Press Digest (December 16 to 19)

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These are some of the leading stories in the Vietnamese press from December 16 to 19

DECEMBER 16

  • TUOI TRE

- The Supreme People's Procuracy, Vietnam's highest prosecutors' office, has ratified charges sought by the Ministry of Public Security against ACB co-founder Nguyen Duc Kien, 49, for tax evasion, "committing illegal business activities," "intentionally violating state regulations on economic management" and fraud at ACB and six companies he established. Six other people have also been charged with crimes in the case.

  • NGUOI LAO DONG

- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised his country will give Vietnam some 100 billion yen (US$970 million) in official development assistance at a conference with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung in Tokyo on Sunday. The money for the second stage of the 2013 fiscal year will be invested in the construction of a north-south expressway, infrastructure development for a super port in Hai Phong City, and a climate change response program.

  • THE THAO & VAN HOA

- Being the youngest contestant on Giong Hat Viet a local adaptation of the American reality series The Voice didn't stop 16-year-old Vu Thao My from winning the contest on Sunday in Ho Chi Minh City. The final results came from a public vote.

DECEMBER 17

  • TUOI TRE

- Vietnam recorded more than 59,000 criminal cases this year, a 5.03-percent increase from last year, according to figures released by Ministry of Public Security Monday. The figures included 1,200 murder cases, with three people murdered every day on average.  

- A national flagpole facing the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago was raised on the peak of Thoi Loi, the highest mountain on Quang Nam Province's island district of Ly Son Monday. The VND850-million ($39,950) flagpole, construction of which began in September, was built to raise awareness of sovereignty issues in the East Sea.

  • TIEN PHONG

- US Secretary of State John Kerry Monday announced that his country will assist ASEAN countries with $32.5 million for maritime law enforcement. He said the move was not a reaction to the tensions in the Asia-Pacific region, but was based on the US's commitment to strengthen ASEAN maritime capacity in the region.

DECEMBER 18

  • TUOI TRE

- Major General Tran Van Minh, a senior official with the Ministry of Defense, said Tuesday that in accordance with the law, only military forces can excavate war martyrs' remains, while organizations and individuals are only allowed to provide information about the martyrs' whereabouts.

  • NGUOI LAO DONG

- Vietnam lost 1-2 to Malaysia in its final qualifying match of the men's football tournament on Tuesday during the ongoing 27th SEA Games in Myanmar, failing to advance to the semi-final round. The last time it failed to do so was in the 21st edition of the biennial event.

  • PHAP LUAT THANH PHO HO CHI MINH

- Authorities in the north-central province of Quang Binh have canceled the construction of 18 hydropower plant projects along the Long Dai and Gianh rivers to prevent the loss of more than 980 hectares of residential and agricultural land and forest.

DECEMBER 19

  • NGUOI LAO DONG

- Investigators from the Ministry of Public Security have proposed that the Supreme People's Procuracy charged Truong Duy Nhat for allegedly writing and posting several stories on his blog that distort the Party and state's policies, defaming Party and government leaders, causing anxiety, and affecting public confidence in their leadership, a source said.

  • THE THAO & VAN HOA

- Vietnam trounced Malaysia 4-0 Wednesday in a women's football semi-final at the SEA Games, and will take on Thailand in the final Friday. Coach Tran Van Phat said Vietnam have a 50 percent chance of winning.

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