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aberdeenshire man 'kidnapped' in vietnam is found alive


image copyrightleslie familyimage caption connor leslie was in vietnam on holiday with a group of friends a 23-year-old british man feared kidnapped in vietnam has been found alive, his family have said.connor leslie, from newtonhill in aberdeenshire, was last seen at about 02:30 local time (21:30 bst on friday) in hanoi.he was in the city with a group of friends who got out of a taxi which apparently sped off before mr leslie could step out of the car.the leslie family said vietnamese police officers had found him.it is not yet known where mr leslie is or what condition he is in.members of mr leslie's family had shared information about his disappearance on facebook after he was last seen at tay ho 395 on lac long quan.image copyrightleslie family/googleimage caption connor leslie was las






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giant saltire stolen from trump's menie golf course


image copyrightandrew milligan/paa giant saltire flag been stolen from the trump golf course in aberdeenshire.the flag was taken from an 80ft (24m) post at trump international golf links on the menie estate between monday afternoon and tuesday morning.police are keen to trace a white van seen in the area shortly before 22:00 on monday.the flag and its pole were the subject of a planning wrangle after being erected without council permission.trump international took its case against aberdeenshire council to the scottish government, which later ruled in its favour.image copyrightpaimage caption donald trump opened the golf course in aberdeenshire in 2012






giant saltire stolen from trump's menie golf course


image copyrightandrew milligan/paa giant saltire flag been stolen from the trump golf course in aberdeenshire.the flag was taken from an 80ft (24m) post at trump international golf links on the menie estate between monday afternoon and tuesday morning.police are keen to trace a white van seen in the area shortly before 22:00 on monday.the flag and its pole were the subject of a planning wrangle after being erected without council permission.trump international took its case against aberdeenshire council to the scottish government, which later ruled in its favour.image copyrightpaimage caption donald trump opened the golf course in aberdeenshire in 2012






person found dead in vietnam identified as slaying suspect


fairfax, va. (ap) — a person found dead in vietnam is suspected in the slaying of an elderly man at a retirement community in the suburbs of washington, d.c.police in fairfax county, virginia, said friday in a statement that the suspect flew to vietnam the day after the death of 77-year-old cong huu nguyen in april at the little river glen senior retirement community in fairfax. the person of interest was later found dead in vietnam.police say the person knew the victim well, and is the only person they believe was involved in the homicide. police say, “detectives are looking into the possibility the motive involved financial gain.”police say once the investigation is done, they’ll release the suspect’s name, as well as the cause and manner of that person’s death.most read storiesunlimited






the president of cora breakfast chain was found tied up in a ditch and no one kn


montreal — a man kidnapped at gunpoint under mysterious circumstances from his home near montreal and later released is the president of the cora breakfast restaurant chain, the company confirmed thursday.nicholas tsouflidis was nabbed wednesday night in mirabel, north of montreal.a passerby found the bound businessman in a ditch in laval.the unnamed witness told montreal radio station 98.5 fm the victim didn’t appear to know where he was and repeatedly stated he’d been kidnapped.quebec provincial police spokesman sgt. claude denis said the victim was taken to hospital as a preventive measure.police did not formally identify the victim and say they are working to verify his version of events.a senior member of the breakfast chain’s executive confirmed the details reported by numerous media






afghan officials: a foreign citizen kidnapped in kabul


kabul, afghanistan — an afghan official says a foreign contract worker has been kidnapped in the capital, kabul.agriculture ministry spokesman latifullah rashedi said the man, who was kidnapped early sunday, was working on a horticultural and livestock program, but declined to provide his nationality. another official in the ministry, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief reporters, says the man is a kenyan national.there was no immediate claim of responsibility.last month a finnish woman was kidnapped from a kabul guesthouse in an attack that killed a german woman and an afghan security guard.






