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Cherry Blossom Festival marks Vietnam-Japan diplomatic ties

The Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival 2018 will be held in March around the statue of King Ly Thai To in Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi downtown, as part of activities to mark 45th anniversary of

Vietnam Detains Three Activist Bloggers Who Met With EU Delegation

Authorities in Vietnam's capital Hanoi briefly detained three activist bloggers shortly after they met with representatives of the European Union to discuss the situation of human rights in

Trump delivers stern ‘America First’ message in Asia

HANOI, Vietnam - Addressing a group of Pacific Rim nations eager for signs of the United States’ continued engagement and economic leadership in the region, U.S. President delivered a stern

Growing Commerce With India Gives Vietnam New Defense Against China

HO CHI MINH - A flood of Indian business in fast-growing Vietnam has solidified commercial ties to help Hanoi upgrade an alliance with a powerful Asian neighbor and offset dependence on its

Climate change threatens agricultural trade in Pacific Rim economies, UN agency warn

25 August 2017 -- With global warming expected to significantly impact future yields in countries located closer to the equator, the United Nations agriculture agency is calling on Asia-Pacific

Third Vietnam Sailor Held by Islamic Militants Confirmed Killed: Official

A Vietnamese sailor from a crew held for five months by Islamic militants in the Philippines was killed during a firefight with Filipino troops over the weekend, Vietnam's Foreign Ministry

Vietnam may delay construction of Russian nuclear power project- Kyodo

Financial woes come in the way of Russian, Japanese projects.> Big News Network Vietnam may postpone the construction of nuclear power plants with the participation of Russia and Japan

ASEAN leaders flock to Laos as Obama pledges massive amount to clean up unexploded bombs

VIENTIANE, Laos - The 28th and 29th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summits began on Tuesday in Laos, and leaders from the 10 bloc members will gather for three days, joined by

India, Vietnam bolster military, commercial ties with a dozen agreements

HANOI, Vietnam - India today offered $500 million credit line to Vietnam to boost defence cooperation, as the two nations upgraded their ties to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership in the wake

Vietnamese woman cuts off limbs for insurance payout

Hanoi - A Vietnamese woman paid a friend to cut off her hand and foot in a bid to claim a handsome insurance payout, state-run media reported on Thursday. The woman, identified only as LTN,

Report: Vietnam is Among Worlds Biggest Illegal Ivory Markets

NAIROBI - Conservation group Save the Elephants says Vietnam is one of the world's biggest illegal ivory markets, becoming popular among Chinese buyers. The group says in the past eight years

Tourist boat with 41 people on board capsizes in Vietnam

A tourist boat with 41 people on board capsized in Han River in Vietnam's central Da Nang city on Saturday night, APD reported citing an official online newspaper of Da Nang.> Trend

Chinese President arrives in Vietnam to strengthen ties

Hanoi, Nov. 5 (ANI): Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the Vietnamese capital today on his two-day state visit to the neighbouring country. This is Jinping's first visit to Vietnam

Vietnamese Activists, NGOs Protest Visit by China’s President

Eight Vietnamese nongovernmental organizations and 1,700 activists who live inside and outside the country have added their names to an online petition, urging Chinese President Xi Jinping not to

Hanoi Angered by Thai Shooting of Vietnamese Fishermen

A state-run newspaper in Vietnam has accused Thailand of violating international law when its maritime police recently shot Vietnamese three fishermen, killing one. The official Nhan Dan

Vietnam launches USD 800 cruise to assert sovereignty in South China Sea

London, June 5 (ANI): In a bid to assert its sovereignty on the "disputed" Spratly islands in the South China Sea in the face of Chinese aggression, Vietnam is reportedly offering

Vietnamese president arrives in Azerbaijan for official visit

Baku, Azerbaijan, May 13 Trend: President of Vietnam Truong Tan Sang arrived in Azerbaijan for an official visit May 13. A guard of honor was lined up for the guest at Heydar Aliyev

Memories Are Fresh for Man Who Fled Vietnam 40 Years Ago

Hai Do is chief of the English Learning Branch at Voice of America. A short version of this story was originally published in The Philadelphia Inquirer on the 30th anniversary of the end of the

Mekong River Commission to Consider Lao Don Sahong Dam at Ministerial Level

An intergovernmental body which supervises development along the Mekong River on Wednesday referred a decision on the much-criticized Don Sahong Dam in Laos to the ministerial level after Laos,

Confusion, Optimism Remain as Vietnam Decriminalizes Gay Marriage

HO CHI MINH CITY - In the past few months, Tang Ai Linh has noticed something new whenever she is logged on to Facebook: a lot more people have been posting photos and stories from gay weddings.

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