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North Korea tightens security ahead of party congress

North Korea has tightened security ahead of its ruling party’s congress, South Korea said Friday, with authorities keen to avoid any “mishap” at the gathering, at which advances in the drive for nuclear weapons will likely be hailed. Thousands of delegates are expected in the capital, Pyongyang, from May 6 ...

Vietnam elects prime minister amid big challenges

Apr 7, 2016

Vietnam elects prime minister amid big challenges

Vietnam’s rubber-stamp parliament on Thursday elected Nguyen Xuan Phuc as prime minister, and he takes office at a time of soaring public debt, a worrying budget deficit and China’s growing assertiveness in nearby seas. In a formal vote, 446 of the 490 members in ...