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Vietnam's 12-hour Tet cake worth the wait

Hanoi - She may be edging into her nineties, but Tran Thi Tam still refuses to serve her children store-bought banh chung, the savoury rice cake prepared in a frenzy during Vietnam's lunar new year festival known as Tet.

Vietnam re-elects conservative party leader Trong

Hanoi - Vietnam's top communist leader Nguyen Phu Trong was re-elected Wednesday in a victory for the party's old guard that some fear could slow crucial economic reforms in the fast-growing country.

Vietnam's beloved sacred turtle dies: State media

Hanoi - A sacred giant turtle venerated as a symbol of Vietnam's independence struggle has died, state media said, prompting an outpouring of grief and fears the death bodes ill for an upcoming communist leadership handover.

1,500 pedophiles busted by FBI hacking the Dark Web

In perhaps the largest pedophile sting in history, the FBI hacked the Dark Web server to infiltrate and investigate 1,500 pedophiles using the secret website named the Playpen.

Vietnam probes mysterious 'space balls'

Hanoi - Vietnam's military is investigating the appearance of three mysterious metal balls -- believed to be debris from space -- which landed in the country's remote north, a senior army official said Friday.

Op-Ed: 2015 — What a year for amazing animal and plant discoveries

Nature is definitely amazing, and no matter how much we think we know about the beautiful world around us, we still continue to make even more fascinating plant and animal discoveries every year. 2015 is no different.

Vietnam arrests high-profile lawyer on anti-state charges

Hanoi - A Vietnamese lawyer was arrested Wednesday on anti-state charges, police said, a week after he was brutally beaten by thugs after leading a training forum for rights defenders in the communist country.

Op-Ed: China — Losing in the South China Sea, winning in Africa?

With the world still reeling after the bloody Paris attacks of November 13, it’s no surprise that the flurry of international talk shops that convened in their wake went barely noticed in Western media.

China's Xi urges stronger Vietnam ties as anger brews over visit

Hanoi - Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday said he hoped for a "higher level" partnership with Vietnam on a visit that has angered Vietnamese nationalists at a time of bubbling conflict over the South China Sea.

Op-Ed: ASEAN is riding today’s rapids, but smooth sailing is in sight

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), formed in 1967, has represented a major slice of the world’s economic activity since its founding.

Op-Ed: Obama — Fighting IS with ideas and uncomfortable alliances

New York - President Obama, to his credit, has addressed the toughest subject regarding IS — failed governments and economics creating breeding grounds for terrorism. In a speech to the UN, he outlined a strategy for fighting IS at the ideas level.

Vietnam marks 70 years since declaring independence from France

Hanoi - Vietnam's president on Wednesday urged further modernisation of the armed forces in the face of growing maritime territorial disputes as the nation celebrated 70 years since it declared independence from France.

Vietnam's Ho Citadel — An unlikely UNESCO World Heritage site

Rather than ignore its Imperialist past, the Vietnamese government is embracing it, seeing the value of celebrating the country's history and welcoming tourism. UNESCO has helped out, designating a total of eight locations as World Heritage sites.

Vietnam to free 18,200 prisoners in amnesty but no activists

Hanoi - Vietnam on Friday said it will free more than 18,200 prisoners to mark its independence day celebrations, but political activists will be excluded from the country's second biggest-ever amnesty.

Op-Ed: Obama’s bold carbon plan is in fact, a work of fiction

President Obama’s plan to reduce CO2 power plant emissions by 32 percent, in fact, only cuts emissions by 16 percent, and cuts total emissions by 7 percent.

Newly arrived Vietnamese woman stabbed to death by Toronto sister

A middle-aged woman who came to Canada from Vietnam to live with her younger sister was allegedly murdered by that sister on Friday. Toronto police responded to a call from the home in the St. Clair W. and Weston Rd. area to find the tragedy.

War veteran Kerry hails 'remarkable transformation' of US-Vietnam ties

Hanoi - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday hailed the "remarkable transformation" of relations with Vietnam 20 years after ties were established, but warned Hanoi's poor rights record stood in the way of deeper bonds between the former wartime foes.

Vietnam hit by flooding, toxic sludge from coal plants

Hoan Kiem - Vietnam is struggling to help communities hit by toxic mudslides after torrential rain in a major coal-mining area in northern Quang Ninh province, home to the UNESCO-listed Halong Bay tourist site.

China airstrip nears completion on disputed Spratly islands

Washington - A new 10,000-foot airstrip being built by China in the Spratly islands near The Philippines is nearly complete, suggesting the start of new aggressiveness in the region by the world's most populous country.

Vietnam frees high-profile dissident lawyer

Hanoi - One of Vietnam's most prominent dissidents vowed to continue his anti-China activism after being released from prison on Saturday after serving two and a half years on tax evasion charges.
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