WASHINGTON – Fearing that his presidency was doomed, an angry Donald Trump pushed for Robert Mueller to be fired before he could deepen his probe into Russian election meddling, the special counsel's long-awaited report said Thursday. The more than 400-page document, made public in redacted form by the Justice Department, detailed how Trump instructed his then White House counsel, Don McGahn, to tell the acting attorney general that Mueller "must be removed" – something McGahn refused to do. The report – which landed as the United States dives into the ferment of a bitter presidential campaign – does support Trump's repeated assertions that he never colluded with Russian intelligence efforts to tilt the 2016 election in his favor. "As I have been saying all along, NO COLLUSION - NO OBSTRUCTION!" the president tweeted triumphantly, later declaring that any Russian interference had no impact on the outcome of the vote. However, the report – based on nearly … [Read more...] about Russia report tells how angry Trump wanted Mueller fired
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The president has denounced the probe as a "witch hunt" and opponents say it could fuel impeachment. What the report says is confidential, but Attorney General Bill Barr wrote in a letter to Congress that he might be able to summarize its "principal conclusions" for Congress as early as this weekend. The Mueller drama, filled with unprecedented allegations of collusion or even treason by a US president in league with Moscow, has dogged Trump since he took office following his surprise election defeat of Hillary Clinton. Throughout, he has maintained that he is the victim of a "witch hunt," while Democratic opponents, who won control of the lower house of Congress last year, say Trump has yet to adequately explain his links to Russia. Mueller, a Vietnam war veteran and former FBI director, worked in near total secrecy for two years. With his mission as special counsel wrapping up, it is now up to Barr, appointed by Trump, to decide how much of the report to make public. Public and … [Read more...] about Mueller submits report on bombshell Trump-Russia probe
Viet Nam News LOS ANGELES — The ballots are almost all in! Millions of television viewers around the globe will tune in Sunday to watch the Oscars, the glitziest night in showbiz, but most don’t know how the winners are chosen. Less than 8,000 people in the entertainment industry select the honorees -- and Tuesday marks the final day of voting. The following is a look at the complex, sometimes confounding process that leads to the winners of the 24 Academy Awards: Who votes? The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles currently has 7,902 voting members. Academy membership is divided into 17 branches -- actors, directors, producers, costume designers, etc -- and candidates must be active or otherwise have "achieved distinction" in the industry. Applicants must be sponsored by two Academy members representing their branch. Oscar winners and nominees are automatically considered for membership and don’t need sponsors. … [Read more...] about Who votes for the Oscars, and how does it work?
At the Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 last month, Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung suggested that the Prime Minister should soon recognize English as the second official language of Vietnam to help startups reach out to the world. The proposal stirred a heated discussion on social media and prompted numerous professionals to pitch in with their views and opinions. While some welcomed the idea and supported widespread use of the language in Vietnam, others were wary of the cultural, legal and other implications of formalizing it as an official language. Everyone agreed that it was good to improve English use and fluency in the country, so the debate boiled down to whether declaring and using it as an official language was a feasible, practical option for Vietnam. Professor Chung Hoang Chuong, who has juggled teaching at the University of California and doing research in Vietnam, was optimistic about Vietnam having two official languages. Chuong, currently a … [Read more...] about English as an official language in Vietnam: would it work?
