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Chinese”Monkey King” visits Hanoi

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:21 am

Chinese actor Liu Xiao Ling Tong, who is very popular for his role in Monkey King (Sun Wukong) and the very popular TV series ‘Journey to the West’, arrived in Hanoi on December 25.

Chinese actor Liu Xiao Linh Tong performed the Monkey King’s martial art in the exchange with students of Hanoi University of Culture. (Photo: Sggp)

He visited President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and contemplated at Uncle Ho’s house, in the mausoleum area. He also talked with students from Hanoi University of Culture and took part in a press conference the same day.

The warmth he received from a number of Vietnamese fans, moved the actor.  He said that his role in the Monkey King (Sun Wukong) was of the most impressive parts he has ever performed in his career. Admirers have called him ‘Sun Wukong’, instead of his real name ‘Liu Xiao Ling Tong’.

The actor said that he would like to work for the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, as an ambassador in Hanoi’s University of Culture.

The 51-year-old kung-fu master also performed the Monkey King’s martial art, which has made him so popular throughout the world.

He also took part in an art performance, at the Hanoi Opera Theater, together with other actors in the evening on December 25.

He visited Ha Long Bay and voted for it a natural wonder of the world on December 26.

The actor signed a number of books at Fahasa Book Store in Hanoi on December 27 and visited the ‘SOS Children’s Village’. He met with Hoang Tuan Anh, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

He will leave Hanoi on December 28, for Ho Chi Minh City and then return home on December 30.

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Chinese actor Liu Xiao Ling Tong coming to Vietnam

Source: SGGP

Cambodian King to visit Vietnam

In Uncategorized on June 19, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Cambodian King to visit Vietnam

QĐND – Saturday, June 19, 2010, 20:49 (GMT+7)

Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni and his father, former King Norodom Sihanouk, will pay an official visit to Vietnam from June 22-25.

The visit is made at the invitation of Vietnamese State President Nguyen Minh Triet, according to a Foreign Ministry communique released on June 18.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Thailand’s ageing king silent despite Reds’ pleas

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2010 at 9:04 am

BANGKOK, May 18, 2010 (AFP) – Thailand’s revered king is facing calls from anti-government protesters to intervene to end the nation’s crisis, but the 82-year-old monarch has remained largely silent since the unrest began.

“His Majesty is our only hope,” a senior leader of the “Red Shirts” movement, Jatuporn Prompan, said at the weekend in pleas that were repeated as troops battled protesters in five days of clashes that have left 38 dead.

Thai soldiers stand guard in front of a portrait of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej around near the Red Shirt anti-government protest site in downtown Bangkok on May 17, 2010. AFP photo

It was the second time that the Reds have publicly appealed for King Bhumibol Adulyadej to step in to solve the two-month standoff, as he has done in the past during six turbulent decades on the throne.

During a 1992 uprising the king summoned military and protest leaders who, according to protocol, crawled towards him on their knees in dramatic televised scenes which effectively brought the violence to an end.

The king, seen by some Thais as a demigod, continues to command immense affection and respect among his subjects.

But during this bout of unrest, which has its origins in the 2006 coup that ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, the monarch has been confined to a hospital where he was admitted last September for treatment of a respiratory condition.

The palace makes no statement on his health, and the sensitivity of the issue means it is not discussed in the Thai media. But in his few public appearances, it is clear the king is physically very weak.

He appeared on television in February next to Bangkok’s Chao Praya river — sitting in a wheelchair and holding his dog on a leash, and left hospital briefly on May 5 for the 60th anniversary of his coronation.

The only monarch that the vast majority of Thais have ever known delivered a brief speech in late April. In a quiet voice, he urged newly appointed judges to fulfil their duty. But the deaths and the fighting were not mentioned.

“The king says nothing about the realities of Thailand today,” says Arnaud Leveau from the Institute of Research on Contemporary Southeast Asia.

“These last comments did not refer to the situation and gave no indication of what he knows, or what he thinks about it,” he said.

The Red Shirts, mostly urban and rural poor who were won over by Thaksin’s populist policies, condemn the current administration which came to power with the army’s backing in 2008.

They say the government is the puppet of the nation’s elites in the palace, bureaucracy and military circles, and are clamouring for their share of Thailand’s economic and political pie.

Many Thais, including the Reds, are now hoping for the type of decisive royal intervention of two decades ago which is still well remembered in the kingdom.

“I want the king to stop this now,” said a 53-year-old woman, cooking food for demonstrators in the Red Shirts’ camp, who gave her name as Sumboun.

“I want to stop and go back home. But why won’t the army stop?”

The crisis, which flared in mid-March and has left 67 people dead and about 1,700 wounded including 25 slain in a failed army crackdown on April 10, is the country’s worst civil unrest since 1992.

The Reds’ calls for the king to intervene seem to be aimed at reaching a compromise solution, said Paul Chambers, a Thailand expert at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.

“As it stands now, if the government and the military are able to continue their crackdown on the Red Shirts, then they would have organised all this for nothing.”

“If they find somebody higher, more powerful than the government to compel the government to stop what they’re doing now, it would be a sort of victory,” he said, adding that it could also hand them a sought-after amnesty.

But observers are doubtful that wish will be fulfilled.

During major royal ceremonies, the king has mostly been represented by his wife, Queen Sirikit, his heir Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, or his admired daughter, Princess Sirindhorn.

“In April, I thought there might be a message, a speech to the people. But what we see in the pictures is the Queen, Prince or Princess. The King is above all, far from everything,” said Chambers.

Source: SGGP

Mexico arrests ‘King of Heroin,’ with ties to US

In Uncategorized on March 26, 2010 at 9:41 am

Federal police have arrested Mexico‘s “King of Heroin,” a powerful drug trafficker allegedly responsible for running thousands of pounds of heroin into Southern California each year, authorities said Thursday.

