Vietnam’s 'Rat King' saves rice farmers from vermin

2014-12-19 12:56

Tran Quang Thieu, otherwise known as the ‘Rat King’, is helping Vietnamese farmers fight off rice exporters greatest enemy – rats.

Workers trapped in Vietnam tunnel

2014-12-17 08:20

Rescuers drilled a hole through a collapsed tunnel in central Vietnam and have been communicating with 12 trapped workers who say they were safe, according to an official.

Brutal conditions at bear bile farms in Vietnam

2014-12-11 12:27

Bears kept on farms in one of Vietnam's most famous tourism destinations, Ha Long Bay, are being kept in 'shocking' conditions in order to extract their bile, an animal rights group says.

Vietnam seizes 1 000 dead endangered sea turtles

2014-11-25 17:23

Vietnam's environmental police have seized a record haul of over 1 000 endangered sea turtles which were being prepared for illegal export to China, an official says.

Nearly a ton of ivory seized at Vietnam port

2014-10-28 08:49

Vietnam customs seized nearly a ton of elephant tusks concealed inside a container from Africa, authorities say.

US partially lifts 40-year ban on Vietnam arms sales

2014-10-03 08:41

The US is to partially lift a 40-year arms embargo against its former foe Vietnam, in a landmark decision set to infuriate China.

WWF takes Rhino war to Vietnam consumers

2014-09-22 18:29

The WWF has launched a campaign on Rhino Day to change the behaviour of Vietnamese men with the message that they don’t need rhino horn to bolster their self-esteem.

2 men charged over $68m drug haul in Sydney

2014-09-15 08:59

Two people have been charged with smuggling heroin and methamphetamine worth $68m hidden in a consignment of frozen fish fillets shipped from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney, officials say.

Rhino horn - Vietnam status symbol

2014-09-12 22:53

Possession of a rhino horn is seen as a status symbol in Vietnam, environmental activist Quyen Vu says.

Vietnam to punish inmate for drug photos on Facebook

2014-09-08 14:44

Vietnamese authorities have vowed to "seriously punish" a prisoner caught posting photographs of drugs alongside status updates on Facebook from a smartphone smuggled into jail.

Vietnam tests two Nigerians for Ebola

2014-08-20 11:35

Vietnam is testing two Nigerians for the deadly Ebola virus after they arrived on a flight to Ho Chi Minh City showing symptoms of fever, the health ministry says.

China defends lighthouse on disputed islands

2014-08-09 14:30

China's foreign ministry has defended the government's decision to build lighthouses on disputed islands in the South China Sea.

China braces for 2nd typhoon, Taiwan drenched

2014-07-23 11:46

China is bracing for the arrival of a second typhoon as communities along the country's southern coast cleared away debris in the wake of the earlier storm that killed 46 people.

Typhoon kills 11 in Vietnam, China deaths up to 26

2014-07-21 13:41

A typhoon that barrelled into northern Vietnam has killed at least 11 people and left several missing, state media says, while in China the death toll rose to 26.

Drug-smuggling Australian sentenced to death

2014-06-28 11:10

An Australian of Vietnamese origin has been sentenced to death after trying to smuggle 4kg of heroin out off the country, a report says.

China sending four oil rigs to South China Sea

2014-06-20 10:30

China is sending four oil rigs into the South China Sea in a sign that Beijing its stepping up its exploration for oil and gas in the tense region.

Vietnam urges China to withdraw oil drilling rig

2014-06-11 11:27

Vietnam's UN ambassador has urged China to withdraw its oil rig and more than 100 ships from the South China Sea to create "an environment" for negotiations on the disputed waters.

Woman denouncing China sets self on fire, dies

2014-05-23 20:18

A Vietnamese woman carrying banners denouncing China's claim to most of the South China Sea died after setting herself on fire in front of a landmark in the country's largest city.

4 000 China nationals await Vietnam evacuation

2014-05-19 08:30

Thousands of Chinese nationals are awaiting evacuation from riot-hit Vietnam, state-run media says, as Hanoi moved to stifle fresh protests over a territorial dispute between the two countries.

21 dead as anti-China riots spread in Vietnam

2014-05-16 07:02

Up to 21 people have been killed in Vietnam, and a huge foreign steel project has been set ablaze as anti-China riots spread in response to China deploying an oil rig in seas claimed by both countries.

Mobs set fire to foreign factories

2014-05-14 16:32

Thousands of Vietnamese have set fire to foreign factories and rampaged in industrial zones in an angry reaction to Chinese oil drilling.

Sea row dominates Southeast Asian summit

2014-05-11 18:56

Surging maritime tensions have dominated a meeting of Southeast Asian leaders, with Vietnam calling on its neighbours for support in its worsening territorial dispute with China.

SA, Vietnam work together to end poaching

2014-03-25 11:25

South Africa and Vietnam have released a joint statement underlining their commitment to help stop the onslaught of rhino poaching especially in SA and Africa.

Plane carrying 239 goes missing

2014-03-08 07:29

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 carrying 239 people has lost contact over the South China Sea on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Obama approves Vietnam nuclear deal

2014-02-25 10:01

President Barack Obama has approved a civilian nuclear pact with Vietnam which could lead to the sale of US reactors to Washington's energy-hungry former war foe.


