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Greek president visits popular destinations in Ho Chi Minh City

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Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou and her delegation visited many popular destinations in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday, as part of her official visit to Vietnam from May 15 to 19.

President Sakellaropoulou started her journey on Thursday by taking a stroll and shopping along Dong Khoi Street in District 1 at 10:00 am.

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou and her delegation visit the Bach Dang Wharf Park in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, May 19, 2022. Photo: T.T.D. / Tien Phong

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou and her delegation visit Bach Dang Wharf Park in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, May 19, 2022. Photo: T.T.D. / Tien Phong

Instead of traveling by car, the Greek leader decided to walk from Dong Khoi Street to Bach Dang Wharf Park.

The president and her delegation later visited Ngoc Hoang Pagoda, where she talked with a monk to learn more about the stories behind the sacred statues.

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou visits Ngoc Hoang Pagoda in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, May 19, 2022. Photo: T.T.D. / Tien Phong

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou visits Ngoc Hoang Pagoda in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, May 19, 2022. Photo: T.T.D. / Tien Phong

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou asks a monk about the stories behind the statues at Ngoc Hoang Pagoda in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, May 19, 2022. Photo: T.T.D. / Tien Phong

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou asks a monk about the stories behind the statues at Ngoc Hoang Pagoda in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, May 19, 2022. Photo: T.T.D. / Tien Phong

At the Museum of Vietnamese History, Sakellaropoulou expressed special interest in the Dong Son bronze drums and statues of Asian gods, namely Shiva and Buddha.

She also used her personal phone to take pictures of the objects.

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou takes a photo of the bronze drums at the Museum of Vietnamese History in Ho Chi Minh City, May 19, 2022. Photo: T.T.D. / Tien Phong

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou takes a photo of the bronze drums at the Museum of Vietnamese History in Ho Chi Minh City, May 19, 2022. Photo: T.T.D. / Tien Phong

A note of Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou on the book of the Museum of Vietnamese History in Ho Chi Minh City, May 19, 2022. Photo: T.T.D. / Tien Phong

A note of Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou on the book of the Museum of Vietnamese History in Ho Chi Minh City, May 19, 2022. Photo: T.T.D. / Tien Phong

“A very important museum of the history of Vietnam, the religions, the people, and the evolution to modern times,” the president wrote in the book of the museum.

“Thank you for the interesting tour.”

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou and her husband visit the Hung Kings Temple at the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Ho Chi Minh City, May 19, 2022. Photo: T.T.D. / Tien Phong

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou and her husband visit the Hung Kings Temple at the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Ho Chi Minh City, May 19, 2022. Photo: T.T.D. / Tien Phong

The Greek president also paid visits to the Hung Kings Temple at the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens and Municipal Theater.

After leaving the theater, Sakellaropoulou took a photo with the female employees of the venue, who were donning the traditional ao dai.

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou visits the Municipal Theater in Ho Chi Minh City, May 19, 2022. Photo: T.T.D. / Tien Phong

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou visits the Municipal Theater in Ho Chi Minh City, May 19, 2022. Photo: T.T.D. / Tien Phong

She then used her phone to capture the Municipal Theater as she left in her car.

President Sakellaropoulou was scheduled to leave Ho Chi Minh City at 4:00 pm on Thursday, wrapping up her official visit to Vietnam.

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou poses for a photo with female employees of the Municipal Theater in Ho Chi Minh City, May 19, 2022. Photo: T.T.D. / Tien Phong

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou poses for a photo with female employees of the Municipal Theater in Ho Chi Minh City, May 19, 2022. Photo: T.T.D. / Tien Phong

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou takes a photo of the Municipal Theater in Ho Chi Minh City as she leaves on her car, May 19, 2022. Photo: T.T.D. / Tien Phong

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou takes a photo of the Municipal Theater in Ho Chi Minh City as she leaves in her car, May 19, 2022. Photo: T.T.D. / Tien Phong

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Vietnamese artists accused of raping underage British girl in Spain await arraignment: deputy minister

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The two Vietnamese artists who have made headlines since last week for their arrest in Spain due to an accusation of having raped a 17-year-old British girl last month have found themselves a lawyer and are waiting for arraignment, according to Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Ta Quang Dong.

The police department of the tourist island of Majorca confirmed last Friday that they had arrested two Vietnamese males over sexual assault allegations on June 25.

Spanish and British media reported that the two Vietnamese citizens stayed at a hotel in Sant Elm on the island and met a 17-year-old girl from the UK, who roomed with her family at a different hotel, at a restaurant on June 24.

The three exchanged ‘intimate’ gestures before returning to the hotel room of one of the two Vietnamese men. 

The girl later reported to local police that she had been raped in the hotel room. 

Authorities took the girl to the Son Espases hospital for a check-up and arrested the accused.

