Dogs look out from a cage at a dog farm and slaughterhouse in Thai Nguyen province on November 3/AFP

Vietnam dog slaughterhouse closes, setting puppies free

Thái Nguyên, Vietnam – More than 40 dogs, including a litter of 10-day-old puppies, were set free from a slaughterhouse in Vietnam on Friday after its owner quit the dog meat…

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Thai rice exporters to discuss boosting exports with commerce minister

Leading members of the Thai Rice Exporters’ Association are seeking a meeting with Commerce Minister Phumtham Wechayachai, to discuss Thai rice exports and Thai rice’s competitiveness on the global market,…

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Rescue workers transport a victim to hospital following a major fire at an apartment block in Hanoi on September 13.//AFP

Fifty-six people killed in Hanoi apartment fire

Fifty-six people died in a fire at an apartment block in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi, police said Wednesday, with witnesses reporting screams from inside and a small boy thrown from the building….

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Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (2R), US President Joe Biden and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) hold a meeting with CEOs at the Government Office in Hanoi on September 11, 2023. The United States and Vietnam warned against the “threat or use of force” in the disputed South China Sea, days after the latest clash involving Chinese vessels. SAUL LOEB / AFP

US, Vietnam warn against ‘threat or use of force’ in South China Sea

The United States and Vietnam warned on Monday against the “threat or use of force” in the disputed South China Sea, days after the latest clash involving Chinese vessels. President…

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US President Joe Biden attends the launch of the Global Biofuels Alliance at the G20 summit in New Delhi on September 9,.//AFP

US and Vietnam set to expand ties as China worries grow

US President Joe Biden arrives in Vietnam on Sunday set to deepen cooperation between the two nations, in the face of China’s growing ambitions in the region. Biden — who…

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Thailand a prospective export target for Vietnam

With the demand for imported goods in the US and EU decreasing, many Vietnamese companies are looking to the Thai market for their export products this year. According to Mr….

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Biden to sign strategic partnership deal with Vietnam

U.S. President Joe Biden will sign a strategic partnership agreement with Vietnam during a state visit to the Southeast Asian country in mid-September, Politico reported on Friday, citing three people…

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Push to free chained elephants at Hanoi zoo

Legs in iron chains and unable to roam freely, the treatment of two elderly elephants at the Hanoi public zoo has drawn outrage in Vietnam, with animal rights groups demanding…

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Thailand-Vietnam bilateral trade expected reach US$25Bn next year

The Thai Chamber of Commerce has set a target to increase bilateral trade between Thailand and Vietnam to US$25 billion next year, with the expectation that young entrepreneurs and start-ups…

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Hue Citadel, Vietnam – A Journey Back in Time

One of Vietnam’s most historic towns, Hue, is packed with relics from the reign of the 19th-century Nguyen emperors. From 1802 to 1945, Hue was the capital of Vietnam and…

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Thailand’s 2023 inflation forecast to be 1-2%, the lowest in ASEAN

Thailand’s inflation rate is the lowest among the seven ASEAN countries which have already announced their rates, with inflation for the whole year expected to range between 1% and 2%,…

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Phu Soi Dao National Park temporarily closed to visitors

Phu Soi Dao National Park in Uttaradit province has been temporarily closed, effective today (Monday), for the safety of visitors due to the risks of possible flash flood and mud…

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Thailand to host 5th round of IPEF negotiations in September

Thailand is due to hold the 5th Indo-Pacific Economic Framework’s (IPEF) Negotiation Round, from September 10-16, according to an informed source. Thailand is one of the 14 founding signatories to…

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Rain forecast for most parts on Saturday

Most of Thailand, including Bangkok and its peripherals, are forecast to see rain, with isolated heavy downpours today (Saturday) and overnight, due to the moderate south-westerly monsoon prevailing over the…

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Vietnam expands automated passport control at major airports

The Immigration Department has deployed the automatic passport control gate system (Autogate) at Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat immigration gates from August 1st, 2023 and at Da Nang and…

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Vietnam’s Vinfast starts construction of EV factory in the US

Vinfast, a Vietnamese electric car manufacturer under Vingroup, held a ground-breaking ceremony for an electric car factory in North Carolina, US on Friday. The event marked an important step in…