Jose Antonio Medina, nicknamed “Don Pepe,” was arrested in the western state of Michoacan on Wednesday and is being held for prosecution, said Ramon Pequeno, head of the anti-narcotics division of Mexico’s federal police.

Medina, 36, ran a complex smuggling operation that hauled 440 pounds (200 kilograms) of heroin each month across the Mexican border in Tijuana for La Familia drug cartel, Pequeno said.

Guarded by police officers, Jose Antonio Medina, aka Don Pepe, center, is presented to the press in Mexico City.

The White House National Drug Threat Assessment says that while heroin use is stable or decreasing in the U.S., the source of the drug has shifted in recent years from Colombia — where production and purity are declining — to Mexico, where powerful drug cartels are gaining a foothold in the lucrative market.

Heroin production in Mexico rose from 17 pure metric tons in 2007 to 38 tons in 2008, with the increase translating to lower heroin prices and more heroin-related overdoses and more overdose deaths, according to U.S. government estimates in a report by the National Drug Intelligence Center.

Border Patrol agents seized 4.8 million pounds of narcotics at border crossings last year, and heroin seizures saw the most significant increase during that time, with a 316 percent jump over 2008.

Mexico and the U.S. are working together to counter a handful of increasingly violent drug cartels that supply most of the illicit drugs sold in the U.S. The arrest came the day after top U.S. Cabinet officials, led by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, visited Mexico to underscore their shared responsibility for the country’s drug-related violence.

Nearly 17,900 people have died in drug-related violence since President Felipe Calderon launched an assault on cartels after taking office in December 2006.

The bloodshed continued Thursday, when Mexican marines on patrol in the small town of Cerralvo, north of the city of Monterrey, came under fire after ordering a convoy of gunmen traveling in 6 vehicles to stop.

Six of the assailants were killed in the ensuing battle, the navy said. The marine patrol, which was supported by two navy helicopters during the firefight, seized 15 rifles, 10 pistols, 2 grenades and ammunition from the vehicles.

A secretary at the Cerralvo town hall said the shootout took place on the outskirts of town on the highway toward the border with Texas. The shooting was heard throughout the town.

In Ciudad Juarez, a border city of 1.3 million people just south of El Paso, Texas, police found a decapitated man lying in a shopping center parking lot, his head inside a black plastic bag nearby.

Police in Ciudad Juarez also evacuated a grade school after two explosive charges were found on the sidewalk in front of the building. The explosives, apparently of the type used in rock blasting, were removed by soldiers.

In the southern state of Guerrero, the body of a 16-year-old boy was found at a trash dump in the township of Tecpan de Galeana. State police said the body bore multiple gunshot wounds.

Such killings are believed to be the result of drug cartels fighting among themselves for control of the drug trade, a lucrative business estimated to bring $25 billion in cash into Mexico each year.

Federal police in Mexico City said Thursday they had seized $1.7 million in small bills and arrested two Colombians and two Mexicans for allegedly running financial operations for cartels.

Federal prosecutors announced Thursday they were taking over the investigation into the March 19 deaths of two university students who were killed when they were apparently caught in crossfire between soldiers and gunmen in Monterrey.

The deaths of the two students caused outrage in the northern city. Mexican law allows cases involving civilians and soldiers to be tried in either the civilian or military justice system. Thursday’s move suggests the case would proceed through the civilian legal system.

Also in Monterrey, a human rights group said a suspected drug trafficker wanted for questioning about a shootout — and the death of a fellow suspect — was in hiding. So was the police chief, who state investigators want to question about the case.

The two trafficking suspects were detained Sunday in the Monterrey suburb of Santa Catarina. They were last seen being put aboard a navy helicopter. On Monday, one of the suspects turned up tortured, killed and wrapped in a blanket.

It was unclear how one suspect died and the other wound up on the run, but the navy has said it simply transported the men to a hospital at the request of local police.

Nuevo Leon state police were sent to question the surviving suspect Wednesday night, but he had disappeared by the time investigators arrived, the state human rights commission said.

Nuevo Leon Gov. Rodrigo Medina said Santa Catarina police chief Eduardo Murrieta should testify before authorities to clear up the mystery. Murrieta had custody of the two suspects after they were detained.

But Santa Catarina Mayor Gabriel Navarro said Murrieta was in hiding because he feared for his life. Murrieta was wounded in a clash that followed the two men’s detention Sunday.

Source: SGGP

Thailand’s King endorses Somchai’s premiership

In Uncategorized on September 21, 2008 at 4:30 pm

– Thailand’s King on September 18 endorsed the election of Somchai Wongsawat, brother-in-law of ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra, as the nation’s the new prime minister.

Newly-elected PM Somchai received King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s order in a brief ceremony at his home which was broadcast live on television.

He prostrated himself in front of a portrait of the King and gave a five-minute speech expressing his loyalty to the monarch and calling for national unity amid global financial woes and anti-government street protests.

Somchai, deputy leader of the ruling People Power Party (PPP), was elected in a parliamentary vote on September 17 to replace Samak Sundaravej, who was removed from the post last week when the Constitutional Court found he was illegally paid for hosting TV cooking shows.

His appointment as the Kingdom’s top minister takes place amid warnings by anti-government People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) protesters that they would not accept any member of the PPP as Thailand’s premier.

The PAD has accused the PPP-led government of being a proxy for former PM Thaksin, who is now living in Britain. It quickly vowed to press ahead with their campaign to force PM Somchai and his entire People Power Party out of government.

PAD demonstrators have occupied Government House, the Thai prime minister’s offices, since August 26.-