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Newsline: US embassy bails out performer detained in Vietnam airport over jewelry

Lil Jon has been known to rock some insane amounts of bling throughout his storied career. But it turns out his affinity for jewelry might not be as well known in other parts of the world. He had to call the US embassy when he was detained at an airport in Vietnam over his jewelry. The 48-year-old took to his Instagram story as he was held up at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Jon also posted a photo of a group of airport security officials laying his jewelry out across a table for inspection. (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-7693833/Lil-Jon-calls-embassy-bail-hes-detained-Vietnam-airport-jewelry.html) But luckily, he was able to get in touch with the US embassy, who sent some people to vouch for him.

Newsline: Chinese diplomat had affairs and sold secrets in Vietnam

A senior Chinese diplomat stationed overseas who led a playboy lifestyle, fathered two children out of wedlock and had affairs with foreign agents has appeared in court on charges of leaking top state secrets. The Chinese cadre surnamed Zhang, said to be with a ministry responsible for technology, was hauled before a court to face charges for leaking top state secrets to foreign spies and was subsequently given a death sentence with a two-year reprieve. Zhang’s exploits and the betrayal of his country were revealed by state broadcaster China Central Television in a name-and-shame program aired during evening prime time. The program’s aim is to warn officials and the people that China was still “crawling with foreign spies” and that those posted overseas must stay vigilant against seduction and instigation. CCTV did not mention where Zhang was posted, but unverified posts circulating on WeChat and Weibo claimed he committed treason while working in Vietnam. (https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/11/article/chinese-diplomat-had-affairs-and-sold-secrets) There were also claims that his illegitimate children were kept hostage to force him to feed more secrets about China’s diplomacy, the domestic situation as well as the health records of state leaders to foreign agents.

Newsline: Vietnam’s embassy says no confirmation of identity of 39 UK truck victims

Vietnam’s embassy in London said on Saturday it did not have official confirmation of the identity of the 39 people who died in the back of a truck to the east of London this week. In a statement, the embassy said its ambassador had spoken to Britain’s interior minister and was staying in close contact with the police as they work to identify the bodies. (https://news.yahoo.com/no-confirmation-identity-39-uk-165006562.html) “According to the Essex Police, the identification and nationality of the victims are still under investigation,” it said. “The Embassy of Vietnam and relevant UK agencies affirmed the willingness to exchange information and to coordinate in order to facilitate the identification of the victims.”

Newsline: North Korea’s Kim begins Hanoi trip by visiting embassy

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited his country’s embassy in Hanoi on Feb. 26, a first outing on a visit to Vietnam, the highlight of which will be a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. Kim entered the embassy shortly after 5 p.m. (1200 GMT) after he left the central Hanoi hotel where he is staying by limousine. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa-kim-outing/north-koreas-kim-begins-hanoi-trip-by-visiting-embassy-idUSKCN1QF15U) Kim arrived in Vietnam earlier in the day, after traveling from North Korea across China by train, for his second summit with Trump. They will try to reach agreement on how to implement a North Korean pledge, made at their first summit, in Singapore in June, to give up its nuclear weapons.

Newsline: Vietnamese Embassy in Egypt assists wounded tourists

The Vietnamese Embassy in Egypt has visited wounded Vietnamese tourists in a roadside bomb blast in the country and worked with local authorities to ask for measures to support treatment for the injured and facilitate Vietnamese citizens’ safe return. Three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian were killed in Egypt when a roadside bomb blast hit their tour bus near the world-famous Giza pyramids at 18:15 of December 28 (local time). There were 18 people on the bus at that time, including 15 Vietnamese tourists and three Egyptians, said the Vietnamese Embassy in Egypt. Of the 12 Vietnamese injuries, 10 are seriously injured and being treated in hospital, while two others with minor injuries were brought to the Embassy for care. Vietnamese Ambassador Tran Thanh Cong immediately visited the wounded victims at Al Haram hospital as well as the scene of the explosion. Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli also visited the victims at the hospital. Ambassador Cong worked with Egyptian health and tourism ministers, asking them to take measures to support treatment for the victims and facilitate Vietnamese citizens’ return soon.


Newsline: US Ambassador’s Sudden Exit From Vietnam Was Totally Normal

The State Department is urging its staff to dispute an outspoken former ambassador’s claim that he was abruptly ordered to vacate his post in the midst of a disagreement over President Donald Trump’s effort to deport thousands of Vietnam War refugees who had lived in the U.S. for decades. A press guidance, which was distributed by the Department of State’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs and obtained by HuffPost, tells diplomats to portray Ted Osius’ departure from his post as U.S. ambassador to Vietnam as in line with departmental protocol ― and not as sudden and potentially politically motivated. Osius’ exit from Vietnam last year was hasty, and he called it “unnecessarily humiliating.” The guidance, issued Nov. 28, criticizes a New York Times article in which I reported Osius had been “removed” from his position and later resigned from the State Department. State insists in the memo that Osius “neither resigned from, nor was removed from, the position of U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam prematurely” and instead simply “concluded his three year tour as Ambassador.”


Newsline: Vietnamese woman kills herself at embassy in Kuala Lumpur

A Vietnamese woman died after she stabbed herself at the Vietnam Embassy here. Tran Thi Mai, 37, was believed to have gone to the embassy to enquire about her travel documents before the incident, which occurred at around 11.30am Monday (April 2). Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Shaharuddin Abdullah said the police received a report from an embassy staff about the incident. “Our investigations revealed that the woman had gone to the embassy to settle matters on her travel documents,” he said when contacted. He said she was in discussion with the staff there when she lost her cool. “She got enraged and started shouting at the staff before she pulled out a knife from one of her pockets. “She stabbed herself in the chest and was rushed to Hospital Kuala Lumpur by one of her countrymen who was at the embassy at the time,” he said, adding that the woman succumbed to her injuries while receiving medical treatment.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/04/02/vietnamese-woman-kills-herself-at-embassy/