7 killed in shooting on China-Vietnam border

By Fri, Apr 18, 2014 6:57PM UTC

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The Vietnamese government says seven people have been killed in a shootout between Chinese migrants and Vietnamese border guards at a crossing in the north of the country. The government in the province of Quang Ninh says Vietnamese authorities early Friday detained a group of 16

Vietnam pulls out of hosting Asian Games

By Fri, Apr 18, 2014 12:20PM UTC

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam has withdrawn as the host of the 2019 Asian Games, saying it lacked funds and the country’s reputation could be at risk if things don’t go smoothly. In a statement late Thursday, the government said hosting the event could “promote the country’s image and position.

Vietnam’s gay population hopeful about future

By Tue, Apr 15, 2014 10:44AM UTC Demonstrators Trang Tuyet Nga, left, and Bach Ngoc Lien attend Vietnam's first ever gay pride march in Hanoi in 2012. Pic: AP.

For many years Vietnam’s gay community has had to put up with harassment and discrimination from much of the country’s society, including even from their own families. However, attitudes appear to be shifting towards a more open and inclusive style of thinking. It is even possible that lawmakers will vote to change the country’s Marriage and Family Law to allow same-sex marriage, or at least make it no longer illegal.

UN warns banana fungus spreading from SE Asia

By Tue, Apr 15, 2014 9:34AM UTC Pic: AP.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture organization is warning banana growers that a fungal disease is spreading through crops from Asia to Africa and the Middle East.

Vietnam police probe football match-fixing

By Mon, Apr 14, 2014 5:39PM UTC

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese police are investigating an alleged match-fixing incident involving 11 players from a top-flight local team. The owner of Vissai Ninh Binh says the players had admitted to police they conspired to fix the result of an Asian Football Confederation Cup match against Malaysian club Kelantan

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