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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

2-day Trump-Kim summit calls for real progress – analysts

Feb 06, 2019 - 7:25 PM

Delivering his State of the Union on Tuesday, February 5, Donald Trump says the time and place are set: Vietnam on February 27 and 28

SECOND SUMMIT. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (L) 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

Australian democracy activist 'detained' in Vietnam

Jan 25, 2019 - 10:30 AM

(UPDATED) Australian citizen Chau Van Kham is said to have been detained by Vietnamese authorities

THE VIET TAN. Image from Facebook.

Kim Jong-un expresses 'great satisfaction' over Trump letter

Jan 24, 2019 - 3:39 PM

With the letter, the North Korean is more determined to attend the second Kim-Trump summit set next month

US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un have become on June 12 the first sitting US and North Korean leaders to meet, shake hands and negotiate to end a decades-old nuclear stand-off. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

Taiwan arrests 7 over Vietnam group disappearances

Jan 22, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Prosecutors are investigating those arrested – including 3 Taiwan-based Vietnamese suspected of being the ring masterminds – for violating immigration, human trafficking and other laws

ARRESTED. Taiwan immigration officers escort 3 detained men (with masks), believed to be some of the 152 Vietnamese who went missing after arriving on the island, into a vehicle outside the immigration offices in New Taipei City on December 28, 2018. File photo by Hsu Tsun-hsu/AFP

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

Jan 18, 2019 - 3:47 PM

Vietnam has cropped up in the swirl of rumors and conjecture over a possible site for the meeting, with the capital Hanoi or the coastal city of Danang seemingly the most likely bases for the summit

NEXT SUMMIT. In this file photo, 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

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Jan 09, 2019 - 8:22 PM

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Vietnam accuses Facebook of breaching new cyber law

Jan 09, 2019 - 4:07 PM

Vietnam also accuses Facebook of hosting advertisements for 'illegal products' including counterfeit money, fake goods, weapons and firecrackers

Vietnam's draconian cybersecurity bill comes into effect

Jan 01, 2019 - 3:24 PM

Human rights groups slam the new cybersecurity law, saying that it is a 'pervasive' and 'totalitarian model of information control'

Vietnamese relatives of bus blast victims arrive in Egypt

Dec 30, 2018 - 10:59 PM

A group of 5, which included family members, arrives in the capital two days after a blast hit a tour bus killing 3 Vietnamese holidaymakers and an Egyptian guide

EGYPT BUS BLAST. Vietnam's ambassador to Egypt (C) arrives outside the hospital where Vietnamese victims of an attack on a tourist bus where taken in Al-Haram district in the Egyptian capital Cairo's western twin city of Giza on December 28, 2018. Photo by AFP

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Dec 14, 2018 - 9:26 PM

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Miss USA apologizes over 'xenophobic' remarks vs Miss Cambodia, Miss Vietnam

Dec 14, 2018 - 1:00 PM

'My life, friendships, and career revolve around me being a compassionate and empathetic woman. I would never intend to hurt another,' says Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers

KISS AND MAKE UP. Miss USA apologizes following backlash over what some say were 'xenophobic' comments made about Miss Cambodia and Miss Vietnam. Photo from Miss Australia's Instagram

Eriksson: Azkals' semis stint feels like World Cup

Dec 02, 2018 - 12:51 PM

Down to 18 men, the Azkals brace for a tough Vietnam side that hasn't conceded any goal in the tournament

UPHILL TASK. The Philippine Azkals are heading into the 2018 Suzuki Cup semis against a streaking Vietnam squad. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

12 dead in Vietnam floods, landslides

Nov 18, 2018 - 7:58 PM

Panicked residents are reported to have run from their homes as landslides rumbled down nearby mountains in central Vietnam

IN PHOTOS: Philippines, Vietnam navies play games on disputed South China Sea island

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:38 PM

The Philippine and Vietnamese navies spend an afternoon of camaraderie at the Philippine-occupied Northeast Cay in the Spratlys

