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Australian cattle 'sledgehammered' in Vietnam abattoirs

Sydney - Vietnamese abattoir workers have been filmed using sledgehammers to bludgeon Australian cattle, activists said Thursday, prompting some exporters to stop supplying livestock to some slaughterhouses in the southeast Asian nation.

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 implores Vietnam to embrace human rights

President Barack Obama urged communist Vietnam on Tuesday to abandon authoritarianism, saying basic human rights would not jeopardise its stability, after Hanoi barred several dissidents from meeting the US leader.

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 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 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...

Obama departs on trip to Vietnam, Japan

Andrews Afb - Barack Obama departed Saturday on a trip to Vietnam and Japan that will include the first visit to Hiroshima, site of the world's first nuclear attack, by a sitting US president.Obama left at 1:20 p.m.

Obama wrestles history on symbolic Vietnam, Japan trip

Washington - US President Barack Obama will try to turn the page on a war-strewn history with Vietnam and Japan when he begins a two-nation Asia visit Monday, including a somber pilgrimage to Hiroshima, site of the world's first nuclear attack.

Veteran Vietnam dissident released ahead of Obama visit: Church

Hanoi - Authoritarian Vietnam released one of the country's longest serving prisoners of conscience on Friday, just days before US President Barack Obama is due to visit, the Catholic Church said.

U.S. dispute with Beijing over South China Sea islands heats up

Beijing - Tensions between the United States and China worsened last week after the U.S. Navy sent a warship past disputed islands in the South China Sea.

Obama weighs lifting Vietnam arms embargo

Washington - The White House is considering lifting a decades-old arms embargo against Vietnam in time for President Barack Obama's visit to the booming Southeast Asian nation this month.

Obama to make historic visit to Hiroshima

Washington - Barack Obama will this month become the first sitting US president to visit Hiroshima, but the White House is scotching talk of an apology for the devastating 1945 nuclear bombing of the city.

China lands first military plane on disputed reef

Bejing - Beijing landed a military plane on a disputed South China Sea reef it has built up into an artificial island, state media said Monday, in the first official confirmation of such a flight.

Australians killed in Vietnam War to be brought home

Sydney - Australian soldiers killed in the Vietnam War and buried in Malaysia and Singapore will be brought home in June with a full military ceremony, it was announced Sunday.

Australians killed in Vietnam War to be brought home

Sydney - Australian soldiers killed in the Vietnam War and buried in Malaysia and Singapore will be brought home in June with a full military ceremony, it was announced Sunday.

Australians killed in Vietnam War to be brought home

Sydney - Australian soldiers killed in the Vietnam War and buried in Malaysia and Singapore will be brought home in June with a full military ceremony, it was announced Sunday.

Communist Vietnam wraps up leadership change ahead of Obama visit

Hanoi - Vietnam's rubber-stamp parliament approved 21 new minister positions Saturday, state media reported, finishing off a leadership reshuffle among Communist top brass ahead of a visit by US President Barack Obama next month.

Op-Ed: China’s parallel reality

Washington D.c. - While Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China may have visited Washington earlier this month to participate in the Nuclear Security Summit, nobody seemed to care too much about nuclear disarmament.

Two Vietnamese women positive for Zika

Hanoi - Two Vietnamese women were tested positive for the Zika virus in Vietnam’s first confirmed cases of the disease, the country’s health authorities said.

Police general becomes Vietnam's new president

Hanoi - Lawmakers in communist Vietnam approved a top police general for the role of president on Saturday, making the head of a controversial domestic security force one of the country's most high profile politicians.Tran Dai Quang won 91.

UN denounces Vietnam blogger convictions

The United Nations on Thursday urged Vietnam to "cease persecution" of government critics after a blogger and his assistant were jailed on loosely worded anti-state charges.

Protests in Vietnam as prominent blogger goes on trial

Hanoi - A prominent Vietnamese blogger went on trial Wednesday on anti-state charges, amid heavy security at Hanoi's central court, with police closing roads and breaking up a protest by dozens of supporters.

Vietnam finds twins with different fathers: Doctor

Hanoi - Vietnam has identified an extremely rare case of bi-paternal twins -- twins with different fathers -- a professor at a DNA testing lab in Hanoi told AFP Tuesday.

Vietnam hit by worst drought in 90 years

Hanoi - Vietnam is suffering its worst drought in nearly a century with salinisation hitting farmers especially hard in the crucial southern Mekong delta, experts said Monday.

Three British tourists found dead near Vietnam waterfall

Vietnamese police on Friday found the bodies of three British tourists near tiered waterfalls in the country's central highlands, an area popular with adventure travellers.

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.

US warship sails by island claimed by China: Pentagon

Washington - A US warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of a disputed island in the South China Sea Saturday to assert freedom of navigation, drawing a protest from Beijing, officials said.
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