philippines: vietnamese ship attacked; 1 dead, 6 abducted


manila, philippines — gunmen attacked a vietnamese cargo ship off the philippines' southern tip, killing a vietnamese crewman and abducting six others including the vessel's captain, the philippine coast guard and the ship's owner said monday.coast guard spokesman armand balilo said the vietnamese coast guard reported that the mv giang hai, with 17 crewmen on board, was attacked by pirates sunday night about 20 miles (31 kilometers) north of pearl bank in tawi-tawi, the philippines' southernmost province.personnel of the philippine coast guard, police and marines found the ship had drifted near the province's baguan island. upon boarding the vessel, they found 10 vietnamese sailors alive and one dead.pham van hien, head of the safety department of pham hai shipping company, the owner of th






vietnam seizes 3 tons of ivory smuggled from south africa


hanoi, vietnam — police in northern vietnam have seized nearly 3 tons of ivory smuggled from south africa in the latest action taken against the illegal trade.thanh hoa provincial police said the ivory was found in boxes on a truck stopped by police early saturday morning. the account posted on the police website quoted the truck driver as saying he was hired to transport the ivory from southern dong nai province to the capital hanoi.police declined to give further information on monday.last year, nearly 7 tons of ivory were seized in vietnam's southern commercial hub of ho chi minh city.vietnam is one of the world's major transit points and consumers of ivory and rhino horn. it bans hunting of its own dwindling population of elephants.






abducted somali journalist freed after torture


mogadishu, somalia — a colleague says that a somali journalist who was kidnapped on saturday was found tied up and alive in the agricultural town of afgoye, 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of mogadishu, the capital, after he was tortured and released by his captors.ahmedwali hussein, an editor at goobjoog radio and television station, said a farmer found hanad ali guled lying in his field with hands and legs tied behind his back.he said guled had difficulties speaking because of the torture that had been inflicted on him.no group has claimed responsibility for the journalist's abduction by six armed men who stopped him on his way to work outside mogadishu on saturday.






vietnam seizes 3 tons of ivory smuggled from south africa


hanoi, vietnam (ap) — police in northern vietnam have seized nearly 3 tons of ivory smuggled from south africa in the latest action taken against the illegal trade.thanh hoa provincial police said the ivory was found in boxes on a truck stopped by police early saturday morning. the account posted on the police website quoted the truck driver as saying he was hired to transport the ivory from southern dong nai province to the capital hanoi.police declined to give further information on monday.last year, nearly 7 tons of ivory were seized in vietnam’s southern commercial hub of ho chi minh city.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.vietnam is one of the world’s major transit points and consumers of ivory and rhino horn. it bans hunting of its own dwindling population of e






japan's emperor akihito on first-ever visit to vietnam


hanoi, vietnam — japanese emperor akihito and empress michiko have arrived in vietnam for a visit during which they will meet the abandoned wives of former japanese soldiers from world war ii.the 83-year-old akihito, who arrived in hanoi on tuesday, is the first-ever japanese emperor to visit vietnam. he will be given a red carpet welcome by vietnamese president tran dai quang on wednesday.during their six-day visit, the royal couple is scheduled to meet with a dozen surviving widows and families members of japanese war veterans.despite their stormy relations in the past, vietnam and japan have steadily improved their ties. today, japan is vietnam's biggest foreign donor and one of its top investors and trading partners.






council apology over trees planted on football pitch


a council has apologised after trees were planted on a football pitch.the trees appeared at the pitch at logie durno in aberdeenshire, sparking social media reaction.aberdeenshire council was contacted, and the local authority said the intention was to turn over part of the area for "biodiversity" - but talks would now be held with the community.a spokeswoman said: "it would seem that we were barking up the wrong tree with plans for this site."council apology over trees planted on football pitch






afghan officials: foreign citizen kidnapped in kabul


kabul, afghanistan — a foreign contract worker was kidnapped in the afghan capital kabul early sunday, said an official.gen. mohammad almas, chief of kabul police's crime investigation department said a kenyan national was kidnapped from the kati char district of kabul city, and that an investigation had been launched.the kenyan citizen was working bas d on a contract that he with the ministry.agriculture ministry spokesman latifullah rashedi said the kidnapped man was working as accountant for the ministry but declined to state his nationality. another official in the ministry, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief reporters, said the man is kenyan.there was no immediate claim of responsibility.last month a finnish woman was kidnapped from a kabul gues






dc police: kidnapped n. carolina girl found after slayings


washington — police in washington, d.c., say they have found an 11-year-old girl who authorities believe was kidnapped after her grandparents were slain at a north carolina home.metropolitan police department capt. david sledge said the kidnapping suspect was arrested sunday after a brief chase. officers initially tried to stop the vehicle but it sped away and crashed into another vehicle.police say the girl's uncle, curtis atkinson, is suspected of killing his parents at their charlotte home. the bodies were discovered after a fire was apparently set at the home.sledge says the girl has been taken to a hospital but appears to be ok.






