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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.

Half a million 15-year-olds were tested in 65 countries - and we were 26th in maths and 23rd in reading

Bottom of the class: UK literacy and numeracy standards slip down international rankings

Half a million 15-year-olds were tested in 65 countries - and we were 26th in maths and 23rd in reading

John F Kennedy: Assassinated, 1963

Kennedy’s assassination had such an impact that even those of us who were very young at the time carry the memory with us

What it was like to be six years old on that day in  November 1963

Don McCullin, pictured in front of one of his powerful war pictures, says he wishes he had spent more of his life taking photographs closer to home

‘Forget foreign conflicts, chronicle Britain’ says war photographer Don McCullin

Celebrated war photographer urges next generation to record UK’s ‘social wars’

Devastation: The scene in Tacloban in central Philippines after it was hit by Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan: David Cameron pledges £6m in aid to Philippines after millions left homeless

The Prime Minister has offered the Philippines president the UK’s full support in dealing with the aftermath.

Devastation: The scene in Tacloban in central Philippines after it was hit by Haiyan

Tourists in Vietnam braced for arrival of Typhoon Haiyan

Tourists in northern areas of Vietnam are bracing themselves as one of the most powerful storms on record makes its way towards them after devastating the Philippines.

Vietnam deadly fireworks factory blast kills 21 and injures 100

Fireworks and plumes of smoke could be seen for miles outside the factory, which employs 300 people

Vietnam holds state funeral for General Vo Nguyen Giap

150,000 people lined up to pay respects to the so-called 'Red Napoleon'

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Tinseltown's most radical put the glitz into politics

Anthony Lawrence: ‘A BBC man of the old school’ whose focus was on the story rather than personal projection

Obituary: Anthony Lawrence

Journalist who reported from the Far East for the BBC across three decades

Vietnam General Vo Nguyen Giap dies aged 102

The celebrated Vietnamese general who oversaw key victories against France and America and effectively ended French colonial rule in the region has died aged 102.

A woman mourns her dead husband after identifying him by his teeth in a mass grave

Slaughter of the innocents: The Vietnam war as never seen before

Images chronicle the work of press photographers in the front lines of the conflict that was the 'last newspaper war'

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On the agenda: Jude Law; The X Factor; end of the classic VW camper van; online vouchers

Middle-class problems: Online vouchers

Jamie Dunkley: The red flag is still flying high but Vietnam is back on the growth path

It has been almost 40 years since North Vietnamese tanks rolled through the gates of Saigon’s Presidential Palace, marking the end of the country’s civil war.

Martin Luther King Jr at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963

Secret cold war files reveal US spied on Muhammad Ali and Martin Luther King Jr

Declassified documents reveal National Security Agency put anti-war critics on a watch list

Investors given access to first Vietnam equity fund

Dragon Capital will today launch Vietnam’s first ever Equity UCITS Fund to give investors access to one of the continent’s fastest-growing markets.

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