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Argentine women protest teen girl's rape, killing

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Visiting Hòn Bà Mountain in Khánh Hòa Province

person Orange Themes access_time Apr 06,2017

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'Soft Brexit' still on table: EU commissioner

access_time Oct 14,2016 chat_bubble_outline 47 views

Paris (AFP) - The European Commission's top euro official said Friday there is still a chance for Britain to engineer an amicable "soft Brexit" departure from the EU, but stressed it is up to London to decide.

Valdis Dombrovskis was speaking in an interview with AFP a day after EU President Donald Tusk said the only alternative to a hard Brexit -- which would see Britain pull out of the bloc's single market and impose tough immigration controls -- is "no Brexit".

"Well, from the European Commission point of view we are now emphasising that the ball now is in UK court. It's for UK government to decide on what model of cooperation with the EU they would envisage," said Dombrovskis, who oversees the euro and financial services at the EU's executive arm.

"But staying within the internal market comes with a number of conditions. If UK is ready to respect those conditions, certainly there's a possibility to discuss the so-called soft Brexit," he said, speaking in English.

"(What) President Tusk was probably referring to is more or less the statement which comes from UK government itself, which seems to be indicating rather towards a so-called hard Brexit."

Tusk is the head of the European Council, which groups the 28 EU leaders. He said in a speech Thursday: "I think it is useless to speculate about 'soft Brexit'.

"In my opinion, the only real alternative to a 'hard Brexit' is 'no Brexit'. Even if today hardly anyone believes in such a possibility," he said.

The pound has taken a battering as British leaders bicker over how to leave the European Union, with many fearing a hard Brexit would mean Britain withdrawing entirely from Europe's single market, and having to negotiate new trade arrangements, in order to impose strict immigration controls.

EU leaders have said Britain must accept free movement of people if it wants continued access to the single market and have warned the Brexit negotiations will be tough.

British Prime Minister Theresa May announced earlier this month her government will trigger those negotiations by the end of March, putting the country on course to leave the EU by early 2019.

Another EU commissioner, economics affairs chief Pierre Moscovici, took issue with Tusk's apparent hard line.

"I don't entirely agree," he said Thursday evening.

"Personally, I prefer a 'clean Brexit', that is that we continue to have friendly relations with the United Kingdom, a major power and a very major partner which will no longer be in the European Union but which will remain a European country."

Fast-growing Vietnam to invest $40 billion in electricity projects by 2020

Fishermen working near the first towers of wind turbines from a Vietnamese wind power plant. Photo by AFP Vietnam may need to invest about VND859 trillion ($38 billion) in electricity generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure between now and 2020 to meet domestic demand, the government said in a new report. That is equivalent to 20 percent of the country's gross domestic product last year. According to the report, about 75 percent of the investment will go to generation and the… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

Wary of China's Indian Ocean activities, U.S., India discuss anti-submarine warfare

India and the United States are in talks to help each other track submarines in the Indian Ocean, military officials say, a move that could further tighten defense ties between New Delhi and Washington as China steps up its undersea activities. Both the United States and India are growing concerned at the reach and ambition of the Chinese navy, which is taking an increasingly assertive stance in the South China Sea (Vietnam's East Sea) and is challenging India's domination in the Indian Ocean.… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

Vietnam among Russians’ most favourite destinations

Vietnam is one of the most favourite destinations of Russians for the New Year holiday, according to Maya Lomidze, Director of Association of Tour Operations of Russia (ATOR). Other popular holiday destinations are Thailand, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Turkey and skiing places in Europe.Vietnam has welcomed 383,790 Russian arrivals in the first 11 months of this year, posting an increase of 129.1 percent against the same period last year, according to the latest statistics of the Vietnam… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

Vietnam’s exports of mobile phone, parts surge in H1

Workers at a Samsung factory in the northern province of Bac Ninh. Photo: Minh Phuong Vietnam earned nearly US$17 billion from exports of mobile phones and spare parts in the first half of the year, a year-on-year surge of 16 percent, according to the General Department of Vietnam Customs. The agency said that the shipments accounted for 20.7 percent of Vietnam’s total export revenue, which reached more than $82 billion in the same period, posting a 5.7 percent increase year-on-year. Garment… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

Does my hair look OK? World's oldest person turns 117 in style

Rome (AFP) - Emma Morano, humanity's last known survivor of the 19th century, turned 117 in style on Tuesday, dressing up for the occasion and demanding to know "does my hair look all right?" before having her photograph taken.The oldest known person alive can hardly see, is very hard of hearing, has been largely bed-bound for the last year and has not left her small second-storey flat in Verbania on the shores of Lake Maggiore in northern Italy for over two decades.But her doctor, Carlo Bava,… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

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