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April 2014

Hails storms batter north, central Vietnam, winds swirl in south

9 April 2014

Hailstorms injured at least five people and damaged around 4,300 houses in the northern highlands Monday and 90 others in the Central Highlands Tuesday while a storm destroyed more houses in the south.

Hoang Thai, director of the agriculture department in the northern province of Cao Bang, said the hail hit four districts from 8:30 to 10:15 p.m. .

Some of the ice pellets were the size of a human fists, locals said. .

They said the ice broke through the roofs and damaged the insides of their houses. Thai said the hail was both the most violent and widespread ever in Cao Bang. .

Five people

Rethinking aid and corruption in Vietnam

9 April 2014

Analysts say major graft allegations stemming from a Japanese aid project warrant a reconsideration of aid’s role in international relations and a deeper rooting-out of corruption

In a show of assuring the public about its resolve to tackle rampant graft, Vietnam suspended several officials and ordered scores of others to clarify their involvement in allegations that a Japanese firm had paid bribes to secure a deal for a rail project in Hanoi.

A deputy transport minister almost immediately led a delegation to Japan last month only to learn that agencies concerned there would not be able to

World ill-prepared for rising climate risks, but adaptation helps: IPCC report

1 April 2014

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The risks to people and the planet from climate change are growing, and the world is still poorly prepared to manage those risks even though it has learned more about how to adapt, a scientific report from the United Nations' climate panel said on Monday.

The report, issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), observed that, in recent decades, changes in climate have caused impacts on natural and human systems "on all continents and across the oceans". These range from melting glaciers to falling wheat and maize yields, food price