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen attends a meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh in Hanoi, Vietnam Thursday, July 20, 2023. (Photo by Hau Dinh / AP)

US Treasury’s Yellen sees Vietnam as key partner in ‘friendshoring’ supply chains

The United States sees Vietnam as a key partner in expanding green energy sources and building more resilient supply chains, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in a speech to…

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Weakened Typhoon Talim hits Vietnam after passing through China

Typhoon Talim reached Vietnam Tuesday after passing through China less forcefully than feared, with no deaths reported in either country despite nearly 260,000 people relocating before the storm hit. Talim…

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Vietnam to welcome more international visitors with unlimited re-entry 90 days visa

An extension of the E-visa to 90 days is expected to lure more oversea tourists to Vietnam. Starting on August 15, upon being granted an e-visa, a visitor can enter…

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Tropical storm Talim to bring more rain to Thailand from Wednesday

Tropical storm Talim is forecast to make landfall in northern Vietnam by Wednesday and is likely to bring more rain, with isolated heavy to very heavy downfalls in northern, north-eastern,…

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Vietnam probes Blackpink concert organiser over South China Sea map

Vietnam has launched an inspection into K-pop group Blackpink’s tour organiser’s website, ahead of its concert in Hanoi, over criticism from fans that it shows a map of the South…

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Bye bye ‘Barbie’: Vietnam bans new movie over South China Sea map

Vietnam has banned the upcoming “Barbie” movie from cinemas over scenes with a map showing China’s claims to territory in the South China Sea, state media reported Monday. The fantasy…

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Vietnam on course to achieve USD 54 billion export target

Vietnam’s export turnover of agricultural, forestry, and fishery products grew in the first six months of the year, despite not performing as well as last year. This indicates positive signs…

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In a first, India gifts active warship to Vietnam

An active duty missile corvette of the Indian Navy is on its way to Vietnam as a gift, the first warship given by India to any country. The domestically built…

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Morning commute traffic streams past the Meta sign outside the headquarters of Facebook parent company Meta Platforms Inc in Mountain View, California, U.S. November 9, 2022. REUTERS/Peter DaSilva/File Photo

Malaysia to take legal action against Meta over harmful content

Malaysia said on Friday it will take legal action against Facebook parent Meta Platforms for failing to remove “undesirable” posts, the strongest measure the country has taken to date over such…

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Vu Khoan, a man who ushered Vietnam into ASEAN

This writer vividly remember the last quarter of 1994, when former Vietnamese foreign minister Vu Khoan and his team visited the Jakarta-based ASEAN Secretariat. He was on an important mission,…

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Vietnam’s power crisis hits local firms, foreign investors

An intensely hot summer and unprecedented drought are straining energy supplies in northern Vietnam, prompting rolling blackouts and sudden power outages that have led to “uncountable” losses among local firms…

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Vietnam cuts public lighting to save energy during heatwave

Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi have been turning off street lights partially to keep the national power system running, amid record rising temperatures that brought a surge in electricity demand in…

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Heavy rain predicted in parts of Thailand’s north-east and south on Saturday

Parts of the north-east, east and the south-western coast are forecast to be hit by heavy rain in the next 24 hours, due to the moderate south-westerly monsoon over the…

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Wages in Thailand are not only one factor in potential investor decisions

Raising the minimum wage in Thailand to 450 baht a day will make workers happy, but certainly not business operators, as reflected in the negative opinions voiced by various business…

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Vietnam pledges no new coal plants after 2030

Vietnam will not develop new coal power plants after 2030, according to a long-delayed national power plan published Tuesday, although the blueprint drew criticism that the transition to renewables is…

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Vietnam to require social media users to verify identity

Vietnam is preparing to make it mandatory for social media users of both local and foreign platforms to verify their identity in a bid to rein in online scams, state…

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Vietnam boosts rare earths output by tenfold – data

Vietnam‘s mined output of rare earths soared tenfold last year, U.S. data showed, as global firms have flocked to the Southeast Asian country with the world’s second largest estimated deposits…

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Thailand’s north and north-east warned of summer storms next week

People living in northern and north-eastern provinces are being advised to brace for summer storms from Monday through Wednesday, due to the onset of a moderate cold front from China….