new law honors vietnam war veterans


president donald trump signed into law the “vietnam war veterans recognition act of 2017” on tuesday, just in time for the annual national vietnam veterans day observance, which was set to be celebrated wednesday. the law, previosuly known as s. 305, “encourages the display of the u.s. flag on march 29,” trump announced in a tweet…






philippines: vietnamese ship attacked; 1 dead, 6 abducted


manila, philippines (ap) — gunmen attacked a vietnamese cargo ship off the philippines’ southern tip, killing a vietnamese crewman and abducting six others including the vessel’s captain, the philippine coast guard and the ship’s owner said monday.coast guard spokesman armand balilo said the vietnamese coast guard reported that the mv giang hai, with 17 crewmen on board, was attacked by pirates sunday night about 20 miles (31 kilometers) north of pearl bank in tawi-tawi, the philippines’ southernmost province.personnel of the philippine coast guard, police and marines found the ship had drifted near the province’s baguan island. upon boarding the vessel, they found 10 vietnamese sailors alive and one dead.pham van hien, head of the safety department of pham hai shipping company, the owner






vietnam to resume importing dried distillers grains from us


bismarck, n.d. (ap) — u.s. sen. john hoeven say vietnam is resuming imports of dried distillers grains produced in the u.s., creating another market for north dakota producers.the north dakota ethanol council says ethanol plants in the state produce about 1.4 million tons of the livestock feed each year as a byproduct, with nearly all of it being exported.vietnam had been the third-largest export market for u.s. dried distillers grains before banning the imports last year after reports of pests found in feed. the country lifted the suspension wednesday.north dakota ethanol council chairman jeff zueger calls vietnam “a very significant market.”most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






death toll in vietnam flooding, landslides rises to 68


hanoi, vietnam (ap) — the death toll from landslides and heavy rain triggered by a tropical depression in vietnam has climbed to 68, with another 34 people missing, officials said sunday.the vietnam disaster management authority said in a statement that the disasters have also injured 32 people, damaged infrastructure and killed more than 230,000 livestock in central and northern regions.the storm hit vietnam on tuesday and authorities have been dealing with the fallout since. disaster officials in the hardest-hit province of hoa binh in the north, where 20 people have died, said some 300 soldiers, police and militia were still searching for eight people missing from a landslide.meanwhile, tropical storm khanun is weakening as it moves toward the tonkin gulf and is expected to bring rains






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river forest native missing in montana wilderness for 6 days found alive


a river forest native who had been missing after a may 4 hike in montana has been found alive, according to a friend of the family. laura maychruk, who lives next to madeline connelly’s family in river forest, said the family told her the good news wednesday afternoon. “i have zero details, but i spoke to one of her sisters,” maychruk said. “it was very brief, but she told me madeline was found alive and her dog was found with her.” connelly had left for the hike in the great bear wilderness with her dog mogi, but hadn’t been seen since. flathead county sheriff chuck curry had said about 40-50 people were searching for the oak park and river forest high school alum as of yesterday afternoon.check back for updates.






floods and landslides kill 54, leave 39 missing in vietnam


hanoi, vietnam (ap) — floods and landslides caused by a tropical depression have killed 54 people in northern and central vietnam while rescuers were trying to search for another 39 people still missing, officials say.the storm also injured 31 people and submerged more than 30,000 houses, damaged infrastructure, crops and livestock, the vietnam disaster management authority said in a statement friday.disaster official nguyen thi lien from northern yen bai province where six people have died from the floods says 580 soldiers and police and more than 2,000 residents have been mobilized to search for another 16 still missing in the province.the tropical depression hit central vietnam on tuesday. another tropical storm, khanun, is moving to the south china sea toward vietnam, according to the






singapore prime minister in vietnam to up trade, investment


hanoi, vietnam — vietnam and singapore signed several business agreements thursday during a visit by prime minister lee hsien loong aimed at boosting the island state's investment and trade with the communist country.two of the six memorandums of understanding witnessed by lee and his vietnamese counterpart nguyen xuan phuc were for industrial parks to be developed by singapore's sembcorp in central vietnam."i'm very glad to be back to vietnam after more than three years in order to take our relationship another step forward," lee told reporters at a joint press briefing with phuc.singapore, one of vietnam's top investors and trading partners, hopes to step up investments in the country, lee said."with more intensive business links and with more tourism between both sides, travel between v






