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Philippines, Vietnam discuss how they can cooperate amid territorial feud with China

The Philippines’ top diplomat said he and his Vietnamese counterpart discussed Thursday how their governments can work together to deal with territorial disputes with China, including a possible sharing of information to better guard their territories from intrusions. …read more

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Why Is Obama Praising Ho Chi Minh?

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“…we discussed the fact that Ho Chi Minh was actually inspired by the U.S. Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and the words of Thomas Jefferson.”

– President Obama talking to reporters alongside Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang.

It may come as some unwelcome news to the families of the nearly 60,000 Americans who died in the Vietnam War that the whole thing was just a misunderstanding.

That was the impression President Obama gave on Thursday when he spoke to the press after his meeting with Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang. Sang brought Obama a copy of a letter sent to President Harry Truman from Ho Chi Minh in which the communist dictator spoke hopefully of cooperation with the United States.

Obama, striking a wistful tone, observed that it may have taken 67 years, but the United States and Vietnam were finally enjoying the relationship that Ho once wrote of. After all, Obama said, Ho had been “inspired by the words of Thomas Jefferson.”

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How to Declare Your Independence for Student Financial Aid

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September is drawing closer, bringing a new school year, along with fresh worries over how to pay the steep cost of college tuition. For students hoping to get loans and scholarships, a lot rides on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. The Department of Education, state governments, and individual colleges use the form to determine what kinds of loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study opportunities a student can receive.

When it comes to funding college, the question of parental contribution can be a big snag. Based on assets and income, the FAFSA determines how much parents can be expected to spend putting their child through college. Of course, that assessment assumes that parents are ready, willing and able to give their children money to help with school, but — as many students have found — there can be a huge gap between the amount of money that a parent “can” give on paper and the amount of money that he or she is willing to part with.

For students facing problems with parental contributions, declaring financial independence is the holy grail: if a student can financially separate from his or her parents, their assets won’t be factored into the tuition equation. For most students — Lindsay Lohan being a likely exception — this would likely drop their apparent wealth significantly, increasing their eligibility for loans and grants.

Limited Options

Unfortunately, most of the grounds under which a young person can be granted financial independence — including being at least 24 years old, being in graduate school, being an orphan or ward of the state, being a military veteran, being homeless, having dependents, or being an emancipated minor — are nonnegotiable, and a student can’t do much to change his or her status.

Other options — like being in the military, being married, or being homeless — are more open to individual action, but would require a serious, long-term commitment and should not be entered into lightly. To put it mildly, joining the military, having a child, or getting married are big decisions, and shouldn’t be undertaken solely for the purpose of getting student loans.

(That having been said, when I was growing up, I knew parents who had gotten married or even had children in order to avoid deployment to Vietnam. Given the high cost of college, and the amazing impact that a college degree could have on future earnings, I’m not sure I can automatically discount the wisdom of marrying one’s high school sweetheart as a strategy for getting student aid.)

How Unusual Is Your Situation?

There is also one method for which the requirements are not so well-defined: a college financial aid administrator can make a documented determination of independence by reason of “other unusual circumstances.” But, while this …read more

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Time running out for Yankee Air Museum to raise $5M to renovate Willow Run plant

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Ypsilanti— The great warplane relics of America’s past are treasures to Ray Hunter, who would like to see the Yankee Air Force Museum find a new home in a historic airport hangar.

The 76-year-old Air Force veteran, who flew rescue helicopter missions in Vietnam, is one of the many former service members who hope the museum can raise nearly $5 million to save and renovate part of the former Willow Run bomber plant building into its new home on the grounds of the Willow Run Airport.

“The museum will go on,” he said. “We’re in a facility now. We’d rather be all under one roof because we want the public to be able to look at these airplanes that we are so proud of.”…

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Asylum boats 'god-awful' problem, Australia says

Asylum-seekers drowning on the treacherous boat journey to Australia presented a “god-awful” problem, Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said, after four more deaths were reported following a dramatic sea rescue.

Authorities pulled 144 people from the surging waters off the Indian Ocean territory of Christmas Island late Tuesday, but they also recovered four bodies after the ship carrying an estimated 150 people capsized and sank.

“This is a wretchedly difficult area and it has been poisoned by politics,” Clare said of boatpeople.

“If we are going to fix this god-awful problem then we need to work together.”

Australia has struggled to stem an influx of asylum-seekers arriving by boat, with record numbers turning up in 2012 and more than 13,000 so far in 2013.

Hundreds have drowned making the journey and Canberra’s plans to send asylum-seekers to remote Pacific islands for processing has so far failed to stop the numbers from increasing.

