Police officers hold a line during the second night of demonstrations in Emeryville, California, following the grand jury decision in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, November 25, 2014. Photo: Reuters Some 2,000 National Guard troops helped ward off a second night of rampant arson and looting in suburban St. Louis after a grand jury declined to indict a white policeman in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, and sympathy protests spread to several U.S. cities. President Barack Obama appealed for dialogue, and his attorney general promised that a federal probe into the Aug. 9 slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, would be rigorous. Officer Darren Wilson, the policeman who shot him, said his conscience was clear. Despite a beefed-up military presence in Ferguson, a police car was torched near City Hall as darkness fell, and police fired smoke bombs and tear gas to scatter protesters. A crowd of demonstrators later converged near … [Read more...] about National Guard, police curb Ferguson unrest as protests swell across U.S.
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Protests in Ferguson, Missouri, were muted for a third straight evening on Friday as National Guard troops begins withdrawing from a St. Louis suburb racked by nearly two weeks of racial turmoil after a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death. Dozens of protesters marched along a street near the site of the Aug. 9 slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown, chanting "Hands up, don't shoot," while the acting police commander, a black highway patrol captain placed in charge last week, ventured out to greet demonstrators. Clergy volunteers wearing bright orange T-shirts mingled with the marchers to help keep the crowd calm. At St. Mark Family Church, a hub for protest organizers, activists and residents met to pray and work on plans to improve the predominantly African American community of 21,000 in the wake of unrest that has focused international attention on often-troubled U.S. race relations. Despite a notable easing of tensions in recent days, police were … [Read more...] about Protests muted in Ferguson as National Guard withdraws
Reporter: What is the state of Vietnam-China relations now that China has placed an oil rig in Vietnam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf? Â« ...we will not accept it when any country, regardless of how strong it is, forces us to concede the sacred territory and sovereignty of our fatherland. ...We are determined to protect every inch of our land or sea from violation. For every Vietnamese, national territorial sovereignty is sacred and sacrosanct. (State President Truong Tan Sang) Â» State President Truong Tan Sang: On May 2, China illegally placed its rig within Vietnam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf. It has unilaterally violated a high-level bilateral agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues and international law, including the United Nations Charter, the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the ASEAN-China Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea … [Read more...] about State President Truong Tan Sang: We are determined to protect every inch of our land or sea from violation
Short Story (23-04-2006) The other side of the hill by Thuy Duong Hue was taking the bamboo basket to the back garden. While picking vegetables, she turned her eyes towards the field. Beyond the small canal overgrown with nieng bushes that Tue had planted the year before was an immense green rice field. From a distance bats were diving swiftly through the evening air. The breeze was touched with mist. She tried to contain her sighs, but they came anyway. When the basket was half full, she hesitated to go home. The afternoon would be over soon... Yesterday and the days before that, those were peaceful days. Then, out of the blue, there was today. If.... She sighed, her chest sank, her eyes blurred and she felt deeply depressed. The mat was spread in the middle of the veranda. Placing a wooden tray of food on it, she turned to call her husband to dinner. Tue walked out looking indifferent, though his eyes were heavy. She looked at him quickly and turned away. "Please eat some more rice. … [Read more...] about The other side of the hill
CR - In the morning of October 9, 2013, after 10 days of intensive and serious working, the 8th plenum of the 11th Party Central Committee fulfilled its agenda. Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong delivered the closing speech. The Communist Review introduces the full speech of the General Secretary. Dear members of the Party Central Committee, Dear participants, After 10 days of intensive and serious working, the 8th Plenum of the 11th Party Central Committee fulfilled its agenda. Members of the Central Committee and participants with high sense of responsibility were engaged in democratic and frank discussion, contributed many clear-sighted and accurate inputs to reports, and programmes. The Political Bureau received these opinions to the maximum and explained issues of diverse opinions. The Central Committee approved with high unanimity the resolution of the plenum. To conclude the plenum, on behalf of the Politburo, may I present major results, emphasize and clarify some … [Read more...] about Continuing to push up socio-economic development, education and training renovation and firm national defence for Viet Nam’s everlasting existence (*)