While the men’s identity and occupations were not revealed by the Majorca authorities, local reports said they were “an actor and a musician aged 37 and 42.”

In Vietnam, popular actor Hong Dang and famed musician Ho Hoai Anh have made front-page news ever since Friday last week as a video of the duo enjoying a trip in Majorca uploaded on June 24 cast doubt on their relation to the rape case.

Dang and Anh’s state-run management agencies also suspended their working schedules while national broadcaster Vietnam Television (VTV) has censored programs featuring the two artists.

This undated file photo shows Vietnamese musician Ho Hoai Anh (L) and actor Hong Dang.

This undated file photo shows Vietnamese musician Ho Hoai Anh (L) and actor Hong Dang.

In response to reporters’ requests during a press meeting on Tuesday morning, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Ta Quang Dong said that the incident related to Dang and Anh remained a question.

“There is no new information, but these two people were still out on bail as of Sunday [July 3] and have not been prosecuted,” the deputy minister said.

“They are waiting to see the judge and have successfully hired a lawyer to handle legal matters.

“The embassy [of Vietnam in Spain] has sent staff to their place to provide legal help.”

Hong Dang, whose full name is Le Hong Dang, is a Vietnamese actor born in 1984 and managed by the Hanoi Opera House and the Vietnam Drama Production Center under VTV.

He started his acting career in 2004 and has played roles in many VTV dramas, but only rose to stardom in 2011.

He won the ‘Impressive Actor’ awards at VTV Awards in 2016 and 2018 and the prize for ‘Best Actor in a TV Series’ at the 2016 Golden Kite Award, Vietnam’s version of the Oscars, by the Vietnam Cinema Association.

Ho Hoai Anh is a Vietnamese musician and music producer born in 1979 and has worked at the Vietnam National Academy of Music for 20 years.

He won the ‘Musician of the Year’ prize at the prestigious Cong Hien (Devotion) Music Awards in 2010 and was awarded the state title of ‘Meritorious Artist’ in 2015.

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Police parade, martial arts, shooting performances take place in Vietnam’s Hue Citadel

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The final round of a police command, shooting, and martial arts competition, joined by officers from 16 provinces and cities, kicked off in Hue Citadel in north-central Thua Thien-Hue Province on Monday.

Organized by the Ministry of Public Security from Monday to Wednesday, the contest’s finals are aimed at celebrating the 60th anniversary of the traditional day of the People’s Police force (July 20).

A parade of the mounted police force in Hue Citadel, Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A parade of the mounted police force in Hue Citadel, Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

The event attracts the participation of 1,500 officers from People’s Police University and police units in Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho, Lam Dong, Tien Giang, Gia Lai, Tra Vinh, Phu Yen, Quang Nam, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Kien Giang, Quang Binh, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Dak Lak, and Thua Thien-Hue.

Female traffic police officers march during the opening ceremony of the police command, shooting, and martial arts competition’s final round in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

Female traffic police officers march during the opening ceremony of the police command, shooting, and martial arts competition’s final round in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

The opening ceremony of the final round was attended by Lieutenant General Le Quoc Hung, Deputy Minister of Public Security, several other police officials, and officials of Thua Thien-Hue Province.

It featured a parade of the mounted police force at Ngo Mon Square, as well as martial arts and shooting performances by police officers.

A performance by traffic police officers in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A performance by traffic police officers in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A female police officer shows her strength during a performance in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A female police officer shows her strength during a performance in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A shooting performance during the opening ceremony of the competition’s final round in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A shooting performance during the opening ceremony of the competition’s final round in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A shooting performance during the opening ceremony of the competition’s final round in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A shooting performance during the opening ceremony of the competition’s final round in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

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Vietnamese commune official suspended amid accusation of groping tenth grader

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The chairman of the commune-level Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee in Thanh Hoa Province, north-central Vietnam has been suspended from work after being accused of groping a tenth grader.

The 15-day work suspension was given to Luong Van Toi, chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee chapter in Xuan Thang Commune, Thuong Xuan District, Thanh Hoa.

Competent authorities have reviewed and verified the video footage that appeared to show Toi groping the schoolgirl, Do Xuan Nam, Party chief of Thuong Xuan District, confirmed on Monday.

As the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee chapter in Xuan Thang Commune does not have a vice-chairman, the commune’s deputy Party secretary will take over from Toi during this period.

At around 4:20 pm on June 28, a man was caught on CCTV walking into the yard of a local house and talking to L.T., a tenth grader who lives at the residence.

The man then approaches the young girl and touches her shoulder and back.

After a few moments, he grabs T. and tries to kiss her, before she resists and pushes him away.

After looking at the video clip, T.’s family members believed that the man in the footage is Toi, thus they filed a denunciation to the authorities of Thuong Xuan District.

Further investigation is ongoing.

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