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Vietnam, US target 20 more years of successful ties

U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius

Top diplomats from the United States and Vietnam are gathering at a conference in Hanoi to place the stepping stones for their bilateral relationship over the next 20 years and more. The event is centered on discussing the lessons learned in the past 20 years of diplomatic, economic, and security and political relations between Vietnam and the U.S., and opportunities and challenges for the next 20...


How do Vietnamese spend their money?

vietnam consumers

According to the latest figures published by Nielsen market research firm, 85 out of 100 Vietnamese people are changing their consumption habits. Last year, Vietnamese people spent a large part of their income to maintain basic personal life instead of spending on other items such as luxury goods or electronic products Last year, Vietnamese people spent a large part of their income to maintain basic...


Miss Colombia crowned 2014 Miss Universe

Miss Universe 2014

Miss Colombia, Paulina Vega, was crowned 2014 Mis Universe in America on January 25, 2015. Paulina Vega, winner of the 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant in Miami, Florida, was born on January 15, 1993 in Barranquilla, Colombia, according Miss Universe’s website. She is the daughter of cardiologist Rodolfo Vega Llamas and Laura Dieppa, and granddaughter of the legendary tenor Gatsón Vega. She...


Veteran photographer holds Vietnam’s first-ever exhibit on wild birds

Wild Birds During the Mating Season

A veteran photographer who has dedicated 10 years to capturing various species of birds in Vietnam with his lens is organizing the country’s first-ever exhibit on wild birds. The “Chim Rung Mua Ket Ban” (Wild Birds During the Mating Season) photo exhibition opened on Saturday and will close on Wednesday at the Ho Chi Minh City Youth Culture House, at 4 Pham Ngoc Thach Street, District 1. The...


Sprinting Queen says goodbye to national team

Vu Thi Huong

Viet Nam’s sprinting queen Vu Thi Huong has decided to withdraw from the national teamcontesting the upcoming Southeast Asian Games because of her health. Viet Nam’s sprinting queen Vu Thi Huong “I have devoted myself to Vietnamese athletics for 15 years. I have been injured during training and competition. I squeezed my strength to win two golds in the recent National...


Five Hanoi hotels on TripAdvisor’s list of those offering world’s best service

Top 25 hotels for service 2015

Five hotels in Hanoi have been listed among those with the best service in the world by travel website TripAdvisor. The Oriental Central Hotel, Hanoi Charming 2 Hotel, Hanoi Serene Hotel, Hanoi Meracus Hotel 2 and Essence Hanoi Hotel & Spa ranked 6th, 10th, 11th, 21th and 24th respectively in the top 25 hotels for the best service category of TripAdvisor’s 2015 Travelers’ Choice Awards. The...


Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa, as reported in early 20th century newspapers

The Advertiser newspaper dated June 29, 1909 reported that China sent warships to the Paracel Islands.

From the early 20th century, when China began eyeing the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa Archipelagos (Paracel and Spratly Islands), the Vietnamese government as well as local and international media were interested in Hoang Sa – Truong Sa. The Advertiser newspaper dated June 29, 1909 reported that China sent warships to the Paracel Islands. When the Qing Dynasty began paid attention to Hoang Sa in...


Malaysia Airlines website targeted by hacker group “Cyber Caliphate”

Cyber Caliphate

A group calling itself “Official Cyber Caliphate” said it hacked on Monday the official website of national carrier Malaysia Airlines (MAS), but the airline said its data servers remained intact and passenger bookings were not affected. The website,, showed a photograph of a lizard in a top hat, monocle and tuxedo, surrounded by the messages ‘404 –...