WATCH: Obama beatboxes for Vietnam's 'queen of hip-hop'

2016-05-25 13:10

At a town hall meeting in Vietnam, Barack Obama provided a beat for a Vietnamese rapper in order to encourage her to express a few lines for the audience.

PICS: Obama drop-in for pork soup stuns Vietnam street shop owner

2016-05-24 10:36

She has ladled out countless bowls of her pork noodle soup, but the owner of a Hanoi streetside restaurant says she was stunned when Barack Obama strolled in, pulled up a plastic stool and slurped down Vietnam's famed "bun cha" delicacy.

Obama lifts arms ban in his first visit to Vietnam

2016-05-23 13:48

Barack Obama has lifted a decades-old arms export embargo for Vietnam during his first visit to the communist country, looking to bolster a government seen as a crucial, though flawed partner even as he pushes for better human rights from the one-party state.

Four missing at sea found alive near Malaysia

2016-05-12 21:00

Four people, including three foreigners, who went missing 11 days ago in Malaysian waters are safe after they were apparently picked up by Vietnamese fishing vessels.

Nine Vietnamese classmates drown in river after school

2016-04-15 13:25

Nine Vietnamese schoolboys from the same class have drowned after jumping into a river in central Vietnam's Quang Ngai province on Friday, a police official told AFP.

3 British tourists found dead near Vietnam waterfall

2016-02-26 14:33

Vietnamese police have found the bodies of three British tourists near a waterfall in the country's central highlands, an area popular with adventure travellers.

Vietnam's beloved sacred turtle dies

2016-01-20 16:01

A sacred giant turtle venerated as a symbol of Vietnam's independence struggle has died, prompting an outpouring of grief and fears the death bodes ill.

Hundreds ill in mass Vietnam food poisoning

2015-12-29 12:35

Hundreds of workers at a Hong Kong-owned garment factory in Vietnam have been hospitalised with food-poisoning, state media reports.

Eight moon bears rescued from illegal farms

2015-10-23 15:50

An animal welfare charity says eight moon bears have been rescued from illegal farms in Vietnam and moved to an enclosed sanctuary.

Ride-sharing apps vie to replace private car ownership

2015-09-22 09:08

A young, tech-savvy population short on cars but big on smartphones is driving double-digit growth for ride-hailing apps Uber and GrabTaxi in Vietnam.


China says better US-Vietnam ties must not threaten Beijing

2016-05-24 19:32

An official Chinese newspaper says improved relations between the US and Vietnam must not lead to greater pressure on China or threats to its interests.

Obama banishes Vietnam war era

2016-05-23 19:28

US President Barack Obama has scrapped a Cold War-era ban on weapons sales to Vietnam, as ties between the former foes grow closer.

Obama looks to boost economic, security ties in Asia

2016-05-22 21:37

President Barack Obama's mission in Vietnam and Japan is to build stronger economic and security ties with Asian-Pacific allies anxious about the rise of an increasingly muscular China.

Vietnam thwarts election bid by dissidents, pop star

2016-04-26 18:56

Communist Vietnam has blocked a motley crew of independent candidates from running for its rubber-stamp parliament - a move activists have said highlights its empty gestures towards democracy.

Vietnam finds twins with different fathers

2016-03-08 13:41

Vietnam has identified an extremely rare case of bi-paternal twins, twins with different fathers a professor at a DNA testing lab in Hanoi told AFP.

Vietnam suspends 4 guards after inmate becomes pregnant

2016-02-16 09:20

Four prison guards in Vietnam have been suspended for alleged negligence after a female inmate, on death row for drug trafficking, became pregnant, which means her death sentence will be commuted to life in prison once her child is born.

Vietnam angry with China over South China Sea

2016-01-08 16:03

Vietnam has issued another rebuke in a week to Beijing, accusing its northern neighbour of "threatening peace" over the contested reef in the South China Sea.

Poisoning kills dogs at Vietnamese pet cafe

2015-11-20 09:39

One of Vietnam's first pet cafes has fallen victim to an apparent poisoning attack that killed all but one of its canine companions, the owner and police say.

Vietnam accuses China of sinking fishing boat

2015-10-15 14:15

Vietnam has accused China of sinking one of its fishing boats near disputed islands in the South China Sea, in the latest incident that could further raise tensions between the Communist neighbours.

Jailed Vietnam blogger freed, heads to the States

2015-09-21 11:17

A prominent Vietnamese blogger who was jailed after she wrote about corruption in the Communist country's police and judiciary has been released and left the country, the US embassy says.

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