A Vietnamese woman sows rice plants: with a population of 93 million, Vietnam’s dairy industry is worth over $6 billion (€5.5 billion), making it the largest market in southeast Asia. Photograph: Reuters/Stringer

Bord Bia is to be given additional resources to establish an office in Vietnam – one of the fastest-growing dairy markets in Asia – following the lif(...)

The CIA established the Center on Climate Change and National Security in 2009, a decision that drew fierce criticism from some Republicans who viewed it as a distraction from more pressing terrorist concerns. Photograph: Getty Images

A senior US scientist has expressed concern that the intelligence services are funding climate change research to learn if new technologies could be u(...)

A good smattering of TDs joined Gabrielle (Gab) McFadden to shooting the breeze in Irish in the Dáil this week.

The Dáil visitors’ bar was doing a roaring trade on Wednesday morning. And no, it wasn’t TDs and Senators gasping for a hair of the dog ahead of the(...)

A Co Louth man’s song has reached number one in the Vietnamese charts with more than a million downloads to date. Paul Michael Coleman from Drogheda i(...)

A protester holds a placard which reads, “Nation first” while marching during an anti-China protest on a street in Hanoi recently as hundreds rallied in Vietnam’s biggest cities to denounce China’s setting up of a giant oil rig in the South China Sea. photograph: reuters

Another country feeling the economic brunt of a political maelstrom is Vietnam. Thousands of Vietnamese went on the rampage last week, setting fire to(...)

 A Malaysia airlines jet on the apron at  Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang. Malaysian Airlines has lost contact with one of its jets, a Boeing 777-200 en route to Beijing, the airliner said this morning. Photograph: Ahmad Yusni/EPA

A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew was presumed to have crashed off the Vietnamese coast tod(...)

Zigfred Duterig, mayor of the village of IIlihan on Cebu Island in the Philippines. “What do we need? Food, water, shelter, rice, sardines, nordos.” Photograph: Peter Murtagh

The typhoon that devastated a swathe of the central Philippines clipped the northern tip of Cebu Island, though most of the coverage of the consequen(...)

Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap is seen at a residence in Hanoi in  August 2008. General Vo Nguyen Giap, architect of Vietnam’s military victories over France and the United States, died today, of natural causes, family members and a hospital source said. He was 102. Photograph: Kham/Files/Reuters

Vo Nguyen Giap, the brilliant and ruthless self-taught general who drove the French out of Vietnam to free it from colonial rule and later forced the (...)

McDonald’s, above in Shenzhen, China, is to open its first outlet in Vietnam in 2014, joining companies such as Starbucks which arrived there this year

The opening of a McDonald’s restaurant has become an iconic moment in the opening up of a country, and Vietnam’s first Golden Arches is planned to ope(...)

Honeymoon suggestions on Portugal’s Atlantic coast
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We are going on a two-week honeymoon in Portugal at the end of July. We chose Portugal for its Atlantic coast and great seafood. We like sun and sea a(...)