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Giant Hands Raise Bridge in Vietnam to the Sky

Unveiled to the public in June, a pair of giant hands appear to hold up the Golden Bridge on Ba Na Hills in Da Nang, Vietnam above the clouds. Situated 1,400m above sea level in the tourist retreat of Thien Thai Garden, the Golden Bridge includes 8 spans with a length of nearly 150m. At this height, the bridge looks like a silk strip hiding in the clouds of Da Nang. Lobelia Chrysanthemums line the pathway on the bridge, providing a vibrant splash of colour, while the giant hands have…

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China Just Handed the World a 111-Million-Ton Trash Problem

Few people consider used plastic to be a valuable global commodity. Yet China has imported 106 million tons of old bags, bottles, wrappers and containers worth $57.6 billion since 1992, the first year it disclosed data. So when the country announced last year that it finally had enough of everybody else's junk, governments the world over knew they had a problem. They just didn’t know exactly how large it was.  Now they know. By 2030, an estimated 111 million metric tons of used plastic will need to be buried or recycled somewhere else—or not manufactured at…

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Trump Scraps Possible Formal Meeting With Putin

President Donald Trump will not meet formally with Russian President Vladimir Putin at an Asia-Pacific summit in Vietnam this week due to a scheduling conflict, the White House said Friday, amid U.S. concerns that the meeting wouldn’t create genuine progress on key issues. “Are they going to bump into each other and say hello? Certainly possible and likely,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. “But in terms of a scheduled, formal meeting, there’s not one on the calendar and we don’t anticipate that there will be one.” Any Putin-Trump meeting…

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Resellers were already outside the Apple store just minutes after iPhone X launch

Image: yvette tan/mashable Just minutes after they got their hands on their new iPhone X devices, resellers were taking to the streets to sell them to the highest bidder. People began queueing at the Apple store in Singapore from as early as Thursday, with hundreds camping out overnight.  SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone X: Tracking the launch around the world Plenty of resellers were among them, when Mashable went down to the venue. Past doors opening at 8 a.m. on Friday morning, the road outside the Apple store quickly turned into…

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‘We are jobless because of fish poisoning’: Vietnamese fishermen battle for justice

A year after Vietnams worst environmental disaster, lives remain ruined while the government cracks down on protesters seeking compensation We used to eat the meat of the pig, but now all we have to eat is the skin the Vietnamese saying neatly encapsulates the predicament facing the countrys fishermen, says Nguyen Viet Thieu. Before the marine disaster happened, I could earn up to 15m Vietnamese dongs [500], reflects Nguyen. But after, I didnt sell any fish at all. I was sick of my profession. He moors and ties his small…

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Mother Mushroom: how Vietnam locked up its most famous blogger

One of Vietnams most influential political bloggers, given a courage award by Melania Trump, faces a decade behind bars for her reactionary work Each person only has a life, but if I had the chance to choose again I would still choose my way. They are the words of one of Vietnams most influential bloggers known by her online pseudonym, dispute with China over control of the South China Sea. Lan said her daughters political awakening began after studying foreign languages in university. Upon discovering the pluralistic online world, Quynh…

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