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Springtime, just before the new century began. As Laos is now the new Cambodia, Vietnam was then the new Thailand, and my girlfriend and I had arrived – with our backpacks – to see what all the fuss was about. The capital Hanoi had dazzled, and we were due to take the train 420 miles down the coast to Hué. We were late, though. We were always late.

The invisible division: US soldiers are seven times as likely as UK troops to develop post-traumatic stress

Something is happening at the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that mental health experts are finding hard to explain: British and American soldiers appear to be having markedly different reactions to the stress of combat. In America, there has been a sharp increase in the number experiencing mental-health problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Between 2006 and 2007 alone, there was a 50 per cent jump in cases of combat stress among soldiers and suicides more than doubled. Why the precipitous rise? And why hasn't there been an accompanying rise in these symptoms among British troops?

More than 70 killed in earthquake

A powerful earthquake that toppled homes in north-eastern Burma has killed more than 70 people, and there were fears the toll would mount as more information emerged from the remote area.

A Day That Shook The World: London’s anti-Vietnam riots

On 17 March 1968 the worst violence for decades erupted in London during an anti-Vietnam demonstration.

Norwegian Wood, Tran Anh Hung, 134 mins (15)

The cult author Haruki Murakami? No thanks. And yet I was hoping for great things from this adaptation of one of his best-known novels

Mission to save the rare turtle of Vietnamese myth and legend

A rescue operation is underway to catch and treat a rare and ailing Vietnamese turtle that is revered as a powerful symbol of the nation's independence struggle.

Ask the traveller: Milngavie to Saigon

From Milngavie station where I live, which connects with Glasgow Central, where is the furthest place I can travel by rail without having to leave a rail or metro station? (My query is prompted by spending Monday morning trapped behind someone in the ticket office queue who seemed to be purchasing a season ticket to Kazakhstan.) David Henderson

Rodric Braithwaite: Is the USSR's Vietnam to be ours, too?

Our writer on learning from the Soviets in Afghanistan

Vietnam police blame human error in boat sinking

Police investigating the sinking of a tourist boat in Vietnam which killed 12 people, including one British traveller, have blamed human error.

Head into the clouds on a journey through Vietnam's hill country

Discover vivid tribal culture and spectacular mountain scenery

Simon Calder: A warm, exotic paradise – with a dark underbelly

Some visitors are attracted by the chance to fire an AK47, others by the illicit drugs on offer in Vietnam

Briton among 12 dead after tour boat sinks at Vietnam beauty spot

Officials in Vietnam are investigating what caused a boat to sink while anchored in the spectacular Halong Bay, drowning 10 young foreign tourists, including a Briton, named as 30-year-old Stuart McCormick. Two Vietnamese were also killed, including the tour guide.

British tourist dies as Vietnam boat sinks

A British tourist was killed when a boat sank at a beauty spot in Vietnam, it was confirmed today.

Heads Up: Isn't it good? Murakami gets the movie treatment

What are we talking about?

Norwegian Wood, the film adaptation of Haruki Murakami's 1987 novel about those classic themes: love, sex, death, and liking The Beatles. The UK premiere opens the Pan-Asia Film Festival in March.

Tesco targets Vietnam in new global expansion

Tesco is looking to launch in Vietnam in a move that would extend the grocery giant's global empire to 15 countries.

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