vietnam condemns 6 to death for drug offenses


hanoi, vietnam — courts in vietnam have sentenced six men to death for drug-related offenses in two separate cases.state-run tuoi tre newspaper reported a court in central nghe an province on tuesday convicted ring leader phan dinh tuan and four other men on charges of trafficking 102 kilograms (224 pounds) of heroin. tuan was found guilty of masterminding parts of the ring's operations from his prison cell with a smuggled cellphone.meanwhile a court in southern dong nai province sentenced another man to death for transporting 14 kilograms (31 pounds) of methamphetamine.court officials are unavailable for comment wednesday.vietnam has some of the world's toughest drug laws. possessing or trafficking 100 grams (3 1/2 ounces) of heroin or 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of opium is punishable by de






california sen. janet nguyen, a vietnamese refugee, becomes a symbol for free sp


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floods caused by tropical depression kill 15 in vietnam


hanoi, vietnam — floods triggered by a tropical depression in vietnam have killed 15 people and left eight others missing, officials said wednesday.the storm hit central vietnam on tuesday, bringing heavy rain to the region and to parts of northern vietnam.eight people, including two children, were killed in central nghe an province, disaster official nguyen thi kim dung said.provincial officials said three people died and five others were missing in the northern province of yen bai. in thanh hoa province, north of nghe an, two people were killed and three others were missing. disaster officials said two people died in the northern province of hoa binh.vietnam is prone to storms and floods which kill hundreds of people each year.






decapitated bodies show up in egyptian sinai border town


el-arish, egypt — egyptian security officials and witnesses say the decapitated bodies of a father and his two sons recently kidnapped by islamic militants have been found on the street in the northern sinai town of rafah.the mother of the two siblings was killed last week by islamic state group militants when they raided the family home in the village of yamit and kidnapped the three men.the three decapitated bodies found saturday were taken to hospital, where they were identified.the officials and witnesses spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media and feared reprisals, respectively.is is spearheading an insurgency in northern sinai, where there has recently been an uptick in the abduction and killing of suspected informants.






officials: texas girl found dead kidnapped over drug theft


dallas — court records indicate that a 13-year-old girl who was found dead in a house over the weekend was kidnapped after the boyfriend of one of her relatives stole about 22 pounds of marijuana.the body of shavon randle was discovered at the dallas house late saturday night after being reported abducted wednesday from a home in lancaster, located south of dallas. a 19-year-old man was also found dead in the house.two men are charged with aggravated kidnapping in the case. a city of lancaster spokeswoman says the investigation continues.laquon wilkerson, charged with aggravated kidnapping for ransom/reward, was jailed monday on $1 million bond. devontae owens, charged with aggravated kidnapping, was jailed on $500,000 bond.wilkerson's attorney had no comment. it wasn't clear who was repre






singapore prime minister visits vietnam to boost ties


hanoi, vietnam (ap) — vietnam and singapore have signed several business agreements as the island state seeks to boost investment and trade with the communist country during a visit by prime minister lee hsien loong.among the six memorandum of understanding which were signed thursday and witnessed by lee and his vietnamese counterpart nguyen xuan phuc, two were for industrial parks to be developed by singapore’s sembcorp in central vietnam.“i’m very glad to be back to vietnam after more than three years in order to take our relationship another step forward,” lee told reporters at a joint press briefing with phuc.lee told reporters that he hoped singapore, one of vietnam’s top investors and trading partners, would increase its investments in the country.most read storiesunlimited digital a






priest kidnapped, released in northern mexico


mexico city — mexico's roman catholic council of bishops said thursday that a priest kidnapped in the gulf coast city of tampico had been released unharmed.the council identified the priest as rev. oscar lopez navarro, from the tampico diocese. he was kidnapped late tuesday.tampico bishop jose luis dibildox had said the kidnappers indicated they would negotiate for his release, apparently in exchange for a ransom. but the bishop's council did not say whether any ransom was paid."we are pleased to hear of his release, we mourn the way our society is being affected by violence," the council said.on monday, a priest was shot to death in the pacific coast state of nayarit. in 2016, two priests were found shot to death in veracruz state and another priest was killed in the western state of mich






dad: american un worker kidnapped in congo strived for peace


hesston, kan. (ap) — an american united nations worker who was among six people kidnapped in the democratic republic of congo was doing humanitarian work and has had some success in persuading militia leaders to give up child soldiers, his father said.michael sharp, 34, believes that years of violence in eastern congo have solved nothing and was working to do something about it, his father, john sharp, told the wichita eagle.michael sharp and a swedish u.n. worker, zahida katalan, were abducted along with three congolese drivers and a translator while driving through the kasai central province, a congo government spokesman said monday.the kidnappers haven’t been identified. the u.n. mission in congo, known as monusco, confirmed monday that two experts from the mission had disappeared in th






