Sudanese women prepare food to be served during the Iftar (breaking of the fast) at sunset during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, as they protest outside the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum. — AFP/VNA Photo KHARTOUM — Sudan's army rulers and protesters are to hold fresh talks over handing power to a civilian administration on Monday, spokesmen for the generals and the protest movement said. On Saturday, the Alliance for Freedom and Change -- an umbrella for the protest movement -- said the generals had invited it for a new round of talks after several days of deadlock. "The meeting was planned for today but it has now been postponed to Monday," alliance spokesman Rashid al-Sayed said. Sayed did not explain why the talks were postponed, but sources in the alliance said that more time was needed for consultations within the leadership. Late on Sunday the spokesman for the ruling military council, Lieutenant General Shamseddine Kabbashi, … [Read more...] about New talks on Sudan civil rule on Monday
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The seminar on Vietnam-US relations and defence and security cooperation held at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC. At the seminar, delegates analyzed Vietnam’s position in US foreign policy and the world. Amy Searight, Director of CSIS’s Southeast Asian Program, said Vietnam and the US have mutual interests and shared views on rule-based order, especially concerning regional maritime issues. Both countries have implemented measures for more effective cooperation. US Assistant Secretary of Defence for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver hailed the growing defence relations between the two nations over the last two years as seen through many milestones, including the visit to Vietnam by USS Carl Vinson in March 2018 – the first trip to the country by a US aircraft carrier since 1975. Schriver also touched upon many other fields of bilateral cooperation, including dioxin detoxification at Bien Hoa airport in … [Read more...] about Vietnam, US talk defence and security cooperation
U.S.'s Mnuchin to visit China next week for trade talks - CNBC interview The Saigon Times Daily U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks to the media at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 6, 2019 – PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday that he and other U.S. officials will travel to Beijing next week for trade talks, aiming to clinch a deal to avert a March 2 increase in U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods. Mnuchin said in an interview with CNBC that the talks he and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer led in Washington last week with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He were “very productive.” “Ambassador Lighthizer and myself and a large team are on our way to Beijing next week. We are committed to continue these talks,” Mnuchin said. “We’re putting in an enormous amount of effort to try to hit this deadline and get a deal. So that’s our objective.” U.S. … [Read more...] about U.S.’s Mnuchin to visit China next week for trade talks
With the direst warnings yet of impending environmental disaster still ringing in their ears, representatives from nearly 200 nations gather Sunday in Poland to firm up their plan to prevent catastrophic climate change. Scientists have warned that we need to cut fossil fuel emissions by half by 2030 to avert disaster The UN climate summit comes at a crucial juncture in mankind's response to planetary warming. The smaller, poorer nations that will bare its devastating brunt are pushing for richer states to make good on the promises they made in the 2015 Paris agreement. In Paris three years ago, countries committed to limit global temperature rises to well below two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), and to the safer cap of 1.5C if at all possible. But with only a single degree Celsius of warming so far, the world has already seen a crescendo of deadly wildfires, heatwaves and hurricanes made more destructive by rising seas. Johan Rockstrom, designated director of the … [Read more...] about Alarm sounded, nations urged to act at UN climate talks
Lawyers Luong Van Trung from the Vietnam International Arbitration Centre and Tran Thi Anh Tho from Lexcomm Vietnam LLC discuss whether Thai Beverage has the right to be on Sabeco’s The two layers weigh in their opinion about the Sabeco-Thai Beverage conflict A case that may affect Vietnam’s reputation on global markets On April 23, Sabeco will hold its extraordinary general shareholders’ meeting, less than six months after it held the share auction that saw Thai Beverage as the only buyer. According to Vietnamese laws and Sabeco’s charter, a shareholder with more than 5 per cent of the stake must hold the shares for six consecutive months or more before they are entitled to appoint nominees to the board. In this case, as Thai Beverage only acquired 53.59 per cent of Sabeco’s shares last December, technically speaking, the Thai investor has not had the right to appoint and vote its representative to be on Sabeco’s board yet. But should … [Read more...] about Lawyer-talk: can and should Thai Beverage gain control of Sabeco now?