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Vietnam ex-minister gets life sentence in bribery case

Dec 28, 2019 - 4:25 PM

Nguyen Bac Son is sentenced alongside his then-deputy Truong Minh Tuan for receiving $3.2 million in bribes

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Vietnam seizes two tons of ivory tusks, pangolin scales

Dec 24, 2019 - 3:48 PM

Authorities find the ivory tusks and pangolin scales inside wood boxes shipped from Nigeria

Michelle Obama, Julia Roberts urge Vietnam girls to stay in school

Dec 09, 2019 - 6:48 PM

'When you educate a girl you give them power and a voice and an opportunity to improve their lives and the lives of their family and the lives of their community,' says Michelle Obama

GIRLS' EDUCATION. Former US First Lady Michelle Obama (R), actress Julia Roberts (2nd L) and Jenna Bush Hager (L), daughter of former US president George W. Bush, meet Vietnamese students in Can Giuoc district, Long An province on December 9, 2019. Michelle Obama and Julia Roberts visit to promote girls' education in Vietnam. Photo by Nhac Nguyen/AFP

Vietnam finds Fajardo code hard to crack as 'Kraken' breaks loose

Dec 07, 2019 - 10:49 AM

June Mar Fajardo runs roughshod over Vietnam as Gilas Pilipinas follows up its 52-point rout of Singapore with a 41-point blowout in the 2019 SEA Games

DOMINANT FORCE. June Mar Fajardo overpowers Vietnam to help Gilas Pilipinas punch its semifinals ticket in the 2019 SEA Games. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Fajardo toys with Vietnam as Gilas Pilipinas reaches SEA Games semis

Dec 06, 2019 - 9:58 PM

Despite being double-teamed – and at times even triple-teamed – June Mar Fajardo imposes his will in the 41-point obliteration

BIG PROBLEM. Vietnam fails to find a solution for June Mar Fajardo. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Vietnam families to bury victims of UK truck tragedy

Nov 28, 2019 - 4:03 PM

The families of the 39 Vietnamese people found dead in a truck in Essex prepare for emotional burials

Family members of Hoang Van Tiep before a coffin bearing his remains during a funeral in Dien Chau district, Nghe An province on November 28, 2019. The families of some of the 39 Vietnamese people found dead in a truck in Britain prepared for emotional burials for their children November 28 after an agonising weeks-long wait to bring their bodies home. Nhac NGUYEN / AFP

UK police charge man over Vietnamese migrants disaster

Nov 24, 2019 - 7:44 PM

Christopher Kennedy from Northern Ireland is due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on Monday, November 25

PROBE. British Police forensics officers work on lorry, found to be containing 39 dead bodies, at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, on October 23, 2019. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Will Vietnam take China to court?

Nov 21, 2019 - 9:53 AM

Hanoi looks closely at Manila’s arbitration case

UK truck victim families take on loans to repatriate remains to Vietnam

Nov 19, 2019 - 3:01 PM

Vietnam's foreign ministry says they would help to bring either the ashes or the bodies of the victims back – but that families would have to cover the cost of repatriation

REPATRIATING REMAINS. Le Minh Tuan, father of 30-year old Le Van Ha, who is feared to be among the 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain, cries while holding Ha's son outside their house in Vietnam's Nghe An province on October 27, 2019. File photo by Nhac Nguyen/AFP

Vietnam jails music teacher for 'undermining' state

Nov 15, 2019 - 4:54 PM

Nguyen Nang Tinh is the latest activist jailed for his Facebook comments, including posts about a Taiwanese steel firm dumping toxic sludge into the ocean, killing masses of fish in central Vietnam

SBMA takes back order imposing fines on stranded Vietnamese fishermen

Nov 13, 2019 - 2:18 PM

SBMA management says its letter to the Philippine Coast Guard 'was simply a procedural reminder and a statement of policy'

Photo by Olongapo City Public Information

Residents assail SBMA for threatening to fine stranded Vietnamese fishermen

Nov 13, 2019 - 10:12 AM

An Olongapo resident who was helping the marooned Vietnamese described the SBMA as 'so heartless'

Photo by Olongapo City Public Information

Disinformation agents are targeting veterans in run-up to 2020 election

Nov 12, 2019 - 5:47 PM

Foreign actors eye future spies and government bureaucrats

US DISINFORMATION. Header image from animation by Anastasia Gviniashvili for Coda Story.

