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Forbidden love in North Korea finds a way in Vietnam  Channel NewsAsia

Former Vietnamese chemical student Pham Ngoc Canh who studied in North Korea and his North Korean wife Ri Yong Hui hold their first photo together which ...

Channel NewsAsia
Remains of missing Vietnam War sailor identified  NavyTimes.com

The remains of a Tennessee sailor who went missing during the Vietnam War have been identified.

See gorgeous pictures of Vietnam—from above and below  National Geographic Australia

Honouring his adopted home, a photographer travels to Vietnam to show its landscape and people in a new light.

National Geographic Australia
NOT FORGOTTEN: On 50th anniversary of man's combat death in Vietnam, loved ones gather  Greenfield Daily Reporter

GREENFIELD -- Huger Phelps loved a practical joke. A happy-go-lucky child and young man, Huger got along with everyone and was usually making people ...

Greenfield Daily Reporter
Shower Sessions and Martial Arts in Vietnam  The Ringer

The Bachelor headed to Vietnam this week (4:51), and the trip included a spa date for Hannah G. and snorkeling for Kirpa (9:54). A martial arts group date ...

The Ringer
Air Force Ospreys spotted in Vietnam for first time  AirForceTimes.com

A group of Air Force CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft were photographed at a Vietnam airport last week, marking their first landfall in the Southeast Asian nation.

Vietnam to focus on 5 key scientific projects | Science/technology  sggpnews

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam yesterday had a meeting with more than 70 scientists who are taking part in the 5 major scientific projects in Vietnam.

Vietnam pepper: Traders’ body writes to Prabhu  Times of India

India Business News: Kochi: With Sri Lankan authorities confirming the re-routing of Vietnam pepper through Sri Lanka to India, traders' body in the country has ...

Times of India
Six Senses Con Dao, Vietnam - hotel review  Evening Standard

Where is it? Six Senses is on the tiny Vietnamese island of Con Son, the only inhabited island of the Con Dao archipelago which lies off the country's south coast ...

Evening Standard
LOOK: Catriona Gray reunites with Miss Universe Vietnam  ABS-CBN News

The Philippines' Catriona Gray and Vietnam's H'hen Nie are together again, this time at New York Fashion Week (NYFW).

Vietnam redux in Kabul  Daily Pioneer

The intrigues, complexities and accompanying civilian atrocities in conflicts in Afghanistan and Vietnam have raised questions about words and action of US ...

Daily Pioneer
Grab says Uber deal did not infringe Vietnam laws  VnExpress International

Ride-hailing company Grab said Wednesday its acquisition of Uber did not breach Vietnam's competition laws and it had consulted lawyers before the deal.

VnExpress International
In Ontario, remembering a brother lost in Vietnam  Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Antonino Ruggeri was a young man of 21 when he died in Vietnam on Feb. 12, 1969. That was 50 years ago. “Our life was turned upside down,” said Rosalie ...

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Analysis | How Vietnam Went From Cold War Foe to a Host for Trump and Kim's Summit  Washington Post

President Donald Trump's decision to hold his second summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Vietnam's capital carries a rich historical irony: The site of the ...

Washington Post
Vietnam offers support to Rohingya refugees in B’desh: UN  The Sentinel Assam

United Nations World Food Programme in Bangladesh said it welcomed a new contribution of $50000 from Vietnam to support operations in Coxs Bazar.

The Sentinel Assam
A veteran’s return to Vietnam shows how things have changed  The Spokesman-Review

For Phil Mulligan, Vietnam remains a land of surprises.

The Spokesman-Review
VTN architects completes 'breathing house' in ho chi minh city, vietnam  Designboom

VTN architects, led by vo trong nghia, has completed 'breathing house', a skinny family home at the heart of ho chi minh city.

Thailand ends lower; Vietnam rises most in over two months - Business News  The Star Online

BENGALURU: Thai stocks closed lower on Monday, falling most in the Southeast Asia region amid political turmoil in the country, while Vietnam markets surged ...

The Star Online
Vietnam mulls multi-layered FIT scheme as it kicks energy transition into gear  pv magazine International

With its feed-in tariff set to expire at the end of June, Vietnam is considering different levels of payment, classified across three irradiation regions and involving ...

pv magazine International
'Napalm Girl' Wins German Prize for Peace Work  TIME

Kim Phuc Phan Thi, a survivor of the Vietnam War, was awarded the Dresden Peace Prize in honor of her work as a peace activist.

Vietnam ready to seize new opportunities  Nhan Dan Online

NDO - The year 2018 has ended already, with comprehensive successes seen in all aspects, but there is no room for complacency. Instead, Vietnam needs to ...

