Vietnam, Laos work to boost security cooperation

  • Trump declares 'patience is over' with North Korea

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump declared that the US had run out of patience with North Korea over its nuclear drive on Friday (Jun 30) as he welcomed South Korea's new leader Moon Jae-In to talks at the White House. Moon and Trump were due to have dinner late Thursday and hold formal talks on Friday. They are likely to discuss a controversial US missile defence system that has been set up in South Korea to guard against missile threats from the North AFP/NICHOLAS KAMM While Moon has been arguing for greater engagement with Pyongyang as the best…... [read more]

  • German tourist found dead near Indonesian volcano

SIBOLANGIT, Indonesia: A German tourist missing for over a week after setting off to hike an Indonesian volcano has been found dead, a search and rescue official said Friday (Jun 30). Mount Sinabung volcano spews thick volcanic ash, as seen from Brastagi in North Sumatra province in May 2017. A German tourist missing for over a week has been found dead in the vicinity of another Indonesian volcano in North Sumatra AFP/TIBTA PANGIN Klaus Wolter, 48, who lived in Singapore, went missing last Wednesday after telling the…... [read more]

  • Travel the world through its markets

From a historic fabric bazaar in Vietnam to a fancy Whole Foods outlet in the U.S., the world is one big, colorful marketplace. Related News: Stop and stare: the story behind Hanoi's vendors from above Sidewalk economics: What the future holds for Vietnam's ubiquitous street vendors... [read more]

  • Vietnam opens criminal case into ship collision that killed 9

An official report suggests human negligence led to the fatal crash off the southern coast in March. Police in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau have officially launched a criminal investigation into a collision in late March that sank a cargo ship and killed nine sailors. The probe means the fatal collision between the Hai Thanh 26 and a tanker owned by state-run Petrolimex is not being treated simply as an accident. Nine Hai Thanh crew members were killed after the ship, carrying clinker to the Mekong Delta, sank about 44 nautical miles from the beach town of Vung…... [read more]

  • Iranians demanding change deliver emphatic victory for Rouhani

The architect of Iran's still-fragile detente with the West, he led with 58.6 percent of the vote. Iranians yearning for more freedom at home and less isolation abroad have emphatically re-elected President Hassan Rouhani, throwing down a challenge to the conservative clergy that still holds ultimate sway. State television congratulated Rouhani on his victory. The architect of Iran's still-fragile detente with the West, he led with 58.6 percent of the vote, compared with 39.8 percent for his main challenger, hardline judge Ebrahim Raisi, according to near-complete results broadcast on Saturday. Although the powers of the elected president are limited by…... [read more]

  • Plan approved for steel ladder to help explorers conquer 'Great Wall of Vietnam'

Despite concerns, experts say the towering wall inside Son Doong Cave needs a ladder to make future expeditions easier. Authorities in the central province of Quang Binh have approved a plan to place a ladder next to a 100-meter (330 feet) wall near the end of Son Doong Cave, the world's largest, to help explorers conquer it. British cave experts who were among the first to explore the cave have suggested that a stainless steel ladder can be very useful for explorers who wish to climb the wall, which has been praised a masterpiece of nature and nicknamed the Great…... [read more]

  • Japanese Minister: Japan welcomes Vietnamese PM’s future visit

He made the remarks at a reception hosted by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Ha Noi on May 20. For his part, the PM assured his guest that the Vietnamese Government will create favorable conditions for the Japanese investors to launch operation in Viet Nam, this enhancing cooperative relations between the two Governments and people. He appraised the development in the two nations’ relations in all fields, expressing his hope that Japan will make active contributions to the success of the 23rd meeting of the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade. He highly valued the high-level meetings of the countries’…... [read more]

  • Great potential for adventure travel untapped

VietNamNet Bridge - Adventure travel accounts for example only 10 percent of all types of tourism in Vietnam. Of many different types of tourism, adventure travel is now witnessing the highest growth rate. Meanwhile, Vietnam has great potential to satisfy travelers' demand for exploring unusual, exotic, remote and wilderness destinations. Three quarters of Vietnam territory is made up of mountainous and hilly regions. Vietnam has limestone mountains, karst areas, beautiful caves, tropical primary forests, nature reserves, large national parks and over 3,000 km of coastline. Many areas in Vietnam have favorable conditions for jogging, mountain climbing, car racing, sea diving,…... [read more]

  • Vietnam student wins prize at US science fair after controversial visa rejections

Pham Huy, the inventor of a prosthetic arm for disabled people, was denied twice and almost missed his trip to Los Angeles. After two visa rejections that almost killed his dream trip, a Vietnamese high school student finally made it to the U.S.-based Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and claimed a third award for his robotic arm. Pham Huy, an 11th grader from Quang Tri Province in central Vietnam, was named among four third-award winners $1,000 in the robotics and intelligent machines category. Huy has created a prosthetic arm controlled by legs’ transmitter for disabled people. He spent four…... [read more]

  • In Vietnam, Asia-Pacific officials put Trump's trade turmoil center stage

Regional leaders gather in the biggest trade meeting since Trump took office, with Japan leading efforts to revive Trans-Pacific deal. Ministers from Asia-Pacific countries discussed the changing global trade landscape on Saturday after U.S. President Donald Trump upended the old order with an "America First" policy that has sparked fears of protectionism. It is the biggest trade meeting since Trump took office and brings together ministers from the United States, China, Japan and other Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries that account for more than 40 percent of world trade. At the opening in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan…... [read more]