Clare said the centre-left Labor government — whose scheme to transfer asylum-seekers arriving by boats to refugee camps in Malaysia was blocked by the conservative opposition — was working on changes to its policy.

But he said the problem required domestic and regional cooperation and Australians wanted the political parties to work together on the issue.

“We have been fighting about this for more than 10 years,” he said.

“The government should be given the power it needs to stop people dying at sea.”

In the latest tragedy, the boat capsized as it was being escorted in heavy weather by two Australian navy ships to Christmas Island, after issuing a distress call earlier in the day.

The boats pulled survivors from the water as a military aircraft dropped life rafts.

Rear Admiral David Johnston, commander of Border Protection Command, said the 30-metre boat had not been as “jam packed” as other vessels that had been intercepted and appeared quite solid.

But he said the vessel, which was carrying men, women and children, sank quite quickly once it overturned.

Australian border protection officials have been faced with an increased tempo of arrivals in recent months, despite scores of drownings.

On Friday a boat carrying 97 asylum-seekers sank, claiming the life of a baby boy and leaving eight others missing.

In a bid to slow down arrivals, Australia’s refugee tribunals have reportedly been ordered to take revised country assessments into account when looking at asylum claims from people from Iran, Afghanistan and Vietnam.

This directive came after Foreign Minister Bob Carr said many people seeking asylum, particularly from Iran, were economic migrants, not refugees.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is expected to soon announce a new-look asylum-seeker policy — an issue set to be key in elections due this year.

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US commander says China ties 'collegial'

The United States’ top naval commander in Asia described military relations with China as “collegial” and rejected Cold War comparisons, urging “methodical and thoughtful” diplomacy in the region.

Vice Admiral Scott Swift, commander of the Japan-based US 7th Fleet and in Sydney for bilateral exercises, said maritime security was an increasingly important issue in the Indo-Pacific region as both trade and militarisation boomed.

“Economic power is being converted to military power in many parts of the region, which may increase the temptation to use coercion or force in an attempt to resolve differences between nations,” he said in a speech to the Lowy Institute foreign policy think-tank.

“The rising of the seas and the opening of the (Arctic’s) Northern Passage will bring new security challenges that must be dealt with as well,” he added, speaking of global warming’s impact in the region.

Swift said he was “very encouraged by the pace” of military connections in the region amid escalating tensions over issues including the South China Sea.

China claims nearly all of the sea, rejecting competing claims to parts of it by the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan.

Some of the claimants have expressed concern at Beijing’s increasingly assertive military and diplomatic tactics to stress its control.

US President Barack Obama warned China last week against using force or intimidation in its maritime disputes and urged a peaceful resolution.

Swift said his focus was on inclusive military operations, seeking “to the maximum extent possible multilateral exercises”, adding he had had “very collegial exchanges with PLAN (Chinese navy) ships throughout the region, and really throughout the world”.

“We need to be methodical and thoughtful about the process by which we pull the relationships together,” he said.

“In the past I think there’s been a rush to achieve a form of success without fully understanding what success is, especially in the context of the parties that are coming together.”

Swift said he believed military collaboration with China was “bringing us closer” to a naval understanding similar to that which existed between the US and the Soviet Union to prevent conflict at sea during the Cold War.

But he distanced himself from comparisons with the 40-year US-Soviet standoff, saying there were “very, very different circumstances”, starting with the fact that the 7th Fleet was as large as the entire Chinese navy.

“We have much more in common than we do have in competition with China,” Swift added.

“The Cold War was really a competition between governments, competition between our militaries, who was the strongest was the question of the day. I just don’t see that in today’s maritime environment.”

Swift said he was “heartened” by the role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in the region and welcomed discussions about whether its mandate should extend beyond economic issues.

“The instability that is resident within the South China Sea is really ringed by all those countries that are participants in ASEAN, so its relevance is much higher than what it was even four or five years ago,” he said.

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Vietnam PM's son-in-law gets McDonald's franchise

McDonald’s has announced it is opening its first restaurant in Vietnam, the latest Western consumer company to bring their brand to the Communist-run country.

The company says Tuesday that Henry Nguyen, a Vietnamese-American investor and the son-in-law of Vietnam’s prime minister, would be the main franchise partner.

The spending power of Vietnam’s 90 million people is proving attractive to Western companies even as its economy struggles.

Starbucks opened its first cafe in Vietnam earlier this year, joining Subway, Pizza Hut and other foreign brands.

McDonald’s said the first restaurant would be in Ho Chi Minh city, the country’s commercial capital.

