Vietnam's bad debts decline to 2.9 pct of loans in 2015

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Vietnam's bad debts decline to 2.9 pct of loans in 2015

HANOI, March 14 - Bad debts in Vietnam's banking sector declined to 2.9 percent of loans at the end of 2015, from 3.7 percent a year earlier, the government's National Financial Supervisory Commission said on Monday.

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Foreigners a prime target of criminals in Ho Chi Minh City: police

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Foreigners a prime target of criminals in Ho Chi Minh City: police

Police in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City admitted on Friday that foreign visitors are the biggest preys of criminals, but quickly reassured that they are exerting effort to protect both tourists and local dwellers.

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Nha Trang authorities to reward those spotting beggars with cash

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Nha Trang authorities to reward those spotting beggars with cash

When seeing beggars in a beach city in south-central Vietnam, one can report it to local authorities to have a chance to gain some monetary benefits, officials have announced.

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Employee arrested for stealing $123,500 from Ho Chi Minh City electronics store

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Employee arrested for stealing $123,500 from Ho Chi Minh City electronics store

An attendant of an electronics store in Ho Chi Minh City was caught red handed as he attempted to steal US$123,500 (VND2.75 billion) from the shop he worked for.

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Putin says Russians to start withdrawing from Syria, as peace talks resume

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Putin says Russians to start withdrawing from Syria, as peace talks resume

MOSCOW/GENEVA, March 14 - President Vladimir Putin announced out of the blue on Monday that "the main part" of Russian armed forces in Syria would start to withdraw, telling his diplomats to step up the push for peace as U.N.-mediated talks resumed on ending the five-year-old war.

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Missiles in Syria kill 50 as schools, hospitals hit; Turkey accuses Russia

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Missiles in Syria kill 50 as schools, hospitals hit; Turkey accuses Russia

KIEV/BEIRUT, Feb 15 - Turkey on Monday accused Russia of an "obvious war crime" after missile attacks in northern Syria killed scores of people, and warned Kurdish militia fighters there they would face the "harshest reaction" if they tried to capture a town near the Turkish border.

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U.S., S.Korea, Japan military chiefs to consult on N.Korea- U.S. officials

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WASHINGTON, Feb 8 (Reuters) - The United States' top military commander will discuss North Korea's latest satellite launch with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts this week as part of efforts to strengthen military ties between the three countries, U.S. defense officials said on Monday.

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Zika “not as scary as dengue fever”: Vietnam's health minister

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Zika “not as scary as dengue fever”: Vietnam's health minister

The Vietnamese health minister said on Tuesday that the Zika virus was not as much of a cause for concern as dengue fever, in an effort to reassure the public after the first two cases of Zika-positive patients in Vietnam were confirmed earlier the same day.

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Ecuador death toll tops 500, Correa ponders financing

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Ecuador death toll tops 500, Correa ponders financing

PEDERNALES, Ecuador, April 20 - The death toll from Ecuador's weekend earthquake surpassed 500 and rescue efforts ebbed on Wednesday as the traumatized Andean nation braced itself for long and costly rebuilding ahead.

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Drought, salinity threaten millions of farmers in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

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Drought, salinity threaten millions of farmers in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

Millions of Vietnamese farmers are facing major crop losses due to severe drought and an alarming intrusion of salt water into vast areas of agricultural land in the Mekong Delta.

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Ho Chi Minh City starts renovating 130-year-old courthouse

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Ho Chi Minh City starts renovating 130-year-old courthouse

The first sod was turned on a project to renovate and preserve the 130 plus year-old headquarters of the People’s Court in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday.

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Sand mining meets with public outrage in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

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Sand mining meets with public outrage in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

Excessive sand mining along the banks of the Hau (Back) Bassac River in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region has caused massive soil erosion in the area, enraging riverside residents.

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3 killed, 26 wounded as tanker truck collides with passenger bus in Vietnam

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3 killed, 26 wounded as tanker truck collides with passenger bus in Vietnam

Three people were killed and 26 others injured in a fatal collision between a tanker truck and a passenger bus in the northern Vietnamese province of Hoa Binh on Monday.

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Conserving clean water a priority in Ho Chi Minh City

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Conserving clean water a priority in Ho Chi Minh City

A conference on water conservation in Ho Chi Minh City was held on Tuesday, highlighting the urgent need to protect the city’s water resources in the face of climate change.

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Trump rebounds in White House race; Sanders surprises Clinton

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Trump rebounds in White House race; Sanders surprises Clinton

MONROE, N.C., March 9 - Republican leaders opposed to Donald Trump becoming the party's U.S. presidential candidate warned on Wednesday that the billionaire businessman could become unstoppable if he wins two crucial nominating contests next week.

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