Barck Obama criticises tone of 2016 US presidential debate

President Barack Obama delivered a withering critique of the vitriolic 2016 US presidential debate on Monday, branding it unworthy of American voters.

UK's Cameron in southeast Asia visit to talk trade, Islamist extremism

British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Sunday he wanted to use a four-day trade mission to southeast Asia to spur lucrative business deals and to forge new political alliances to counter Islamist extremism.

Thai PM says Vietnam a friend, not competitor

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Thursday brushed aside concern that Vietnam is eclipsing Thailand as a regional manufacturing base, saying Vietnam is a friend not a competitor.

China concerned over US planes over SCS

 Chinese military has expressed its opposition to frequent surveillance by US military ships and aircraft over the disputed South China Sea, saying it is harming bilateral mutual trust and the country's security interests.

Thailand, Vietnam uncooperative in Khmer Rouge probe, judge says

A top judge at a UN-backed war crimes tribunal in Cambodia on Monday criticised Thailand and Vietnam for refusing to provide evidence in the trials of Khmer Rouge leaders accused of atrocities during the 1970s "killing fields" era.

US Admiral says his South China Sea surveillance flight ''routine''

A top US Navy admiral said he joined a routine surveillance flight over the disputed South China Sea on Saturday and that the US was committed to freedom of navigation in the region.

Philippines to host 2019 SEA Games after Brunei, Vietnam decline
Philippines to host 2019 SEA Games after Brunei, Vietnam decline

The Philippines has agreed to host the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games after the two other countries next in line, Brunei and Vietnam, declined, a sports official said Sunday.

Man in Vietnam faces fine for letting dog steer his motorbike

A man in Vietnam faces a fine of up to USD 320 for letting his dog steer his motorbike in an 'extremely dangerous' stunt.

Vietnam land protester `critical` after being crushed by bulldozer

A woman was in critical condition after being run over by a bulldozer on Friday during a protest over land compensation in northern Vietnam that turned violent, state media said.

Obama, Vietnam party boss hold `candid` rights talks
Obama, Vietnam party boss hold `candid` rights talks

President Barack Obama and the leader of Vietnam`s Communist Party on Tuesday held what both called "candid" discussions on human rights during a historic White House meeting as the onetime enemies seek to bolster ties.

Barack Obama to host head of Vietnam communist party
Barack Obama to host head of Vietnam communist party

 The head of Vietnam`s Communist Party will make a first-ever visit to the White House next week, meeting President Barack Obama on the 40th anniversary of the end of the war between the two nations.

China angered by new US military strategy report
China angered by new US military strategy report

China`s Foreign Ministry expressed anger on Friday after the Pentagon`s updated National Military Strategy slammed Chinese claims in the South China Sea as aggressive and inconsistent with international law.

Vietnam slams Cambodian activists` border protest

Vietnam on Wednesday condemned what it called an attack by Cambodian activists on Vietnamese police and citizens living near the two countries` border, which left more than a dozen people injured.

Vietnam frees high-profile dissident lawyer

 One of Vietnam's most prominent dissidents vowed to continue his anti-China activism after being released from prison on Saturday after serving two and a half years on tax evasion charges.

China says changing position on South China Sea dispute would shame ancestors
China says changing position on South China Sea dispute would shame ancestors

Changing position on China`s claims over the South China Sea would shame its ancestors, while not facing up to infringements of Chinese sovereignty there would shame its children, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Saturday.

China moves controversial oil rig back towards Vietnam coast
China moves controversial oil rig back towards Vietnam coast

China has moved an oil rig at the centre of last year`s violent dispute with Vietnam closer to Vietnam`s coast in the disputed South China Sea, just weeks ahead of the first visit by a chief of Vietnam`s Communist Party to Washington.

Thai police ban human rights event on Vietnam minority

 Thai police Friday banned a press conference in Bangkok about the persecution of a Vietnamese religious minority, claiming it would "affect relations" with the country`s communist authoritarian neighbour.

US rights report slams Cuba and Iran, despite greater links

The United States released its annual human rights report on Thursday, with strong words for countries such as Iran, Cuba, Myanmar and Vietnam, even as it seeks to improve relations with them.

Seven killed in Vietnam typhoon

At least seven people were killed and four remained missing on Thursday in a typhoon in Vietnam.

World bends, stretches, twists to mark first International Yoga Day
World bends, stretches, twists to mark first International Yoga Day

Tens of thousands yoga enthusiasts around the world on Sunday took to mats and stretched, bent and twisted their bodies in complex postures in a symbol of universality of the ancient Indian spiritual practice as they marked the maiden International Day of Yoga.