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks at a news conference at the US Embassy Annex in Hanoi on April 15, 2023. (Photo by Andrew Harnik / POOL / AFP)

US and Vietnam pledge to boost ties during Blinken visit to Hanoi

The United States and Vietnam said Saturday they hoped to upgrade diplomatic ties, days after a flare-up in tensions with China over Taiwan. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, passing…

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Commercial property and residential condo buildings are pictured in Bangkok. (Photo by Alex OGLE / AFP)

Thailand among most improved countries in which to do business – EIU

Thailand, Vietnam and India are the Asian countries which have most improved their ranking over the past year in the list of the best countries in which to do business…

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Vietnam capital struggles with severe air pollution

Hanoi experienced severe air pollution on Monday (April 10) as the air quality index (AQI) in the Vietnamese capital climbed to 161, breaching the “unhealthy” level. “Even with this nice…

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Thailand joins champions Vietnam in Group B of SEA Games soccer tournament

Thailand is in Group B of the SEA Games soccer tournament, with last year’s champion Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Laos following group drawing yesterday (Wednesday). Group A comprises host Cambodia,…

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4 Vietnamese flight attendants detained in Ho Chi Minh City on drug offenses

Four flight attendants working for Vietnam Airlines have been released on bail after being caught allegedly transporting 11.4kg of ketamine and cocaine from Paris to Ho Chi Minh City. Nguyen…

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Chip equipment maker ASML’s suppliers eye Asia plants outside China amid tensions

Suppliers to Dutch chip-making machines giant ASML Holding NV ASML.AS are considering building plants in Southeast Asia instead of China amid political tensions between Beijing and the West, according to two sources…

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Five bears rescued from illegal bile farm in Vietnam

Five moon bears were rescued from an illegal bile extraction farm last Wednesday (February 22), in a joint effort between the Vietnam Administration of Forestry and Animals Asia to eradicate illegal bear…

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Nearly 300 migratory birds have been recorded in Red River Delta in Northern Vietnam

Nearly 300 migratory birds have been recorded in the middle alluvium ground of the Red River, which flows through Hanoi. This is a particularly rare occurrence as many migratory species…

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The Thai chef who fell in love with Vietnam

A Thai executive chef, Wittaya Thipsoongnoen, worked in many countries before setting foot in Vietnam nine years ago. He explained to Thai PBS World why he has been living in this…

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A canoe passes through a new urban area of the Saigon River in Ho Chi Minh City on September 22, 2022. (Photo by Nhac NGUYEN / AFP)

Vietnam boosts ‘bamboo diplomacy’

After the dramatic Cabinet shake-up over the past several weeks, Vietnam has been quick to restore confidence in its external relations with allies and friends, near and far. It is…

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[FILE] Vietnam’s President Nguyen Xuan Phuc arrives to attend the “APEC Leaders’ Dialogue with ABAC” event during APEC summit in Bangkok on November 18, 2022. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / POOL / AFP)

Vietnam president resigns amid major anti-graft purge

Vietnam President Nguyen Xuan Phuc has resigned, state media said Tuesday, after days of rumours he was about to be sacked as part of a major anti-corruption drive that has…

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Captain Theerathon hits winner as Thailand retain Asean title

Thailand successfully defended their Asean Championship title after a 1-0 victory over Vietnam in the second leg of the final on Monday gave Mano Polking’s side a 3-2 aggregate triumph against…

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Thailand must improve set-piece defending, says coach Polking

Thailand coach Mano Polking bemoaned his side’s defending at set-pieces after Vietnam salvaged a late 2-2 draw in the first leg of the Asean Championship final in Hanoi on Friday….

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Super-resistant mosquitoes in Asia pose growing threat: study

Mosquitoes that transmit dengue and other viruses have evolved growing resistance to insecticides in parts of Asia, and novel ways to control them are desperately needed, new research warns. Health…

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Vietnamese DPM Pham Binh Minh loses his job

Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Binh Minh has lost his position, along with another Deputy Prime Minister, Vu Duc Dam. Neither will serve as members of the Central Party Committee…

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[FILE] This photograph taken on September 21, 2021 shows workers wearing face masks while working at the Maxport factory, which makes activewear for various textile clothing brands, in Hanoi. (Photo by Nhac NGUYEN / AFP)

Vietnam aims to make textile industry ‘greener’

