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Obama, Vietnam party boss hold landmark Oval Office talks

Washington - US President Barack Obama welcomed the leader of Vietnam's Communist Party on Tuesday to the White House for historic but "candid" talks marking two decades of rapprochement between the former enemies.

Vietnam war hero dies in Flight for Life crash

The crash of a French-made rescue helicopter in Colorado’s mountains has claimed the life of a Vietnam War hero, Patrick Mahany.

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.

Obama to host head of Vietnam communist party

Washington - The head of Vietnam's Communist Party will make a first-ever visit to the White House next week, meeting President Barack Obama on the 40th anniversary of the end of the war between the two nations.

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.

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.

China 'building runway in disputed South China Sea'

Bejing - China is rapidly building an airstrip on an artificial island in disputed South China Sea waters, recent satellite pictures show, potentially ramping up tensions with several Southeast Asian neighbours.

Vietnam PM says impossible to ban social media: report

Hanoi - Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has conceded it is impossible for the communist country to ban social media, urging officials instead to embrace websites like Facebook to spread the government's message.

Vietnam rescues 12 trapped by tunnel collapse

Da Lat - Twelve people trapped in a collapsed tunnel were freed Friday after a four-day ordeal which saw rescuers pass oxygen and food through a small hole while they pulled away debris, state media reported.

Second Vietnam blogger arrested on anti-state charges

Hanoi - Vietnamese police arrested a prominent blogger Saturday, the second writer seized in the last fortnight as the country's communist authorities keep up their long-running crackdown on online dissent.

Indonesia sinks Vietnamese boats to stop illegal fishing

Jakarta - Indonesia blew up and sank three empty Vietnamese boats Friday, the navy said, as the world's biggest archipelago nation pushes to stop foreigners from illegally fishing in its waters.

World's largest cave and UNESCO site threatened by tourism

Public outrage and protests over the construction of a cable car system through Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park to Son Doong Cave, the world's largest, has people angry worldwide. Many fear the UNESCO World Heritage site is in danger of being destroyed.

Vietnam seizes over 1,000 dead endangered sea turtles

Hanoi - Vietnam's environmental police have seized a record haul of over 1,000 endangered sea turtles which were being prepared for illegal export to China, an official said Tuesday.

Freed Vietnam dissident arrives in US, vows fight

West Los Angeles - A leading Vietnamese dissident freed by Hanoi was mobbed by supporters late Tuesday as he arrived in the United States, vowing to fight for democracy and other detainees in his home country.

US lifts 40-year arms ban to boost Vietnam sea defense

Washington - In a decision likely to anger China, the US is partly lifting a 40-year ban on arms sales to former foe Vietnam to help boost defenses in the tense South China Sea.

Op-Ed: Bush/Cheney foster ISIS-ISIL

Once again former President George W. Bush and his careless gun-handling vice president, Dick Cheney, are getting off the hook. Let's blame the black guy.

Vietnam to U.S. adoptions to be renewed

Ho Chi Minh City - The United States and Vietnam will resume adoptions, ending a six-year ban. The ban was imposed after reports of babies being sold and some children offered without parental consent.

Op-Ed: Suicide by cop has increased as officers turn to short hair

Ferguson - Some would argue it started with people like Socrates, asking the state to kill them. Some believe the desire for vengeance after Sept. 11 made it inevitable cops would not have to be asked to kill.

Popularity of 'little tiger' in Vietnam endangers pet cats

Cat owners are having to protect their pets from those who want to serve them as a snack alongside beer. Pet owners must now guard against criminal elements who want to make some fast money off of their stolen animals.

It's simple: Your credit information is not safe, period

Target's loss of data on 110 million customers in 2013 was considered the biggest retail hack in U.S. history. The installed malware was able to pull credit card information from all 1,797 stores. Target then sent the data to Experian for protection.

Kruger National Park to evacuate rhinos for their own protection

Nearly 280 rhinos have already been killed in South Africa's Kruger National Park this year, and park officials are considering a unique plan to protect the endangered animals. In order to "spread the risk," they are thinking of moving the rhinos.

Philippines typhoon toll soars as new storm threatens

Manila - The disaster-weary Philippines braced for a second severe storm in five days on Saturday as the death toll from Typhoon Rammasun surged to 77, officials said.

Op-Ed: Google Glass can warn against incoming Gazan rockets

Tel Aviv - An app for Google Glass provides real-time updates on missile attacks against Israel. Does this mean Israelis really are safe under that Iron Dome?

Op-Ed: Obama sending troops back to Iraq

Baghdad - President Barrack, acting against strong national opposition, is sending troops back to Iraq. The decision was likely to be resisted by Americans weary of war.
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