It said Nguyen was chosen after a “rigorous” selection process and said he had worked in a McDonald’s while a student in the United States.

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Vietnam sentences 5 to death for dealing heroin

State media say a Vietnamese court has sentenced five people to death for dealing heroin, lengthening the country’s list of condemned criminals even as it struggles to obtain the chemicals needed to execute them.

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

But it has been unable to the chemicals needed because of an EU ban on its factories exporting drugs used in lethal injections.

The state-run Vietnam News Agency said Tuesday that three men and two women were convicted Monday in northern province of Bac Giang for dealing in 78 kilograms of heroin. Four other people were convicted of the same charges last week, and there are currently more than 500 people on death row.

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UN urges Cambodia to allow opposition chief full role

A United Nations envoy urged Cambodia Monday to let opposition leader Sam Rainsy play a “full part” in politics as the recently-pardoned politician prepares to return ahead of elections.

Sam Rainsy, who lives in self-imposed exile in France, had faced 11 years in jail after he was convicted in absentia on charges that he contends were politically motivated, including publishing a false map of the border with Vietnam.

He was pardoned by King Sihamoni on Friday and has vowed to return to Cambodia on July 19 to help his party fight national polls that are widely expected to be won by strongman premier Hun Sen.

The UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia, Surya Subedi, said in a statement that he was “very pleased” with the royal pardon, which was “in the interests of stronger and deeper democratisation” of the country.

“I now hope that with this development, the government will take the necessary action in order to allow Sam Rainsy to play a full part in the national politics of Cambodia,” he said.

Rainsy, who is seen as the main challenger to Hun Sen, has been removed from the electoral register and is unable to run as a candidate in the July 28 general election unless parliament amends the law.

The French-educated former banker — who worked with global finance giant Paribas in the 1980s — was pardoned at Hun Sen’s request in a move welcomed by the United States.

While all political parties are free to canvass voters and hold public events, observers say there is little chance of unseating Hun Sen and his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), which won the last two polls by a landslide amid allegations of fraud and election irregularities.

Hun Sen, now 60, has run Cambodia for 28 years, making him one of Southeast Asia’s longest-serving leaders.

In May he said he would try to stay in power until he is 74. He had previously vowed to hold office until he reached 90.

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Arsenal starts historic Vietnam trip

Hundreds of cheering Vietnamese football fans turned out to greet Arsenal on Monday as they became the first English Premier League club to visit the football-mad communist country.

The team arrived early Monday at Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport and were greeted by Vietnam Football Federation officials, who presented them with traditional Vietnamese conical hats and bunches of lotus flowers.

To the delight of fans and Vietnam’s state-run press, the players and coach Arsene Wenger donned the hats and waved to supporters as their coach sped them through Hanoi.

“We are proud of becoming the first English football club to be in Vietnam, where Arsenal has a big number of fans,” Wenger told reporters. “We will try to do our best for Vietnamese fans,” he said.

Hundreds of fans in Arsenal shirts had been waiting at the airport since Sunday night, desperate to catch a glimpse of the players, state media reported.

Fans sang Arsenal’s song and cheered loudly as the players disembarked from their plane. More fans turned up at their city-centre hotel but tight security kept them away from the team bus, state media said.

Arsenal will play Vietnam’s national team on Wednesday in the 40,000-seat My Dinh Stadium, a game which saw such high demand that fans queued overnight for tickets.

“I hope the match Wednesday evening will be interesting,” Wenger said. Arsenal flew in from Jakarta, where they also received a rapturous reception and thumped the Indonesia Dream Team 7-0 in front of 50,000 fans late on Sunday.

After their three-day stay in Vietnam, they will head to Japan for two more friendlies, including one against Wenger’s former club, Nagoya Grampus.

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Cambodian opposition leader says to return Friday

Cambodia’s newly pardoned opposition leader said on Saturday he would return from exile on July 19 to join his party’s campaign to defeat Prime Minister Hun Sen in upcoming elections.

Sam Rainsy, who lives in France, had faced 11 years in jail after he was convicted in absentia for charges that he contends were politically motivated, including publishing a false map of the border with Vietnam.

The French-educated former banker — who worked with global finance giant Paribas in the 1980s — was pardoned by King Sihamoni on Friday at Hun Sen’s request.

“I will arrive at Phnom Penh International Airport on Friday, 19 July, 2013 in the morning at 9:05 on a Thai Airways flight,” Rainsy wrote on his Facebook page, in a post that was widely shared and received thousands of “likes”.