(VTV) – Many industries in Vietnam are adopting green production methods to maintain and expand their export markets, including the textile industry. Thanks to this industry’s transformation, many domestic enterprises…

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Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at a ceremony commemorating the 45th anniversary of Vietnam’s accession to the United Nations in Hanoi’s international convention centre on October 21, 2022. (Photo by Nhac NGUYEN / AFP)

Opinion: Significance of Vietnamese President Phúc’s visit

Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuân Phúc will become the first APEC leader to arrive in Bangkok and will be paying an official on November 16th, ahead of the Asia Pacific Economic…

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This photo taken on October 14, 2022 shows vessels carrying coal near Pha Lai thermal power plant in Hai Duong province. (Photo by AFP)

Vietnam struggles to break one of world’s biggest coal addictions

(AFP) – Despite Vietnam’s solar boom and ambitious climate targets, the fast-growing economy is struggling to quit dirty energy — leaving one of the world’s biggest coal power programmes largely…

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Nesat weakening to tropical storm, expected to hit Vietnam by Friday

Tropical cyclone Nesat is weakening to a tropical storm, as it moves westward across southern Hainan today (Wednesday) and is forecast to hit Vietnam by Friday, the Thai Meteorological Department…

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Heavy rain forecast in northeast Saturday as storm Sonca hits Vietnam

Thailand’s north-eastern, eastern and central regions, including Bangkok and its peripherals, will see more rain, with isolated heavy showers and strong winds, as a result of tropical storm Sonca, which…

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The main stand of the Formula One track in Hanoi on October 11, 2022. (Photo by Nhac Nguyen / AFP)

Vietnam’s F1 track abandoned as hopes fade for debut grand prix

Fenced off to the public and dotted with plastic waste, Hanoi’s motor race circuit lies largely abandoned while hopes fade that Vietnam’s capital will ever host a Formula One grand…

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Heavy rain from Typhoon Noru falls on an empty road in Danang on September 27, 2022. Vietnam has tried to evacuate almost 400,000 people ahead of the arrival of typhoon Noru, one of the biggest to make landfall in the country. (Photo by Nhac Nguyen / AFP)

Typhoon Noru makes landfall in Vietnam

Typhoon Noru barrelled into Vietnam’s central coast early Wednesday, the national forecaster said, bringing powerful winds and heavy rain as hundreds of thousands of people took refuge in shelters. In…

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A fisherman ties his boat at port to protect it from typhoon Naru in Danang on September 27, 2022. Vietnam has tried to evacuate almost 400,000 people as typhoon Noru, one of the biggest to make landfall in the country, draws near, authorities said on September 27, 2022. Nhac NGUYEN / AFP

Vietnam orders mass evacuations ahead of Super Typhoon Noru

Vietnam ordered hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate their homes Tuesday as Super Typhoon Noru barrelled towards the busy city of Danang, with forecasters predicting the storm would be one of the biggest to…

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Fed on eggs and beer, Vietnam’s oxen race in muddy festival

Their stomachs full of eggs, beer, and coconut water, Nguyen Van Liet’s prized white oxen streak ahead of their rivals to the cheer of tens of thousands of spectators in Vietnam’s…

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Vietnam’s VinFast hands over first electric SUVs, eyes U.S. deliveries

Vietnamese carmaker VinFast on Saturday (September 10) began handing its first batch of 100 all-electric sport utility vehicles (SUVs) over to local customers, with U.S. deliveries of the vehicle due…

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23 dead, 11 injured in Vietnam karaoke bar fire

The death toll from a fire that tore through a karaoke bar in southern Vietnam has risen to 23, an official said Wednesday. The blaze engulfed the second floor of…

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This photo shows Myanmar migrant and Thai workers preparing a fishing boat in the Thai coastal province of Samut Sakhon. / AFP

People from 4 neighbouring countries can work in Thailand until early 2025

The Thai cabinet has decided to extend the stay in Thailand of migrant workers from Myanmar, Cambodia, the Lao PDR and Vietnam until February 13th, 2025, to address labour shortages…

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China’s destroyer flotilla conducts naval drill in South China Sea

China’s destroyer flotilla has conducted a live-fire multi-subject combat drill in the South China Sea, reported by Chinese state media CCTV. The report said the drill was to verify the…