Camaraderie in South China Sea: Philippines, Vietnam navies play volleyball on disputed island. Photo courtesy of Philippine Navy

Vietnam's newest airline Bamboo gets aviation license

Nov 13, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Transport authorities say Bamboo Airways will aim to operate 100 routes, including to lesser-traveled destinations in Vietnam and elsewhere in Asia

Painful past unearthed as French PM visits Dien Bien Phu battle site

Nov 04, 2018 - 4:30 AM

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who is in Vietnam for a 3-day visit, is the second senior French leader to visit Dien Bien Phu

VISIT. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe tours a former French military command bunker in Dien Bien Phu on November 3, 2018. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Hanoi to host F1 race in 2020

Nov 01, 2018 - 7:19 PM

Vietnam will just be the third Southeast Asian country to host a Formula One race after Malaysia and Singapore

HIGH SPEED. Drivers compete during the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit last September. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Cambodia offers to resume search for U.S. Vietnam War missing

Oct 14, 2018 - 4:30 AM

Cambodian strongman Hun Sen says his intention is to restart the 'important' mission of retrieving the remains of American soldiers killed during the Vietnam War

REMAINS. A joint US/Kingdom of Cambodia team investigated the crash site at the Vietnam side of the border and found the remains of US military service members from the Vietnam War. File photo by Paul Richards/AFP

Vietnam's hardline president laid to rest

Sep 26, 2018 - 11:49 AM

(UPDATED) Long lines of officials, police, relatives, and monks in golden robes stream through the National Funeral House in central Hanoi where Quang's flag-draped coffin lay beneath a large portrait of the leader

MOURNING. Buddhist monks pray for late Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang at the Viet Nam Quoc Tu Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City on September 23, 2018. File photo by Kao Nguyen/AFP

State funeral, national mourning to be held for Vietnam president

Sep 23, 2018 - 7:44 PM

President Tran Dai Quang will lie in state in Hanoi before being buried in his hometown in Ninh Binh province on September 27

Philippines sends condolences over Vietnam president's death

Sep 23, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte 'recalls with fondness the warmth and the hospitality' extended to him by the late Vietnamese president Tran Dai Quang

File Presidential Photo

7 dead, 5 in coma after taking drugs at Vietnam music festival

Sep 17, 2018 - 5:46 PM

(UPDATED) 'Police investigators are trying to figure out what type of drug that was,' deputy director of Hanoi police Nguyen Van Vien tells reporters

Japan, Vietnam urge U.S. to rejoin Pacific trade deal

Sep 13, 2018 - 6:23 PM

Japan's foreign minister encourages the US to come back to the pact, speaking at a regional World Economic Forum (WEF) where concerns over trade protectionism have dominated discussions

TRADE DEAL. Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono (L) shakes hands with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh (R) after the 10th Vietnam - Japan Cooperation Committee meeting at the Government Guesthouse in Hanoi on September 13, 2018. Photo by Minh Hoang/AFP

Vo Thi Hoang Yen: Opening doors for Vietnam's PWDs

Sep 03, 2018 - 6:00 PM

2018 Ramon Magsaysay awardee Vo Thi Hoang Yen, a survivor of childhood polio, wants employers to see what persons with disabilities can do if given the opportunity

Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Vo Thi Hoang Yen. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

John McCain's Hanoi Hilton jailor recalls 'stubborn' POW

Aug 26, 2018 - 2:39 PM

'It was his stubbornness, his strong stance that I loved when arguing with him,' says retired colonel Tran Trong Duyet, former director of the infamous Hoa Lo prison

(FILES) This file photo taken on January 10, 2017 shows Senator John McCain (R-AZ) during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on the nomination for General John Kelly, USMC (Ret.) to be Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.  Veteran US Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war and the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, has been diagnosed with brain cancer, his office announced Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The 80-year-old lawmaker from Arizona underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye last week and tests "revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot," the Mayo Clinic, whose doctors performed the surgery in Phoenix, said in a statement released by McCain's office.  / AFP PHOTO / Tasos Katopodis