Australian citizen jailed in Vietnam for 'terrorism'

Nov 11, 2019 - 7:11 PM

Chau Van Kham is jailed alongside Nguyen Van Vien, who got 11 years, and Tran Van Quyen, who is sentenced to 10 years, for 'terrorism against the People's Administration'

CHAU VAN KHAM. This picture from the Vietnam News Agency taken and released on November 11, 2019 shows Australian citizen Chau Van Kham (L) escorted for trial in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo by Vietnam News Agency/AFP

UK police name 39 Vietnamese in truck deaths

Nov 08, 2019 - 10:58 PM

The British and Vietnamese governments are working together to repatriate the bodies, the police say

CONFIRMED. Hoang Lanh, father of 18-year old Hoang Van Tiep who is feared to be among the 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain, looks at his son's photograph on his phone at their house in Dien Thinh commune of Vietnam's Nghe An province on October 28, 2019. File photo by Nhac Nguyen/AFP

All 39 victims found dead in UK truck were Vietnamese – police

Nov 07, 2019 - 10:35 PM

Vietnam's Ministry of Public Security also confirms that all 39 were from the country, noting they hailed from 6 provinces

PRAYERS. A portrait of Bui Thi Nhung (C), who is feared to be among the 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain, is kept on a prayer altar inside her house in Vietnam's Nghe An province on October 26, 2019. File photo by Ran Thi Minh Ha/AFP

Vietnam arrests 8 over UK truck deaths

Nov 04, 2019 - 7:24 PM

Many of the suspected victims came from just two provinces in central Vietnam, including Nghe An province where 8 people have been arrested in connection with the deaths

MORE ARRESTS. Major General Nguyen Huu Cau, director of police for Nghe An province, speaks to the media, in relation to the 39 migrants found dead in a truck in Britain, during a parliamentary break in Hanoi on November 4, 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

Huawei pushes 5G in Southeast Asia, brushing off 'tech war' with U.S.

Nov 03, 2019 - 3:53 PM

Thailand and the Philippines have shrugged off cybersecurity warnings in a rush to exploit the ultra-fast 5G network promised by China's biggest smartphone maker, while Vietnam has edged away from Huawei

HUAWEI 5G. Illuminated Huawei and 5G signs are on display during the 10th Global mobile broadband forum hosted by Chinese tech giant Huawei in Zurich on October 15, 2019. File photo by Stefan Wermuth/AFP

Vietnam 'strongly condemns' human trafficking after UK truck tragedy

Nov 02, 2019 - 2:38 PM

Officials are now working to identify the victims after DNA samples were collected from families in Ha Tinh and Nghe An provinces in central Vietnam

FEARED DEAD. A portrait of 26-year-old Pham Thi Tra My, who is feared to be among the 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain, is kept on a prayer altar inside her house in Vietnam's Ha Tinh province on October 26, 2019. Photo by STR / AFP

Vietnam arrests 2 in UK truck death investigation

Nov 01, 2019 - 11:18 PM

Vietnam says two people were arrested for alleged involvement in the case, which has exposed the dangers of illegal people-smuggling from Vietnam to Europe

Climate-fueled flooding to imperil 300 million by 2050

Oct 30, 2019 - 7:39 PM

Destructive storm surges fueled by increasingly powerful cyclones and rising seas will hit Asia hardest, according to scientists

Flights and fake passports: The 'VIP packages' enticing Vietnamese to UK

Oct 29, 2019 - 2:32 PM

Details of well-oiled smuggling routes spanning Vietnam to Europe are under renewed scrutiny after 39 people were found dead in a truck in Britain

Le Minh Tuan, father of 30-year old Le Van Ha, who is feared to be among the 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain, cries while holding Ha's son outside their house in Vietnam's Nghe An province on October 27, 2019. NHAC NGUYEN / AFP

