A newspaper vendor in Hanoi. While all Vietnamese newspapers and broadcasting stations are still owned by the Communist Party and subject to its control, formerly taboo issues such as low-level corruption and economic equality are discussed in some newspapers. Photograph: Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP/Getty Images)

Everywhere, they are followed. At home, in restaurants and on the streets, they are watched. For underground bloggers in Vietnam, state pressure is no(...)

Women make up the vast majority of workers at Flexcom’s factory in the Yen Phong Industrial Zone. Photograph: Catherine Healy

Time is measured in many ways in the multistory warehouse that houses Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd in Bac Ninh’s Tien Son Industrial Zone. It is c(...)

Huong, who  sells up to 60kg of fruit between 2.30am and 4.30pm in Hanoi city centre. She hopes to eventually build her own house. Photograph: Catherine Healy

Convoys of cargo trucks crawl along the packed, dimly lit tracks of Hanoi’s Long Bien market as night falls. Porters unload their containers onto pull(...)

American aid worker Alan Gross, a former Cuban prisoner released on humanitarian grounds, speaks at a news conference with his wife Judy Gross in Washington DC yesterday. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

President Barack Obama said the US has chosen to “cut loose the shackles of the past” by normalising relations with Cuba and re-opening economic ties(...)

Kerry Group has teamed up with food supplier Nova to develop milk formula products for the Vietnamese market.The lucrative 10-year deal will see the I(...)

A man walks past a sculpture outside the Memorial Hall of the Victims of the Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders, in Nanjing. Photograph: China Photos/Getty Images

From nearly 450m high, near the top of the Intercontinental hotel in the former capital Nanjing, you can look down on the eastern Chinese city’s ancie(...)

 Muhammad Ali (right) covers up against George Foreman during their world heavyweight boxing title fight in Kinshasa, Zaire.  Photograph: Getty Images

When Muhammad Ali rumbled in the jungle with George Foreman exactly 40 years ago on Thursday, they were safely distant from the dying embers of a con(...)

US President Barack Obama awards Ben Bradlee with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the White House. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP photo

US president Barack Obama and secretary of state John Kerry were among those to pay tribute to renowned former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, a l(...)

Ben Bradlee, who presided over The Washington Post’s exposure of the Watergate scandal, in his office in Washington, 1971. Bradlee, stamped in American culture as the quintessential newspaper editor of his era, died yesterday. He was 93. Photograph: Mike Lien/The New York Times

Tributes were paid last night to Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, a lion of American journalism, on his death at the age of 93.Mr Bradlee famously (...)

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(...)