KHARTOUM — Sudan announced on Wednesday a "permanent ceasefire" in the country's war zones even as a key rebel group threatened to pull out of peace talks, accusing government forces of bombing its territory. Juba has been hosting talks between new Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok's government and delegates from two umbrella groups of rebels who fought now ousted president Omar al-Bashir's forces in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan states. The talks were launched on Monday, but the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) told journalists it would pull out unless the government withdrew from an area in the Nuba mountains. The group said that for the past 10 days, government forces had kept up attacks on its territory despite an unofficial ceasefire. Late on Wednesday, the chief of Sudan's ruling sovereign council, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, announced a permanent ceasefire in the three conflict zones. "General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has announced a … [Read more...] about Sudan declares ‘permanent ceasefire’ as peace talks hit snag
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Vietnamese National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân and her Lao counterpart Pany Yathotou in Vientiane as part of the Vietnamese legislative leader’s visit to Laos from Thursday. — VNA/VNS Photo Trọng Đức VIENTIANE — Chairwoman of Vietnam’s National Assembly Nguyễn Thi Kim Ngân and her Lao counterpart Pany Yathotou held talks in Vientiane yesterday during her on going visit to Laos. … [Read more...] about Vietnamese, Lao top legislators hold talks
Illustration by Đàm Minh Chí Chu Lan Hương Recently, a video that spread along the social media landscape showed a teacher beating and scolding a student in a primary school in HCM City, raising debate among both educators and parents. The clip was made by a hidden camera installed without the school's notice by concerned parents. There is no doubt the teacher was wrong to beat the student. But hiding a camera in a classroom is also questionable. After the incident, many parents have expressed interest in installing cameras in classrooms so they can keep tabs on their kids and teachers. The issue has divided parents and teachers. “In recent years, there have been many cases that teachers verbally insulted and performed violent actions on students so I want to know what is happening to my child at school,” said Phan Thu Hiền, a 35-year-old mother in Hà Nội’s Cầu Giấy District. … [Read more...] about Talk around town: Do we really need cameras in our classrooms?
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hosts welcome ceremony for Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith at the Presidential Palace in Ha Noi on October 1, 2019. Photo: VGP Lao Prime Minster Thongloun Sisoulith is accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith, Minister-Chairman of the Government Office Phet Phomphiphak, Minister of Planning and Investment Souphanh Keomixay, Minister of Transport Bounchanh Sinthavong, Minister of Energy and Mining Khammany Intharath, Minister of Education and Sports Sengdeuane Lachanthaboune among others. The visit, which takes place in the context that the Viet Nam-Laos ties are advancing well, is expected to further consolidate the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries. The two Prime Ministers and their Spouses walks from the Presidential Palace to the Headquarters of the Government Office for bilateral talks. Photo: VGP Over the pas years, the … [Read more...] about PM Phuc hosts welcome ceremony, holds talks with Lao counterpart
Residents in Cẩm Mỹ District in the southern province of Đồng Nai exchange recyclable trash for books and notebooks. The campaign has been running for five years and improved awareness about littering, helping reduce pollution in the area. VNA/VNS Photo Lê Xuân … [Read more...] about Talking trash