Truck driver remanded at UK court over 39 dead migrants

Oct 28, 2019 - 9:38 PM

Maurice Robinson, a 25-year-old from Northern Ireland, is charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, money laundering, and conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration

PROBE. British Police forensics officers work on lorry, found to be containing 39 dead bodies, at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, on October 23, 2019. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Vietnam collects DNA samples from relatives of UK missing

Oct 27, 2019 - 11:10 PM

Authorities say they would try to fast track DNA testing, but warned results would not be immediately available

Flowers are pictured by a road sign on Eastern Avenue at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, on October 23, 2019, after the discovery of a lorry containing 39 dead bodies. - Britain launched a major murder investigation after 39 bodies were found Wednesday in a truck from Bulgaria, as police tried to establish where the victims were originally from. All victims were pronounced dead at the scene in an industrial park in Grays, east of London, triggering revulsion among politicians and once again putting the spotlight on the shadowy people trafficking business. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

Ambitious and broke, Vietnam migrants risk lives for riches in Europe

Oct 27, 2019 - 4:26 PM

The dangers of illegal crossings into Europe are laid bare when 39 people were found dead in a refrigerated truck in Britain in October 2019

FEARED DEAD. A portrait of 26-year-old Pham Thi Tra My, who is feared to be among the 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain, is kept on a prayer altar inside her house in Vietnam's Ha Tinh province on October 26, 2019. Photo by AFP

Up to 20 Vietnamese feared among 39 UK truck dead

Oct 26, 2019 - 8:18 PM

Several Vietnamese families now fear their relatives are among the victims, who may have been carrying falsified Chinese passports

PRAYERS. A portrait of Bui Thi Nhung (C), who is feared to be among the 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain, is kept on a prayer altar inside her house in Vietnam's Nghe An province on October 26, 2019.

Animated film 'Abominable' pulled in Vietnam over China's 9-dash line in map

Oct 14, 2019 - 4:44 PM

The U-shaped line appears on a map of the South China Sea in a scene in the film, which is about a Chinese teenager helping a yeti return to his home on Mount Everest

REVOKED. Vietnam revokes the license of 'Abominable' over a controversial scene. Still courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Keeping the thread alive at a Vietnam silk village

Sep 28, 2019 - 5:02 PM

'Production from the silkworm cocoons depends 90% on the weather,' says workshop owner Pham Van Ba, whose family has been spinning thread for 3 generations

This photograph taken on September 17, 2019 shows a worker seperating yellow silkworm cocoons in Co Chat village in Vietnam's Nam Dinh province. Cocoons bob over boiling water as silk is rapidly teased out, spinning on reels under the watchful gaze of women hard at work in Vietnam's Co Chat village, where households have been making thread for more than a century. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

Trafficked to extinction: Vietnam, Taiwan, China

Sep 27, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Despite the scale of the pangolin trade, little is actually known about it, even among prosecutors and law enforcement officials in its key market: China

ANXIETY. A pangolin rescued in a sting operation in Guangzhou, China, earlier this year. A veterinarian who has been caring for her said the death of a fellow rescued pangolin had incurred anxiety in the remaining pangolins. © Sophia Zhang

Grab to invest $500 million in Vietnam

Aug 28, 2019 - 2:05 PM

Ride-hailing firm Grab is making a fresh investment in Vietnam for new services and expansion of existing offerings

LEGAL. Grab Philippines maintains that the P2/minute fare charge is legal. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Author Viet Thanh Nguyen talks Asian representation, life after a Pulitzer

Aug 26, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The author of 'The Sympathizer' talks about Asian representation in literature and why his next book will be about chickens

Australia urges 'sovereignty' as South China Sea tensions rise

Aug 23, 2019 - 2:48 PM

Scott Morrison's comments come after the US slammed China for its 'escalation' in the waterway, a key global shipping route where Beijing is accused of deploying warships, arming outposts and ramming fishing vessels

White House accuses China of 'bullying' in South China Sea

Aug 20, 2019 - 9:56 PM

'China’s recent escalation of efforts to intimidate others out of developing resources in the South China Sea is disturbing,' says US National Security Advisor John Bolton

