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Two girls, one name

Update: December, 09/2014 - 09:13

It might be interesting to find someone who shares the same as you, but a famous MC in her late 40s did not know whether to laugh or cry when a teenager was crowned the winner of a beauty queen pageant.

Last Saturday night, Nguyen Cao Ky Duyen from the Ha Noi-based Foreign Trade University was named Miss Viet Nam 2014. The newly-crowned teenager has exactly the same name as Vietnamese-American celebrity and co-host of Thuy Nga Centre's Paris By Night show.

Miss Viet Nam 2014 Duyen later told the media that her parents had named her after the famous MC, who they were big fans of.

MC Duyen has at least one profile on the multilingual, open-source Wikipedia website, and after the beauty contest in Viet Nam wrapped up, some people (possibly trolling) went online and updated her profile.

As a result, reports the famous MC was returning to Viet Nam to be crowned the oldest winner of the national beauty contest aged 49 went viral.

Staff at Wikipedia Viet Nam were forced to stop any updates to the older Duyen's official profile as a result.

This might explain why some academics are reluctant to use Wikipedia as a reliable reference source.

Man pays price for not paying respects

Police in the northern province of Son La were struggling to come up with any leads into the murder of 56 year old Lo Van Phong until something strange happened at his funeral.

In Viet Nam, people usually offer small gifts at funerals such as envelopes of money, wreaths and Buddhist pendants.

At Phong's funeral, relatives noticed that neighbour Dao Van Duc had not offered anything in respect for the deceased, so they decided to have him followed.

Their hunch turned out to be correct, and after police reopened the investigation, Duc finally admitted he had stabbed the victim to death. He said he attended the funeral to hear news of the investigation, and forgot about the condolence gifts.

I guess that's what happens when you fail to pay your respects.

Arrest ends chain of jewellery swindles

Police from the Ministry of Public Security arrested an infamous fraudster last week who allegedly defrauded people by selling fake meteorite rocks for more than VND200 billion (US$9.5 million).

48-year-old Le Van Huy from the central province of Binh Thuan had cheated hundreds of people in cities and provinces nationwide since 1998 under the cover of a gem and jewellery salesman.

Police had been chasing him for many years but he evaded capture by changing his identity and location, moving through Viet Nam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand under different names.

Huy was also reported to have 23 wives and more than 30 children.

Earlier this year, one of his associates was arrested and revealed that Huy was a regular at a casino in Cambodia. The man, named Dung, even recalled angrily that once when Huy lost $500,000 at the casino, Huy forced him to stay there as a hostage. Dung also revealed that Huy planned to marry a Cambodian woman.

Following Dung's tip, police expanded their investigation and caught Huy in Dong Thap Province last month en route to the casino in Cambodia.

You could say he pushed his luck too far. — VNS

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