singapore prime minister visits vietnam to boost ties


hanoi, vietnam — vietnam and singapore have signed several business agreements as the island state seeks to boost investment and trade with the communist country during a visit by prime minister lee hsien loong.among the six memorandum of understanding which were signed thursday and witnessed by lee and his vietnamese counterpart nguyen xuan phuc, two were for industrial parks to be developed by singapore's sembcorp in central vietnam."i'm very glad to be back to vietnam after more than three years in order to take our relationship another step forward," lee told reporters at a joint press briefing with phuc.lee told reporters that he hoped singapore, one of vietnam's top investors and trading partners, would increase its investments in the country."with more intensive business links and w






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when you make plans to watch a ken burns documentary, you often have to clear out a lot of dvr space: 11 hours for "the civil war," 14 hours for "the roosevelts" and, starting on sept. 17, 18 hours for "the vietnam war."but as sprawling as these series can be --"the vietnam war" starts in 1858 and continues onward -- the more you learn about the process of making them, the more reasonable those running times sound. "the vietnam war" took 10 years to come together. because it was shot in both the united states and in vietnam, it was a more logistically complex film, one that required co-director lynn novick and producer sarah botstein to figure out how to work in a different and less free country, and to do their interviews in translation. and because "the vietnam war" addresses recent and






officials: texas girl found dead kidnapped over drug theft


dallas (ap) — court records indicate that a 13-year-old girl who was found dead in a house over the weekend was kidnapped after the boyfriend of one of her relatives stole about 22 pounds of marijuana.the body of shavon randle was discovered at the dallas house late saturday night after being reported abducted wednesday from a home in lancaster, located south of dallas. a 19-year-old man was also found dead in the house.two men are charged with aggravated kidnapping in the case. a city of lancaster spokeswoman says the investigation continues.laquon wilkerson, charged with aggravated kidnapping for ransom/reward, was jailed monday on $1 million bond. devontae owens, charged with aggravated kidnapping, was jailed on $500,000 bond.most read storiessave over 90% on select subscriptions.wilker






japanese emperor departs for visit to vietnam and thailand


tokyo — the emperor and empress of japan have left tokyo for a one-week trip to vietnam and thailand.emperor akihito and empress michiko departed tuesday morning from haneda airport. their visit to vietnam comes at a time of growing ties between the two countries. many japanese companies have built factories in vietnam, and vietnamese are among the largest groups of foreign students in japan.akihito and michiko will meet with surviving widows and children of japanese soldiers who stayed in vietnam after world war ii but had to leave after the communists took control of the north in 1954.in bangkok, they will pay respects to former king bhumibol adulyadej, who died in october. akihito said that he and michiko enjoyed a close friendship with bhumibol for more than 50 years.






abducted somali journalist freed after torture


mogadishu, somalia — a somali journalist who was kidnapped on saturday was found tied up and alive in the agricultural town of afgoye, 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of mogadishu, the capital, after he was tortured and released by his captors.a farmer found hanad ali guled lying in a field with hands and legs tied behind his back, said ahmedwali hussein, an editor at goobjoog radio and television station. guled had difficulties speaking because of the torture that had been inflicted on him, said hussein.no group has claimed responsibility for the journalist's abduction by six armed men who stopped him on his way to work outside mogadishu on saturday.the abduction is reminder of the dangers that reporters face in this horn of africa country which has frequent attacks by the islamic extremis






iraqi forces discover chemical warfare agent in mosul


mosul, iraq — iraqi forces discovered a mustard chemical warfare agent in eastern mosul alongside a cache of russian surface-to-surface missiles, an iraqi officer said urday.iraqi and u.s. officials have repeatedly warned of islamic state group efforts to develop chemical weapons. when iraqi forces retook mosul university earlier this month, they found chemistry labs they believed had been converted into makeshift chemical weapons labs.iraqi special forces brig. gen. haider fadhil said french officials tested the mosul chemical this week and confirmed it was a mustard agent. fadhil did not specify the quantity or potency of the chemical, but iraqi soldiers were able to visit the site for about ten minutes without exhibiting any symptoms of exposure."we know that they were using this place