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IMF chief arrives in Pakistan: What happens now?

Why Pakistan goes to IMF every few years?

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Vingroup launches first smartphones

The company says it can produce 5 million phones per year

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Vietnam urges Facebook to open office ahead of controversial cyber law

The ruling Communist Party tolerates little dissent and exercises strict control over the media

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Chinese companies flee overseas to avoid US tariffs

Tariffs are adding fuel to the fire, experts and companies say.

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The Pakistan football team has left for Indonesia to play in the Asian Games 2018

The Pakistan football team departed for Indonesian city of Jakarta to take part in the Asian Games 2018

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India doubles import tax on textile products, may hit China

India doubled the import tax on more than 300 textile products to 20 percent on Tuesday as the world’s biggest producer of cotton tries to curb rising imports from China. It was the second tax hike on textiles in as many months after an increase on other products including fiber and apparels last month. The…

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U.S. lawmakers urge Google, Facebook to resist Vietnam cybersecurity law

Seventeen U.S. lawmakers have urged the CEOs of Facebook and Google to resist changes stipulated by a new cybersecurity law in Vietnam, which critics say gives the Communist-ruled state more power to crackdown on dissent.

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Vietnam craftsman making World Cup mascots from eggshells

Football scarves, shirts and… eggshell art? World Cup swag has taken a quirky turn in Vietnam where a retired schoolteacher is making mascot memorabilia from hollowed-out eggs, meticulously crafted by hand. Nguyen Thanh Tam, 67, spends hours every day making the models, driven by his football fanaticism — a passion shared by millions across Vietnam…

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Tourism keeps Vietnam’s ancient water puppets afloat

In a darkened theatre in central Hanoi, a wooden dragon emerges from a pool to the sound of cymbals crashing in a traditional water puppet show that lures hundreds of tourists daily but is largely shunned by locals. Backstage behind a thin bamboo screen, around 20 puppeteers slosh around waist-deep in rubber overalls wielding the…

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Maryam Naseem wins bronze medal in int’l weightlifting competition

Pakistani weightlifter Maryam Naseem won the bronze medal in Avia Powerlifting competition in Australia. The event was organized in Melbourne and athletes from all over the world took part in it. The gold medal was won by Australia while Vietnam clinched the silver medal in the tournament. Maryam Naseem, who hails from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, holds the…

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This drag queen leads nightlife in Hanoi

HANOI: Makeup artist by day, cross-dresser by night, Betty is among a vanguard of Vietnamese drag queens shaking up Hanoi’s nightlife — and social norms — in a city where such performances remain little known. In a lime green barely-there mesh dress and towering silver heels, the 22-year-old hopes to bring drag into the mainstream…

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Big tobacco wins in smoke-friendly SE Asia: watchdog

MANILA: A global treaty to fight the health impact of tobacco has suffered substantial setbacks in Southeast Asia, home to some of the world’s highest concentrations of smokers, a watchdog group said Monday. The powerful tobacco lobby last year stopped proposed cigarette tax increases in Malaysia and Indonesia, while Vietnam waived all duties on dried…

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Tillerson says Saudi crackdown on corruption triggers concerns

DANANG: Saudi Arabia’s mass purge of elites accused of graft “raises a few concerns”, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday, adding Washington was closely monitoring the Gulf country’s unprecedented probe into alleged embezzlement worth $100 billion. Speaking to reporters before landing in the Vietnamese city of Danang, where Tillerson is accompanying President Donald…

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Trump and Xi set to lay bare their visions for trade in Vietnam summit

DANANG: The leaders of the US and China, the world’s two largest economies, are expected to lay out competing visions for the future of global trade Friday in closely watched speeches to Asia-Pacific leaders gathered in Vietnam. President Donald Trump is likely to wield his “America First” doctrine when he addresses CEOs ahead of the…

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Trump arrives in Vietnam for summit of Asia-Pacific leaders

DANANG, Vietnam: U.S. President Donald Trump landed in Vietnam on Friday for a summit of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) nations, the fourth leg of his 12-day Asia trip, reported Reuters. The White House has said Trump will set out a U.S. vision for a “free and open Indo-Pacific region” in a speech in the beach…

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Death toll from Vietnam storm nears 50

DANANG, Vietnam: The death toll from the typhoon that struck Vietnam at the weekend has risen to at least 49, the government said on Monday, reported Reuters. After Typhoon Damrey’s winds tore off roofs, felled trees and ripped up electricity poles, heavy rains brought floods to central Vietnam just days before the region is due…

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Vietnam braces for typhoon Khanun after floods kill 72

HANOI: Vietnam braced for typhoon Khanun on Monday after destructive floods battered the country’s north and center last week, killing 72 people, the disaster prevention agency said, reported Reuters. Last week’s floods were the worst in years, the government and state-run Vietnam Television said, with thousands of homes submerged. Another 200 houses collapsed and several…

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Death toll from worst Vietnam floods in years rises to 54

HANOI: At least 54 people died and 39 went missing as destructive floods battered northern and central Vietnam this week, the disaster prevention agency said on Friday, reported Reuters. Vietnam is prone to destructive storms and flooding due to its long coastline. A typhoon wrecked havoc across central provinces just last month. The floods that…

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Vietnam flash floods and landslides kill dozens

NEWS DESK: Vietnamese authorities say 37 people have died from floods and landslides caused by heavy rain, reported BBC. Another 40 are missing, and thousands have been evacuated from their homes, as a tropical depression sweeps across northern and central Vietnam. Among the missing is a local journalist reporting on the floods, who was swept…

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Malaria warning as resistant strain spreads to Vietnam

BANGKOK: A form of malaria that is resistant to standard treatment has spread to Vietnam for the first time, researchers warned Friday. The strain was originally detected in Cambodia in 2007, and experts are calling for action before it reaches other areas such as India or Africa. “It spread like a wildfire to Vietnam,” professor…

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