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Speculation swirls over Kim's travel plans for Hanoi summit

Hanoi - Kim Jong Un could travel overland for his summit in Hanoi with US President Donald Trump, media have reported, after a North Korean delegation was spotted at key stops on a popular rail route from China.

Vietnam police seize nearly 300 kilograms of meth

Hanoi - A massive haul of nearly 300 kilograms of methamphetamine pills was seized in central Vietnam on Sunday, police said, the latest major drug bust in a country where the use of synthetic narcotics is on the rise.

Hong Kong seizes $1m of rhino horn in record airport haul

Fpo - Two men carrying at least 24 severed rhino horns were arrested in Hong Kong airport by customs officers who said it was their largest ever seizure of rhino contraband smuggled by air passengers.

'The world trusts us': Vietnamese proud to host Trump-Kim summit

Hanoi - Vietnamese young and old expressed their delight Wednesday after hearing their country had been chosen for the second face-to-face meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Why Vietnam for the second Trump-Kim summit?

Hanoi - Communist-run but with capitalist leanings, and a friend to both the United States and North Korea, Vietnam will host the next summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jung Un from February 27-28.

Radio Free Asia says Vietnamese blogger vanishes in Thailand

Washington - A Vietnamese blogger for Radio Free Asia has vanished after fleeing to Thailand, the news organization said Tuesday, as rights activists voiced fear that he had been abducted.

Former Vietnam spy handed third jail sentence

Hanoi - A property magnate turned fugitive spy was jailed for the third time in Vietnam on Wednesday after a court convicted him of corruption over murky land deals that cost the state millions of dollars.

Vietnam 'willing' to host Trump-Kim summit: report

Vietnam's premier has said his country is willing to host a much-anticipated second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Egypt kills 40 'terrorists' in crackdown after Giza attack

G - Egyptian police killed 40 suspects in a crackdown on Saturday after a roadside bomb hit a tour bus claiming the lives of three Vietnamese holidaymakers and an Egyptian guide.

Six men arrested in Vietnam for killing, eating endangered monkey

Hanoi - Six men were arrested in central Vietnam for killing and eating an endangered monkey while livestreaming it on a social media site, police said Friday.

Mothers of the Missing: Anguished search for Vietnam's kidnapped brides

Vietnam - Vu Thi Dinh spent weeks scouring the rugged Vietnamese borderland near China after her teenage daughter vanished with her best friend, clutching a photo of the round-faced girls now feared sold as child brides.

Nine sentenced to death in Vietnam for dealing meth, heroin

Hanoi - Nine drug smugglers were sentenced to death in Vietnam on Friday for selling methamphetamine and heroin in a country with some of the toughest drug laws in the world.

N.Korea FM in Vietnam for lessons on economic reform

Hanoi - North Korea's foreign minister kicked off an official visit to Vietnam Friday as the hermit nation seeks to learn lessons from the one-party state's post-war economic reform that has transformed the communist nation into one of Asia's fastest growing e...

Exiled dissident's assistant deported from Vietnam

Hanoi - The exiled assistant of a prominent Vietnam dissident has been deported from the country after she tried to return home to see her family, sources told AFP Wednesday.

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...

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.

Drugs kill seven at Vietnam music festival

Seven Vietnamese have died and five are in a coma after taking drugs at an electronic dance music festival in Hanoi, officials said Monday, as authorities scrambled to trace the substance.

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.
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The Pentagon Papers, once considered highly classified material have now been release for public consumption.
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View of a typical street in Hanoi. A woman wearing a cone straw hat balances on her shoulders large trays with fruits and vegetables.
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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The Huc (Morning Sunlight Bridge), a beautiful red-painted wooden bridge connecting the shore with Jade Island in Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi.
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The Vietnam War Memorial
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Upper deck of the cruise junk travelling among the many islands at Ha Long Bay.
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At the end of the voyage the friendly cruise boat's crew gather at the stern of the ship to wave goodbye to the visitors.
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Several junk-style cruise boats carry visitors around the islands. This is one of the main stops, to visit Sửng Sốt Cave.
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Northern white-cheeked crested gibbon (Nomascus leucogenys), Vietnam. Adult female with baby and adult male (Conservation International).
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Cable cars are everywhere in Vietnam, making it an easy way to move tourists around the various cultural and vacation sites.
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Male white-cheeked gibbon (Nomascus leucogenys), captive.
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Cửa Vạn Floating Village. One the four floating fishing villages where about 300 people live and work. They grow fish next and under the floating houses and harvest several wild species of finfish and many kinds of shellfish.
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The stalagmite formations in the cave are unusual, and some of the largest in the world.
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The Kissing Rocks, Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.
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Silk embroidery artwork depicting traditional Vietnamese agricultural practices.
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The Water Puppets Show, a very traditional art form, at Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre located not far from Huc Bridge at Hoan Kiem Lake. The show tells several traditional stories with colorful puppets operated with underwater sticks from behind the curtains. The musical enssemble in the left plays music and sings along with the action.
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