Pacific Partnership 2017 concludes in Nha Trang, Vietnam

  • N.Korea says missile tests warhead guidance, ready for deployment

The missile flew about 500 kilometers (310.69 miles), reaching an altitude of 560 km, and landed in waters off the North's east coast, South Korea's military said on Sunday. North Korea said on Monday it has successfully tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile to confirm the reliability of the late-stage guidance of the nuclear warhead, indicating further advances in the ability to hit U.S. targets. The North's KCNA news agency said leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test which also verified the functioning of the solid-fuel engine for the Pukguksong-2 missile and ordered it for deployment in field action. North Korea…... [read more]

  • Organisations, individuals honoured for role in renewal process

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI - The annual Việt Nam Glory programme honouring national spirit and patriotism presented awards to 12 individuals and 18 organisations at a ceremony in Hà Nội on Saturday. They include Professor Nguyễn Anh Trí, Director of the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, and Dr Nguyễn Văn Hiệu, former Director of Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences, Military Hospital 103 and the Airports Corporation of Việt Nam. Addressing the event, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc praised the organisations and individuals for their outstanding contributions to the country'sĐổi Mới(Renewal) cause over the past 30 years.…... [read more]

  • City considers use of helipads on high-rises

Viet Nam News HCM CITY - HCM City authorities are considering requiring high-rises of 20 floors or more to have helipads for search-and-rescue missions during natural disasters or fires. Trần Trọng Tuấn, director of the city's Department of Construction, said the helipads could also serve tourism purposes. Other buildings, such as hospitals and public structures, should also have helipads, they said. Colonel Lê Tấn Bửu, director of the Fire Fighting and Prevention Police, said the city would use military forces' helicopters for search-and-rescue missions. Prof. Dr. Nguyễn Thiện Tống, former head of aeronautical engineering at the HCM City-based Polytechnic University,…... [read more]

  • Venezuela toll rises to 48 dead after protester is killed

CARACAS: A young demonstrator has died from a gunshot wound to the chest, raising to 48 the number of people killed in seven weeks of protests against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, officials said on Sunday (May 21). The attorney general's office said gunmen were alleged to have opened fire on Saturday on an anti-government demonstration in the western city of Valera. "At that moment, (Edy Alejandro) Teran Aguilar received a bullet in the chest," it said in a statement. Also wounded in the shootings were an 18-year-old male and a 50-year-old woman, it said. Teran was 23. The incident came…... [read more]

  • US, Saudi agree arms deals worth almost US$110 billion: White House

RIYADH: Washington has agreed arms deals with Saudi Arabia worth almost US$110 billion, a White House official said on Saturday (May 20), the first day of President Donald Trump's visit to the traditional US ally. "This package of defence equipment and services support the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of Iranian threats," the official said. It will also bolster the kingdom's "ability to contribute to counter-terrorism operations across the region, reducing the burden on the US military to conduct those operations," the official added. Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "will attend…... [read more]

  • President Ho Chi Minhs memorial site receives first international visitors

At the event, Major General Nguyen Van Cuong, Head of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum's Management Board and Commander of the President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Guard Command, briefed visitors on the history of the memorial site of President Ho Chi Minh. He hoped that the visitors would learn more about the life and career of President Ho Chi Minh as well as his thought and morals after the visit, contributing to deepening friendship between Vietnam and other countries. Foreign military attachés posing for a joint photo at the memorial site During their tour, the foreign military attachés offered incense…... [read more]

  • US, Japan naval vessels visit Vietnam’s Cam Ranh Port for PP17

One vessel of the U.S. navy and two ships of the Japanese self-defense forces arrived at Cam Ranh Port in south-central Vietnam on Saturday afternoon for activities to accelerate cooperation in the region. One vessel of the U.S. navy and two ships of the Japanese self-defense forces arrived at Cam Ranh Port in south-central Vietnam on Saturday afternoon for activities to accelerate cooperation in the region. The visit is part of the Pacific Partnership 2017 (PP17), a U.S. Navy-initiated mission to enhance regional coordination in areas such as medical readiness and preparedness for man-made and natural disasters. The U.S. Navy's…... [read more]

  • The Late Gruel

Viet Nam News by Lê Minh Nhựt According to local practices, adead person's coffin is laid in the middle of the house for five nights before being buried.On the first and second evenings, many neighbours and relatives pay homage to him. During the thirdand fourthdays, fewer visitors come and on the last, there isalmost none, except for a few standingvigil. They staylate playing cards, not for money, but to dispel thedreary atmosphere, along with a few drinks.Then deep at night, the host cooksgruelto fight their enemies;hunger and sleep. The reason for my lengthy lead-inis Tư Ngàn, the deceased man inside…... [read more]

  • Get-together for former Lao military students in Vietnam

Vientiane (VNA) – As many as 300 former Lao students, who studied in military schools in Vietnam, met at a get-together in northern Luang Prabang province, Laos, on May 19. The event was part of activities to celebrate the Laos-Vietnam Friendship and Solidarity Year 2017. Speaking at the meeting, Major General Sonethong Phomavong, deputy head of the General Politics Department of the Lao People's Army, underlined the significance of the event, saying it offered a chance for former Lao students to reminisce unforgettable memories of Vietnamese teachers, officers and people, who helped them during the time they lived and studied…... [read more]

  • Vietnam mourns over Russian astronaut Viktor Gorbatko’s death

In his message to the Russian President, which was read by Major General Tran Minh Son, head of the Vietnam Military Attaché Agency in Russia, at the funeral service for Gorbatko in Moscow on May 19, President Tran Dai Quang said that the passing away of Gorbatko is a great loss of both Russia and Vietnam. The Party, State and people of Vietnam highly value contributions that Gorbatko made to the development of the Vietnam-former Soviet Union ties in the past and the Vietnam-Russia strategic partnership recently. Astronaut Viktor Gorbatko passed away on May 17 at the age of 83…... [read more]