Nhan Dan Online
Vietnam Morning News For February 13  AEC News Today

All the #Vietnam #news you need to know for February 13, 2019. Vietnam English news, Vietnam business news, Vietnam news today, Vietnam latest news, ...

AEC News Today
Vietnam takes action to reduce plastic waste | #AsiaNewsNetwork  Eleven Myanmar

Although there are no official statistics on the amount and varieties of plastic in the Vietnamese sea and islands, plastic waste is easy to see in Vietnamese ...

Eleven Myanmar
First time in Hanoi: Soak in The Authentic Vietnam Experience with Food  Thrive Global

Food is a very important part of the Vietnamese culture. In fact, food habits and culture are intricately intertwined in this beautiful land which makes it absolutely ...

Thrive Global
Why Vietnam Is a Good Choice for the Next Trump-Kim Summit  TIME

The second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is set to take place in Vietnam this month.

Griffin Dunne on Using Personal Vietnam War Draft Experience for ‘This Is Us’ Role  Variety

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Songbird Road Part Two,” the 12th episode of the third season of “This Is Us.” The tragic story of ...

Vietnam War veteran's ring lost at Sherman Sam's Club  KXII-TV

The search is on for the owner of a Vietnam War veteran's ring found in Sherman.

Australian detained in Vietnam, Chau Van Kham, investigated for crime that carries death penalty  ABC News

Chau Van Kham, an Australian pro-democracy activist who fled Vietnam as a refugee, has been held in his country of birth since mid-January. He is being ...

ABC News
Former US soldier searches for Australian he stayed with during Vietnam War  Daily Telegraph

A former American soldier is searching for an Australian soldier he met on-board a flight from Penang to Sydney in 1970 during the Vietnam War — and believes ...

Daily Telegraph
Official: Buriram United confirm signing of Vietnam star  FOX Sports Asia

Vietnam's good form over the last few years have turned the attention of many clubs to their players. One such player is Luong Xuan Truong, who has been ...

FOX Sports Asia
Vietnam film stars Onslow County resident, NC production  WCTI12.com

A longtime Onslow County resident starred in a Vietnam war film that released this past week. “Point Man,” which went on sale Tuesday, depicts the story of ...

MullenLowe Vietnam changes ownership | Advertising  Campaign Asia-Pacific

Former CEO of J Walter Thompson Vietnam buys out agency, which will be renamed MullenLowe Mishra.

Campaign Asia-Pacific
Vietnam to help Rohingya in Bangladesh  The Shillong Times

Rome: United Nations World Food Programme in Bangladesh said it welcomed a new contribution of $50,000 from Vietnam to support operations in Coxs Bazar ...

The Shillong Times
Afghanistan talks sound a lot like 'peace with honor' ending to the Vietnam War  USA TODAY

The Trump administration is seeking an 'honorable and just peace.' If only this commander in chief and the Taliban could be trusted: Our view.

Agribank must go IPO by 2020, clear all bad debts  Viet Nam News

The Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Agribank) must resolve all non-performing loans kept at the Việt Nam Asset Management Company ...

Viet Nam News
Walmart's Vietnam Has Become A Reality  Forbes

Just like the U.S. in Vietnam, Walmart is quickly learning that the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.

Vietnam orders hotels near Hanoi venue of Trump-Kim summit to cancel reservations for security | #AsiaNewsNetwork  Eleven Myanmar

Hotels near the JW Marriott Hotel notified tour companies here that they would not be taking any reservations until after the forthcoming summit, per a ...

Eleven Myanmar
'You're Not Going to End Up Happy in the Long Run': The Bachelor Goes to Vietnam  Jezebel

On Monday night, two Jezebel staffers with varying degrees of encyclopedic knowledge about the modern Bachelor universe watched the sixth episode of ...

Vietnam Banks Urge Government to Lift Foreign Ownership Ceiling  Regulation Asia

Vietnam's largest banks are pushing the government to allow them to sell more equity to foreign banks to bolster their capital levels.

Regulation Asia
Why Vietnam Appeals as Possible Host for Trump-Kim Summit  The New York Times

HONG KONG — With President Trump planning to meet North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, next month, Vietnam appears to be the leading contender as host ...

The New York Times
Decades after Vietnam War, Boardman man honored for bravery  WKBN.com

Leo Connelly, Jr. received a Purple Heart award on Saturday.

Vietnam mountain range among world's best destinations in 2019  http://en.vietnamplus.vn/

The newly installed cable car system on Mount Fansipan, Vietnam and Indochina's highest peak (10,312 feet), has helped to draw an increasing number of ...