A spokesman for his Cambodia National Rescue Party, Yim Sovann, confirmed the travel schedule, adding that it would take time to arrange Rainsy’s return due to some “issue with his travel document”.

Rainsy, who holds joint French and Cambodian citizenship, is travelling on his French passport as his Cambodian passport was revoked by the government after his criminal convictions.

Thousands of opposition supporters are expected to turn out to welcome him at the airport, according to his party.

Rainsy told AFP on Friday he was “very happy” to be able to return to Cambodia, adding that the pardon was “a small victory for democracy” but also warning that “much more remains to be done”.

Rainsy, who is seen as the main challenger to strongman Hun Sen, has been removed from the electoral register and as a result is unable to run as a candidate in the July 28 general election unless parliament amends the law.

Hun Sen is one of Southeast Asia’s longest-serving leaders and has steered the impoverished country from the ashes of civil war and overseen a growing economy through development, tourism, and garment exports.

But his government is regularly accused of suppressing political freedoms and muzzling activists. He is widely expected to win a majority in this month’s polls.

In May he said he would try to stay in power for another decade, until he is 74. He had previously vowed to hold office until he reached 90.

While all political parties are free to canvass voters and hold public events, observers say there is little chance of unseating Hun Sen and his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), which won the last two polls by a landslide amid allegations of fraud and election irregularities.

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UN agency criticises Australia's PNG asylum centre

The UN refugee agency on Friday criticised conditions at a detention centre in Papua New Guinea where Australia sends asylum-seekers, wading into an issue looming large in Australia’s forthcoming election.

A recent UNHCR visit underlined major concerns over the Manus Island centre, said spokesman Adrian Edwards.

“Our inspection revealed continued and worrying shortcomings. Freedom of movement is still extremely limited in what continues to amount to an environment of open-ended, mandatory and, in UNHCR’s view, arbitrary detention,” he told reporters.

“The combination of a tough physical environment, restricted legal regime, and slow processing mean that existing arrangements still do not meet the required international protection standards,” he added.

Edwards said there had been improvements since a January visit, including the transfer of detained women and children to Australia, and that staff were working hard in “very challenging circumstances” to help detainees.

“But current arrangements still do not meet international protection standards for the reception and treatment of asylum-seekers,” he said.

Most of the asylum-seekers are from Vietnam, Pakistan and Iran, he noted.

Canberra has attempted to beat people-smuggling by sending those arriving by boat on its remote offshore territories to processing stations in Papua New Guinea and the tiny Pacific nation of Nauru.

The UNHCR has repeatedly slammed the policy, saying that while Australia has a generous official refugee programme, there has been a widening range of deterrent measures proposed or in place to try to stop boat-people.

Newly reinstated Prime Minister Kevin Rudd last week backed talks with countries of origin to try to stop boats making the perilous journey to Australia, during which many die, after paying huge fees to smugglers.

Rudd has poured scorn on conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott’s plan to “turn back” the boats, saying this risks a diplomatic flare-up with Indonesia, a major transit point.

In his previous stint as premier up to 2010, Rudd relaxed tough refugee controls. But he is now under pressure to take a hard line.

His predecessor Julia Gillard, tipped to suffer a crushing defeat at Abbot’s hands in September polls, was ousted last month in a Labor party coup.

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A 'New Normal' for Private Equity

By Knowledge@Wharton on Forbes, Contributor The following post was published on the Knowledge@Wharton Today blog on July 11, 2013. Some $200 billion of new capital went to private equity and venture capital management partnerships (collectively referred to here as PE) throughout the world in 2012. For the first time, 20% of that total, some $40 billion, went to fund managers in emerging market countries. Surprisingly, of that $40 billion, only $15 billion went to the subset of emerging economies known as the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India and China). That leaves $25 billion that went into the non-BRIC emerging markets. So where did the rest of it go? Countries like Columbia, Chile, Peru and Mexico have seen remarkable growth. Several African countries, such as South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria — indeed, the whole of sub-Saharan Africa — have witnessed growth in the number of fund managers and the capital under management. Turkey also has emerged as a destination, as have Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and now Indonesia. These new players still have work to do in improving their PE ecosystems. Management capacity building is high on the list, as are appropriate laws and regulations, tax treatment and acceptance of contractual provisions. These countries’ governments have recognized the role of PE in their industries and are motivated to make the needed changes. There is a discernible transfer of knowledge from mature economies to the emerged and emerging market PE players. These trends are reflected in two of the articles included in this year’s Wharton Private Equity Review. One offers coverage of a panel discussion titled, “Private Equity Survival Guide: How to Survive and Thrive in Emerging Markets,” which took place at the 2013 Wharton Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference. The second, written by a team of five Wharton MBA students, focuses on the impact of the Arab Spring on private equity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Beyond emerging markets, this year’s review includes a piece by a Wharton MBA student that looks at how the regulatory scrutiny of the PE industry in the United States has evolved dramatically over recent years. The industry has moved from a lightly regulated, self-governing asset class to one that is coming under increasing scrutiny and reporting requirements. The author speculates on what is in store for the industry as regulators continue their investigations. An example of international activity is presented in a case study by another Wharton MBA student, titled “Investing in Times of Distress: the Bank of Ireland and WL Ross,” which provides a detailed overview of how PE investors have played a role in the recapitalization and restructuring of troubled financial institutions. Knowledge@Wharton then reports on another panel from the conference that addressed how PE firms create value and questioned some of the common wisdom surrounding the roles and actions of PE firms once they have acquired a company. Finally, a piece on venture capital from another conference panel then looks at the challenge of generating consistent returns and the growing allure of New York …read more

