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Vietnamese mat weaving art on display online

  Lost in the Reeds, one artwork in the collection Area Code. – Photo courtesy of the artist HÀ NỘI – The patterns, colours and technique of traditional Vietnamese mat weaving are on display in an online exhibition through the artworks of Phạm Hồng Linh. Due to the pandemic, the exhibition was moved online and can be seen at areacodeartfair.com/pham until August ... Read More »

Canary Islands to insure tourists who catch virus

  Under a deal struck with the Spanish branch of French insurer AXA, any tourist who tests positive for COVID-19 while visiting the Canary Islands will be eligible for free medical care, repatriation and additional accommodation for quarantine measures. —  AFP Photo MADRID — Spain’s Canary Islands has taken out insurance to cover costs visitors face if they become infected with the coronavirus, ... Read More »

LeBron can take Liverpool to new heights

  BIG DEAL: Basketball star LeBron James during a visit to Anfield. Photo: Liverpool FC. Paul Kennedy After what can only be described as the silliest of football seasons, silly season is once again upon us. For those in the dark, this is the time of year that transfer gossip goes into overdrive linking all and sundry to everybody and ... Read More »

Swedish singer Zara Larsson ends collaboration with Huawei

  Zara Larsson performs onstage during Soundcheck: A Netflix Film and Series Music Showcase on November 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. — AFP Photo STOCKHOLM — Swedish singer Zara Larsson announced on Tuesday that she had ended her collaboration with China’s Huawei to promote its smartphones. Speaking with broadcaster TV4, Larsson, whose greatest hits have been streamed over five billion ... Read More »

K-pop act (G)I-dle sings of summer, youthfulness in new single

  K-pop girl group (G)I-dle release its new single Dumdi Dumdi . Photo The Korea Herald SEOUL — In an about-face from its usually contemplative and edgy sound and imagery, K-pop girl group (G)I-dle has said on Monday its new single Dumdi Dumdi was intended to be a bright dance song inspired by the spirit of youthfulness and the sizzling summer heat. “While ... Read More »

Indian restaurant offers 'COVID curry' to scared customers

  A waiter carries “COVID curry” and “mask naan”, two coronavirus-themed dishes, to customers at a restaurant in Jodhpur . — AFP/VNA Photo  JODHPUR, India — An Indian restaurant is hoping to win back customers afraid of eating out during the pandemic with a special “COVID Curry” and “Mask Naans”. “This has been a really tough time for us and for our entire ... Read More »

Web dramas on cải lương to be released

  Actor Lê Nguyễn Trường Giang of HCM City perfoms in Hồi Sử Cổ Nhân (Vietnamese History), a web drama series featuring cải lương songs and plays about Vietnamese history and culture. The work will be on YouTube in August. (Photo courtesy of the organiser)  HCM CITY— A web drama series on cải lương (reformed opera), the south’s most popular theatre form, has started to be released on YouTube this week. The four-episode ... Read More »

Bollywood star Bachchan discharged after catching coronavirus

  Amitabh Bachchan, affectionately known as ‘Big B’, was discharged from hospital three weeks after being admitted with ‘mild’ coronavirus symptoms after testing positive.— AFP/VNA Photo NEW DELHI — Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan said on Sunday he had been discharged from hospital, three weeks after being admitted with “mild” coronavirus symptoms after testing positive for the disease. The news came as powerful Indian ... Read More »

Festivals cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns

  Tourists visit Cái Răng Floating Market in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta city of Cần Thơ. Cái Răng Floating Market Culture and Tourism Festival has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. VNS Photo Thu Hằng HCM CITY — Thừa Thiên Huế Province’s People’s Committee on Friday announced the cancellation of Huế Festival amid a new COVID-19 outbreak in the country. The 11th biennial cultural ... Read More »

Book on Vietnamese sea, islands published in Japan

  HÀ NỘI — A book on Việt Nam’s sea and island sovereignty has been released in Japan. The book entitled Hoàng Sa – Trường Sa: Luận Cứ và Sự Kiện (Spratly – Paracel: Evidence and Events) was translated by Professor Kazutaka Hashimoto into Japanese from Vietnamese from the version by researcher Đinh Kim Phúc.  The book was first published by Thời Đại Publishing House ... Read More »