Chinese police shot dead two ethnic Uighurs trying to cross the border with Vietnam, state media said on Monday, as the public security ministry accused a separatist group of orchestrating hundreds of cases of human smuggling. Hundreds of people have been killed around China in the past two years in violence between majority Han Chinese and Uighurs, a Muslim minority from China's western Xinjiang region. Chinese authorities say they worry that Uighurs go abroad to link up with Islamist militants, but human rights groups say Uighurs are fleeing persecution under harsh government policies. A "conflict" occurred when the Uighurs "violently resisted arrest" near a highway tollbooth on Sunday night in Pingxiang city in the southern region of Guangxi, the China News Service said. "Police ultimately shot dead two people, and one person fled toward a residential community," the news agency cited local authorities as saying. It gave few details of the incident, but said armed police had mounted … [Read more...] about Chinese police shoot dead two Uighurs at Vietnam border
Police in the southern province of Dong Nai are investigating a case in which a foreigner allegedly swindled more than VND9 billion (US$398,600) from at least 162 Vietnamese. The investigation was started in July after a local woman, who was referred to as Nguyen Thanh T., filed a complaint. She accused a foreigner named Eric Townsend of cheating her out of over VND2.2 billion ($92,400), police said Monday. She said he approached her on the Internet through Skype in April, claiming that he was a 53-year-old US military colonel who was based in Afghanistan. He allegedly told her that his wife and two children were all killed in an air crash, and soon after their first chats, the man promised to fly to Vietnam to marry her. The man then said he had sent her a package including $1.8 million and some of his personal documents. A man named Steven then kept sending her emails, saying he sent the package on behalf of Eric Townsend from the US, but customs demanded payment to clear the … [Read more...] about Scammer poses as US colonel online, cheats 162 Vietnamese out of $400,000: police
U.S. and UK spy agencies and police may soon be allowed to directly ask media companies in each others' countries for email and online chat data for people being investigated, under a tentative bilateral deal, officials said on Friday. As governments worldwide and online companies struggle to strike a balance between privacy rights and law enforcement imperatives, three U.S. officials confirmed a pact is in the works, although it would require congressional approval. "The proposed agreement, which remains under discussion, would be reciprocal and would require legislation to take effect," said a U.S. Justice Department official. First reported by The Washington Post, the talks were focused on letting UK agencies, such as counter-intelligence unit MI5, serve "production orders" on U.S. firms demanding data for “live intercepts” in inquiries involving UK citizens. UK agencies might also be able to ask U.S. companies to turn over stored data, such as emails. The Post quoted a … [Read more...] about U.S., Britain consider letting spy agencies, police seek email, chat data from companies
Viet Nam News wants to hear from you Your Say, published every Friday, lets readers express their opinions on a topic or issue raised by the editor. This Week: Are you willing to help police chase crimes? A circular issued by the Ministry of Public Security says traffic police can commandeer vehicles and communication devices in case of an emergency. Some think the rule offers a chance for citizens to help police to crack down on crime and ensure social security. Others are still confused about how they are supposed to know if a requisition is legal, or how and when they will be compensated if the "borrowed" vehicles are damaged. What do you think about this new power? Are traffic police in your country allowed to use citizens' vehicles and communication devices in urgent situations? If yes, what do you do when said vehicles are damaged? What would you do if a police officer wanted to borrow your vehicle or phone? Please reply by email to: [email protected], or by fax to (84-4) 3 … [Read more...] about Are you willing to help police chase crimes?
(Cinet)- A writing contest about marine police and soldiers has attracted professional and amateur writers under 40 years old at home and abroad in HCM City Youth Union. The contest focuses on the lives of marine police and soldiers, and their dreams and challenges. The organizer hopes the competition will find some fresh talents, encourage interaction among writers, and enable the public to enjoy new works. A high-quality work will be introduced to the public through print publications. Those interested should send their work by post to the contest's organising board at 1A Pham Ngoc Thach Street, District 1, HCM City, or by email at [email protected] before October 20, and the prize winners will be announced in December. … [Read more...] about National writing contest about marine police, soldiers opens