Vietnam races to rescue trapped workers

2014-12-17 09:13

Vietnamese rescuers are struggling to free 12 workers trapped in a tunnel that collapsed during construction of a hydropower plant and say it could take days to get past entrenched mud.

Chinese police seek 100 Vietnamese runaway brides

2014-12-11 13:00

Chinese police are seeking more than 100 Vietnamese brides who vanished after marrying bachelors from a poor rural area, with reports saying an 'organised ring' could be behind the disappearance.

Sex video featuring monk sparks outrage in Vietnam

2014-12-10 14:09

A video allegedly showing a monk having sex has sparked outrage on social media in Vietnam.

Police seize 1 000 stuffed turtles in Vietnam

2014-11-21 17:02

Police in southern Vietnam have seized more than 1 000 stuffed sea turtles which were found in two warehouses belonging to an illegal taxidermy business, a report says.

China builds military airstrip on disputed island

2014-10-08 13:40

Beijing has completed a runway for military aircraft on a South China Sea island also claimed by Vietnam, state-run media reported, as it asserts its territorial claims in the area.

Vietnam judge faces jail for wrongful conviction

2014-10-02 10:19

A retired judge in Vietnam could face up to 12 years in jail after a man sentenced to life in prison for murder was later found to be innocent, authorities say.

Vietnam, US restart adoptions after 6-year ban

2014-09-16 15:31

American parents will again be allowed to adopt Vietnamese children, authorities say, ending a six-year ban imposed after allegations of baby-selling and fraud but with new restrictions.

6 dead after Vietnam karaoke bar gassing

2014-09-09 06:11

Six people have died and six more were left in a critical condition from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning at a karaoke bar in northern Vietnam, police say.

Vietnam releases 2 Nigerians isolated for Ebola tests

2014-08-21 13:02

Vietnam has released two Nigerians isolated after arriving from West Africa with fevers, saying they show no symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus.

In Vietnam, a dog is no longer just for dinner

2014-08-20 08:34

As disposable incomes rise, Vietnam's pet industry is growing alongside the nation's traditional appetite for dog meat.

Vietnam's taste for cat leaves pets in peril

2014-07-28 07:25

The enduring popularity of 'little tiger' as a snack to accompany a beer in Vietnam means that cat owners live in constant fear of animal snatchers, despite an official ban.

Extreme weather in Vietnam kills 27

2014-07-22 13:17

Extreme weather caused by Typhoon Rammasun has killed 27 people in Vietnam, with the storm unleashing flash floods, landslides and lightning strikes.

Chopper crash kills more than 10 in Hanoi

2014-07-07 07:40

A military helicopter has crashed into a residential area on the fringes of Vietnam's capital Hanoi, killing more than 10 people, a witness and government officials say.

Airline suspends entire crew for landing at wrong airport

2014-06-23 14:59

Vietnam's budget airline VietJet Air, notorious for staging a racy in-flight bikini dance, seems to be in hot water again.

China, Vietnam affirm 'desire' to solve problems

2014-06-18 11:53

A top Chinese envoy says that his country and Vietnam have a common desire to solve tensions in disputed waters.

Vietnam jails two over anti-China riots

2014-05-26 14:13

A Vietnamese court has sentenced two men to jail for taking part in deadly rioting sparked by anger over China's placement of an oil rig in contested waters, state media said on Monday.

Chinese ships evacuate 3 500 from Vietnam

2014-05-19 20:13

Chinese ships have evacuated hundreds of workers from Vietnam after deadly riots broke out in that country.

China evacuates 3 000 over Vietnam unrest

2014-05-18 09:09

China has evacuated more than 3 000 of its nationals from Vietnam following deadly anti-Chinese violence, reports state media.

1 Chinese worker killed, 100 injured in Vietnam riot

2014-05-15 11:45

One Chinese worker has been killed in a riot at a Taiwanese steel plant in Vietnam, police say, as violence sparked by Beijing's deployment of an oil rig in contested waters spread.

Anti-China protesters set factories on fire

2014-05-14 09:13

Anti-China protesters went on the rampage at an industrial park in southern Vietnam, attacking offices and setting several Chinese factories on fire, authorities say.

100+ kids dead in Vietnam measles outbreak

2014-04-18 10:03

At least 112 children have died of measles in Vietnam , a report says, adding that a number of vaccination scandals over the past year have discouraged parents from having their kids vaccinated.

Pressure on Moz over anti-rhino poaching approach

2014-03-23 22:11

Mozambique could face a ban on the trade in wildlife products after failing to meet a year-long deadline to submit a report to Cites, urgently outlining measures to curb the escalating rhino poaching crisis.

Vietnam jails blogger over criticism

2014-03-04 19:34

A court in Vietnam has sentenced a former journalist to two years in prison for speaking out against the country's communist rulers.

Togo arrests 3 in massive ivory sting

2014-01-28 19:12

Togo has arrested 3 after discovering a massive ivory shipment destined for Vietnam.

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