New Bern woman shares powerful story of time as nurse during Vietnam War  WCTI12.com

It's an incredible story from one of our own. Jane Knowles lives in New Bern and served as an Army nurse in Vietnam for a years in 1969. On Sunday, she spoke ...

Vietnam prosecutors support Grab appeal against Vinasun  Retail News Asia

Prosecutors in Ho Chi Minh City have appealed a verdict ordering Grab to pay compensation to domestic taxi firm Vinasun. They want the appeal court to.

Retail News Asia
Wife of American detained in Vietnam will be State of the Union guest  ABC News

When Helen Nguyen sits in the Capitol on Tuesday night, surrounded by members of Congress and the Supreme Court, and watching President Donald Trump ...

ABC News
How Did We Really Lose the Vietnam War?  smallwarsjournal

In his State of the Union Address, President Trump sought to legitimate his negotiations with the Taliban over the future of Afghanistan with the argument that the ...

Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines can learn from Vietnam's remarkable rise  ESPN

Vietnam's success at the Asian Cup is not because of any secret formula. It's a recipe thier Southeast Asian rivals can replicate.

Mindfulness zen retreat at Four Seasons in Hoi An, Vietnam gives you inner peace  The Australian Financial Review

Living in the here and now is harder than it sounds, but a zen retreat in Hoi An can teach you how.

The Australian Financial Review
Grab ruling should be overturned: Procuracy - Society - Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports  Viet Nam News

HCM CITY — The HCM City Superior People's Procuracy proposed that the HCM City Superior People's Court overturn the decision of the HCM City People's ...

Viet Nam News
Vietnam film stars Onslow County resident  Jacksonville Daily News

An longtime Onslow County resident starred in a Vietnam war film that released this week.“Point Man,” which went on sale Tuesday, depicts the story of ...

Jacksonville Daily News
Vietnam embassy in RoK holds exchange with coach Park Hang-seo  Nhan Dan Online

NDO/VNA – The Vietnamese Embassy in the Republic of Korea (RoK) on February 12 held an exchange with coach Park Hang-seo and several Vietnamese ...

Nhan Dan Online
The Truth Behind a Vietnam War Airstrike Uncovered  The New York Times

In this week's At War newsletter: An investigative report obtained by The Times reveals new details about one of the Vietnam War's worst friendly-fire incidents.

The New York Times
Colour of Spring programme features culture of Vietnam's ethnic group  Nhan Dan Online

NDO - A programme entitled Colour of Spring across the Motherland's Regions opened in Hanoi on February 12, featuring the culture of 25 ethnic minority ...

Nhan Dan Online
Local vet struggles with lingering effects of service in Vietnam  The Mountaineer

Never volunteer for anything. It's the quiet mantra of many who serve in America's military. But Doug Sherrill volunteered often during his year in Vietnam, and ...

The Mountaineer
Catriona Gray And Miss Vietnam H'Hen Nie Slay At New York Fashion Week  Cosmopolitan Philippines

Miss Universe Catriona Gray and Miss Vietnam H'Hen Nie are killing it at New York Fashion Week! The two were just spotted at the fashion show of Vietnamese ...

Cosmopolitan Philippines
Family bids to get premature baby home to Wales from Vietnam  BBC News

A couple is trying to get their baby back to Wales from Vietnam after she was born almost three months early. Jessica Jones and Alfredo Duenas's daughter ...

BBC News
Local car maker to export to ASEAN and the US  Viet Nam News

The Trường Hải Automobile Company (Thaco) plans to export locally manufactured bus, cars and semi-trailers as well as spare part and accessories to the US, ...

Viet Nam News
Trump announces Kim Jong Un summit to take place in Hanoi, Vietnam  POLITICO.eu

Trump and Kim held a historic first meeting in Singapore last June, where they agreed on a framework for future negotiations.

Women raped by Korean soldiers during Vietnam war still awaiting apology  The Guardian

Campaign group urges recognition for women affected by sexual violence of Korean troops and the children born as result.

The Guardian
Mentors needed for Việt Nam's startups - Society - Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports  Viet Nam News

Mentors are needed to help young Vietnamese entrepreneurs grow their businesses, but connections are still modest,nbsp;experts said.

Viet Nam News
Vietnam 'willing' to host Trump-Kim summit: Report  Channel NewsAsia

HANOI: Vietnam's premier has said his country is willing to host a much-anticipated second summit between US President Donald Trump and North ...

Channel NewsAsia
Hoang Anh Gia Lai gives update on Vietnam pair’s impending move  FOX Sports Asia

Vietnam started things off by finishing second in the AFC U23 Championship, followed by an AFF Cup win. They then travelled to UAE for the AFC Asian Cup, ...

