Arrival of the Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in Hanoi | AFP

The Japanese Prime Minister and his wife arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam. Yoshihide Suga pays an official visit there from 18 to 20 October at the invitation of Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. This is the first trip of the Japanese Prime Minister since he took office last September.

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Strength and passion in Vietnam as Dragon festival delights crowds | AFP

Strength, flexibility and a whole lot of colour were on display in the Vietnam capital Hanoi as dragons writhed and flared in the streets. More than 300 Vietnamese performers took part in the dragon dances – part of celebrations to mark the city’s 1010th anniversary. “It’s both thrilling and fun,” said spectator Nguyen Thi Dung, watching the 13 teams take part. “It’s a feeling that’s hard to describe.”

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Vietnam orders 21,000 Hanoi residents to take virus test | AFP

More than 21,000 people in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi have been ordered to take a coronavirus test, authorities say as they scrambled to contain the nation’s first outbreak after three virus-free months.

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Hanoi motorbike taxi drivers turn first aiders | AFP

On the tarmac of a dark Hanoi street, motorbike taxi driver Pham Quoc Viet mops the bloodied knee of a fellow rider, one of the hundreds of traffic victims he’s tended to in the chaotically congested Vietnamese capital. By day, Viet, 33, works for Southeast Asian ride-hailing firm Grab, scooting along the tree-lined boulevards and winding alleys of the city. But from 9.30 pm until 1.30 am, he is an unofficial emergency responder, a red flashing light secured to his handlebars as he patrols the streets on two wheels.

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Rush hour traffic back in Hanoi after COVID-19 social isolation | AFP

Traffic jams are back during rush hour in Vietnam’s capital city Hanoi, two weeks after the end of the social isolation period to prevent the spread of coronavirus. “I wish the traffic could be as quiet as the social isolation period, so it would be easier to move around,” says one resident.

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Vietnam’s artists pen propaganda art in coronavirus fight | AFP

Vietnamese artists are wielding their paintbrushes in the country’s fight against the coronavirus, designing propaganda posters that have popped up across Hanoi.

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Abren algunos negocios en Vietnam, donde no ha habido muertes por virus

Los comercios de Hanoi reabren luego de que el gobierno comienza a levantar el confinamiento

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Coronavirus: Hanoi eatery serves up ‘Coronaburger’ | AFP

A local pizza eatery in Hanoi serves up green-tinged coronavirus-inspired burgers to customers — injecting some much-needed joy as Vietnam girds itself against the pandemic.

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Hanoi street under quarantine after new coronavirus case | AFP

Vietnamese authorities put a section of Hanoi’s Truc Bach street under quarantine after a Vietnamese woman living in the area tested positive for coronavirus after taking a Vietnam Airlines flight from London. The total number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Vietnam surged to 31 over the weekend as worldwide number topped 100,000.

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Formula 1 The Vietnam Grand Prix (Hanoi) | AFP Animรฉ

Videographic showing the circuit for the Vietnam Grand Prix. Vietnam’s inaugural Formula One Grand Prix will take place in Hanoi in April as planned, organisers told AFP on Tuesday, avoiding the fate of the Chinese Grand Prix which was postponed over the deadly coronavirus outbreak.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Vietnam airport introduces thermal scanner as coronavirus concern rises | AFP

Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi introduces a thermal scanner to detect passengers with signs of coronavirus, as Vietnamese authorities step up their defences against the new SARS-like virus.

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First remains of UK truck victims arrive in Vietnam | AFP

The first remains of 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain last month arrived in Hanoi from London on a Vietnam Airlines flight early Wednesday.

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Hanoi thirst for growth sparks pollution woes | AFP

A major mercury leak, tap water contamination, and “alarming” levels of air pollution: a series of environmental crises in Hanoi have sparked fury among residents — and accusations the communist government is prioritising economic growth over pollution concerns.

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Tourists rail against Hanoi ‘train street’ ban | AFP

Selfie-snapping tourists rail against the closure of Hanoi’s ‘train street’ after police blocked off the Instragram-famous tracks for “security” reasons.

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On Hanoi’s Red River, fruitsellers forgo comfort for cash | AFP

Karaoke and communal dining help migrant workers pass the time on the cramped houseboats of Hanoi’s Red River, swapping their privacy to eke out a living selling fruit for a few dollars a day. Temporary residents of these open-air boats have left the countryside in search of higher wages in the city.

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Dead pets get earthly feast at Vietnam animal cemetery | AFP

Sausages, grapes, milk and mooncakes are laid at the gravestones of beloved cats and dogs at Hanoi’s pet cemetery — an earthly feast for the souls of dead animals believed to return from the afterlife for a meal to mark ghost month.

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Vladivostok ready to host Putin-Kim summit

Vladivostok will host Thursday a first summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The talks will be Kim’s first face-to-face meeting with another head of state since his Hanoi summit with US President Donald Trump broke down in February without a deal on the North’s nuclear arsenal. IMAGES of bridge Russky island and port in Vladivostok

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Russia for summit with Putin

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives in Vladivostok for a first summit with Vladimir Putin, as Pyongyang seeks support in its nuclear deadlock with the United States. The talks, organised in secret and announced at the last minute, will be Kim’s first face-to-face meeting with another head of state since negotiations with US President Donald Trump in Hanoi collapsed in February.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives in Russia

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un crosses the border into Russia for a first summit with Vladimir Putin, as Pyongyang seeks support in its nuclear deadlock with the United States. The talks, organised in secret and announced at the last minute, will be Kim’s first face-to-face meeting with another head of state since negotiations with US President Donald Trump in Hanoi collapsed in February. IMAGES of Kim Jong Un welcomed by Russian officials

Bolton: ‘Greatly disturbed’ by NZ terror attack

National security adviser, John Bolton, says the White House was “greatly disturbed,” by the New Zealand terror attack. Bolton also described new North Korean allegations that he created a hostile atmosphere in Hanoi as “inaccurate.” (March 15)

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