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Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida inspects the honour guard at Government House in Bangkok on May 2, 2022, on his official visit to Thailand. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Japan’s reaffirms middle-of-the-road approach to diplomacy

During his three-nation visit to ASEAN member countries over the past five days, Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida demonstrated his country’s middle-of-the-road approach to diplomacy when it comes to special…

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Dr. Suriya Chindawongse, Permanent Representative of Thailand to the United Nations

At UN, Thailand votes to condemn Russia’s aggression in Ukraine

During the 11th Emergency Special Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Thailand has joined 140 countries voting in favour of the resolution to condemn Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, while…

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Rescuers look for survivors from search boats after a vessel carrying tourists capsized in the waters between Cu Lao Cham island and Hoi An on Vietnam’s central coast on February 26, 2022 killing at least 13 people. (Photo by Hoang Sa / AFP)

13 dead after tourist boat sinks in Vietnam

At least 13 people were killed and four others missing after a tourist boat capsized Saturday in bad weather off the coast of Hoi An, a world heritage-listed Vietnamese city,…

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Vietnam to fully reopen for international tourists March 15th

Vietnam to fully reopen to international visitors from 15th March. According to the proposal, visitors will no longer need to be part of package tours and only need to meet…

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A Popa langur moves along a forest floor. The Popa langur is among 224 new species listed in the World Wildlife Fund’s latest update on the Mekong region./ AP

Ghostly monkey among 224 new Mekong region species

BANGKOK (AP) — A monkey with ghostly white circles around its eyes is among 224 new species listed in the World Wildlife Fund’s latest update on the greater Mekong region….

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Thailand book place in AFF Suzuki Cup final

Thailand booked their place in the AFF Suzuki Cup final for a ninth time in 13 attempts after they held defending champions Vietnam to a goalless draw on Sunday in the…

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(From L to R) Vietnam’s President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Communist Party general secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, National Assembly Chairperson Vuong Dinh Hue and Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh pose for a photograph before the start of the opening session of the newly-elected 15th National Assembly’s first parliament session in Hanoi on July 20, 2021. (Photo by Nhac NGUYEN / AFP)

Analysis: Vietnam’s new diplomatic impetus

Vietnam has come a long way since it began its “Doi Moi” (renewal) 35 years ago. Now, fresh from serving as a two-year non-permanent member of United Nations Security Council,…

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Two Vietnamese fishing boats seized in Gulf for fishing illegally in Thai waters

Two Vietnamese fishing boats and their five crew members were apprehended by the Thai navy on Tuesday, following an incident in the Gulf of Thailand the previous day, in which…

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This picture taken on April 11, 2017 shows tourist boats anchored at a beach in Phu Quoc island in southern Vietnam. (Photo by HOANG DINH Nam / AFP)

Vietnam welcomes first foreign tourists in nearly 20 months

HANOI (AFP): The first international tourists touched down in Vietnam almost 20 months after the Southeast Asian nation closed its borders to contain the coronavirus. Two charter flights brought more…

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Nguyễn Văn Quang is fixing his bean sprout growing machine. (Photo by VTV)

Vietnamese farmer invents automatic bean sprout growing machine

A secondary school dropout and the son-in-law of a family of four generations of bean sprout farmers, invents an automatic bean sprout growing machine to help with the hardships of…

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Vietnam becomes UK’s biggest trade partner in ASEAN

Vietnam and the United Kingdom have signed 26 cooperation deals, covering areas from trade, agriculture, education, and training to energy and environmental protection. This potentially makes Vietnam the UK’s biggest…

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Thailand extends list of countries and territories, the citizens of which can enter the Kingdom without quarantine

Thailand has extended the list of “low risk” countries and territories whose citizens will be allowed to enter the kingdom without quarantine from Tomorrow (Monday), according to an announcement issued…

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Vietnam’s lockdown ensnares world’s clothing giants

From shoes and sweaters to car parts and coffee, Vietnam’s strict and lengthy coronavirus lockdown has sparked product shortages among worldwide brands such as Nike and Gap which have grown…

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Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi wave as they stand for photos in Hanoi, Vietnam on Saturday, Sep.11, 2021. (Duong Van Giang/VNA via AP)

Op-Ed: China-Vietnam fraternal ties are strong

Do not be fooled by the popular optics portraying China and Vietnam as eternal enemies. They are not, as evidenced by State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s weekend visit…

