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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.

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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.

http://en.nhandan.org.vn/politics/item/7006902-vietnamese-embassy-in-egypt-conducts-citizen-protection.html

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.”

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ted-osius-vietnam-state-department_us_5c1935bbe4b0432554c4ea60

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/

Newsline: Shark fins on Vietnamese embassy roof in Chile bought by diplomat’s relative

The official statement by the embassy claims the fins were purchased at a market in Santiago. The Vietnamese embassy in Chile has confirmed that a picture of dozens of shark fins being dried on the roof of the embassy is genuine, and that they had been bought by a relative of one of its diplomats. The relative had bought the fins at a market in Santiago and planned to cook them for the family, a statement issued on Tuesday said. The confirmation comes a day after Vietnam’s trade ministry asked the foreign ministry to verify a report that hundreds of shark fins were causing a stench on the roof of the Vietnam Commerce Office. Chilean newspaper El Mostrador published photos of the shark fins drying on the embassy roof on Friday. It said some fins had been there since January 13 and people living in nearby buildings had been complaining about the smell. Chile passed a nationwide ban on shark finning in 2011.

https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/shark-fins-on-vietnamese-embassy-roof-in-chile-bought-by-diplomat-s-relative-statement-3702746.html

Newsline: Vietnam investigating reports of shark fins being dried on embassy roof in Chile

Photos appear to show over 100 fins on the roof of the embassy, and locals have been complaining that something smells fishy. Vietnamese ministries are scrambling to clarify a controversial report that claims officials in Chile have been drying shark fins on the roof of the Vietnamese embassy. The Ministry of Industry and Trade has asked the Foreign Ministry to verify the information and cooperate with Chilean government agencies to deal with the matter in accordance with local laws. Chile passed a nationwide ban on shark finning in 2011. Tran Tuan Anh from the trade ministry has also ordered the Vietnam Commerce Office in Chile to explain images of shark fins on the roof of its office at the embassy.

https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/vietnam-investigating-reports-of-shark-fins-being-dried-on-embassy-roof-in-chile-3702178.html

Newsline: Germany expels Vietnamese diplomat as Berlin accuses Hanoi of kidnapping

Germany accused Vietnam of kidnapping a Vietnamese asylum seeker in Berlin and ordered a Vietnamese intelligence officer to leave the country within 48 hours. German Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the abduction of Vietnamese citizen Trinh Xuan Thanh on German territory is “an unprecedented and blatant violation of German and international law.” An incident of this kind has the potential to affect relations between Germany and Vietnam in a very adverse way. It is also an extreme breach of trust, the statement said. The Vietnamese ambassador had been summoned on Tuesday afternoon, and Markus Ederer, state secretary of German Foreign Ministry, expressed the German government’s views on this in no uncertain terms. Germany demands that Trinh Xuan Thanh be allowed to travel back to Germany immediately so that the application for extradition and the asylum application can be examined in due process. The official representative of the Vietnamese intelligence agencies at the Vietnamese Embassy in Berlin has been declared persona non grata and given 48 hours to leave Germany. The 51-year-old Thanh was former head of the state-owned Petro Vietnam Construction Corporation, and was accused of causing about 150 million U.S. dollars in losses. The Vietnamese government issued an international arrest warrant for him in September. German media said the asylum seeker kidnapped by armed men in the center of Berlin resurfaced on Monday in Vietnam, where state-owned newspapers reported that he had turned himself into authorities. So far, Vietnam has not responded to Germany’s expulsion of its diplomat.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/03/c_136494693.htm