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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.

Moon bears rescued from bile farms in Vietnam

Hoan Kiem - Freed from captivity in tiny metal cages, seven long-suffering Asiatic moon bears have been rescued on bile farms in northern Vietnam, as efforts to end the illegal trade are boosted.

Vietnam questions suspected hijackers of Malaysian tanker

Hanoi - Vietnam's marine police on Saturday said they were questioning eight foreigners suspected of being the escaped pirates who commandeered a Malaysian-flagged tanker in the South China Sea for a week.

Op-Ed: U.S., China, Japan and the island dispute — U.S. deploys B1s

Sydney - The continuing escalation of the issues raised by China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea has increased the likelihood of some sort of conflict in future. China’s construction of artificial islands in the area has infuriated neighbors.

Want to go on a real treasure hunt? Follow clues to box of jewels

Somewhere deep in the middle of the Rocky Mountains lies a hidden treasure. Many have searched for the golden treasure chest but no one has found it. Could you be the one?

Vietnam PM attacks 'barbarous U.S. crimes' on war anniversary

Ho Chi Minh - Vietnam's premier on Thursday hit out at the "barbarous crimes" of its wartime American foe as the nation marked four decades since the fall of Saigon, an event that delivered a communist victory and a painful blow to U.S. moral and military prestige.

Vietnam marks 40 years since fall of Saigon

Ho Chi Minh - Vietnam marked the 40th anniversary of Saigon's fall Thursday with a huge military parade celebrating the moment communist forces ended a decades-long conflict and delivered a painful blow to American moral and military prestige.

40 years later: Communism's hollow victory in Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh - Forty years after it won the war, the Communist Party still rules Vietnam with an iron fist. But with crony capitalism, corruption and inequality now rife, many claim its victory was a hollow one.

Pride and obscurity: The historic crew of Vietnam's 'Tank 390'

Hanoi - When Tank 390 crashed through the gates of Saigon's presidential palace 40 years ago, it heralded the end of Vietnam's war. But the men who manned it have since lived in obscurity, poor yet forever bonded by the history they created.

Powerful propaganda: Vietnam journalists' role in war

Ho Chi Minh - Many US soldiers who fought in Vietnam will remember Hanoi Hannah, the silky-voiced communist radio correspondent who urged young American GIs to stop fighting and go home.

Is China getting too aggressive in South China Sea?

Washington, D. C. - U.S. officials are raising concerns internationally about China’s latest activities in the South China Sea that appear to threaten Southeast Asia allies.
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