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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

Noynoy on Duterte’s health, GMA backs Duterte, Google | Evening wRap

Aug 21, 2018 - 8:16 PM

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Vietnam court jails 46 bankers, execs for loan scheme

Aug 06, 2018 - 5:59 PM

The latest bankers and executives jailed are accused of causing losses of more than $257 million in an elaborate lending scheme involving Vietnam's Construction Bank (VNCB)

PHAM CONG DANH. Pham Cong Danh (C, standing), former chairman of the joint stock Vietnam Construction Bank, stands trial along with former Ocean Bank chairman Ha Van Tham (2nd R, seated on first row) at the People's Court in Hanoi on August 28, 2017. File photo by Vietnam News Agency/AFP

Two pilots killed in Vietnam military plane crash

Jul 26, 2018 - 6:25 PM

The pilots aare on a training drill when their aircraft crashes around midday in Nghe An province, a local police officer tells AFP.

PH's Howard Dee, 5 others named 2018 Ramon Magsaysay awardees

Jul 26, 2018 - 12:37 PM

Other awardees of Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize are Youk Chang of Cambodia, Maria de Lourdes Martins Cruz of East Timor, Bharat Vatwani and Sonam Wangchuk of India, and Vo Thi Hoang Yen of Vietnam

RAMON MAGSAYSAY AWARDEE. Former Ambassador Howard Dee is honored for his contributions to peace and social justice. Photo from ue.edu.ph

'Battery of Asia': Laos's controversial hydro ambitions

Jul 26, 2018 - 9:01 AM

The dam collapse this week in southern Laos that left at least 26 dead and scores missing has shed light on the perils of the country's big bet on hydropower

'BATTERY OF ASIA.' The entrance of Houay Ho Hydropower Plant is seen in Sanamxai, Attapeu province on July 25, 2018. Photo by  Ye Aung Thu/AFP

19 dead in Vietnam as floods rage on

Jul 22, 2018 - 2:13 PM

Floods and landslide from heavy rains have ranged far and wide and impacted rural and urban areas, including the capital Hanoi

LOOK: Anne Curtis turns up the glam on Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam cover

Jul 21, 2018 - 7:12 PM

The 'BuyBust' actress is on the cover of the magazine’s 7th anniversary issue

COVER STAR. Anne Curtis graces the cover of Harper's Bazaar Vietnam's 7th Anniversary issue. Screenshot from Instagram.com/annecurtissmith

U.S., Japan, Australia most trusted by Filipinos – Pulse Asia

Jul 14, 2018 - 7:32 AM

China ranks 4th in a list of countries most trusted by Filipinos, based on a Pulse Asia survey commissioned by the Stratbase Albert del Rosario Institute

Photos in graphic courtesy of Shutterstock

Vietnam activists flock to 'safe' social media after cyber crackdown

Jul 05, 2018 - 4:37 PM

A new draconian law, which comes into effect January 1, requires internet companies to scrub critical content and hand over user data if Vietnam's Communist government demands it

PH rules blitz chess, but Vietnam reclaims overall ASEAN crown

Jun 27, 2018 - 10:30 PM

The Philippines collects 55 gold medals against Vietnam's 70 in the regional age group competition

WHIZ KID. Philippine bet Daniel Quizon rules the under-14 rapid and blitz events. File photo

Vietnam rules ASEAN chess despite late PH heroics

Jun 24, 2018 - 11:45 PM

The Filipinos fall short even after hacking out surprise wins in 3 age-group competitions

Vietnam asserts strength in ASEAN chess

Jun 23, 2018 - 2:12 PM

The Filipinos yield the top spot as the Vietnamese lean on female bets in the age-group tournament

PACESETTER. Philippine bet Paulo Bersamina (left) leads the Under-20 age group. Rappler file photo

Plastic wasteland: Asia's ocean pollution crisis

Jun 05, 2018 - 4:02 PM

World Environment Day 2018 is highlighting the perils of plastic with the tagline 'if you can't reuse it, refuse it'

Senate on BBL, Malacanang on Marawi rehab, Carpio and Del Rosario on Chinese bombers | Evening wRap

May 22, 2018 - 6:57 PM

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Unlike Philippines, Vietnam condemns Chinese bombers

May 22, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Vietnam 'demands that China stop these activities' and 'cease militarization' of the South China Sea, even as Manila won't publicly condemn Beijing

