By Dinh Ly – Translated by Kim Khanh
North korean president kills uncle
Six grade-seven students were playing football on their school’s ground in Vietnam on Saturday afternoon when a lightning strike suddenly hit them, killing one, local authorities reported.
Ho Van Nhiet, chairman of a commune in north-central Quang Tri Province, confirmed on Saturday evening that the local government had handed over the body of the student to his family for burial.
The ill-fated student was Ho Van Th., 13 years old, of class 7C at the Dakrong Semi-Boarding Junior and Senior High School, Nhiet said.
The fatal incident happened at 3:00 pm the same day when a rainstorm together with a thunderstorm was striking the area.
Locals who witnessed the lightning strike took all the six students to hospital for emergency treatment, but Th. could not survive.
Among the five remaining victims, one was injured and needed treatment, while the others were shocked only.
Another schoolboy died due to lightning on Wednesday last week in Ha Tinh Province, located in the north-central region, when he was riding a bicycle home from school.
The fatality happened at around 4:30 pm on April 26, when a lightning strike knocked down 10-year-old Nguyen Duy Tr. when he was only 200 meters away from home.
Tr. was taken to a health center for emergency aid but he passed away later.
Vietnamese Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong on Wednesday held talks with United States President Donald Trump, who is in Hanoi for the second U.S.-North Korea Summit.
The meeting took place at the Presidential Palace in the Vietnamese capital at 11:00 am.
President Trump expressed his joy that the significant U.S.-North Korea Summit takes place in Vietnam.
General Secretary Trong affirmed that Vietnam had exerted its best efforts to provide the most favorable conditions for a successful summit.
|Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong (R) shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre|
The two leaders witnessed Vietnamese carriers VietJet and Bamboo Airways sign deals with Boeing Co to buy 110 planes worth more than $15 billion.
Vietjet signed firm order to buy 100 new Boeing 737 Max planes worth $12.7 billion at list price, whereas Bamboo Airways inked a deal to purchase ten planes from the U.S. planemaker.
|The two leaders witness the signing of many important documents following their talks . Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre|
President Trump arrived at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport on late Tuesday and was welcomed by Minister-Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son, Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung, and several other high-ranking officials.
This is the second time the U.S. president has come to Vietnam.
In November 2017, he paid an official visit to Vietnam and attended the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Economic Leaders’ Meeting in the central coastal city of Da Nang.
|Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong at the meeting. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre|
|President Donald Trump is pictured during the talk . Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre|
|Vietnamese students wave the two countries’ flags in front of the Presidential Palace in Hanoi. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre|
Vietnamese State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc has requested relevant agencies to grant a university student the martyr title for sacrificing his own life to save his three friends from drowning, according to the Vietnam Government Portal .
State President Phuc on Sunday extended his condolences to the family of Nguyen Van Nha, 23, who hailed from the north-central province of Nghe An and studied at the University of Sciences – Hue University in central Thua Thien – Hue Province.
The Vietnamese leader asked local authorities to carry out necessary procedures to honor Nha with the Bravery Order, which is given to individuals who have taken brave acts to save people or property of the state and the people, as well as recognizing him as a martyr.
He also asked the Nghe An and Thua Thien – Hue Province administrations and the board of the University of Sciences – Hue University for providing support for Nha’s family.
On April 30, a group of students from Hue University, including Nha, took a swim at a beach in Phu Vang District, Thua Thien – Hue Province.
As three girls were swept away by strong waves and began to drown, Nha rushed to save the victims.
After bringing his friends to safety, Nha was washed away and drowned due to exhaustion.
His funeral was organized at his home in Nghe An Province on Sunday afternoon.
The University of Sciences – Hue University will organize a ceremony to pay tribute to the young hero on campus at 7:00 pm on Tuesday.
PUL-E-ALAM, Afghanistan – At least 21 people were killed and nearly 100 wounded Friday when a car bomb exploded in an Afghan city south of the capital that President Ashraf Ghani blamed on the Taliban.
The blast occurred in a residential area of Pul-e-Alam, capital of Logar province, as people were breaking their Ramadan fast, and came on the eve of the formal start of the US military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian told reporters that the blast left 21 people dead and 91 others wounded, updating an earlier toll.
The chief of Logar’s provincial council, Hasibullah Stanikzai, said the car bomb targeted a guesthouse in the city where dozens of people were living — including university students.
Arian said the blast caused widespread damage in the area, including to a hospital and residential houses.
“The roofs of houses have collapsed and people are trapped under the debris,” he said, adding the toll might change. “The security forces are trying to rescue those trapped.”
He later said three people had been rescued from under the debris.
Arian said the casualties include university students who were in the guesthouse to take exams, and doctors and patients from the hospital that was damaged by the blast.
Officials said those wounded were brought to Kabul for treatment.
Samat Gul, head of Logar health department, said the wounded had to be taken to Kabul since the blast damaged the main city hospital and its ambulances and also left some doctors wounded.
He said Kabul had dispatched ambulances so that the wounded could be taken to the capital.
Ghani blamed the Taliban for the attack.
“The Taliban have once again shown that they are not only unwilling to resolve the current crisis peacefully and fundamentally, but are complicating the situation and wasting the opportunity for peace,” the Afghan president said in a statement.
The Taliban did not make any immediate comment.
The blast comes a day before the US military formally begins to pull out its remaining troops from the violence-wracked country.
US President Joe Biden announced earlier this month that all American troops will leave Afghanistan by the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
Even as the US military withdraws its remaining some 2,500 troops from Afghanistan, fighting has continued unabated across several provinces.
Overall violence on the ground has increased as global diplomatic efforts to hammer out a peace deal between the warring sides have so far faltered.
Both the Taliban and government forces have clashed in near daily battles, inflicting high casualties on each other.
Scores of civilians, too, have been killed in the fighting in recent months, including many in targeted assassinations in Kabul and other cities. AFP
The same day, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son extended his condolences to his Mexican counterpart Marcelo Ebrard Casaubón .
Foreign media reported that a subway overpass collapsed on May 3 in the Mexican capital, sending a train plunging to the ground, killing at least 24 people and injuring dozens more./.