Tired of bank IPOs? Food firms poised to spice up HKEx’s menu

Investors will soon see food companies listing instead of just banks and technology firms. Photo: Reuters

Investors bored with listings of mainland banks and technology firms in the past few years will soon find a new flavour in the Hong Kong stock market - several food and restaurant operators are queuing up to go public in the world's second-most sought-after listing destination after New York.

Friday, 8 May, 2015, 9:44am

Floods in central Vietnam kill 19, leave 8 missing

Evacuees escape floods in central Vietnam. Photo: Xinhua

Floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains in central Vietnam have killed 19 people, left eight missing and forced about 80,000 from their homes, disaster officials and state media said on Saturday.

16 Nov 2013 - 5:37pm

Photo in Vietnam shows mammal unseen for 15 years

This photo released by WWF shows a saola in a Vietnam zoo in 1993. Photo: AP

A camera trap in a forest in central Vietnam has managed to photograph of one of earth’s rarest mammals, the saola, which hadn’t been seen in 15 years.

The antelope-like, long-horned ox appears to walk through dense foliage at the edge of the camera’s range in the image taken in September. Conservation group WWF released the image along with a statement on Wednesday.

13 Nov 2013 - 6:12pm

Vietnam president: We oppose China's nine-dash line claim

Vietnam's President Truong Tan Sang. Photo: AP

Vietnam’s president on Thursday voiced firm opposition to China’s claims in the South China Sea but declined to back a Philippine bid to take the row to a UN tribunal.

On a visit to Washington, President Truong Tan Sang rejected China’s so-called “nine-dash line” through which it claims virtually all of the strategic sea including islands close to neighbouring countries.

26 Jul 2013 - 11:27am 1 comment

US, Vietnam to intensify talks despite protests

US Secretary of State John Kerry (right) walks to lunch with Vietnam's President Truong Tan Sang at the US State Department in Washington. Photo: Reuters

The United States and Vietnam have agreed to intensify talks on a regional free-trade agreement in hopes of finishing by the end of the year, the US Trade Representative’s Office said on Wednesday, following a call by labour and human rights groups for negotiations with Hanoi to be suspended.

25 Jul 2013 - 12:27pm

Vietnam sentences 4 to death for drugs

Vietnamese heroin addicts squat in a courtyard at a re-education centre near Hanoi. A Vietnamese court sentenced four men to death for dealing in heroin. Photo: Reuters

Vietnamese court sentenced four men to death for dealing in heroin, adding to those waiting capital punishment while the government tries to source chemicals for lethal injection, state media reported Thursday.

The country has not executed anyone since 2011, when it decided to switch from firing squads to lethal injections on humanitarian grounds.

11 Jul 2013 - 4:33pm

Vietnam arrests Dinh Nhat Uy, third blogger in less than a month

Men on motorcycles ride past the State Bank of Vietnam building in Hanoi. Photo: Reuters

Vietnamese police have arrested a blogger accused of posting “erroneous and slanderous” information about the communist government, state media reported on Monday. The blogger is the third locked up in less than a month in an intensifying crackdown against dissent.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Vietnam detains third blogger in weeks

A Vietnamese blogger has been arrested for anti-state activity, reports said on Sunday, the third online government critic detained in less than a month in an intensifying crackdown on dissent.

16 Jun 2013 - 8:28pm

Vietnam leader takes a hit in first-ever confidence vote

Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. Photo: AFP

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung was dealt a rare public blow on Tuesday, winning the full support of less than half of members of a parliament dominated by his ruling Communist Party in the country’s first-ever confidence vote.

11 Jun 2013 - 3:29pm

Vietnam detains anti-China protesters

Nationalist protesters hold up banners on Sunday, demonstrating Chinese territorial assertiveness in the South China Sea. Photo: AP

Vietnam yesterday detained about 30 anti-China protesters in Hanoi, amid growing tensions over rival territorial claims in the South China Sea.

3 Jun 2013 - 3:11am

Vietnam arrests well-known blogger Truong Duy Nhat for criticism

A prominent Vietnamese blogger has been arrested for posting articles critical of the communist government, reports said on Monday, in the latest crackdown on dissent in the authoritarian country.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Trade deal hopes put Vietnam on radar

Hong Tianzhu believes Vietnam will give Texhong an edge.

After years of sharp inflation, bad bank loans and slowing growth, Vietnam is back on the radar of investors as Chinese manufacturers race to expand in the country in the expectation of securing duty-free privileges on their apparel exports to the United States.

27 May 2013 - 4:41am

Vietnam fires foe of moon-bear sanctuary

A cub plays inside the rescue centre. Photo: Reuters

A Vietnamese official who campaigned to shut down a moon-bear sanctuary run by Hong Kong charity Animals Asia has been fired after an investigation ordered by his country's prime minister.

26 May 2013 - 6:40am 1 comment

Limbless preacher tests Vietnam's religious freedoms

Nick Vujicic's message has resonance in a country blighted by disabilities after wartime US chemical bombardment. Photo: AFP

The 25,000 people at the soccer stadium and the millions more watching at home waited 90 minutes before the Australian evangelical preacher got to the message he had come to Communist-ruled Vietnam to deliver.

26 May 2013 - 8:56am

Another Vietnamese cable TV provider drops CNN, BBC

The local Vietnamese satellite television broacaster K + has stopped airing foreign channels including CNN, BBC and Star World to comply with a new media law. Photo: AFP

Popular Vietnamese cable television provider VTV CAB has stopped providing foreign channels, including CNN and BBC, after a new media law that requires editing of programmes before broadcast came into effect on Wednesday last week.

20 May 2013 - 4:18am