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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.

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.

Taiwan president Ma to visit disputed island for first time

Taipei - Taiwan's president Ma Ying-jeou will visit a disputed island in the South China Sea on Thursday, his first trip to the self-claimed territory amid rising tensions in the region.

Vietnam kicks off secretive political transition

Vietnam began a crucial political transition Thursday as the five-yearly Communist Party congress convened to pick new leaders amid a bitter factional fight, the outcome of which could set the pace of key economic reforms.

Vietnam warns China over oil rig deployment

Vietnam has warned China not to drill for oil after Beijing moved a giant rig at the centre of a previous maritime standoff back into disputed waters.

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.

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.

Beijing rejects Vietnam protest over South China Sea landing

Bejing - Beijing has rejected a protest from Vietnam after a Chinese plane landed on a contested reef in the South China Sea, saying the operation took place within Chinese territory.

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.

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.

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.

Maduro off to China, Vietnam in 'difficult times'

Caracas - Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro will go cap in hand to China and Vietnam at the weekend, with his oil-rich country mired in recession.

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.

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.
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Upper deck of the cruise junk travelling among the many islands at Ha Long Bay.