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FILE – In this Sept. 6, 2021, file photo, Japan’s Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, speaks to the members of the media after he inspected the British Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, back, at the U.S. naval base in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Defense Minister Kishi said an agreement signed Saturday, Sept. 11, allowing Japan to give defense equipment and technology to Vietnam elevates the two countries’ defense partnership “to a new level.” Kishi meet with his Vietnamese counterpart, Phan Van Giang, in Hanoi. (Kiyoshi Ota/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Japan, Vietnam sign defense transfer deal amid China worries

Japan can now give defense equipment and technology to Vietnam under an agreement signed Saturday, as the two countries step up their military cooperation amid worries about China’s growing military…

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Thai provinces facing floods as storm Conson makes landfall in Vietnam

Flash floods and heavy rain have hit many provinces of Thailand as tropical storm Conson made landfall in Vietnam’s Quang Ngai early on Sunday, according to Thailand’s Meteorological Department. Thai…

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China, Vietnam should avoid magnifying S. China Sea disputes – China’s Wang Yi

China and Vietnam should refrain from unilateral actions regarding the South China Sea that could complicate the situation and magnify disputes, senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi told a Vietnamese official,…

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A beach in Phu Quoc island in southern Vietnam. (Photo by Hoang Dinh Nam / AFP)

Vietnam to reopen resort island to foreign tourists to boost economy

Vietnam plans to reopen the beach-fringed island of Phu Quoc to foreign tourists from next month, authorities said, as the country looks at ways to revive an economy suffering from…

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Vials of the Cuban Abdala vaccine candidate during a press conference of the Biotechnological and Pharmaceutical Industries of Cuba (BioCubaFarma) in Havana, on March 19, 2021. (Photo by KATELL ABIVEN / AFP)

Vietnam says Cuba to supply COVID-19 vaccine, transfer technology

Cuba will supply large quantities of its home-grown COVID-19 vaccine, Abdala, to Vietnam and also transfer the production technology to the Southeast Asian country by the end of the year,…

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U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris discusses the U.S. Senate’s passage of the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, during a meeting in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 10, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

Harris trip to Asia will show U.S. in region ‘to stay,’ official says

WASHINGTON, Aug 19 (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris’s trip to Singapore and Vietnam starting on Sunday will show that the United States is in the region “to stay,”…

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Vietnam’s home-grown COVID19 vaccine shows positive results in third-phase trials

1,000 volunteers injected with the home-grown vaccine Nanocovax in third-phase trials have developed antibodies against COVID-19, according to a report by Nanogen Pharmaceutical Biotechnology JSC, the vaccine producer. The report…

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This handout video grab taken on April 27, 2021 and received from the Philippine Coastguard on May 5, 2021 shows the Philippine coastguard ship BRP Cabra (front) monitoring Chinese vessels at Sabina Shoal, a South China Sea outcrop claimed by Manila located about 135 kilometres (73 nautical miles) west of the Philippine island of Palawan. (Photo by Handout / Philippine Coastguard / AFP) / —–EDITORS NOTE — RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO /PHILIPPINE COASTGUARD” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

US says China’s sea claims have ‘no basis’ in international law

Singapore (AFP) – Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin said Tuesday that Beijing’s expansive claims in the South China Sea have “no basis in international law”, taking aim at China’s growing assertiveness…

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Vietnam received another 3 million doses of COVID-19 Moderna vaccine through COVAX

The second lot in the latest batch of over 3 million doses of COVID-19 Moderna vaccine granted by the US through the COVAX Facility was handed over to Vietnam late…

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SEA Games in Vietnam postponed over virus

The Southeast Asian Games, which were due to take place in Vietnam this year, have been postponed because of the pandemic and will most likely be held in 2022, a…

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This photograph taken late December 10, 2019 shows Vietnamese fans celebrating on the streets in Hanoi following Vietnam’s victory over Indonesia in the men’s football final match at the SEA Games. (Photo by Nhac NGUYEN / AFP)

Vietnam to postpone SEA Games until next year

Vietnam plans to postpone this year’s Southeast Asian Games, state media said Wednesday, as the country grapples with a new virus outbreak. The regional Olympics are due to be held…

