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European stocks rally on hopes of Slovakia vote switch

European stocks rose and the euro hit a three-week dollar high on Wednesday as markets expected Slovakia to eventually back expansion of a eurozone bailout fund despite lawmakers voting against it. Traders shrugged off disappointing results from aluminium producer Alcoa, which kicked off the US earnings season overnight. After falling at the start of trading…

Vietnam names new president

Vietnam on Monday named a long time rival of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung as its new president, a largely symbolic post in the communist nation. Truong Tan Sang, 62, was confirmed for the job by a vote of the one-party National Assembly, after he was formally nominated as the…

Bob Dylan to play first Vietnam concert: promoter

HANOI (AFP) – Legendary American singer Bob Dylan, whose songs became anthems of the 1960s anti-Vietnam War era, will play his first concert in the communist country next month, the promoter said Monday. “The show is on,” Brett Davis, a spokesman for the promoters, told AFP, adding the culture ministry…

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