ON SOUTH CHINA SEA. US National Security Advisor John Bolton accuses China of 'bullying tactics' in the increasingly tense waters of the South China Sea. File photo from AFP

Vietnam says China ships have left disputed sea after month-long standoff

Aug 09, 2019 - 9:06 AM

Hanoi confirms the Chinese vessels had left its exclusive economic zone, after weeks of repeated demands to vacate

RESOURCE-RICH. File photo shows the oil rigs in the South China Sea. Photo by corlaffra/Shuttterstock

Exploring Hanoi, Vietnam: Hidden gems, secret spots

Aug 06, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Planning to visit Hanoi soon? Here's a 4-day itinerary and travel guide to help you out!

Hanoi,Vietnam itinerary and guide. Photos by Jan Ricasio/Rappler

Aicelle Santos wins 2nd place in ASEAN+3 Song Contest in Vietnam

Jul 30, 2019 - 10:58 AM

Timmy Pavino and Steven Bedolido also participated in the competition

Nearly 400 Chinese detained in record Vietnam gambling bust

Jul 28, 2019 - 11:50 PM

Chinese and Taiwanese groups use Vietnam as a venue for online betting rings in recent years

Vietnam seizes 125 kilos of rhino horn hidden in plaster

Jul 28, 2019 - 3:02 PM

The 125-kilogram (275 pound) haul of rhino horn discovered at Hanoi's Noi Bai airport on July 25 is found after the carefully-disguised shipment arouses suspicion

RHINO HORN. This picture from the Vietnam News Agency taken on July 25, 2019 and released on July 27, 2019 shows customs officials at Noi Bai International Airport removing smuggled rhino horn pieces from packaging in Hanoi. Photo by Vietnam News Agency/AFP

Vietnam demands 'immediate withdrawal' of China ship in disputed sea

Jul 26, 2019 - 7:25 AM

'Vietnam has had several appropriate diplomatic exchanges... requesting immediate withdrawal from Vietnam's exclusive economic zone,' says its foreign ministry

New Facebook competitor in Vietnam swamped after launch

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:19 PM

Gapo has been billed as a local version of Facebook, which is wildly popular in communist Vietnam with more than 53 million registered users in the country of 95 million

GAPO. Photo from official Gapo website


Malaysia, Vietnam show PH can stand up to China

Jul 23, 2019 - 5:41 PM

'When claimants stand up for themselves and refuse to be intimidated, Beijing most often backs down rather than uses force,' says Gregory Poling of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. A Philippine Coast Guard ship (R) sails past a Chinese Coast Guard ship during a joint search and rescue exercise between Philippine and US coast guards near Scarborough Shoal. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

U.S. importers find ways to adapt to, skirt Trump's tariffs

Jul 21, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Companies in sectors such as technology, clothing, and footwear are exporting more goods from emerging giants including Vietnam and Malaysia

US TRADE. A container ship sits in the San Francisco Bay on May 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Vietnam accuses China vessels of trespassing in disputed waters

Jul 20, 2019 - 4:41 PM

Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs criticizes China's survey vessel the Haiyang Dizhi 8, and its escort ships, for entering what is 'completely in the sea area of Vietnam'

Vietnam and EU sign free trade agreement

Jun 30, 2019 - 7:38 PM

European Union trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom hails the deal as 'an important milestone' between the trading partners

DEAL. The European Union and Vietnam on June 30 signed a long-awaited free trade deal that will slash duties on almost all goods as fears grow over mounting global protectionism. Photo by Nhac Nguyen/AFP

Robredo to Vietnamese ambassador: Thank you for saving our fishermen

Jun 26, 2019 - 9:25 PM

'Thank you...not just in behalf of the fishermen, but in behalf of the people of the Philippines,' says Vice President Leni Robredo to Vietnamese Ambassador Ly Quoc Tuan

'THANK YOU.' Vice President Leni Robredo welcomes Vietnamese Ambassador Ly Quoc Tuan at her office at the Quezon City Reception House on June 26, 2019. All photos by Charlie Villegas/OVP

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