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Filipino fishermen give dog to Vietnamese after rescue

Jun 21, 2019 - 10:00 AM

As a gesture of friendship and gratitude, the 22 fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver leave their dog with the Vietnamese fishermen who rescued them

GEM-VER'S CREW. Fishermen pulls the F/B Gem-Vir, the Filipino boat sunken by a Chinese vessel near Reed Bank, towards the shore of Barangay San Roque I, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Unlike PH, Vietnam defends its fishermen vs China

Jun 21, 2019 - 12:00 AM

This comes as President Rodrigo Duterte dismisses as a 'maritime incident' the sinking of a Filipino boat by a Chinese ship in the West Philippine Sea

VIETNAMESE DIPLOMACY. Vietnam's foreign ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang takes questions during a press conference in Hanoi on August 3, 2017. File photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

Vietnamese account matches Filipino fishermen's story

Jun 18, 2019 - 7:43 PM

They were tired, hungry, and cold

RESCUED FILIPINOS. Fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver reunite with their families upon their arrival at the Caminawit Pier in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

WATCH: How a Chinese ship sank a Vietnamese boat in 2014

Jun 16, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Justice Antonio Carpio says China – as it does with Vietnam – might start a new 'gray zone' offensive against Filipino vessels in the West Philippine Sea

VIETNAMESE BOAT. This picture taken on June 2, 2014, shows the Vietnamese fishing boat 'DNA 90152,' which was reportedly sunk by a Chinese ship, at a shipyard in the central coastal city of Danang. File photo by AFP

Vietnam border guard opens fire on colleagues, injuring 2

Jun 15, 2019 - 11:26 PM

A border guard in southern Long An province in the Mekong Delta opens fire at his post, hurting at least two people, according to the official Vietnam News Agency

Vietnam's first homegrown car to be delivered on June 17

Jun 15, 2019 - 10:18 AM

The carmaker is a subsidiary of Vietnam's largest private conglomerate, Vingroup, which is owned by the country's richest man, a press-shy billionaire who started his career selling dried noodles in Ukraine

HOMEGROWN. Workers operate the car assembly line at the new automobile plant of VinFast, Vietnam's first homegrown car manufacturer in Haiphong on June 14, 2019.  Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

INSIDE STORY: How Filipino crew were saved by Vietnamese in West PH Sea

Jun 14, 2019 - 9:07 PM

One of the Filipino crew narrates that after he connected his index fingers to demonstrate 'Vietnam? Philippines? Friends,' the Vietnamese replied, 'Okay.'

ROWERS. Justine Pascual (left) and JP Gordiones (right) aboard the BRP Tausug as they sail back home to San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

2 pilots killed in Vietnam military plane crash

Jun 14, 2019 - 4:10 PM

Two pilots in central Khanh Hoa province die after their Russian two-seater training aircraft Yakovlev Yak-52 crashes near a mountain, killing one of them instantly

10 Vietnamese arrested for illegal fishing off Cagayan

Jun 03, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard nabs the Vietnamese and seizes their fishing boats near Calayan Island in Cagayan

Vietnam teacher arrested for Facebook posts 'undermining state'

May 30, 2019 - 6:58 PM

Nguyen Nang Tinh is arrested for 'producing, disseminating or spreading information and documents aimed at undermining' Vietnam, according to the official police newspaper in central Nghe An province

Vietnam president emerges after month-long sick leave

May 14, 2019 - 8:31 PM

Nguyen Phu Trong appears in public on May 14 alongside senior party leaders in Hanoi, according to the official Vietnam News Agency, which also ran pictures of the white-haired leader in a collared t-shirt

NGUYEN PHU TRONG. Vietnam's President and Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong waits for the arrival of the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the party's headquarters in Hanoi on April 9, 2019. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Vietnam jails two activists for 'spreading propaganda' on Facebook

May 11, 2019 - 3:39 PM

Independent media is banned in Vietnam, with online posts, comments and critics strictly monitored and bloggers, activists and rights lawyers routinely jailed.

