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Vietnam Refuses to Stamp Chinese Passports Featuring 9-Dash Line

Vietnam has been consistent in its stand in its territorial dispute with China — and this move shows they are not backing down.

Vietnam has been consistent in its position in its territorial dispute against China. The territorial conflict covers certain parts of the South China Sea.

There are two island chains in the contested area: the Paracels and the Spratlys. Aside from the full-fledged islands, there are reefs, sandbanks, atolls, and rocky formations.

Aside from China and Vietnam, other countries have staked their respective claims on the area. They are the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Brunei. Vietnam and the other countries don’t have any conflict with each other, though. They just have an issue with China’s presence in the area.

The disputed territory.

The disputed territory.

Source: BBC News

In fact, the Philippines scored a legal victory when the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) — an international tribunal based in The Hague, Netherlands — backed its claim in the disputed territory.

As it turned out, Vietnam welcomed the PCA ruling favoring the Philippines. This because it set a precedent for their own claim. The Vietnamese government believe that the ruling gives them extra leverage in its dealings with the Chinese.

The Vietnamese welcomed the ruling in favor of the Philippines.

The Vietnamese welcomed the ruling in favor of the Philippines.

Source: Reuters

Then again, China still insists that it has a historical claim on the largest portion of territory. It has marked this with a “nine-dash line.”

BBC News pointed out: “Vietnam hotly disputes China’s historical account, saying China had never claimed sovereignty over the islands before the 1940s. Vietnam says it has actively ruled over both the Paracels and the Spratlys since the 17th Century — and has the documents to prove it.”

A page from the rejected Chinese passports.

A page from the rejected Chinese passports.

Despite this, China continues to insist that its nine-dash line claim must be upheld.

China's claim is displayed in the passport.

China's claim is displayed in the passport.

Vietnam, though, has come up with a response to China’s seeming indifference. The country’s border officials are now refusing to stamp new Chinese passports featuring a map bearing the nine-dash line. Those bearing the said passports are simply issued a separate on-arrival visa. Thus, the Vietnamese government avoids validating any form of China’s claim.

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Doberman Dies Fighting 4 Cobras to Save His Master’s Family

The dog fought a furious battle with four mountain cobras for hours and killed all of them.

A Doberman in India is being hailed as a hero for his valiant defense of his owners. One night, a Doberman that belonged to a family of eight was guarding the perimeter of their home in the village of Sebekapur under the Raygada Block of the Gajapati District in Odisha, India. As usual, the dog dutifully went around the property.

At some point, the dog saw that there were snakes crawling on the patio. This was alarming. Various reports have pointed out that snakes kill more than 45,000 people a year in India. In this case, they were especially dangerous because the snakes were all venomous cobras.

The Doberman is an excellent guard dog.

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According To Reports, ISIS Releases Its Own Gold Coin Currency

The gold coin reads “The Islamic State, a Caliphate according to the Prophetic Method.”

As if spreading terror in various countries is not enough, it looks like ISIS is also determined to run their own currency.

Syrian activist group “Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently” recently shared photos via its Twitter account Tuesday which shows the alleged Islamic State’s new gold coins in Raqqa, the capital of the jihadist organization.

This news comes just a few days after several reports surfaced that ISIS is issuing the “Golden Dinar” currency in areas that they control. Rumors tell us that the coins started circulating in Dir e-Zour City, Syria and Mosul City, Iraq. Traders have started to purchase oil using the money. ...

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When Twerking Goes Wrong: Woman’s Dress Splits Open On Live TV

Big Brother UK contestant Lateysha Grace suffered a wardrobe malfunction during a twerking attempt.

Twerking is hot these days. However, people who do it should be reminded that it may not always go so well. There are folks who are simply not capable of doing it. It's either they're hampered by a physical challenge or some other obstacle. That was not the case with Big Brother UK contestant Lateysha Grace.

Lateysha — a Welsh TV personality who has appeared in the MTV reality series The Valleys — gained fame for her twerking skills while she was a housemate. Unfortunately, she was evicted on Wednesday, July 13 as part of Annihilation Week.

Lateysha Grace strikes a pose at the Big Brother UK launch.

Lateysha Grace strikes a pose....

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