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mardi 6 novembre 2018

French PM visits site of Vietnam 1954 Dien Bien Phu battle

France's prime minister has visited the site of the 1954 battle of Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam, which led to the end of French presence in Indochina.

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dimanche 7 octobre 2018

Prehistoric vestiges unearthed in Vietnam

Archeologists believe they have uncovered evidence that caves in northern Vietnam were home to prehistoric people 4,000 years ago.

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U.S. general considered nuclear response in Vietnam War, cables show

In one of the darkest moments of the Vietnam War, the top American military commander in Saigon activated a plan in 1968 to move nuclear weapons to South Vietnam until he was overruled by President Lyndon B. Johnson, according to recently declassified documents cited in a new history of wartime presidential decisions.

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mardi 2 octobre 2018

Vietnam's former Communist Party Chief Do Muoi dies at 101

Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Do Muoi, who worked against the French colonial government and became a committed communist, has died at age 101.

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jeudi 20 septembre 2018

More prehistoric remains found in volcanic caves

In a September 18 announcement, the National Museum of Nature released new details on a shocking discovery of prehistoric corpses in the central highlands.

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mercredi 22 août 2018

Reunification Palace

Meant to be a lavish presidential home, the palace became a symbol of the fall of South Vietnam.

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mardi 14 août 2018

Bui Tin, colonel who accepted South Vietnam’s surrender, dies at 90

Bui Tin, a North Vietnamese colonel who had a prominent role in the Vietnam War’s final moments but later fled the country and became an unlikely critic of its ruling Communist Party, died on Saturday in France. He was 90.

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lundi 13 août 2018

Bui Tin, Vietnam communist war hero turned dissident, dies aged 90

Bui Tin, a former army journalist, had lived in exile in France since 1990 when he defected during a trip

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vendredi 25 mai 2018

Why Hanoi's historic buildings are under threat from modernity

A walk near Hanoi's Hoan Kiem Lake reveals the city's distinctly Francophile architectural legacy.

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dimanche 18 mars 2018

Vietnam's reformist ex-PM Phan Van Khai dies at age 84

Former Vietnamese premier Phan Van Khai, who helped strengthen ties with the US and drive market reforms that ignited the communist country's economy, died on Saturday aged 84, the government said.

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vendredi 16 mars 2018

Vietnam looks to a peaceful future, fifty years after the My Lai massacre

More than a thousand people in Vietnam marked Friday’s 50th anniversary of the My Lai massacre, the most notorious episode in modern U.S. military history, with talk of peace and cooperation instead of hatred.

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vendredi 9 mars 2018

Con Dao: Vietnam’s prison paradise

The 16 islands that make up the Con Dao archipelago are renowned for their natural beauty, but they also have a dark past.

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lundi 19 février 2018

Why Vietnam isn’t talking about 1968

Ngoc Dai, a 23-year-old soldier in the People’s Army of Vietnam, was fighting the Americans near the besieged Khe Sanh combat base when his unit received elating orders.

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mercredi 31 janvier 2018

Promoting a revolutionary spirit for the new era

A grand ceremony is scheduled to be held in Ho Chi Minh City today, January 31, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Mau Than General Offensive and Uprising in spring 1968; as part of the commemorations, the whole Party, people, and army are actively organising memorial activities and promoting emulation movements to celebrate the new Spring and the country’s Doi Moi (Renewal) process, as well as successfully implement the resolutions adopted at Party congresses at all levels and the 12th National Party Congress.

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AP was there : The Vietnam war's Tet offensive

EDITOR'S NOTE — Early on the morning of Jan. 31, 1968, as Vietnamese celebrated the Lunar New Year, or Tet as it is known locally, Communist forces launched a wave of coordinated surprise attacks across South Vietnam.

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The american who predicted Tet

The Tet offensive, which began 50 years ago today and is remembered as the turning point of the Vietnam War, caught Americans by surprise.

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jeudi 25 janvier 2018

Behind enemy lines: Vietnam's female spies who helped change the war

By day Nguyen Thi Hoa sold conical hats on the streets of Hue in southern Vietnam, at night she funnelled secrets to Communist army handlers who were poised to launch an audacious assault on the city that would reshape the Vietnam War.

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vendredi 5 janvier 2018

The Beatles of Vietnam

As so many rock ’n’ roll stories do, the CBC Band’s began with the purchase of a guitar behind the back of a disapproving father.

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lundi 11 septembre 2017

How the Latin alphabet ended up in Vietnam

Alexandre de Rhodes gets all the credit, but his Portuguese predecessors did the donkey work.

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samedi 9 septembre 2017

Ken Burns on making his Vietnam War documentary: 'I was humiliated by what I didn't know'

The word and the war still stick in Americans’ craw — Vietnam.

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dimanche 27 août 2017

North Vietnam had an antiwar movement, too

When we think back to the signal events of the antiwar movement in 1967, we recall the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s powerful April 4 speech denouncing the war, the thousands of returned registration cards during the “Stop the Draft” week, and the March on the Pentagon that brought record numbers of demonstrators to the nation’s capital.

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lundi 21 août 2017

Archaeologists discover ancient trade routes in Vietnam

"Various complex trading networks emerged between these communities, some of which resulted in the movements of materials and manufacturing ideas over quite long distances," researcher Catherine Frieman said.

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dimanche 30 juillet 2017

Playboy, bon vivant and the last emperor of Vietnam, Bao Dai chafed at his role as France’s puppet

While Bao Dai, who died 20 years ago this week, enjoyed the high life in Hong Kong and elsewhere, he did try to play his part during Vietnam’s most violent and troubled years amid the two Indochina wars

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mercredi 15 mars 2017

In search of Vietnam's nearly forgotten cinema history

Single-screen cinemas were once commonplace on main streets in towns and cities around the world.

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dimanche 12 mars 2017

No Anzac Day ceremony at Vietnam's Long Tan memorial this year, DFAT says

Australia will not hold an Anzac Day ceremony at the Long Tan memorial site in Vietnam, after last year's 50th anniversary plans were cancelled at the last minute by the host government.

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dimanche 5 mars 2017

Vietnam's architectural gems are disappearing

Once an architectural gem emblematic of Vietnam’s era as a French colony, the Tax Trade Center with its iconic Art Deco facade is now mostly rubble.

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dimanche 26 février 2017

Japanese emperor to visit Vietnam

A visit by the Japanese Emperor to Vietnam aims to bolster ties by revisiting Japan's complicated World War II history in Vietnam.

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dimanche 18 décembre 2016

Lawrence Colburn dies at 67; helped end Vietnam's My Lai massacre

Lawrence Manley Colburn, a helicopter gunner in the Vietnam War who helped end the slaughter of hundreds of unarmed Vietnamese villagers by U.S. troops at My Lai, has died. He was 67.

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mardi 11 octobre 2016

The Penguin History of Modern Vietnam by Christopher Goscha

This is the finest single-volume history of Vietnam in English. It challenges myths, and raises questions about the socialist republic’s political future

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dimanche 25 septembre 2016

How Dien Bien Phu led to America’s war in Vietnam

In 1953, a hard fought battle between French and Vietnamese forces finished off France as a colonial power and eerily presaged the fate of the US in Vietnam a decade later.

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