Indonesia detains Vietnamese fishermen after high seas clash

Apr 29, 2019 - 9:32 PM

The clash in the South China Sea at the weekend saw Jakarta summon Vietnam's ambassador on April 29, after the navy detained a dozen Vietnamese fishermen

SOUTH CHINA SEA. This screen grab taken from handout video on April 27, 2019 and released on April 29 by the Indonesian Navy shows members of the Indonesian Navy (R) watching as a Vietnamese coast guard ship (L) approaches and apparently rams their vessel, off the coast of Borneo in the South China Sea. AFP PHOTO/INDONESIAN NAVY

Vietnam police bust $1-billion illegal online gambling ring

Apr 28, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Police say 22 people have been arrested in massive raids across Vietnam to combat online gambling

USAID launches latest cleanup for Vietnam War-era Agent Orange site

Apr 21, 2019 - 6:53 PM

Hanoi says up to 3 million Vietnamese people were exposed to Agent Orange and that one million suffer grave health repercussions today

Vietnam police seize a ton of meth stashed in loudspeakers

Apr 20, 2019 - 3:07 PM

The trucks hold 'extremely heavy' loudspeakers, which prompted suspicion when police found the drivers lack legal papers to transport the equipment

At least 5 dead in Hanoi workshop blaze

Apr 12, 2019 - 3:23 PM

The fire is extinguished by dawn, with police still investigating the cause

HANOI FIRE. A firefighter uses a hose to douse a spot while battling a fire in a workshop complex in Hanoi on April 12, 2019. Photo by Nam Nguyen/AFP

Vietnam 'quietly upgrades' facilities in West Philippine Sea

Apr 10, 2019 - 4:40 PM

(UPDATED) Vietnam is not 'facing the same reaction from China's maritime militia forces as the Philippines recently has,' says the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

VIETNAM UPGRADES. Vietnam is quietly upgrading its facilities in the Spratly Islands, says the Washington-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Photo courtesy of AMTI/CSIS/DigitalGlobe

Frothed not fried: Hanoi's egg beer draws curious drinkers

Apr 09, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Giang Cafe in Hanoi is getting attention for the drink

Vietnamese woman in North Korea murder case to be freed in May – lawyer

Apr 02, 2019 - 11:16 AM

Doan Thi Huong, originally charged with murder, had pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of causing injury

Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (C) is escorted by Malaysian police out of the High Court in Shah Alam on April 1, 2019. A Vietnamese woman accused of assassinating the North Korean leader's half-brother will walk free in May after pleading guilty to a lesser charge, her lawyer said. Mohd RASFAN / AFP

Vietnam woman in Kim assassination accepts new charge, likely to go free

Apr 01, 2019 - 1:58 PM

Doan Thi Huong smiles and says 'I'm happy' after prosecutors presented the new charge in a Malaysian court, where she has been on trial since 2017

Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (C) is escorted by Malaysian police out of the High Court in Shah Alam on April 1, 2019. A Vietnamese woman accused of assassinating the North Korean leader's half-brother will walk free in May after pleading guilty to a lesser charge, her lawyer said. Mohd RASFAN / AFP

Vietnam seizes 9 tons of suspected ivory from Congo

Mar 29, 2019 - 2:21 PM

The ivory-stuffed timber logs are discovered Tuesday at Danang's main port on a ship from the Republic of Congo in central Africa

IVORY. This picture released by Vietnam News Agency on March 28,2019 shows Vietnamese customs officials inspecting seized suspected ivory inside a timber shipment in a warehouse in Danang.  Photo by Vietnam News Agency/AFP

Vietnam woman in Kim Jong-nam case in new release bid

Mar 28, 2019 - 6:09 PM

Doan Thi Huong's lawyers have lodged a second application to the attorney-general seeking her release

DOAN THI HUONG. Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong is escorted with a heavy police presence after a court appearance at the magistrates' court in Sepang on March 1, 2017. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/ AFP

Vietnam police seize 300 kilograms of meth in mansion bust

Mar 21, 2019 - 4:53 PM

The bust is part of a larger investigation across central Vietnam involving several provinces and further investigations are ongoing

METH BRICKS. In this picture taken on March 20, 2019, Vietnamese policemen arrange seized methamphetamine at a police station in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo by Vietnam News Agency/AFP

[ANALYSIS] The security challenge for PH and Vietnam

Mar 20, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Better security relations with Vietnam will ultimately benefit us. Here's why.

Vietnam 'regrets' murder suspect not freed in Malaysia

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:46 PM

'We want Doan Thi Huong to be tried fairly and objectively and for her to be freed,' says Vietnam's foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang

REGRET. In this file photo, Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (C) is escorted by Malaysian police after a special court session to rule on witness statements at the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on December 14, 2018 for her alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Vietnam family of Kim murder suspect urge her not to lose hope

Mar 14, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Doan Thi Huong could face death by hanging if found guilty of the assassination of Kim Kong-nam

DOAN THI HUONG. Vietnamese national, Doan Thi Huong boards a car after appearing at the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on March 14, 2019. Photo by Mohdf Rasfan/AFP

Vietnam asks Malaysia to free Kim assassin suspect

Mar 12, 2019 - 10:47 PM

Vietnamese citizen Doan Thi Huong is set to appear in court on Thursday, March 14, after her lawyers asked the attorney-general to withdraw her murder charge

SUSPECT. Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (C) is escorted by Malaysian police after a hearing at the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on March 11, 2019 during trial for her alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia court frees Indonesian in Kim Jong-nam murder case

Mar 11, 2019 - 11:17 AM

(UPDATED) The news is a surprise as the court has only been scheduled to hear Doan Thi testify. The Vietnamese woman is left in shock that she is not released alongside Siti Aisyah.

