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Quảng Ninh’s Vân Đồn International Airport reopens

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Vân Đồn International Airport. — VNA/ Photo

HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Transport permitted Vân Đồn International Airport in the northern province of Quảng Ninh to reopen from 6:01am on Wednesday with the COVID-19 pandemic put under control in the province and the airport deemed safe to transport passengers.

The airport was temporarily closed from January 29 after a COVID-19 outbreak involving several of the airport’s security staff was detected.

The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines announced earlier it will resume flights between HCM City and Quảng Ninh on Wednesday, becoming the first to restart flights to Vân Đồn airport since the cluster broke out.

From March 3 to 17, there will be one weekly flight between the two destinations on Wednesdays. Flight numbers will be increased to three a week, on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, from March 18 until the end of the year.

Flights will take off at 1:00pm from HCM City and 3:45pm from Vân Đồn.

Passengers on the first three flights after resumption will enjoy a discounted fair of VNĐ507,000, including taxes and fees, per journey. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/892046/quang-ninhs-van-don-international-airport-reopens.html

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Nigerian man sentenced to death for transporting drugs to Vietnam

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Ekwegbalu James Nzube at the court – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – The People’s Court of the southern province of Tay Ninh on March 2 handed down the death penalty to Ekwegbalu James Nzube, a 45-year-old Nigerian man, for transporting nearly 4kg of drugs from Cambodia to Vietnam.

Before the arrest, Nzube stayed at Hoa Hong Hotel on To Ky Street, Trung My Tay Ward, District 12, HCMC.

According to the indictment, Nzube was caught illegally entering Vietnam from Cambodia by border guards at border marker No. 170/3 in Loi Thuan Commune, Ben Cau District, at around 8 p.m. on July 30, 2020.

The border guards found four packages containing nearly 4kg of drugs in his luggage, which were later identified as Methamphetamine.

Nzube said he met another Nigerian man named Johe in Guangzhou, China, in 2014, who hired him to transport the drugs from Cambodia to Vietnam.

Nzube arrived at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport on March 13, 2020. He received a phone call from Johe on July 23 and agreed to transport the drugs from Cambodia to Vietnam for US$2,000.

Four days later, he took a taxi from HCMC to the Moc Bai International Border Gate in Tay Ninh Province and walked to Cambodia.

On July 29, he received four packages of drugs and US$1,100 from an unidentified man and was arrested while returning to Vietnam on July 30.

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/80769/nigerian-man-sentenced-to-death-for-transporting-drugs-to-vietnam-.html

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Vietnamese teacher jailed for molesting, having sex with ninth graders

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A middle school teacher has been sentenced to seven years in prison for molesting and having sex with four school boys in the southern Vietnamese province of Tay Ninh.

The People’s Court in Duong Minh Chau District, Tay Ninh Province on Tuesday opened the trial against Nguyen Hoang Nhut, 39, a former teacher of Phuoc Minh Middle School.

Nhut was condemned to a seven-year jail term for having sex with people between 13 and under 16 years and molesting people under 16 years old, according to Vietnamese law.

According to the indictment, Nhut was using a gay social network app in June 2019 when he discovered that L.G.L. was also a member.

L. was a ninth grader at Phuoc Minh Middle School, and Nhut was his biology teacher.

During one lesson, Nhut caught L. talking in class and told him to clean up the laboratory as a punishment.

At the lab, Nhut said that his arms were in pain and tricked L. into touching his genitals.

The incident took place for about two minutes before Nhut told L. to go back to class as there was someone outside the room.

About one week later, Nhut phoned the boy and asked him to come to his house and help him bring some files to the school.

Upon L.’s arrival, Nhut asked the student to have sex with him, and the latter agreed.

Aside from L., Nhut also had sex with two other school boys and molested another from June to December 2019.

They were all ninth-grade students of Phuoc Minh School at the time of the incidents.

Local police arrested and initiated legal proceedings against the teacher in June 2020.

Aside from the jail term, Nhut was also required to pay VND10 million (US$436) to each of the victims as compensation.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20210303/vietnamese-teacher-jailed-for-molesting-having-sex-with-ninth-graders/59578.html

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