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Cuba changes leadership, seeks 'respectful' talks with US

Havana - The all-powerful Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) opened a historic congress Friday to rubber-stamp the transfer of power to a new generation as outgoing leader Raul Castro committed it to "respectful" talks with the United States.

No Castros in charge: leadership change in Cuba

Havana - Cuba's leadership is passing to a younger generation, with the last Castro leaving office and ending a 60-year family monopoly, but there is little other change as power remains firmly with the Communist Party.

Solo swim: the fighting fish raised alone in Vietnam

Hanoi - Thousands of glass and plastic bottles lie across the floor of Tran Ngoc Thang's farm in Hanoi, each one home to an aggressive, brightly coloured fish that must be raised alone.

Scar tissue: Vietnamese women find healing with tattoos

Hanoi - In her tiny Hanoi apartment, tattoo artist Ngoc inks middle-aged women whose lives have been upended by divorce or illness, each of them searching for healing through an art form that is still largely taboo in Vietnam.

Vietnam's pandemic response leader sworn in as president

Hanoi - The man behind Vietnam's successful handling of the coronavirus pandemic, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, was formally sworn in as president in Hanoi on Monday.

Vietnam jails four activists up to 10 years on anti-state charges

Hanoi - Four activists have been jailed for up to ten years after Vietnamese courts found them guilty of spreading "anti-state propaganda".Vietnam's communist government is swearing in a new cabinet, with top leaders taking office in the next few days.

Vietnam's wildlife defender fights poachers and prejudice

Hanoi - As a small girl, Trang Nguyen saw a bear stabbed through the chest with a giant needle at her neighbour's house in northern Vietnam.

Vietnam approves Russia's Sputnik V vaccine

Hanoi - Vietnam has approved Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, its health ministry said Tuesday, two weeks after the Southeast Asian country kicked off its inoculation campaign.

New era beckons for Cuba, without a Castro in power

Havana - Cuba will emerge from the April congress of its all-powerful Communist Party without a Castro at the helm for the first time in over 60 years.

Instagram-ready: Vietnamese influencer teaches art of posing

Hanoi - How to smile, where to place a hand, which direction to face: young Vietnamese social media users are snapping up a popular influencer's course on posing for the perfect photo.

Stay-at-home orders in Vietnam Covid-19 hotspot

Hanoi - Two million people in Vietnam will be put under a raft of restrictions starting Tuesday, after their northern province became the epicentre of a growing Covid-19 outbreak.

Squeezed by sanctions, pandemic, Cuba finally opens up economy

Havana - Cuba is undergoing a paradigm shift: after decades of tight, centralized control, the communist government is opening up the bulk of its economy to the private sector.

US ambassador raps Lunar New Year message to Vietnam

Hanoi - The US ambassador to Vietnam has rapped a Lunar New Year video to the country that has set the local internet alight, drawing a measure of admiration -- and cringing -- from those who've watched it.

Vietnam re-elects party leader Trong after secretive congress

Hanoi - Vietnam's ruling Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong was re-elected Sunday -- a victory that makes him the most powerful leader in decades -- but his win was overshadowed by a serious coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Secretive Vietnam congress begins under cloud of 'repression'

Hanoi - Vietnam's secretive, twice-a-decade political transition kicked off Tuesday, with the Communist Party poised to select its future leaders who will have to contend with an increasingly assertive China and ramped-up trade tensions with the United States....

Secretive Vietnam congress to begin under cloud of 'repression'

Hanoi - Vietnam's secretive, twice-a-decade political transition begins Tuesday, with the Communist Party poised to select its future leaders who will have to contend with an increasingly assertive China and ramped-up trade tensions with the United States.

French court hears Agent Orange case against chemical firms

- A French court on Monday started hearing a case against more than a dozen multinationals, accused by a French-Vietnamese woman of causing grievous harm to her and others by selling the Agent Orange defoliant to the US government, which used it to devas...

French court hears Agent Orange case against chemical firms

- A French court will on Monday hear a case against more than a dozen multinationals, accused by a French-Vietnamese woman of causing grievous harm to her and others by selling the Agent Orange defoliant to the US government which used it to devastating ...

UK jails people smugglers over Vietnamese migrant deaths

London - A British judge on Friday handed down sentences of 27 and 20 years to the ringleaders of a people smuggling plot that led to the death of 39 Vietnamese migrants in horrific conditions in the back of a lorry.

Tourism on track in the world's largest cave

Vietnam - Vast rock formations the size of multi-storey buildings loom above Ho Minh Phuc, as he picks a path through the gloom inside the world's largest cave.

Vietnam faces US criticism for jailing critics

Hanoi - Vietnam faced criticism Wednesday from the United States and rights groups after jailing three pro-democracy bloggers weeks ahead of the communist government's party congress.

