Tag: Vietnam

Scientists Created Fake Rhino Horn. But Should We Use It?

In Africa, 892 rhinos were poached for their horns in 2018, down from a high of 1,349 killed in 2015. The decline in deaths is encouraging, but conservationists agree that poaching still poses a dire threat to Africa’s rhino population, which hovers around 24,500 animals. Now, in the hopes of driving down the value of […]

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This Elusive Creature Wasn’t Seen for Nearly 30 Years. Then It Appeared on Camera.

The illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam has depleted some forests so drastically that scientists call the result “empty forest syndrome,” where almost nothing sings or crawls or rustles the branches. “There’s a beautiful, vibrant tropical forest around you, but no animals in it,” said Andrew Tilker, a scientist with Global Wildlife Conservation and doctoral student […]

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I Watched Friends Die in Afghanistan. The Guilt Has Nearly Killed Me.

When my grandfather Michael Linehan Jr. arrived in North Africa in December 1943 to begin his tour of duty with the 15th Air Force, the average life expectancy of an Allied heavy-bomber crewman was roughly six combat missions, less than a fourth of what he was required to fly. As the 25-year-old pilot of a […]

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U.K. Police Release Names of 39 People Found Dead in a Truck

LONDON — The police on Friday released the names, ages and home provinces of the 39 Vietnamese people who were found dead in a refrigerated trailer in southeastern England last month, after dozens of families in north-central Vietnam had waited weeks for confirmation that their missing relatives were among the victims. There were 10 teenagers […]

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Trump Vowed to Shrink the Trade Gap. It Just Grew.

WASHINGTON — The overall United States trade deficit continued to widen in the first nine months of 2019, data released Tuesday morning show, defying a Trump administration plan to try to shrink the figure by renegotiating trade agreements. The trade deficit for both goods and services grew to $481.3 billion in the first three quarters […]

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Eight Arrested in Vietnam in Inquiry Into Deaths in Truck in Britain

The police in Vietnam arrested eight people on Monday as investigators continued to trace how 39 people, said to be Vietnamese nationals, died in a refrigerated truck in southeastern England on Oct. 23. The arrests, reported in Vietnamese state media, were the latest in what has become a wide-ranging investigation spanning several countries. The police […]

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U.K. Truck Deaths Lead Vietnam Police to Arrest 2 Suspects

LONDON — The police in Vietnam arrested two people on Friday as part of the investigation into the deaths of 39 people whose bodies were found in a refrigerated tractor-trailer in southeastern England last week. The arrests were made on the same day that an official from the Essex Police, which are conducting the main […]

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For Vietnam’s ‘Box People,’ a Treacherous Journey

LONDON — Vietnamese smugglers call it the “CO2” route: a poorly ventilated, oxygen-deficient trip across the English Channel in shipping containers or trailers piled high with pallets of merchandise, the last leg of a perilous, 6,000-mile trek across Asia and into Western Europe. Compared to the other path — the “V.I.P. route,” with its brief […]

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They Sought a Brighter Future in Britain. Instead, Their Families Are Mourning Them.

YEN THANH, Vietnam — Across the village, the altar tables have already been set up. In Buddhist and Catholic households alike, families have not waited for the final word on whether their daughters, sons, brothers and sisters are among the 39 people found dead last week in a refrigerated truck container in an industrial park […]

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Driver in Case of 39 Bodies in Truck Appears in U.K. Court

LONDON — The driver of a truck in which 39 bodies were found in southeastern England made his first court appearance on Monday to face criminal charges related to the deaths and suspected human trafficking, even as the authorities were working to establish the identities of the victims. The driver, 25-year-old Maurice Robinson, has been […]

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The Case of Thailand’s Disappearing Dissidents

At 4:45 a.m. on July 8, a man wearing black and a mask broke into my apartment in Kyoto. He walked into my bedroom, attacked me and my partner with a chemical spray and escaped. Nothing was stolen. The Japanese police arrived quickly. The investigation is ongoing; the perpetrator has not been apprehended. No official […]

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Adjust: Vietnam leads the world in fastest-growing app markets

Mobile apps and games are spreading all over the world, and Vietnam is the No. 1 place in the world when it comes to retaining mobile app users, according to the new Mobile Growth Map from mobile measurement firm Adjust. Adjust — which focuses on mobile measurement, fraud prevention, and cybersecurity — hopes mobile app […]

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America’s Dirty Secret in East Asia

For several months, Japan and South Korea, America’s main allies in East Asia, have been going at each other. Japan stripped South Korea of trading privileges; then South Korea removed Japan from a list of favored trade partners. In late August, Seoul announced that it would cancel an agreement with Tokyo over the sharing of […]

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Make Shoes in U.S., or Pay Tariffs? A Footwear Company Seeks a Third Option

Before the trade war threatened to upend everything, Lena Phoenix spent most of her hours puzzling over how to expand the thriving footwear business she and her husband had founded in their home in Colorado. Now, she is mostly consumed with finding a way around the tariffs that President Trump just imposed, bringing expensive complications. […]

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U.S. Will Drill With Southeast Asian Navies, Echoing Move by China

HONG KONG — Southeast Asian countries tend to be deeply reluctant to collectively challenge China’s growing military and economic prowess in their region. But this week, they appear to be doing just that — by holding their first joint naval drills with the United States Navy. The drills, which will take place partly in the […]

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Vietnam’s top carriers avoid Huawei 5G gear, citing security concerns

Concerns over the security of Huawei 5G networking hardware have spread to an unexpected country — Vietnam — where mobile carriers are reportedly excluding the embattled Chinese company’s gear from their launch of 5G services. Top carrier Viettel has instead selected Ericsson, Nokia, and Qualcomm 5G components, Bloomberg reports, citing network safety rather than political […]

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What Vietnam Veterans Think of the New Film About Their War

It’s been 53 years since the Battle of Long Tan, and Harry Smith, 86, remembers it all — the torrential rain that obscured his view of his soldiers and the men they were facing, the relentless echo of bullets and artillery that shredded the ground around them and the smell of cordite in the air. […]

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Trump’s Trade Quagmire (Wonkish)

Remember the Vietnam quagmire? (Actually, I hope many of my readers are young enough that they don’t, but you’ve presumably heard about it.) In political discourse, “quagmire” has come to have a quite specific meaning. It’s what happens when a government has committed itself to a policy that isn’t working, but can’t bring itself to […]

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Close the Curtain on ‘Miss Saigon’

LOS ANGELES — “Miss Saigon” is revived and on tour again, playing in a theater near me. This is exciting news for some fans of Broadway musicals, and for Asian and Asian-American actors with the chance for important roles. For others, to whom “Miss Saigon” perpetuates deeply held notions of Asian inferiority, this is bad […]

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Your Next iPhone Might Be Made in Vietnam. Thank the Trade War.

BAC NINH, Vietnam — No country on earth has benefited from President Trump’s trade fight with China more than Vietnam. The country’s factories have swelled with orders as American tariffs cause companies to reconsider making their products in China. Now, more big technology firms are looking to bulk up their manufacturing operations in Vietnam, lifting […]

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