FOX Sports Asia
Fears for Nottinghamshire man missing from Vietnam hotel  BBC News

The family of a man who has disappeared abroad have said they are worried he has been murdered over a debt. Steve Bush, originally from Nottinghamshire, ...

BBC News
Nottinghamshire man found dead after going missing in Vietnam  BBC News

Steve Bush's family described the discovery of his body as "devastating".

BBC News
G-Spot: Somalia has become Kenya's Vietnam, and it is time to get the heck out  The Star, Kenya

History and foreign affairs have always held me in thrall. So when I recently discovered a show on television, The Seventies, in which history and foreign affairs ...

The Star, Kenya
Pesticide products with chlorpyrifos-ethyl, fipronil banned in Vietnam  http://en.vietnamplus.vn/

Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has recently issued a decision to remove plant protection products containing ...

Petro firms drive VN Index up for a third day  Viet Nam News

Vietnamese shares extended their growth for a third straight day as focus switched to the petroleum sector following sharp increases in oil prices.

Viet Nam News
Couple's fight to get premature baby to Wales from Vietnam  BBC News

Aurelia was born by emergency Caesarean section in Hanoi on 10 October, weighing just 2lb 1oz.

BBC News
Controversy surrounds confrontation of Native American Vietnam War vet  Cleveland 19 News

Another side to the story is now surfacing, after a group of teens from a Catholic boys school in Covington, Ky., got in a confrontation with a Native American ...

Cleveland 19 News
The US-China trade war hasn't benefited Vietnam in a 'big way' yet, investor says  CNBC

Vietnam has started to profit from the U.S.-China trade war, but not on a large scale yet, according to Bill Stoops, chief investment officer of Dragon Capital.

Vietnam pen pals ends in engagement decades later  WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland

They start out as pen pals during his time in Vietnam. Sparks flew for the young high school girl from Northeast Ohio and a sailor but the timing wasn't right.

WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland
Perspective | It's been decades since the Vietnam War ended, and the Smithsonian has never mounted a full exhibition. Until now.  The Washington Post

The Vietnam War, which tore this country apart and forever changed its politics and culture, has never been the subject of a Smithsonian exhibition. The nation ...

The Washington Post
Cà Mau's sole waste treatment plant reopens after maintenance  Viet Nam News

The Cà Mau City Waste Treatment Plant reopened after six months of maintenance, said Nguyễn Đức Thánh, chief of the Cà Mau Province People's Committee ...

Viet Nam News
Start-up Bamboo Airways launches flights in crowded Vietnam market  Channel NewsAsia

Vietnam's Bamboo Airways completed its long-delayed maiden commercial flight on Wednesday, heightening competition in the aviation sector of the ...

Channel NewsAsia
Nishikori rallies to overcome tough Rotterdam opener - Sports - Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports  Viet Nam News

Top seed Kei Nishikori was tested by a stubborn opponent before finally putting away Pierre-Hugues Herbert 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 on Tuesday at the Rotterdam Open.

Viet Nam News
Vietnam War Exhibit  Newton Press Mentor

Local men Kaleb Beavers and Eric Rennier are working hard to create a Vietnam War Exhibit which will be diplayed in April at the VFW in Olney.The project ...

Newton Press Mentor
Vietnam’s Leader Pledges a U.S. Buying Spree to Help Placate Trump  Bloomberg

Vietnam is importing more U.S. goods from companies like Boeing Co. and General Electric Co. to narrow the trade gap, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said, ...

VN to face difficulties in cassava exports - Economy - Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports  Viet Nam News

Việt Nam will continue to face difficulties in exporting cassava this year, especially to China, the largest export market of local cassava, according to the Việt Nam ...

Viet Nam News
Spike Lee to Direct Vietnam Veteran Drama ‘Da 5 Bloods’ Starring Chadwick Boseman  TheWrap

Spike Lee has set his eyes on his next project, a Vietnam War veteran drama titled “Da 5 Bloods” starring “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman. The film ...

Vietnam artists seek 'liberation' from cybersecurity law  DW (English)

Vietnamese authorities have recently passed a law requiring social media censorship of "anti-state" *content*. Dissident artists and activists fear that their space ...

DW (English)
Australia announces reopening of offshore detention centre - World - Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports  Viet Nam News

SYDNEY — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday announced the reopening of a controversial offshore migrant detention centre on Christmas ...

Viet Nam News
Vietnam revives $58bn high-speed rail project despite cost hurdle  Nikkei Asian Review

HANOI -- Vietnam has resurrected a high-speed rail project intended to link the country's north and south, but the fiscal concerns that killed the pro.

