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Hollande to visit French troops in Iraq Monday
Paris (AFP) - President Francois Hollande said he would on Monday visit French troops fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, as he warned that the terrorist threat within France was still live.
"We are not yet finished with the scourge of terrorism. We must continue to fight it abroad -- that's the reason for our military operations in Mali, Syria and Iraq, where I will travel the day after tomorrow to greet our troops," Hollande said.
France has around 500 troops fighting alongside coalition forces in Iraq, backed by Rafale fighter jets.
In the last New Year message of his presidency, Hollande paid tribute to those killed in terror attacks in France this year, including the 86 mown down in the Bastille Day attack in Nice and smaller-scale attacks on a priest and two police officers.
The fight against terrorism is also domestic, stressed Hollande, citing efforts to foil attempted attacks, closely watching "dangerous individuals" and fighting against radical extremism.
"I know that you are worried about the terrorist threat which has not diminished as shown by what happened in Berlin," where a Tunisian jihadist smashed a truck into a Christmas market on December 19, killing 11 people and also shooting dead the lorry's registered driver.
This was Hollande's last New Year appearance after he announced earlier this month he would not stand for re-election in presidential polls next year.
Vietnamese consumers the most socially-conscious in Asia-Pacific
Vietnamese consumers are the most socially-conscious in Asia-Pacific according to the Corporate Sustainability Report from Nielsen released on April 26. The report indicates that up to 86 per cent of consumers in Vietnam are willing to pay higher prices for products and services that come from companies that are committed to positive social and environmental impacts, compared to 76 per cent of consumers in Asia-Pacific. After Vietnamese, Filipino, Indonesian and Chinese consumers are the… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Viettel’s first-half profits jump 1.5 times in overseas markets
Viettel’s Bitel brand in Peru. Peru posted the highest revenue growth rate in all global markets of Viettel during the first half of this year. Military-run telecoms group Viettel earned VND1 trillion ($41.2 million) in pre-tax profits from its overseas investments in the first half of 2017, a massive jump of 156 percent from the same period last year. During the first six months, its revenue rose 25 percent to VND14 trillion with the highest growth recorded in Peru at 82 percent, followed… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
VN joins 4th industrial revolution
Internet of Things (IoT) will bring a potential turnover of US$10 billion by 2020 for Viet Nam i the country can grasp the chance. — Photo congnghe.vn HCM CITY (Biz Hub) — Viet Nam must build a creative and sustainable eco-system for the Internet of Things (IoT) in order to take part in the international IoT supply chain and achieve a turnover of US$10 billion by 2020, a technology insider has said. "The IoT will require an eco-system that will decide its success in Viet Nam," Nguyen The Trung,… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Vietnam shares TPP commitments with over 40 countries
Viet Nam pledges to give a part of its TPP commitments to non-TPP members like Russia, 28 EU member states, and ASEAN ones, said a senior official.A representative from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) made the announcement yesterday at the Government’s regular meeting when the Cabinet discussed on legal laws and impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on Viet Nam with both opportunities and challenges.Earlier, the PM assigned the MoJ and relevant agencies and ministries to evaluate the… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Trump to tap champion of fossil fuels as environmental chief
WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is expected to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, a source close to Pruitt said Wednesday.Pruitt, a 48-year-old Republican, has been a reliable booster of the fossil fuel industry and an outspoken critic of what he derides as the EPA's "activist agenda." Pruitt was spotted visiting Trump Tower Wednesday.The person close to Pruitt who provided the information was not authorized to speak… chat_bubble_outline Read More...