RELEASED. Indonesian national Siti Aisyah (center) smiles while leaving the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on March 11, 2019 after her trial for her alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Vietnam suspect to testify in Kim Jong-nam murder trial

Mar 05, 2019 - 6:18 PM

'[Doan Thi Huong] is in good health, confident and is ready to take the stand,' says one of the suspects' lawyers

SUSPECT. Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (C) is escorted by Malaysian police after a special court session to rule on witness statements at the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on December 14, 2018 for her alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

North Korea's Kim kicks off official Vietnam visit

Mar 01, 2019 - 8:54 PM

The long-isolated North is increasingly seeking to portray itself as a country like any other, and Vietnam is Kim Jong-un's fourth foreign destination in less than 12 months

OFFICIAL VISIT. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) and Vietnam's President Nguyen Phu Trong (R) attend a welcoming ceremony and review an honour guard at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on March 1, 2019. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/Pool/AFP

North Korea, U.S. vow to keep talking after Hanoi summit collapse

Mar 01, 2019 - 12:58 PM

(UPDATED) The outcome in Hanoi falls far short of the pre-meeting expectations and hopes, after critics said their initial historic meeting in Singapore was more style over substance

NUCLEAR NO-DEAL. Vietnamese women walk past North Korean flags on a street in Hanoi on March 1, 2019, a day after the second US-North Korea summit. Photo by Nhac Nguyen/AFP

Fags and food: 5 things we learned from the Hanoi summit

Mar 01, 2019 - 10:25 AM

Here are 5 things we learned from the two-day gathering in Vietnam's capital Hanoi

This combination of pictures made and taken on February 28, 2019 shows US President Donald Trump (L) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (R) smiling during a bilateral meeting at the second US-North Korea summit at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi.  Saul LOEB / AFP

No deal, no problem at Trump-Kim summit – analysts

Mar 01, 2019 - 7:11 AM

'Think of the Trump-Kim relationship like a Korean drama. We are just beginning to watch the long love story unfold.'

US President Donald Trump (R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un hold a meeting during the second US-North Korea summit at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 28, 2019.  Saul LOEB / AFP

Moon says Trump expressed regret at not striking North Korea deal

Feb 28, 2019 - 7:52 PM

'While President Trump expressed regret that he didn't reach an agreement at the Hanoi summit, he made clear his resolve to solve the issue with North Korea through dialogue,' says a statement from the presidential Blue House

ALLIES. US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-In (R) during a joint press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on November 7, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/Pool/AFP

Trump 'walks' as North Korea talks end abruptly without deal

Feb 28, 2019 - 2:50 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The two leaders fail to sign a joint statement as initially scheduled and the talks end in deadlock

NO AGREEMENT. US President Donald Trump (L) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (R) hold a bilateral meeting during the second US-North Korea summit at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 28, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump in 'no rush' as formal nuclear talks open with Kim

Feb 28, 2019 - 11:10 AM

(UPDATED) US President Trump appears to temper expectations of any major breakthroughs in their summit, telling reporters he was 'in no rush' and results would be achieved over the longer term

US President Donald Trump (R) walks with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un during a break in talks at the second US-North Korea summit at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 28, 2019.  Saul LOEB / AFP

Kimchi and candor: Kim and Trump break bread for nuclear talks

Feb 28, 2019 - 7:12 AM

The leaders meet for an intimate 'social dinner' after a handshake and some brief remarks at the historic Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, their second face-to-face following the historic summit in Singapore last June

US President Donald Trump (R) speaks with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un as they sit for a dinner at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 27, 2019. (Photo by Saul LOEB / AFP)

Trump, Kim optimistic over nuclear talks

Feb 27, 2019 - 8:11 PM

(UPDATED) Shaking hands and smiling in front of a bank of a dozen alternating US and North Korean flags, the two leaders briefly take questions from reporters before starting one-on-one talks, then the dinner