Nikkei Asian Review
Marine awarded Silver Star for heroics, ordering troops to fix bayonets, 51 years ago in Vietnam  Marine Corps Times

Retired Marine Maj. Edward F. Wright was awarded the Silver Star Friday at a ceremony in Portland, Oregon, for his battlefield heroics in Vietnam nearly 51 ...

Marine Corps Times
Trudeau government in crisis after Canada minister's resignation  Viet Nam News

OTTAWA — A Canadian minister's sudden resignation on Tuesday turned vague allegations of interference in the criminal prosecution of an engineering giant ...

Viet Nam News
Picturing Nam: US Military Photography of the Vietnam War  Patriots Point

Thursday, Jan. 24, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will open a new exhibition from the National Archives, Picturing Nam: U.S. Military Photography of ...

Patriots Point
Vietnam star striker Nguyen Cong Phuong closing in on loan deal to K League club – Reports  FOX Sports Asia

Vietnam international striker Nguyen Cong Phuong could be on his way to Korea Republic soon as it is being reported that he is on the verge of completing a ...

FOX Sports Asia
Shrimp export expected to top $4 billion - Economy - Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports  Viet Nam News

Việt Nam's shrimp exports are expected to grow this year to a value of more than US$4 billion thanks to free trade agreements, said the Vietnam Association of ...

Viet Nam News
Climbing-frame library in Vietnam has a thriving aquaponics system  Dezeen

VAC-Library by Farming Architects is a large wooden climbing frame that uses solar-powered aquaponics to keep vegetables, koi carp and chickens in Hanoi.

In photos: Vietnam's H'Hen Nie stuns in 'Year of the Pig' shoot  Philippine Star

After visiting the Philippines over the weekend, Miss Universe 2018 candidate H'Hen Nie shared some of her stunning Lunar New Year photos.

Philippine Star
Another California importer recalls fish from Vietnam for inspection issues  Food Safety News

For the second time this week, sheatfish from Vietnam has been recalled for lack of inspection at a U.S. port of entry. Unlike the 1000 pounds recalled fr.

Food Safety News
Wife of Orange County man imprisoned in Vietnam invited to State of the Union speech  Los Angeles Times

Newly-elected Rep. Katie Porter has invited the wife of Michael Nguyen, an Orange County man imprisoned by the Vietnamese government, to attend the State ...

Los Angeles Times

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Vietnam (UK: , US: (listen); Vietnamese: Việt Nam pronounced [vîət nāːm] (listen)), officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Vietnamese: Cộng hòa xã hội chủ nghĩa Việt Nam), is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula. With an estimated 94.6 million inhabitants as of 2016, it is the 15th most populous country in the world. Vietnam is bordered by China to the north, Laos and Cambodia to the west, part of Thailand to the southwest, and the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia across the South China Sea to the east and southeast. Its capital city has been Hanoi since the reunification of North and South Vietnam in 1976, while its most populous city is Ho Chi Minh City.The first state of Vietnam dated back to the third millennium BC, when ancient Vietnamese people established a monarchy governing tribes residing in modern-day Northern provinces of the country. The independent state was annexed by Nanyue in the second century BC. It subsequently became an administrative division of Imperial China for over a millennium from 111 BC to 939 AD, when a new independent feudal state emerged following Vietnamese victory in the battle of Bạch Đằng against the Chinese. Successive imperial dynasties flourished as the nation expanded geographically and politically into Southeast Asia, until the Indochina Peninsula was colonised by the French in mid-19th century.French Indochina saw the Japanese occupation in 1940 amidst the escalation of World War II. Following Japanese defeat in 1945, the Vietnamese fought French rule in the First Indochina War. On 2 September 1945, Vietnamese revolutionary leader Hồ Chí Minh declared Vietnam's independence from France and therefrom established a provisional communist state. After nine years of war, the Vietnamese declared victory in the decisive battle of Điện Biên Phủ in 1954. The nation was thereafter divided into two rival states, communist North—the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, and anti-communist South—the Republic of Vietnam. Conflicts intensified in the Vietnam War with extensive US intervention in support of South Vietnam from 1965 to 1973. The war ended with North Vietnamese victory in 1975.North and South Vietnam were then reunified under a communist government in 1976. The newly established country remained impoverished and politically isolated until 1986, when the Communist Party initiated a series of economic and political reforms that facilitated Vietnamese integration into the world economy. By 2010, Vietnam had established diplomatic relations with 178 countries. Since 2000, Vietnam's GDP growth rate has been among the highest in the world. Its successful economic reforms resulted in its joining the WTO in 2007. Vietnam is also a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).