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Germany: 7 suspected of trying to set fire to homeless man
BERLIN (AP) — German investigators are questioning seven young men who are suspected of trying to set a homeless man alight in a Berlin subway station over Christmas.
Six of the suspects turned themselves in Monday evening and the seventh was arrested after authorities released surveillance camera pictures and video footage of them in a subway train, police said Tuesday.
The suspects are between 15 and 21. Six are from Syria and one is from Libya, and all came to Berlin as asylum-seekers, according to prosecutors.
The 37-year-old homeless man was sleeping on a bench in the Schoenleinstrasse subway station when his clothes were set alight at around 2 a.m. Sunday. Passers-by extinguished the paper that he apparently had used to cover himself, and a train driver used a fire extinguisher to prevent the flames spreading.
The man, who was intoxicated, was unhurt.
Prosecutors are seeking to keep all seven suspects in custody pending possible charges on suspicion of attempted murder.
Obama tells voters 'the fate of the Republic rests on you'
Chapel Hill (United States) (AFP) - President Barack Obama pressed Democrats black and white to vote in droves for Hillary Clinton Wednesday, warning Donald Trump was a threat to hard-earned civil rights, the country and the world.Painting the choice next Tuesday in the starkest terms yet, America's first black president trashed Trump as "uniquely unqualified" to be president.Clinton remains the firm favorite to become the 45th US president, but with six days until Election Day Democrats are… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
European firms remain upbeat on Vietnam business situation
Scooters are seen on the assembly line at a Piaggio scooter and motorcycle factory in the northern province of Vinh Phuc in April 2015. Photo credit: Kham/Reuters The assessment of Vietnam’s business situation by European companies in the second quarter of this year is positive, with 66.7 percent of the respondents describing it as “excellent” or “good”, a survey found. According to the European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (EuroCham), its survey showed that the positive perception of the… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
France, UAE launch fund to protect monuments in conflict areas
DOHA (Reuters) - France and the United Arab Emirates on Saturday launched a $100 million fund to protect heritage sites threatened by extremism and conflict after the destruction last month of an ancient palace by Islamic State militants in Iraq.The fund, announced at an Abu Dhabi conference attended by President Francois Hollande and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, will be used to create "safe havens" for endangered artifacts and to transport and restore monuments… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Vietnam sets three million tons of rice export target
The Vietnam Food Association plans to export three million tons of rice in the first six months of 2016, up 12 percent from the same period last year, despite an historic drought and saline intrusion that are crippling the country's rice fields. The association said that rice exports in the first quarter saw some signs of growth. Data from Vietnam Customs showed the export volume from January-March reached 1.55 million tons, up 38.1 percent from the same period last year. Export value also… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Chinese business delegation courts Taiwan ally Panama
BEIJING (Reuters) - A large Chinese business delegation has arrived in the Central American country of Panama, a diplomatic ally of self-ruled Taiwan, and is keen to invest in energy and port projects, state news agency Xinhua said on Friday.Panama is one of just 22 countries to maintain formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan. China claims Taiwan as a wayward province and says it has no right to diplomatic relations with anyone.The 35 Chinese entrepreneurs, lead by Zhang Wei, vice president of the… chat_bubble_outline Read More...