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Beneath Vietnam's economic glow simmers discontent - Dotemirates
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Beneath Vietnam's economic glow simmers discontent

Vietnam boasts one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, optimistic citizens and a stable government. But below the surface of positive data points lies discontent that spilled over during recent protests across the country. On Sunday, hundreds of anti-riot police blanketed central Ho Chi Minh City, the nation’s thriving commercial centre, to prevent demonstrations after thousands of Vietnamese took to the streets across the nation the previous week. They were marching against proposed special economic zones with 99-year land leases they fear will lead to Chinese encroachment, as well as cybersecurity legislation they believe will curb online freedoms. Alexander Vuving, a...


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New FDI law to boost investment by 20% in 2 years

The new UAE foreign direct investment law which will allow majority ownership in companies outside free zones will boost FDI by up to 20 per cent during the next 2 years, a senior official said on Monday.Speaking at a press conference in Sharjah, Hind Al Youha, investment director, Ministry of Economy, said FDI will grow by 15 to 20 per cent next year and 2020 after the implementation of the new law.Full ownership in around a dozen sectors will not be allowed due to strategic reasons. A complete list of sectors where full or majority ownership is permitted will be...
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UAE fully complying with US curbs on Iran

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Societe Generale fined $1.3 billion for violating sanctions rules

French bank Societe Generale GLE, -0.20% was fined a total of $1.34 billion for violating laws on sanctions. The fines, which will go to the Justice Department, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the New York County District Attorney's Office, and the New York Department of Financial Services, come after the bank was found to have executed billions of dollars in illegal and non-transparent transactions to parties in countries subject to embargoes or otherwise sanctioned by the United States, including Iran, Sudan, Cuba and Libya, the DFS and Federal Reserve said. The bank had previously announced it was to be...
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‘Something very dangerous’ is happening around the world and ‘America needs to be careful,’ warns HBO’s John Oliver

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Flydubai adds flight to Kazakhstan

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