Scientists say they have discovered why some vegetables - including cabbage, broccoli and kale - can reduce the risk of bowel cancers. Illustrative image. – File photo That cruciferous veg is good for the gut has never been in doubt but a detailed explanation has been elusive. The team at the Francis Crick Institute found anti-cancer chemicals were produced as the vegetables were digested. Cancer Research UK said there were plenty of reasons to eat more veg. The work focused on how vegetables alter the lining of the intestines, by studying mice and miniature bowels growing in the lab. Like the skin, the surface of the bowels is constantly being regenerated in a process that takes four to five days. But this constant renewal needs to be tightly controlled, otherwise it could lead to cancer or gut inflammation. And the work, published in the journal Immunity, showed chemicals in cruciferous vegetables were vital. From kitchen to cancer prevention? The researchers … [Read more...] about How the humble cabbage can stop cancers
Viet Nam News Ian de Cruz, the Global Director of Partnering for Green Growth and Global Goals 2030 (P4G), a Denmark-inspired new initiative to support innovative public-private partnerships, talks to Việt Nam News about P4G and how it could work in Việt Nam on the occasion of his three-day visit to the country this week What is P4G? P4G is an international agreement that provides a frame for how we want to move the world into the future. It brings business, government and civil society organisations together to find public-private-partnerships and advanced solutions in five sectors. The first is food/agriculture, the second is water, the third is energy, the fourth is cities and the fifth is the circular economy. We have seven partner countries. The Danish government will provide funding for the next five years. The funding for this year is expected to be about US$4 million. In 2018, P4G expects to fund 5-10 partnerships with investment ranging from under $100,000 to … [Read more...] about How Denmark’s P4G could work in Việt Nam
A former senior official in Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, Rick Gates, pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy against the United States and lying to investigators, and he is cooperating with a federal probe into Russia's role in the election. Gates, who was a deputy campaign manager for Trump, is being investigated by the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which is probing alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. election. Gates had been potentially facing decades in prison on much more serious charges, including bank fraud and conspiracy to launder money. Under the charges he pleaded guilty to, he faces a maximum sentence of nearly six years. Prosecutors said they could ask the judge for a reduction in Gates' sentence based on the extent of his cooperation with Mueller's probe. The plea increases pressure on Paul Manafort, who was Trump's campaign manager for five months in 2016, to also seek a plea deal. However, Manafort said in a statement issued after Gates' … [Read more...] about Former Trump campaign aide pleads guilty in Russia probe
A former Oxfam country director at the center of sexual misconduct allegations embroiling the London-based charity has denied organizing orgies, as Haiti announced it would open a probe into the spiralling scandal. Roland van Hauwermeiren, who led Oxfam's team in Haiti, was one of three staff members who resigned over allegations they hired young prostitutes following the devastating 2010 earthquake there. "I have never been into a brothel, a nightclub or a bar in that country," the 68-year-old Belgian national said in a four-page letter published on the website of Belgian VTM News. "There were numerous men and women who tried to get into my house with all sorts of excuses to demand money, work, or to offer sexual services. But I never gave into these advances," he said. Van Hauwermeiren, who has taken part in an internal enquiry at the British charity, said he told Oxfam that he had "had intimate relations some three times at (his) house". "This was with an honourable, mature … [Read more...] about Ex-Oxfam official denies organizing orgies as Haiti opens probe
The U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday said in an initial finding that imports of aluminum alloy sheet metal from China harm U.S. producers, allowing a U.S. probe to proceed into whether the product was being dumped or unfairly subsidized. Employing a seldom-used tactic aimed at speeding up the imposition of duties, the U.S. Commerce Department in November "self-initiated" anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations of the imports, which are typically used in construction and in transportation and electrical equipment. It estimated it would impose anti-dumping duties of about 56.54 percent to 59.72 percent in the case. About $603.6 million worth of the flat-rolled metal was imported from China in 2016. The probe excludes aluminum used in beverage can manufacturing. The unanimous vote was applauded by the Aluminum Association, which represents U.S. aluminum producers and worked with Commerce on the probe. "U.S. companies that make common alloy aluminum sheet have suffered … [Read more...] about US trade panel allows China aluminum sheet dumping probe to proceed
The general director of a company in south-central Vietnam is being investigated for letting 25 of his female employees unlawfully sell sex to Chinese at the firm’s hotel in a resort city. The People’s Procuracy of Khanh Hoa Province on Thursday approved the decision to initiate legal proceedings against Dinh Tien Su, general director of Bach Viet Production and Trading Services Company (Bavico), for being involved in prostitution activities at the Bavico Nha Trang Hotel. Located in the beach city of Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa, the hotel is owned by Bavico. Su, 45, who is residing in Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City, is being released on bail. According to the Khanh Hoa Department of Police, the general director, along with a man named Nguyen Van Hieu, allowed 25 female employees to illegally sell sex to Chinese clients at the Bavico Nha Trang Hotel on October 24, 2017. Hieu was the hotel’s business operating staff and was previously arrested by police officers … [Read more...] about Vietnamese company director probed for allowing prostitution at hotel