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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.

An Arsenal official offers an Gunners jersey to Doan Nguyen Duc

Jim Armitage: Doan Nguyen Duc, the Vietnamese Arsenal fan and the land grab claims

Blog raises serious concerns over Gunners’ partnership with the tycoon’s company

Sgt John Hartley Robertson – a former Green Beret shot down in Vietnam in 1968

Revealed: Man claiming to be Vietnam veteran Sgt John Hartley Robertson, who went missing and was presumed dead 44 years earlier, is 'exposed as a fraud'

It is claimed that the man tacked down and 'identified' for a new documentary is in fact a fraudster who the US government performed DNA tests on 20 years ago and whose story had been fully debunked

Adam Johnson, who won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his work 'The Orphan Master's Son'

Novel by Adam Johnson set inside North Korea wins Pulitzer prize

As the world waits to see what the North Korean dictatorship does next, the judges of the Pulitzer prizes yesterday honoured a novel acclaimed for its depiction of the secretive state, naming Adam Johnson’s “The Orphan Master’s Son” as the winner of the fiction award after withholding the prize last year.

Consumers are being cheated 7% of the time when they buy white fish, a study has found

Cheaper fish being passed off as cod and haddock

Consumers are being routinely cheated when they buy cod and haddock, a study has found.

We wear the world: tribal textiles

Traditional tribal textiles have never looked more modern, says Naomi Attwood

Khmer Rouge genocide tribunal thrown into chaos as Ieng Sary, one of the three men standing trial, dies

The Khmer Rouge genocide tribunal was today facing fresh turmoil after it was announced that one of the three men standing trial for war crimes had died in hospital.

Get me out of here - Champagne, Vietnam, Holland

Now... On 23 March, there's a spring break in Champagne for £495pp. The two-night trip to this celebrated grape-growing region, with wine specialist Arblaster & Clarke, includes ferry crossing, accommodation in Reims, transfers, tastings and cellar visits. winetours.co.uk

Conclave to elect new pope next week

Cardinals have set Tuesday as the start date for the conclave to elect the next pope.

International Women’s Day: who, what, when and why?

The idea for an International Women’s Day emerged at the start of the 20th century, out of the early socialist movement.

<b>Wojciech Szczesny</b><br/>
Szczesny had to make an apology in January after posting that team-mate Aaron Ramsey looked 'like a rapist' in a photo of the Welsh midfielder attending a golf event.
<b>What was said:</b><br/>
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"Looking like a rapist/pedofile (sic) isn’t a good thing either ;)."
"I'm sorry if anyone was offended by my previous tweets. There are some thing (sic) we should not joke about and I have crossed the line. Sorry!"" title="Wojciech Szczesny
Szczesny had to make an apology in January after posting that team-mate Aaron Ramsey looked 'like a rapist' in a photo of the Welsh midfielder attending a golf event.
What was said:
"I don’t wanna be rude mate but you look like a rapist on that picture! lol."
"Looking like a rapist/pedofile (sic) isn’t a good thing either ;)."
"I'm sorry if anyone was offended by my previous tweets. There are some thing (sic) we should not joke about and I have crossed the line. Sorry!"" width="80" height="60" onclick="location.href='http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/arsenal-goalkeeper-wojciech-szczesny-keen-to-move-on-from-tottenham-defeat-8521580.html';" class="" />

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny keen to move on from Tottenham defeat

The Gunners lost 2-1 at White Hart Lane

In South Africa alone, 633 rhinos were killed in 2012

Top of the conference agenda: The last chance to save the rhino

With illegal trade in rhinos and elephants soaring, East Asian countries are under pressure to cut demand

Editorial: The horns of a dilemma

The good news is that the illegal killing of some of the world’s most endangered mammals will top the agenda at next week’s conservation summit. But there the good news ends. Attempts to control poaching are failing, rhino and elephant numbers across Africa are being devastated, and unless the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) can galvanise global action some populations of these precious animals could be wiped out.

Terence Carter in Hanoi, Vietnam

On the road: Karaoke, bikes, loudspeakers – peaceful it’s not

Get me out of here: Saint Lucia, Vietnam, Lopud

Now... On 24 February, Hayes and Jarvis has a week-long stay on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia for £995pp. The package includes four-star B&B accommodation at the Blu Hotel, Virgin Atlantic flights from Gatwick and transfers. Hayesandjarvis.co.uk

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US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
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Art of the state

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Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
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These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

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A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

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Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen