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Vietnam, Russia aim to nearly triple trade to $10 billion by 2020


HANOI Vietnam and Russia on Monday agreed to nearly triple bilateral trade to $10 billion (7.7 billion pounds) by 2020 from $3.55 billion last year, while expanding energy ties.


As North Korea ponders economic reform, its top diplomat to visit Vietnam 07 Nov 2018

HANOI/SEOUL North Korea's foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, will visit Vietnam this month to learn about its model of economic reform, a diplomatic source and media reported on Wednesday.

Prominent Vietnamese academic under fire for criticism of one-party rule 01 Nov 2018

HANOI In a rare ideological denunciation of one of its members, Vietnam's ruling Communist Party has publicly criticised a prominent and outspoken academic for publishing translations of books it said were critical of socialism and one-party rule.


Vietnam cyber law will guard against fake news, terrorism - security ministry 31 Oct 2018

HANOI A Vietnamese cybersecurity law that global technology companies and rights groups have warned could undermine development and stifle innovation, will protect the country from increasing cyber threats, the security ministry has said.


Cuba president to visit Russia, China, North Korea in November 25 Oct 2018

HAVANA Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel will visit Russia and Communist-run allies China, North Korea, Vietnam and Laos in early November on his first tour abroad, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said on Wednesday.


Slovakia threatens to freeze relations with Vietnam over kidnapping case 20 Oct 2018

BRATISLAVA Slovakia has threatened to freeze relations with Vietnam over the case of a Vietnamese businessman who Germany says was kidnapped by Vietnamese agents and smuggled back home through Slovakia, the Slovak foreign ministry said on Saturday.

Vietnam dissident 'Mother Mushroom' describes prison hunger strikes 20 Oct 2018

A Vietnamese dissident known as "Mother Mushroom" went on hunger strike three times during her imprisonment before Hanoi released her, she said on Friday after arriving in the United States.

Freed Vietnamese dissident 'Mother Mushroom' arrives in U.S. - sources 18 Oct 2018

The Vietnamese dissident known as "Mother Mushroom" has arrived in the United States after she was released from prison, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.


EU pushes for approval of trade agreement with Vietnam 17 Oct 2018

BRUSSELS The European Commission submitted for approval on Wednesday a free trade agreement with Vietnam, its first comprehensive open markets deals with a developing Asian country.


U.S. prepares for biggest-ever Agent Orange cleanup in Vietnam 17 Oct 2018

BIEN HOA AIR BASE, Vietnam U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday visited a former American air base in southern Vietnam that will soon become the biggest-ever U.S. cleanup site for contamination left by the defoliant Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.


Exclusive - After Khashoggi murder, some Saudi royals turn against king’s favourite son

LONDON Amid international uproar over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, some members of Saudi Arabia's ruling family are agitating to prevent Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from becoming king, three sources close to the royal court said.