HANDSHAKE. US President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un following a meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 27, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump predicts 'AWESOME' future for North Korea if Kim gives up nukes

Feb 27, 2019 - 11:56 AM

With his familiar use of capital letters for emphasis, Trump tweets the opportunities for a denuclearized North Korea are 'like almost none other in history'

HANOI CHILD. A child, wearing a North Korean flag sticker on her chick, waits outside the Vietnam-North Korea Friendship Kindergarten school in Hanoi on February 27, 2019, ahead of the second US-North Korea summit. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Kim, Trump arrive in Hanoi ahead of nuclear summit

Feb 26, 2019 - 10:34 PM

The two leaders are expected to have an informal dinner on Wednesday, February 27, before more formal talks on Thursday, February 28

SECOND SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump disembarks from Air Force One at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on February 26, 2019, upon his arrival in Vietnam for a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Kim hits the road in Hanoi ahead of Trump nuclear summit

Feb 26, 2019 - 9:45 AM

(3rd UPDATE) After an initial meeting in Singapore in June 2018, analysts say the second date must deliver more concrete steps towards dismantling Pyongyang's arsenal

ARRIVAL. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) arrives at the Dong Dang railway station in Dong Dang, Lang Son province, on February 26, 2019, to attend the second US-North Korea summit. Photo by Nhac Nguyen/AFP

China scrubs social media as Kim train trundles south

Feb 25, 2019 - 6:21 PM

The secretive itinerary fuels speculation on Twitter-like Weibo, as people discuss delayed trains, traffic congestion, and road closures in Chinese cities through which Kim's iconic olive green train is expected to pass

WHERE'S KIM? Weibo users discuss where North Korean President Kim Jong-un might be relative to the issues he's causing for commuters. Image of Kim Jong-un by KNCA/AFP

Korean War could be declared over at Hanoi summit – Seoul

Feb 25, 2019 - 5:26 PM

'I believe that the possibility is there,' says Kim Eui-kyeom, spokesperson for South Korean President Moon Jae-in

INTER-KOREAN SUMMIT. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) shakes hands with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (R) at the Military Demarcation Line. Photo from AFP/Korea Summit Press Pool

Trump and Kim face unanswered questions in Vietnam

Feb 25, 2019 - 2:55 PM

The best-case scenario, according to one analyst, would be if Trump and Kim can agree to a roadmap for the denuclearization process

PREPPING FOR A SECOND ROUND. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump (R) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Kim Jong-un impersonator deported from Vietnam ahead of summit

Feb 25, 2019 - 12:51 PM

The impersonator is told by Vietnamese immigration officials his visa was 'invalid,' but says he received no further explanation

IMPERSONATORS. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un impersonator Howard X (L) and US President Donald Trump impersonator Russel White speak to the media at a hotel before being escorted by Vietnamese authorities to the airport, in Hanoi on February 25, 2019. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

U.N. allows North Koreans to travel to Vietnam

Feb 21, 2019 - 11:26 AM

Vietnam asks for an exemption for senior North Korean officials who are on a UN sanctions blacklist to be allowed to attend the February 27-28 summit in Hanoi

A Vietnamese woman walks past a billboard for the upcoming second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in Hanoi on February 20, 2019.  Nhac NGUYEN / AFP

Trump in 'no rush' to push North Korea to denuclearize

Feb 20, 2019 - 11:13 AM

On their second summit, Trump says, 'I think that North Korea and Chairman Kim have some very positive things in mind and we'll soon find out, but I'm in no rush'

SUMMIT #1. File photo of the first summit between US President Donald Trump (right) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Kim-dergarten: Vietnam's N. Korea nursery pines for Supreme Leader

Feb 20, 2019 - 7:48 AM

'Jal gaseyo!' the kids chant – goodbye in Korean – at the school where portraits of communist leaders past – Kim Il-sung, his son Kim Jong-il and Vietnam's revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh – hang on the wall

KIM-DERGARTEN. Vietnamese children perform in front of the portraits of the late North Korean leader, Kim Il Sung (left) and Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh at the Vietnam-North Korea Friendship Kindergarten in Hanoi on February 19, 2019. Photo bt Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

China says U.S. aims to 'stir up trouble' with naval sail-by

Feb 11, 2019 - 8:16 PM

The guided-missile destroyers USS Spruance and USS Preble sail near the Beijing-claimed Spratly Islands earlier Monday, February 11, as part of what Washington calls 'freedom of navigation operations'

SPRATLY. This file photo taken on April 21, 2017 shows an aerial shot of a reef in the disputed Spratly islands on April 21, 2017. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP