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50 years after key vietnam battles, mattis seeks closer ties


washington (ap) — a half-century after the tet offensive punctured american hopes of victory in vietnam, defense secretary jim mattis is visiting the former enemy in search of a different kind of win: incremental progress as partners in a part of the world the pentagon has identified as vital for the united states to compete with china and russia.mattis, a retired general who entered the marine corps during vietnam but did not serve there, departed washington on sunday for an initial two-day stop in indonesia, followed by a visit to hanoi on wednesday and thursday for talks with senior government and military leaders.by coincidence, mattis will be in vietnam just days before the 50th anniversary of the communist offensive on jan. 30-31, 1968, when north vietnam attacked an array of key obj






singapore prime minister visits vietnam to boost ties


hanoi, vietnam (ap) — vietnam and singapore have signed several business agreements as the island state seeks to boost investment and trade with the communist country during a visit by prime minister lee hsien loong.among the six memorandum of understanding which were signed thursday and witnessed by lee and his vietnamese counterpart nguyen xuan phuc, two were for industrial parks to be developed by singapore’s sembcorp in central vietnam.“i’m very glad to be back to vietnam after more than three years in order to take our relationship another step forward,” lee told reporters at a joint press briefing with phuc.lee told reporters that he hoped singapore, one of vietnam’s top investors and trading partners, would increase its investments in the country.most read storiesunlimited digital a






singapore prime minister visits vietnam to boost ties


hanoi, vietnam — vietnam and singapore have signed several business agreements as the island state seeks to boost investment and trade with the communist country during a visit by prime minister lee hsien loong.among the six memorandum of understanding which were signed thursday and witnessed by lee and his vietnamese counterpart nguyen xuan phuc, two were for industrial parks to be developed by singapore's sembcorp in central vietnam."i'm very glad to be back to vietnam after more than three years in order to take our relationship another step forward," lee told reporters at a joint press briefing with phuc.lee told reporters that he hoped singapore, one of vietnam's top investors and trading partners, would increase its investments in the country."with more intensive business links and w






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japan's emperor akihito on first-ever visit to vietnam


hanoi, vietnam — japanese emperor akihito and empress michiko have arrived in vietnam for a visit during which they will meet the abandoned wives of former japanese soldiers from world war ii.the 83-year-old akihito, who arrived in hanoi on tuesday, is the first-ever japanese emperor to visit vietnam. he will be given a red carpet welcome by vietnamese president tran dai quang on wednesday.during their six-day visit, the royal couple is scheduled to meet with a dozen surviving widows and families members of japanese war veterans.despite their stormy relations in the past, vietnam and japan have steadily improved their ties. today, japan is vietnam's biggest foreign donor and one of its top investors and trading partners.






japanese emperor departs for visit to vietnam and thailand


tokyo — the emperor and empress of japan have left tokyo for a one-week trip to vietnam and thailand.emperor akihito and empress michiko departed tuesday morning from haneda airport. their visit to vietnam comes at a time of growing ties between the two countries. many japanese companies have built factories in vietnam, and vietnamese are among the largest groups of foreign students in japan.akihito and michiko will meet with surviving widows and children of japanese soldiers who stayed in vietnam after world war ii but had to leave after the communists took control of the north in 1954.in bangkok, they will pay respects to former king bhumibol adulyadej, who died in october. akihito said that he and michiko enjoyed a close friendship with bhumibol for more than 50 years.






jim mattis says u.s. isn’t in iraq to take its oil


the u.s. isn’t in iraq to seize anybody’s oil, defense secretary jim mattis said monday, deviating from comments by president donald trump ahead of a visit to the country, where american troops are now operating closer to the front line against islamic state.mr. mattis, a retired four-star marine corps general who led troops into battle during the invasion of iraq in 2003, made the comments to reporters in abu dhabi before arriving...






mattis steers away from body counts as measure of battlefield effectiveness


tel aviv — the specter of body counts still haunts the u.s. military more than 50 years after they became a staple of the 5 o’clock follies in the vietnam war.        






japanese emperor departs for visit to vietnam and thailand


tokyo (ap) — the emperor and empress of japan departed tuesday for a one-week trip to vietnam and thailand.emperor akihito and empress michiko will spend most of the week in vietnam, with an overnight stop in bangkok on sunday before returning home.their visit to vietnam comes at a time of growing ties between the two countries. many japanese companies have built factories in vietnam, and vietnamese are among the largest groups of foreign students in japan.the 83-year-old emperor and his 82-year-old wife will meet with surviving widows and children of japanese soldiers who stayed in vietnam after world war ii, but then had to leave after the communists took control of the north in 1954.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.in bangkok, akihito and michiko will meet new t






trade tops agenda as trump hosts vietnamese leader


washington (ap) — president donald trump will focus on america’s trade deficit when he hosts vietnam’s prime minister wednesday, while the southeast asian country is still shaken by trump’s withdrawal from a regional commerce pact.prime minister nguyen xuan phuc is the first leader to visit the trump white house from southeast asia, where the u.s. vies with china for influence. billions of dollars in u.s.-vietnamese business deals are expected to be signed during his visit.the oval office meeting could be overshadowed by indications trump will pull the united states out of a global climate agreement that commits nations to reducing carbon emissions. the world bank has ranked vietnam, whose population mostly lives in coastal areas and low-lying deltas, as one of five countries most likely t






across mideast, mattis delivers trump’s message of reassurance


doha, qatar—the trump administration’s still-emerging foreign policy has come into sharper focus as defense secretary jim mattis continues a whistle-stop tour through the middle east, quietly placing building blocks for resetting ties that had become strained under the obama white house.over the past week, mr. mattis visited leaders in saudi arabia, egypt and israel bearing the message that the trump administration wants to realign...






u.s. defense chief jim mattis reaffirms ties in visit to south korea, japan


tokyo—as u.s. president donald trump threatens to overturn ties with america’s global allies, his defense minister gave an urance to two asian countries that depend on u.s. military support: we won’t abandon you.u.s. defense secretary jim mattis pledged to uphold a commitment to defend japan in a meeting with japanese prime minister shinzo abe on friday, after giving a similar guarantee to south korea’s leadership. the...






moon jae-in, advocate for closer ties with north, wins south korean election


seoul—south korean voters appeared to elect moon jae-in as the country’s next leader, ending nine years of conservative rule and bringing to power a forceful advocate for closer ties with north korea.with roughly 40% of the ballots officially counted, mr. moon had won 39.5% of the vote, suggesting a sweeping victory for the 64-year-old former student activist, human rights lawyer, lawmaker and presidential aide. his major...






moon jae-in, advocate of closer ties for koreas, wins seoul election


seoul—south korean voters were poised to elect moon jae-in as the country’s next leader, ending nine years of conservative rule and bringing to power a forceful advocate for closer ties with north korea.joint exit-poll results released by the country’s three major television stations suggested a sweeping victory for mr. moon, a 64-year-old former student activist, human rights lawyer, lawmaker and presidential aide who has said that...






vietnam war vet critiques ken burns' new pbs documentary


lewis sorley is a veteran, military historian, and author of the book, “a better war: the unexamined victories and final tragedy of america’s last years in vietnam.” on this episode of the federalist radio hour, sorley discusses his understanding of the vietnam war, and how ken burns’ portrayal of vietnam is revisionist history. “i came to believe that burns didn’t much care for american and that came through in the documentary,” sorley said. “he’s saying in effect, ‘this is an unwinnable war.'” later in the hour, domenech and sorley discuss pows, military leaders, and how today’s veterans of the iraq war compare to our vietnam war veterans. listen here:






ken burns' vietnam doc speaks for silent soldiers like my father


ken burns’ much anticipated, newly released vietnam war documentary is receiving high praise from practically everyone, including george will, who has called it a “masterpiece” and a fine “example of how to calmly assess episodes fraught with passion and sorrow.”thus far through the series, i have certainly been inspired to contemplate many of our contemporary culture war battles through the lens of vietnam. but the documentary especially makes me think of my now-deceased father, who was himself a vietnam war veteran.why my father foughtmy father grew up practically at ground zero of the 1960s southern segregation fight, desegregation coinciding with his junior year at huntsville high school in alabama. he was disgusted by the racism pervasive among his many white classmates, and became a