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

Sereno on SC, Duterte on Forbes list, Vietnam on China | Evening wRap

May 09, 2018 - 7:26 PM

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Vietnam calls on China to withdraw missiles from Spratlys

May 09, 2018 - 10:52 AM

'Vietnam requests that China, as a major regional and global power, show responsibility in the maintenance of peace and stability in the East Sea, stop militarization and withdraw military equipments illegally deployed on structures under Vietnam's sovereignty,' reads a statement of Vietnam's Foreign Ministry

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May 08, 2018 - 11:47 AM

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Photos compare developed China, Vietnam reefs to bare Philippine islands

May 08, 2018 - 10:14 AM

Close-up aerial photos of the Philppine island occupied by about a hundred Filipinos – Pag-asa (Thitu) Island – show a settlement studded with trees but sparse in facilities

PAG-ASA ISLAND. About a hundred Filipinos live in one of the biggest islands in the Spratlys. File photo from the Philippine military

NFA awards 250,000 MT rice supply to Thailand, Vietnam

May 04, 2018 - 5:31 PM

The two countries are expected to bring in the first batch of rice on May 31, ahead of the so-called lean months

 RICE STOCK. Workers pile sacks of rice at a National Food Authority warehouse

Beijing 'installs missiles' on South China Sea islands

May 04, 2018 - 12:00 AM

The US network CNBC reports, citing sources close to US intelligence, the Chinese army installed anti-ship and air-to-air defenses on outposts also claimed by Vietnam and the Philippines over the last 30 days

DISPUTED. This 2016 file photo shows

Vietnam PM tells Duterte they can supply PH with rice

Apr 27, 2018 - 8:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Singapore

VIETNAM PM. President Rodrigo Duterte is welcomed by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc during a courtesy call in September 2016. Malacañang file photo

Vietnam donates 200 metric tons of rice to Marawi IDPs

Apr 11, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Vietnamese Ambassador Ly Quoc Tuan hands over the rice donation to Social Welfare Undersecretary Luzviminda Ilagan in Dalipuga, Iligan City

DONATION. DSWD Undersecretary Luzviminda Ilagan shakes hands with Vietnamese Ambassador Ly Quoc Tuan after signing the deed of donation. Photo courtesy of DSWD

Vietnam activists accuse Facebook of censoring content

Apr 10, 2018 - 8:13 PM

Vietnam ranks among Facebook's top 10 users by numbers and the site is hugely popular among dissidents in the one-party state where independent media is banned and blog sites are routinely removed

UNDER FIRE. File photo taken on March 23, 2018 shows Facebook logos on a computer screen in Beijing. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri /AFP

Metro Pacific expands footprint in Vietnam water market

Apr 02, 2018 - 7:25 PM

The listed infrastructure conglomerate led by Manuel Pangilinan acquires a stake in Tuan Loc Water Resources

Beijing, Hanoi promise to keep peace in South China Sea

Apr 01, 2018 - 11:20 PM

In a meeting in Hanoi, foreign ministers from China and Vietnam vow to address disputes peacefully

Vietnam's Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) shakes hands with China's Foreign Minister and State Councilor Wang Yi (L) at the Government guesthouse in Hanoi on April 1, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MINH HOANG

U.S. gives boats to Vietnam amid South China Sea tensions

Mar 29, 2018 - 8:01 PM

It comes only three weeks after the historic visit of US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, the first since the end of the Vietnam war in 1975

US-VIETNAM RELATIONS. Hanoi and Washington have improved defense links in recent years as they seek to counter Beijing's growing might in the disputed and resource-rich waterway.

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Mar 22, 2018 - 8:01 PM

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Cavite boy upsets Asian women's chess champion

Mar 14, 2018 - 5:46 PM

Two of Quizon's 3 victims in this top-caliber tournament in Vietnam are rated grandmasters

BRIGHT STAR. Daniel Quizon has three wins in the Hanoi tournament, all of them women. From Daniel Quizon's Facebook account.

