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Kerry starts swansong tour in Vietnam with Asia push

Ho Chi Minh - John Kerry began his swansong tour as US Secretary of State in Vietnam on Friday, defending Washington's 'pivot' to Asia in the face of President-elect Donald Trump's threat to dump a key regional trade deal.

Surgical forceps removed from man after 18 years

Medics in Vietnam have extracted surgical forceps from a man. The forceps had been inside the man’s body for 18 years; the man had not known he was carrying the medical equipment.

Scissors pulled from Vietnam man's stomach 18 years after surgery

Hanoi - A Vietnamese man has had scissors removed from his abdomen which were left behind during surgery 18 years ago, after reporting a stomachache that was nearly two decades in the making.

Vietnam floods kill 24, more rains expected

Hanoi - Days of unseasonably torrential rains have killed at least 24 people in central Vietnam, authorities said on Monday, inundating swathes of the region including the tourist draw town of Hoi An.

Vietnam media fined for 'false' fish sauce reports

Hanoi - Vietnam on Monday fined scores of news outlets for publishing now-discredited reports about toxic fish sauce, accusing them of sparking public panic over the staple condiment in a country plagued by food scares.

Vietnam destroys huge ivory, rhino horn cache

Hanoi - Vietnam destroyed a huge stockpile of ivory and rhino horn Saturday, urging the public to stop consuming illegal wildlife products driving several species towards extinction.

Two tonnes of ivory seized in Vietnam

Hanoi - Around two tonnes of ivory hidden in a timber shipment from Mozambique has been seized in Vietnam, customs authorities said Friday, the second large haul of the illegally-trafficked product in a week.

Vietnam jails Russian fraudsters for ATM theft

Hanoi - Three Russian fraudsters, including one who tried to escape prison using a spoon and a toothbrush to dig a tunnel, have been jailed in Vietnam for using fake ATM cards to steal $13,400.

Rare endangered primate spotted in Vietnam

Hanoi - A new group of critically endangered primates has been spotted in Vietnam, raising hopes the rare creatures may not be wiped out in the next decade as scientists had feared.

Alberta may charge American who killed black bear with a spear

A man from Ohio who killed a black bear in Canada may face charges. The bear is alleged to have suffered a day or more after having a spear thrown into its body and Alberta Fish and Wildlife is investigating to see if any laws were broken.

Vietnamese furnish ancestors with jets, rollers and mansions

Hanoi - With an average annual income of around $2,000 most Vietnamese would not consider themselves especially wealthy. But in the afterlife you can be a billionaire thanks to paper offerings made by your scions.

China asserts sovereignty over disputed South China Sea islands

Beijing - China pledged Sunday to defend its declared sovereignty over islands in crucial shipping lanes in the South China Sea despite competing claims from other nations.

Northern Vietnam struck by powerful storm, one dead

Hanoi - A powerful storm rolled across northern Vietnam on Thursday killing one person, delaying flights and felling hundreds of trees in the capital Hanoi.

Vietnam detains activists after South China Sea ruling

Hanoi - Scores of activists were detained in Vietnam's capital on Sunday as they gathered to protest against China after it rejected a recent international ruling that dismissed its claims to much of the South China Sea.

Young Vietnamese quiz Obama on rap, weed and good looks

Ho Chi Minh - Barack Obama fielded questions Wednesday on everything from rap and weed smoking to his good looks at a lively meeting with young Vietnamese, who see the US leader as a far cry from their staid Communist rulers.

Op-Ed: Obama scolds Vietnam on human rights, ignores U.S. war crimes

Hanoi - While visiting Vietnam this week, President Barack Obama criticized the nominally communist government’s human rights record and urged the Hanoi regime to allow greater freedom for the country’s 90 million people.

Obama confirms Taliban leader's death in U.S. strike

Hanoi - President Barack Obama on Monday confirmed Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US air strike, hailing his death as an "important milestone" in efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan.

Obama banishes Vietnam war era with lifting of arms ban

Hanoi - US President Barack Obama on Monday scrapped a Cold War-era ban on weapons sales to Vietnam, as ties between the former foes grow closer thanks to trade and mutual fears of Chinese expansion in disputed seas.

Obama lands in Vietnam to boost security, trade ties

Hanoi - US President Barack Obama landed in Vietnam late Sunday for a landmark visit capping two decades of rapprochement between the former wartime foes, as both countries look to push trade and check Beijing's growing assertiveness in the South China Sea.

At secret Vietnam gig, dissidents hope Obama remembers them

Hanoi - At a secret gig in a Hanoi house, a clutch of democracy activists listen intently to the words of a bluesy ballad, a small act of defiance by critics of Vietnam's communist regime who hope a visit by Barack Obama will open rather than cramp their space...
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