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FILE – In this Jan. 23, 2021 file photo, a woman wearing face mask looks at her phone in Hanoi, Vietnam. Vietnam says it has discovered a new coronavirus variant that’s a hybrid of strains first found in India and the U.K. The Vietnamese health minister made the announcement Saturday, May 29. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh, File)

Vietnam finds new virus variant, hybrid of India, UK strains

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam has discovered a new coronavirus variant that’s a hybrid of strains first found in India and the U.K., the Vietnamese health minister said Saturday. Nguyen…

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Betta fish or Siamese fighting fish are raised inside plastic and glass bottles at Tran Ngoc Thang’s ornamental fish farm in Hanoi. (Photo by Nhac NGUYEN / AFP)

Solo swim: the fighting fish raised alone in Vietnam

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…

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Coffee sector full of beans despite pandemic

As cafes and office canteens shuttered worldwide due to the coronavirus pandemic, coffee growers feared 2020 would be a bitter year for business. But the sector was saved from ruin…

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A street vendor pushes his bicycle carrying peach blossoms past shops in Hanoi on February 2, 2021. (Photo by Nhac NGUYEN / AFP)

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

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. Residents of Hai…

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A man wearing a face mask walks past a public health campaign banner to stop the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in Hanoi on January 28, 2021. (Photo by Nhac NGUYEN / AFP)

Vietnam reports first virus outbreak in nearly two months

Vietnam recorded its first coronavirus outbreak in almost two months on Thursday, with more than 80 new cases reported as authorities began testing tens of thousands of people to contain…

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This photo taken on September 20, 2019 shows a fisherman on the Laos side of the Mekong River near Huay Xai town in Bokeo province, with the Thai province of Chiang Rai in the background. – Ninety-seven kilometres of rocks in Thai waters stand between Beijing and dominance over the Mekong, a mighty river that feeds millions as it threads south from the Tibetan plateau through five countries before emptying into the South China Sea. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

The Mekong report China doesn’t want to see

The Mekong river is a life line of millions of people in six countries. In the past few years, however, life has been very difficult for people who depend on…

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This US Navy photo shows the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) on June 3, 2020 in the Philippine Sea. – Following an extended visit to Guam in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Theodore Roosevelt completed carrier qualifications June 2, 2020 and is in Guam for resupply during a deployment to the Indo-Pacific. (Photo by Will BENNETT / Navy Office of Information / AFP)

US warships conduct exercises in South China Sea

A US aircraft carrier group sailed into the South China Sea on a so-called “freedom of navigation” exercise, the first routine operation in the region under new President Joe Biden….

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Tropical storm Noul to develop into a typhoon as it approaches central Vietnam

Thailand’s Meteorological Department reported today that tropical storm Noul is gaining strength and is expected to turn into a typhoon as it makes landfall in central Vietnam around noon tomorrow….

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FILE – In this Aug 25, 2019, file photo, a Southern Vietnamese box turtle (Cuora picturata) walks in its pen at a sanctuary in Cuc Phuong national park in Ninh Binh province, Vietnam. Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Thursday signed a directive to ban wildlife imports and closes illegal wildlife markets as a response to the thread of zoonotic diseases such as COVID-19. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh, File)

Vietnam bans wildlife imports, markets amid new health fears

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam announced Friday that it was banning wildlife imports and would close wildlife markets in response to renewed concerns about the threat from diseases that can…

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Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc looks on during a meeting with US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, May 31, 2017. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP)

Vietnam PM warns of economic calamity at ASEAN summit

Vietnam on Friday warned the virus pandemic had swept away years of economic gains as Southeast Asian leaders met online for a summit that will also be dominated by anxiety…

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PM Prayut to join ASEAN Summit on Covid-19

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will this morning join his ASEAN counterparts in a summit to discuss among other things concerted efforts by the regional grouping to fight against the novel…

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Nakri develops into typhoon as it heads towards Vietnam

Tropical storm Nakri has strengthened to Category 5 storm, typhoon strength, as it moves across the South China Sea toward the Vietnamese coast. It is predicted to make landfall tomorrow…

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Travellers to Vietnam and India warned of tropical storm and severe cyclone

Tropical storm Nakri, packed with wind speeds of up to 95kph, is rapidly approaching Vietnam and is forecast to make landfall along the central Vietnamese coast on Sunday or Monday,…

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