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Iron Man 3 Surpasses The Avengers at International Box Office

Iron Man 3 opened in 42 territories around the world over the weekend – that’s about 79% of the international market, so not small by any stretch. And the latest outing for Tony Stark has so far taken a staggering $195.3 million. That’s more than the $185.1 million taken by The Avengers grossed over its opening weekend.

It’s worth noting, however, that in some territories Iron Man 3 had a slight advantage over The Avengers, opening on a Thursday, not a Friday like The Avengers. But saying that, the film has yet to open in Russia, China or Germany – so it’s still a pretty impressive feat.

It had the highest grossing weekend ever in Argentina, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore. And was the biggest opening ever for a Marvel movie in Australia, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Finland, Hungary, Romania, New Zealand, Argentina, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines and Malaysia.

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Weekend Box Office: 'Iron Man 3' Astonishes Overseas While 'Pain And Gain' Tops Domestic

By Scott Mendelson, Contributor

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As will be the case at least a few times this summer, the big box office news will be not in America but in foreign markets as major summer movies open overseas prior to their domestic debuts. As is the case with Iron Man 3.  My press screening isn’t until tomorrow, but the Shane Black-directed and Robert Downey Jr./Gwyneth Paltrow-starring threequel  has already made a rather stunning $195 million overseas since opening in 42 markets on Wednesday.  This is even more than the $185 million The Avengers debuted with overseas last summer on this weekend in 39 markets. Iron Man 2 also opened overseas first three summers ago, earning $92 million for its trouble, while the first Iron Man earned $99 million in its overseas debut, so this is pretty much par for the course.  One could argue that the 3D ticket-price bump somewhat accounts for the gap between Iron Man 3 and the first two films, but I’m not going to nitpick a $195 million five-day debut.   The first two Iron Man films earned $266 million and $311 million overseas respectively, with the second film out-grossing the first ‘over there’ even as it came in slightly under the first film’s domestic gross, so Iron Man 3 will have out-grossed the overseas numbers of its predecessors probably by the end of next week. In terms of overseas debuts, it’s the eighth-biggest, behind the $199 million debut for Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2 and ahead of the $193 million debut of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.  For the record, overseas openings are sometimes tough to compare because of how many markets a given film opens in and/or what day of the week a film opens, but this is still a shockingly good debut for what should be a major worldwide box office player for summer 2013.  It broke opening weekend records in Singapore, IndonesiaArgentina, Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia, and Hong Kong. Of note, the film earned $7.2 million on 113 IMAX screens alone (about $64,000 per screen), also the IMAX debut of The Avengers last year.

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Rhino conservationist dies in South Africa

A game reserve in Kenya plans to hold a memorial next month for Anna Merz, a conservationist who sought to protect the rhinoceros from systematic poaching that has severely depleted its numbers in Africa.

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy says Merz, who had moved to South Africa, died April 4 at the age of 83. It describes her as a “visionary” who helped found the reserve, which has grown its rhino population despite increasing pressure from poachers that kill the animal for its horns.

Demand is growing in Vietnam and elsewhere in Asia where rhino horn is believed to have medical benefits despite evidence to the contrary. The horn is made of keratin, a protein also found in human fingernails.

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King Cobras Arrest: Vietnam Police Bust Man With 53 Venous Cobras In Car

By The Huffington Post News Editors

HANOI, Vietnam — Vietnamese police say they have seized 53 king cobras from a car in Hanoi and arrested the driver.

Officer Dang Van Hanh said Monday the live snakes were taken to a wildlife rescue center near the capital where they treated before being released into the wild.

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