Vietnamese victim's father pities men convicted in UK over migrant deaths

Hanoi - The father of one of the 39 Vietnamese migrants who suffocated in a truck in Britain said Tuesday he felt sorry for the two men convicted of manslaughter over the deaths.

Two guilty in UK over Vietnamese migrant deaths

London - Two people were found guilty on Monday of manslaughter and people smuggling over the gruesome discovery of 39 dead Vietnamese migrants in the back of a lorry in England last year.

Vietnam starts human trial of coronavirus vaccine

Hanoi - A Vietnamese pharmaceutical company began testing a coronavirus vaccine on volunteers in Hanoi on Thursday, as developing countries jostle with richer nations to access affordable inoculations.

US accuses Switzerland, Vietnam of manipulating currency

Washington - The US Treasury on Wednesday accused Switzerland and Vietnam of manipulating their currencies, partly to gain a trade advantage over American exports.

Strong virus response helps Vietnam's economy weather pandemic

Hanoi - A strong response to the coronavirus pandemic, surging exports and healthy public spending have helped Vietnam buck a global recession in 2020 and fast-track its recovery, with analysts predicting it will likely enjoy one of the highest growth rates in...

Vietnam writer jailed for 12 years over articles critical of government

Hanoi - A Vietnamese activist was jailed for 12 years Tuesday after writing articles critical of the government and posting them on his Facebook page, nearly a decade since being released from prison for a similar offence.

Facebook, Google becoming 'human rights-free zones' in Vietnam: Amnesty

Hanoi - Facebook and Google are fast becoming "human rights-free zones" in Vietnam, Amnesty International warned Tuesday, accusing the tech titans of helping censor peaceful dissent and political expression in the country.

Growing fear: anxiety mounts over Vietnam's food staples

Hanoi - Vietnam's fragrant noodle soups and fresh spring rolls have won fans across the globe, but mounting food safety scandals on the country's streets are sparking a rising tide of anxiety among millennials about what they eat.

Vamco hits Vietnam as Philippines death toll rises to 67

Hanoi - Storm Vamco barrelled into Vietnam on Sunday, damaging buildings and injuring at least five people, as the death toll in the Philippines climbed to 67.
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PROBLEMATIC: Ships believed to be Chinese dredging vessels are seen in the vicinity of Subi Reef in ...
PROBLEMATIC: Ships believed to be Chinese dredging vessels are seen in the vicinity of Subi Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in a photo from 2015.
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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.
AP photographer Nick Ut won a Pulitzer prize for his picture of Kim Phuc and other South Vietnamese ...
AP photographer Nick Ut won a Pulitzer prize for his picture of Kim Phuc and other South Vietnamese children victims of a napalm bombing in Trang Bang (Screen capture Cadena-3).
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A Vietnamese street vendor sells the rats live, but will kill and dress them for customers.
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Fishing boats in Bai Sao - Phu Quoc insland
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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.
U.S. Huey helicopter spraying Agent Orange over Vietnam
U.S. Huey helicopter spraying Agent Orange over Vietnam
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Building of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Ho Chi Minh s body  dead since 1969  is preserved in a cooled...
Building of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Ho Chi Minh's body, dead since 1969, is preserved in a cooled glass case in the central hall of the mausoleum accompanied by a military honour guard. It is a very formal, silent, respectful process (pictures are not allowed).
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Another one of the floating fishing villages at Ha Long Bay. The villages have at least one floating house with a room where children attend basic school.
The Veterans Run for the Wall stopped in Hurricane West Virginia.
The Veterans Run for the Wall stopped in Hurricane West Virginia.
The stalagmite formations in the cave are unusual  and some of the largest in the world.
The stalagmite formations in the cave are unusual, and some of the largest in the world.
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Vietnamese Cultural Festival 2010 in Berlin
Vietnamese Cultural Festival 2010 in Berlin
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The Pentagon Papers, once considered highly classified material have now been release for public consumption.
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The Huc (Morning Sunlight Bridge)  a beautiful red-painted wooden bridge connecting the shore with J...
The Huc (Morning Sunlight Bridge), a beautiful red-painted wooden bridge connecting the shore with Jade Island in Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi.
Cửa Vạn Floating Village. One the four  floating fishing villages where about 300 people live an...
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.
The Run for the Wall ride goes from coast to coast and will total up to 300 000 riders by the time t...
The Run for the Wall ride goes from coast to coast and will total up to 300,000 riders by the time they arrive in Washington, DC to honor the fallen, missing and surviving Veterans of all wars.
Male white-cheeked gibbon (Nomascus leucogenys)  captive.
Male white-cheeked gibbon (Nomascus leucogenys), captive.
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The Vietnam War Memorial
The Vietnam War Memorial
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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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