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10 best resorts in Vietnam: Touropia
Travel site Touropia has named 10 best luxury resorts in Vietnam, based on comments and votes by travellers, picked from a selection of boutique hotel stays, luxury hotel hideaways and romantic retreats.
The Nam Hai Resort in Hoi An
Park Hyatt Saigon
Ana Mandara Villas Resort & Spa Da Lat
Evason Ana Mandara Nha Trang
La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa
Sunrise Nha Trang Beach Hotel & Spa
Pilgrimage Village, Hue
Princess d'Annam Resort & Spa, Binh Thuan
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel and Spa
Italy's Gentiloni races to form new cabinet
Rome (AFP) - New Italian premier-designate Paolo Gentiloni raced to put together a cabinet team Monday as the financial markets welcomed the resolution of the country's political and banking crises.Gentiloni, 62, was asked by President Sergio Mattarella on Sunday to form a new centre-left government that will guide Italy to elections due by February 2018, following the resignation of outgoing Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.Opposition parties slammed the softly-spoken former foreign minister as… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Cambodia's first post-Khmer Rouge prime minister dies at 80
PHNOM PEHN, Cambodia (AP) — Former Cambodian Prime Minister Pen Sovann, who was installed then imprisoned by the Vietnamese after they defeated the brutal Khmer Rouge regime, has died. He was 80.Pen Sovann was the country's first post-Khmer Rouge prime minister, holding the office from June to December 1981, when it was known as the People's Republic of Kampuchea. He died Saturday night from an illness in his hometown in southern Takeo province.In late 1981, Pen Sovann was removed from power by… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Carter's Asia trip spotlights issues for next Pentagon head
TOKYO (AP) — Ash Carter's final swing across Asia as Pentagon chief shines a spotlight on tough issues to be inherited by his successor, from concern in Tokyo and Seoul about being forced to pay more for U.S. military protection to worry across the region about North Korea's nuclear ambitions.Carter also will hand off to the next defense secretary unfinished diplomatic business, including deployment of a U.S. missile defense system in South Korea that North Korea and China consider provocative,… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Vietnamese marathon coach still up and running at 78
A 78-year-old Vietnamese marathon coach remains in top shape thanks to his life-long dedication to a healthy lifestyle and his love of running. Bui Luong, a running instructor and national record holder, has become a well-known sports figure in Vietnam. Local athletes have dubbed him the “strong old man” or the “one who runs until he passes away” purely to show their respect and admiration for Luong’s talent and accomplishments. The senior was honored for his life-long contribution to… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Islamic State attacks Syria's Deir al-Zor city, dozens dead: monitor
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State militants launched their biggest attack in months on government-held areas of the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor on Saturday, leaving dozens dead, a war monitor said.At least six large explosions rocked the city as the militants clashed with government forces, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.Syrian government warplanes hit back against Islamic State positions, it added.Islamic State controls most of Deir al-Zor province, which borders… chat_bubble_outline Read More...