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there might just be a hobby group for everything, including––wait for it––tank battles that recreate world war two battles. this video captures one of those battles.full story at youtube.more great vids. posted by josh urich






japan emperor's vietnam visit a sign of improved ties


hanoi, vietnam — when nguyen thi xuan said goodbye to her japanese husband in 1954, she thought he was going off for a year or two on another long assignment. she never imagined it would be more than half a century before she'd see him again.like many vietnamese women married to japanese soldiers, xuan's family was split up, victimized by the stormy relationship between the countries.today, the former foes enjoy strong bilateral ties, with japan and vietnam cooperating economically as well as in other areas, including defense and security.in a sign of just how far the relationship has come, several surviving widows and families of former japanese soldiers — including xuan — will have an opportunity to meet with japanese emperor akihito when he visits vietnam for the first time this week.ja






japan emperor’s vietnam visit a sign of improved ties


hanoi, vietnam (ap) — when nguyen thi xuan said goodbye to her japanese husband in 1954, she thought he was going off for a year or two on another long assignment. she never imagined it would be more than half a century before she’d see him again.like many vietnamese women married to japanese soldiers, xuan’s family was split up, victimized by the stormy relationship between the countries.today, the former foes enjoy strong bilateral ties, with japan and vietnam cooperating economically as well as in other areas, including defense and security.in a sign of just how far the relationship has come, several surviving widows and families of former japanese soldiers — including xuan — will have an opportunity to meet with japanese emperor akihito when he visits vietnam for the first time this we






japan emperor's vietnam visit a sign of improved ties


hanoi, vietnam — when nguyen thi xuan said goodbye to her japanese husband in 1954, she thought he was going off for a year or two on another long assignment. she never imagined it would be more than half a century before she'd see him again.like many vietnamese women married to japanese soldiers, xuan's family was split up, victimized by the stormy relationship between the countries.today, the former foes enjoy strong bilateral ties, with japan and vietnam cooperating economically as well as in other areas, including defense and security.in a sign of just how far the relationship has come, several surviving widows and families of former japanese soldiers — including xuan — will have an opportunity to meet with japanese emperor akihito when he visits vietnam for the first time this week.ja






moon jae-in, advocate for closer ties with north, wins south korean election


seoul—south korean voters were poised to elect moon jae-in as the country’s next leader, ending nine years of conservative rule and bringing to power a forceful advocate for closer ties with north korea.joint exit-poll results released by the country’s three major television stations suggested a sweeping victory for mr. moon, a 64-year-old former student activist, human rights lawyer, lawmaker and presidential aide who has said that...






my dad and i fought a war over vietnam. those battles made me a journalist and a


mingled with the many fond memories i have of my father, richard h. bowden, is the vein in his neck that swelled whenever he flushed with fury at my obstinacy. this was in my teenage years when we disagreed about … everything.these differences peaked in arguments over the then-raging vietnam war. he supported the war; i was against it. neither of us knew enough, frankly, to hold a strong opinion on the matter, but strong opinions we had. the disputes ran deeper than the war itself. i belonged to a privileged, spoiled, rebellious generation; he belonged to one that had fought in world war ii and the korean war and which believed firmly in the rightness and might of the united states of america.in that sense, our clashes were tribal. a big part of my dad’s fury was the recognition that i, hi






tillerson calls for closer ties between saudi arabia, iraq


secretary of state rex tillerson urged saudi arabia and iraq to foster closer ties at a meeting sunday with leaders of the two nations in riyadh, where the top u.s. diplomat participated in the inaugural session of a new saudi-iraqi council that washington hopes will counter iranian influence in baghdad.mr. tillerson characterized ties between saudi arabia and iraq as vital to regional security and cheered milestones in the relationship, including saudi arabia’s recent decision to reopen its land border with iraq for the...






