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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.
Vietnam’s health minister proposes liquor ban for karaoke bars
Vietnam’s Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien has proposed banning the sale of liquor at karaoke parlors countrywide as a measure to lessen the potential effects of alcoholic drinks. Tien made the suggestion at a meeting to discuss the draft law on combating the effects of alcohol in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday. The bill also seeks to prohibit selling beer and alcoholic beverages to minors, pregnant women or already drunken customers, as well as banning public officials and workers from… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
BUSINESS IN BRIEF 14/6
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Will Steve King’s immigrant comments keep wary tourists out of Iowa?
The Iowa Tourism Office found itself responsible for an unlikely task last week: back peddling Rep. Steve King’s controversial anti-immigration comments and encouraging prospective travelers to keep their plans to visit the state. A travel boycott of Iowa could have serious economic impact on the state, which takes in around $8 billion a year in tourism revenue, according to state officials. Last week, staffers grappled with an unwieldy influx of correspondence following Representative King's… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Vietnam welcomes 10 millionth foreign visitor of 2016
Vietnam welcomed the 10 millionth foreign visitor in 2016 at the Phu Quoc airport in the island district of Phu Quoc, the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang on December 25. The welcome ceremony for the 10 millionth foreign visitor Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien congratulated the lucky visitor - Michael Tonge, a UK national, along the 9,999,999th and 10,000,001th tourists, wishing them a warm Christmas and New Year holiday in the island. This is an important… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Hull skull fracture victim Mason talking in hospital
London (AFP) - Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason has been talking in hospital about the incident which left him with a fractured skull, the Premier League club said Monday.The 25-year-old Mason suffered the injury when he accidentally clashed heads with Chelsea's Gary Cahill in the 14th minute of Hull's eventual 2-0 loss away to the Premier League leaders at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.Mason was subsequently taken to the nearby St Mary's Hospital in west London and underwent surgery.He was visited… chat_bubble_outline Read More...