombs, as well as mortars and snipers, and used the city's million residents as…... [read more]

  • Deputy PM inspects flood-hit areas in Binh Dinh, Quang Ngai

Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung on December 9 visited Tuy Phuoc district in the south central province of Binh Dinh, one of the hardest hit areas by recent floods where many villages are still being isolated. The Deputy PM asked for the relocation of residents living near the bank of Ha Thanh river in Luat Le village to safer places, while requesting Binh Dinh’s authorities to give timely support to flood victims. The province should roll out measures to assist families facing difficulties, while mobilising forces to help locals repair their houses to resume normal lives…... [read more]

  • No reports of Vietnamese people affected by Indonesia earthquake

The Vietnamese Embassy in Indonesia has confirmed that, so far, it has no reports of any Vietnamese killed or affected by the strong earthquake registering 6.4 on the Richter scale which struck in the early morning of December 7th in Aceh province on Indonesia's Sumatra Island. The Embassy said there are almost no Vietnamese people living in this area. The Vietnamese Embassy is continuing to coordinate with Indonesian authorities to monitor and update its information. As of the afternoon of December 7th, nearly 100 people were reported killed and over 600 others were injured by the earthquake. Immediately after the…... [read more]

  • Vinh suspends 17 construction projects

Viet Nam News NGHỆ AN - The People's Committee of central Nghệ An Province's Vinh City has suspended the construction of 17 building sites, at which tower cranes were used without licensed or cranes that were operating outside specified construction areas. The 17 building sites flouting regulations were among 21 on-going construction sites that the committee had inspected since early this month. The move aimed to tighten control over the operation of tower cranes in the city and ensure the safety of people. The committee has asked the investors of these projects to remove the tower cranes. The possibility of…... [read more]

  • Solomons escape serious damage after powerful 7.7 quake

Viet Nam News SYDNEY - A major 7.7-magnitude quake struck on Friday off the Solomon Islands triggering severe shaking and a tsunami warning, but there were no reports of any serious damage, officials said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre initially said there could be possible "widespread, hazardous" tsunami waves, forcing villagers to flee to higher ground. But within three hours the warning was downgraded after the threat passed without major incident. The epicentre of the quake, which hit at 4:38am, was located 68km west of Kirakira, a provincial capital in the Solomon Islands, at a depth of 48km, the US…... [read more]

  • 'Everything destroyed': Indonesians face quake destruction

KUTA PANGWA, Indonesia: When the earthquake struck before dawn, Marthonis and his family had no time to run out of their home before it collapsed into ruins around them. Pinned under concrete in the pitch dark, Marthonis - the chief of Kuta Pangwa village - was not alone. Every house in his small hamlet was flattened when a 6.5-magnitude quake tore through Aceh province in Indonesia's west, killing more than 100 people. Marthonis' mother was among the dead, crushed in her sleep. "My mother didn't survive. Maybe it was her destiny to die in a disaster like this," Marthonis told…... [read more]