tillerson calls for closer ties between saudi arabia, iraq


secretary of state rex tillerson urged saudi arabia and iraq to foster closer ties at a meeting sunday with leaders of the two nations in riyadh, where the top u.s. diplomat participated in the inaugural session of a new saudi-iraqi council that washington hopes will counter growing iranian influence in iraq. mr. tillerson characterized ties between saudi arabia and iraq as vital to regional security and cheered milestones in the relationship, including saudi arabia’s recent decision to reopen its land border with iraq for...






it took ken burns and lynn novick 10 years to unbury the secrets of the vietnam


when you make plans to watch a ken burns documentary, you often have to clear out a lot of dvr space: 11 hours for "the civil war," 14 hours for "the roosevelts" and, starting on sept. 17, 18 hours for "the vietnam war."but as sprawling as these series can be --"the vietnam war" starts in 1858 and continues onward -- the more you learn about the process of making them, the more reasonable those running times sound. "the vietnam war" took 10 years to come together. because it was shot in both the united states and in vietnam, it was a more logistically complex film, one that required co-director lynn novick and producer sarah botstein to figure out how to work in a different and less free country, and to do their interviews in translation. and because "the vietnam war" addresses recent and






a lesson for trump on choosing the right battles


justin sullivan, getty imagespresident donald trump speaks during a joint press conference with german chancellor angela merkel at the white house last friday.“pick your battles wisely.” for parents, that’s a discipline we try to practice — and a lesson we try to teach our kids.no one taught president donald trump.in the budget he proposed last week, he would boost military spending by $54 billion. that’s a roughly 10 percent hike. true, it’s not unwise to have the most modern military in the world. to the contrary, it’s an imperative. but we’re reinforcing it to go into battle against whom? the chinese, with their single second-hand rebuilt aircraft carrier? (we have 10.) against russia, with its 775,000-man military? (we have 1.5 million.)inarguably, we need both offensive and defensive






trump to travel to 5 countries in asia in november


washington — the white house announced friday that president donald trump will take a five-nation trip to the asia pacific region in november as the u.s. seeks to curb north korea's growing nuclear threat.the white house said trump will travel to japan, south korea, china, vietnam and the philippines from nov. 3-14, a trip that will also include a stop in hawaii. it will be trump's first visit to the region as president, and it comes as north korea moves closer to its goal of having a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the u.s.the white house said trump's visit would "strengthen the international resolve to confront the north korean threat and ensure the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the korean peninsula."trump has offered fiery rhetoric and a tough stanc






divorce was long taboo for vietnamese immigrants. after years in the u.s., they'


for years, mimi ho endured a long list of demands from an insistent husband and a coterie of in-laws and assorted aunts and uncles.the vietnamese immigrant, a nanny who also sells clothes to make a living, felt she was living not in a marriage, but a state of servitude.“it was do this, do that, cook and clean and fetch and sew,” said ho, 48, of san jose.when she longed for escape, phone calls would come from vietnam, with her mother pleading with her to stay in the union.it was her youngest sister, susie — her only american-born sibling — who persuaded her to strike out on her own.“don’t you have any self-respect, she wanted to know. this is america,” her sister told her. “our parents abandoned everything to come here so they could be free. she pushed me to be free.”in getting a divorce af






'mad dog' mattis has no time for silly nfl kneelers


secretary of defense james mattis does not care about nfl players who kneel during the national anthem. he’s got bigger things to worry about, like north korea’s insistence that donald trump has “declared war” and the ongoing threat of isis.during a question and answer session with members of the media while en route to india on sunday, a reporter asked mattis if he had “anything to say about the nfl, being someone who has served in the military.”“i’m the secretary of defense,” mattis said. “we defend the country.”boom. roasted.the press event ended immediately after mattis’s response. talk about a mic drop.you can read the full transcript of the exchange here.






retired marine keeps promise made in bunker in vietnam


almost 50 years after they served together in vietnam, one marine stands vigil at his friend's casket.        






retired marine keeps promise made in bunker in vietnam


almost 50 years after they served together in vietnam, one marine stands vigil at his friend's casket.        






