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Living on edge: Vietnam's 'black canal' dwellers

Ho Chi Minh - On the banks of Ho Chi Minh City's Xuyen Tam canal the houses come in many forms. Short or tall, pieced together from scraps of wood, or metal or plastic. Some tilt precariously over the polluted water's edge.

Painful past unearthed as French PM visits Dien Bien Phu battle site

Dienbien - Standing at the site of the epic battle of Dien Bien Phu in northern Vietnam, French colonel Jacques Allaire wept at the memory of his 4,000 fellow fighters who died in the bloody fight that would spell the end of France's colonial rule in Indochina.

Vietnam vets welcome French PM's visit to Dien Bien Phu battle site

Hanoi - Hoang Bao was barely 20 years old when he trekked to Dien Bien Phu in northern Vietnam to fight the French, facing his enemy full of hatred and ready to die for his country's independence.

Dissident Vietnam blogger 'Mother Mushroom' released, on way to US

Hanoi - A dissident Vietnamese blogger known by the pen name "Mother Mushroom" was on her way to freedom in the United States on Wednesday after being released from prison where she was serving 10 years for anti-state propaganda, sources told AFP.

Dissident Vietnam blogger 'Mother Mushroom' released, on way to US

Hanoi - A dissident Vietnamese blogger known by the pen name 'Mother Mushroom' was on her way to the United States Wednesday after being released from prison where she was serving 10 years for anti-state propaganda, multiple sources told AFP.

Mattis tours contaminated Vietnam War-era Agent Orange site

Ho Chi Minh - US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis toured a former Agent Orange storage site in southern Vietnam on Wednesday, revisiting one of the war's darkest chapters that lives on among a million Vietnamese with severe birth defects, cancers and disabilities linked...

US defence chief Mattis says Trump is '100 percent' with him

Ho Chi Minh - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said President Donald Trump has assured him of his full support, one day after Trump appeared to cast doubt over the Pentagon chief's fate.

US defence chief Mattis says Trump is '100 percent' with him

Ho Chi Minh - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said President Donald Trump has assured him of his full support, one day after Trump appeared to cast doubt over the Pentagon chief's fate.

US defense chief Mattis says he is on Trump's 'team'

Hanoi - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis insisted on Tuesday that he is on Donald Trump's team, after the US president said in an interview that he could be leaving.

Vietnam makes fresh ivory, pangolin haul from Nigeria

Hanoi - Vietnam has seized eight tonnes of pangolin scales and elephant ivory shipped from Nigeria, police said Friday, the second such haul in a week in a country which both consumes and trafficks huge volumes of endangered African wildlife.

Vietnam's hardline party leader to become president

Hanoi - Vietnam Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong was nominated Wednesday to become the country's president, effectively making him the most powerful person in a country where consensus leadership has traditionally kept strongman rule in check.

Vietnam Communist Party general secretary only candidate for president

Hanoi - Vietnam Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong was nominated Wednesday as the only candidate for president, effectively ordaining him as the most powerful person in the country.

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang dead at 61

Hanoi - Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang, a former police chief known as a tough politician and committed communist with little tolerance for dissent, died Friday aged 61 after a serious illness, state media reported.

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang dead at 61: state media

Hanoi - Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang died Friday at age 61 after a prolonged and serious illness, state media reported.

Vietnam jails retired teacher for 14 years for 'attempted subversion'

Hanoi - A retired teacher was jailed Wednesday for 14 years for "attempting to overthrow the state", the latest in a series of convictions this week as communist Vietnam cracks down harder on critics.

Laos to press on with dam-building after deadly collapse: PM

Hanoi - Laos' premier on Wednesday said the Communist country will press on with its ambitious hydropower strategy after a dam collapse killed dozens, but vowed to intenisfy scrutiny on the lucrative mega projects.

Vietnam jails activist after rights groups barred from WEF

Hanoi - A Vietnamese dissident was jailed Wednesday for 12 years on charges of trying to overthrow the state, days after the communist country refused entry to rights campaigners for a major business forum in Hanoi.

China warns of protectionism as US trade row simmers

Hanoi - China warned Wednesday that protectionism threatens global growth and cautioned "individual countries" against isolationism, in a veiled reference to the deepening trade spat between Washington and Beijing that is being closely watched across Asia.

US-China trade spat looms over regional WEF meeting

Hanoi - Threats by US President Donald Trump to slap more punishing tariffs on Chinese goods are set to dominate a meeting of Asian business bigwigs and leaders that opens Wednesday in Hanoi.

Vietnam arrests four ahead of national day

Hanoi - Vietnam has arrested at least four people this week in the lead-up to its national day on Sunday, state media said, accusing them of attempting to sabotage national security.
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