Without U.S., 11 Asia Pacific states sign trade deal

Mar 09, 2018 - 12:57 PM

The pact includes Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, representing together 13.5% of the global economy

TPP. In this file photo, trade ministers and delegates from the remaining members of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) attend the TPP Ministerial Meeting ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 9, 2017. File photo by Na Son Nguyen/AFP

U.S. carrier on historic Vietnam visit amid sea rift with China

Mar 05, 2018 - 8:15 PM

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson will make a 4-day port call to the central city of Danang for a highly symbolic trip

HISTORIC. The USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), the US Navy's nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, pulls into port in Danang on March 5, 2018.  Photo by Chan Nhu / AFP

PH 'aggressively' pursuing joint exploration with China

Feb 16, 2018 - 5:49 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines is looking to a precedent deal from 2005, actually still being challenged before the Supreme Court

SEA DISPUTE. The Philippines and China discuss their sea dispute in the second meeting of their bilateral consultation mechanism on the South China Sea, held in Manila on February 13, 2018. Photo courtesy of DFA

Red card for Vietjet after lingerie model football stunt

Jan 29, 2018 - 3:24 PM

Vietjet comes under fire for sending models in barely-there costumes to join the country's under-23 football squad on a flight home heading home from China

CONTROVERSIAL AIRLINE. This file photo taken on February 18, 2016 shows a VietJet Air plane preparing to take off at Hanoi's Noi Bai International airport. Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

Philippine economy returns crown to China

Jan 23, 2018 - 5:45 PM

The Philippine economy lags behind China and Vietnam in 2017, but remains the fastest-growing economy in the ASEAN-5

Vietnam's 10,000-strong 'cyber army' slammed by rights groups

Dec 29, 2017 - 3:59 PM

A top Vietnamese general this week reportedly said that the brigade dubbed 'Force 47' has been tasked with fighting 'wrongful views' spreading on the internet

Vietnam's nudists bare all, defying social norms

Dec 19, 2017 - 8:35 PM

The communist country's nudists say say shedding their clothes makes them feel uninhibited, a rare chance to stray from the pack in the one-party state where social compliance and strict norms are taught from a young age

BRAVE. This picture taken on December 11, 2017 shows a nudist jumping into the Red River for a swim in Hanoi. Photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/ AFP

'Birdshot' actress Mary Joy Apostol wins Best Actress in ASEAN film awards

Nov 30, 2017 - 11:27 AM

Singapore's 'A Yellow Bird' wins best film

'Sorry' Duterte sends off Vietnamese fishermen shot at by PH Navy

Nov 29, 2017 - 10:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is confident that the shooting incident that killed two Vietnamese fishermen won't destroy the friendship between Vietnam and the Philippines

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte extends his well wishes to one of the Vietnamese fishermen who were sent off during a ceremony at the Sual Wharf and Causeway in Sual, Pangasinan on November 29, 2017. The five Vietnamese fishermen, who were held under the custody of the Philippine government after they were caught poaching in the waters of Bolinao, Pampanga, were given provisions of jackets, hygiene kits, and food items. Also in the photo are Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Director Eduardo Gongona and Vietnamese Ambassador to the Philippines Ly Quoc Tuan. ROLANDO MAILO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

URC eyes sugar tax, Vietnam rebound as keys to lift sagging growth

Nov 27, 2017 - 9:45 PM

'We're in the right categories, primarily snacks and healthier products... that will resonate with the market especially as sugar taxes are imposed,' says URC president Lance Gokongwei

Vietnam jails activist for 7 years over toxic leak protests

Nov 27, 2017 - 8:22 PM

Nguyen Van Hoa, an environmental activist, is accused of instigating protests against authorities via his Facebook account, mainly following the 2016 toxic leak at a steel factory operated by Taiwan's Formosa

[Vietnam travel guide] Sa Pa: Where human hands play god

Nov 26, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Sa Pa's rice fields are interspersed with fancy hotels and restaurants, giving tourists the best of both worlds

How climate change affects ASEAN affairs

Nov 25, 2017 - 5:08 PM

'ASEAN has a big role to play as a conduit for regional and global cooperation to address climate change'

CHANGING INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS. Climate patterns may affect international relations through humanitarian crises, migration threats, and an increasing need for greater imports of vital goods

[Vietnam travel guide] Ha Giang's limestone hills and Cao Bang's rivers

Nov 25, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Explore Vietnam's natural wonders at Ha Giang and Cao Bang

[Vietnam travel guide] Ninh Binh: the landscape of my dreams

Nov 20, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Just a few hours away from Hanoi, Ninh Binh is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city

[Vietnam travel guide] Hanoi: The chaos and charms of the capital

Nov 17, 2017 - 10:00 PM

Planning to explore Hanoi? Here's what you need to check out