mattis seeks more cooperation with pakistan on terror fight


kuwait city (ap) — defense secretary jim mattis will meet with pakistan leaders monday to seek common ground on the counterterrorism fight, amid trump administration calls for islamabad to more aggressively go after the insurgents moving back and forth across the border with afghanistan.mattis said he wants to work with pakistan to address the problems, adding that the u.s. is committed to a pragmatic relationship that expands cooperation while also “reinforcing president trump’s call for action against terrorist safe havens.”“we have heard from pakistan leaders that they do not support terrorism. so i expect to see that sort of action reflected in their policies,” mattis told reporters traveling with him in the middle east before his trip to islamabad.asked if he was going to press the pa






singapore prime minister in vietnam to up trade, investment


hanoi, vietnam — vietnam and singapore signed several business agreements thursday during a visit by prime minister lee hsien loong aimed at boosting the island state's investment and trade with the communist country.two of the six memorandums of understanding witnessed by lee and his vietnamese counterpart nguyen xuan phuc were for industrial parks to be developed by singapore's sembcorp in central vietnam."i'm very glad to be back to vietnam after more than three years in order to take our relationship another step forward," lee told reporters at a joint press briefing with phuc.singapore, one of vietnam's top investors and trading partners, hopes to step up investments in the country, lee said."with more intensive business links and with more tourism between both sides, travel between v






'i’ve questioned the decision for 40 years,' army deserter on av


author of book about deserting during vietnam war talks to west point class.        






uber signs partnership with vietnam's leading e-wallet


hanoi, vietnam — hanoi, vietnam (ap) — uber technologies inc. on wednesday signed a deal with momo, vietnam's leading financial technology firm, enabling uber riders to pay for trips using momo's e-wallets in a country where most transactions are done in cash.the partnership is uber's first deal with a fin-tech company in southeast asia. it aims to catch up with regional rival grab, which has its own e-wallet service.backed by standard chartered bank and goldman sachs, momo has 5 million users vietnam who use its e-wallet to pay utility bills, buy plane tickets and do online shopping.brooks entwistle, uber's chief business officer in the asia pacific, said he expects the partnership to help the two companies grow and to change vietnam's cash-dominated economy.cash payments currently accoun






vietnam sentences activist to 7 years in prison


hanoi, vietnam — a court in central vietnam has sentenced an activist to seven years in prison for producing videos and interviews that instigated anti-government protests, in the authorities' latest crackdown on dissent.following a trial monday that lasted half a day, nguyen van hoa was convicted of spreading anti-state propaganda by the people's court in ha tinh province.he was also charged with using social media platforms including facebook to spread documents that defamed the government, the state-run online ha tinh newspaper reported. it said hoa also sent distorting articles to "reactionary" groups in exile for financial support.court officials weren't immediately available for comment.international human rights groups and some western governments often criticize vietnam for jailing






north korea missile launch doesn’t bring u.s. closer to war, mattis says


north korea’s launch of a missile capable of striking parts of the u.s. doesn’t bring the two nations closer to war, defense secretary james mattis said thursday, even as president trump warned he was considering “pretty severe things” in response.“i do not believe this capability in itself brings us close to war,” mattis told reporters at the pentagon on thursday. he added that u.s. “self-restraint” had prevented conflict and that “diplomatic efforts remain underway.”his comments appeared aimed at clarifying that the u.s. was not considering military action in response to the missile launch.the pentagon is still examining data from tuesday’s launch to verify pyongyang’s claim to have fired a two-stage intercontinental ballistic missile.a two-stage icbm would be capable of extending a miss






man blames running deer for 40 mph speeding ticket


that's one fast deer!(p o: steveoehlenschlager, getty images/istockp o)a m achusetts man offered an unusual scapegoat for the cl ic “it wasn’t me” excuse in court last week.dennis sayers, of haverhill, m ., said authorities caught a deer going 40 mph, not him, the newburyport daily news reports. sayers received a speeding ticket for going 40 mph in a 30 mph zone in november, according to the the newburyport daily news.in court thursday, sayers asked officer royster johnson if he was positive that his radar captured sayers’ speed and not that of a nearby deer.“you’re not contending the radar picked up the deer?”judge peter doyle said in court, the daily news reported.while sayers said he thought it was possible, judge doyle did not. sayers' $105 fine was upheld.hey, kudos for creativity.fol