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HNP � The Viet Nam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies organized a conference on culture’s soft power in the context of globalization and international integration on December 12th.

The event was attended by former Deputy Prime Minister Vu Khoan, Head of the Ha Noi Party Committee’s Commission for Education and Popularization Nguyen Van Phong, Head of UNESCO Ha Noi Office Michael Croft, and Vietnamese and foreign scholars.…

Vietnamese Political Prisoner Allowed to See Family in Visit

Vietnamese political prisoner Tran Thi Nga has been allowed to see her family in a move reversing an earlier decision by authorities to refuse prison visits to punish her for refusing to follow prison rules, her husband told RFA on Monday.…

Philippines Contestant Catriona Gray Named Miss Universe

BANGKOK The Philippines’ Catriona Gray was named Miss Universe 2018 in a competition concluding Monday in Bangkok, besting contestants from 93 other countries and delighting her home country.

The 24-year-old Gray wore a sparkling red dress she said is inspired by a volcano in the Philippines as she was handed the crown to the delight of a roaring crowd that generally favored Southeast Asian contestants.…

Balade en France opens in Ha Noi

French Gastronomy Festival Balade en France was officially opened on December 14 at Ly Thai To Flower Park in Ha Noi. Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung, Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien and French Ambassador to Viet Nam Bertrand Lortholary attended the opening ceremony.…

Chinese Get Chances to Invest in Vietnam Despite Political Rifts

HO CHI MINH CITY Vietnam is gradually offering the eager Chinese new places to invest, from real estate to factory production, despite its history of resisting China over political issues.

Chinese investors are buying property in the financial center, Ho Chi Minh City, and may get a chance from next year to lease land for up to 99 years in three special economic zones.…

Nation cheers football squad’s 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup victory

Elation exploded across Vietnam as the national football teamwon the ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup 2018, ending a 10-year wait.

Vietnam defeated Malaysia 1-0 in the second leg of the final in Hanoi on Saturday night, securing a 3-2 aggregate win after a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Malaysia.…

Nations agree on rulebook for Paris climate deal

Negotiators from nearly 200 countries on Saturday finalized a common rulebook of the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.

The book, agreed at the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, is designed to deliver the Paris goals of limiting global temperature rises to well below two degrees Celsius.…