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#whyVietnam: Social media campaign comes alive with ravishing travel photos
A photo of Vinh Hy Bay in the central province of Ninh Thuan, shared by Miss Vietnam 2012 Dang Thu Thao on the Facebook page #whyVietnam, which was launched by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism early this month to publish travel photos from both locals and foreigners. Thao said as a beach lover, she has traveled to many beach locations in the world. “But Vietnam’s beaches are still my favorite.”
Rice terraces in Sa Pa in the northern highlands, as captured by Miss Vietnam 2016 Do My Linh during her first visit last September. “The scene is both mighty and poetic,” Linh said.
A photo by a Vietnamese traveler Thinh Ngo shows a trekking trail in south central Vietnam. “It’s where you can explore your limits and enjoy the eternal beauty of nature,” Thinh said.
Another traveler named Viet Anh shares of a photo of Hanoi’s historic bridge Long Bien with an inviting message: “Come, experience and enjoy Vietnam. All the scenery, culture and people will not disappoint you.”
Huong Vu shares a photo of a floating market in the northern province of Ninh Binh. “I love Vietnam. It’s beautiful.”
A bowl of noodle soup in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai is shared by Joelwzoe, who said “The early morning sunshine makes everything look alive, especially from mountainous regions.”
A tranquil, antique view of Vietnam as captured by Vu Dang Khoa.
“Vietnam is where you find the simplest things,” Le Phuong wrote of this photo of a street food vendor outside the Nortre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City.
Militia groups clash in Tripoli, seven reported dead
Tripoli (AFP) - Rival militias clashed in Tripoli leaving at least seven people dead, Libyan media said, as AFP journalists reported hearing gunshots and explosions in the south of the capital.Tanks, trucks and heavy weapons were seen on the streets but the cause of the conflict was not immediately clear.It was not immediately possible to confirm the death toll.Tripoli is controlled by a loose alliance of militias of different political and religious factions, and clashes between them are an… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
2 House Democrats boycott inauguration over Trump comments
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two House Democrats are planning to boycott President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration to protest insulting comments Trump made during the campaign about women, minorities and other groups.Reps. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts and Luis Gutierrez of Illinois said they are skipping the Jan. 20 ceremony at the Capitol as a matter of conscience."I could not look at my wife, my daughters or my grandson in the eye if I sat there and attended as if everything that candidate Donald… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Turkey closer to expanding powers for President Erdogan
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's ruling party submitted legislation on Saturday proposed constitutional amendment that could expand the powers and extend the mandate of the country's president.Private news channel NTV channel on broadcast images of the speaker of parliament receiving the proposal which garnered 316 supporting signatures from the 550-seat assembly.If cleared by a constitutional committee and approved by parliament, the reforms would pave the way for a referendum on granting the largely… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
15 Premier League-quality free transfers available this summer
Premier League clubs may be awash with money these days, but everyone loves a bargain. Matthew Barkerpicks out some of the talents available from July... 1. Sofiane FeghouliQuick, direct and dangerous, France-born Algeria international winger Feghouli has been integral to Valencia’s success since 2011, despite their poor form this term. He’s now 26 and entering his prime, making him a desirable asset for teams in need of a cutting edge.If he joins a Premier League club, he’ll no doubt be… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Merkel to meet with Trump: It's not just business, it’s personal
What does President Trump really think about the US relationship with Europe?It’s hard to say, given the president’s all-over-the-map comments about the transatlantic partnership and the European Union – comments that have ranged from dismissal and doubts about their usefulness to rock-solid support.But some clues should be forthcoming on Friday when German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Western Europe’s longest-serving leader and unquestionably its strongest, visits the White House. How much do you… chat_bubble_outline Read More...