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Vietnamese-American songtress Lệ Thu dies



Vietnamese-American songtress Lệ Thu, who was well-known in southern Viet Nam in the 1970s, died of COVID-19 in the US on January 15. She was 78. — File photo from

HCM CITY — Vietnamese-American songtress Lệ Thu, who was well-known in southern Việt Nam in the 1970s, died of COVID-19 in the US on January 15. She was 78.

Lệ Thu, whose real name was Bùi Thị Oanh, was born in Hải Phòng City in 1943.

She moved to Sài Gòn, now HCM City, with her family when she was 10 years old.

She began her singing career in 1959, and became famous for love songs by well-known composers Trịnh Công Sơn, Phạm Duy, Trường Sa,  Vũ Đức Sao Biển and others from 1968 to 1971.

Her career is associated with many songs by Trường Sa, such as Rồi Mai Tôi Đưa Em (Tomorrow I Send You Away), Xin Còn Gọi Tên Nhau (Please Call Out Our Names), and Mùa Thu Trong Mưa (Autumn Rain).

After 1975, Lệ Thu emigrated to the US with her family and continued her music career in the Vietnamese community.

She worked with Thúy Nga Paris By Night, a music show produced by US-based Thúy Nga Productions.

She recorded 24 solo albums and numerous albums with famous overseas Vietnamese singers like Khánh Ly, Hương Lan and Tuấn Ngọc.

She also performed at music concerts for overseas Vietnamese in the US and other countries.

In 2007, she returned to Việt Nam to take part in concert memorialising late composer Trịnh Công Sơn.

After that, she took part in many concerts and became a judge for several TV music shows.

In 2014, Lệ Thu hosted her first live show in Việt Nam, receiving a very warm welcome from local audiences. —









Vietnam shares concern over worsening humanitarian situation in Syria



Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy called on related sides in Syria to enhance cooperation in order to ensure humanitarian aid is not disrupted and is delivered to all regions at the right time.

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Vietnam shares the concern of other UNSC member countries over the worsening humanitarian situation in Syria, especially the information about food insecurity. (Photo: VNA)

Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations, made the appeal while speaking at a working session of the UN Security Council (UNSC) on February 25.

The ambassador shared the concern of UNSC member countries over the worsening humanitarian situation in Syria, especially the information about food insecurity and the impact of the current severe economic crisis on Syrians, notably vulnerable groups like children.

Quy also called for more international support to Syrians, and stressed the demand for access to COVID-19 vaccine amidst the complex development of the pandemic in the country.

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, cited the World Food Programme as saying that around 60 percent of the Syrian population, that’s 12.4 million people, do not have regular access to enough safe and nutritious food. An additional 4.5 million people have fallen into this category over the last year.

Syria’s fragile economy has suffered multiple shocks over the past 18 months, he added.

Average household expenses now exceed average income by an estimated 20 percent. More than 70 percent of Syrians say they have taken on new debt over the last year. Many are selling assets and livestock./.VNA


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Photo series promotes Covid-19 prevention among ethnic minority communities



A photo features a health worker instructing a vendor at Sa Phin Market in Ha Giang Province on how to use a hand sanitizer – PHOTOS: COURTESY OF UNDP

HCMC – The Ministry of Health and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have launched a photo series that calls on ethnic minority people to act against the Covid-19 pandemic.

The series of images reflects people in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang implementing the dual goals of sustainable economic development and effectively preventing and controlling Covid-19.

A Mong ethnic woman wears a face mask while transporting grass

The 50 photos were taken in late 2020 and early 2021 in four highlands districts, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Yen Minh and Quan Ba, the poorest districts that are home to many ethnic Mong people.

In the photos, the locals show their awareness of complying with preventive measures while working, such as by wearing masks, washing hands with antiseptic, sanitizing their homes and work environment and maintaining personal hygiene to protect their health and safety and that of the community.

Local children help each other wear masks

The photos also show how the locals develop tourism while preserving and promoting cultural identity, and at the same time, implementing measures to prevent Covid-19.

The photo series is part of the communication initiative, “Strengthening communication on Covid-19 prevention in the new normal situation for small ethnic minority businesses”, jointly implemented by the Ministry of Health, UNDP and other partners, with support from the Government of Japan.

Women in Dong Van grow vegetables to earn a living

The initiative has been implemented in Ha Giang Province, with a series of practical activities that provide knowledge and information and promote new habits among people for the prevention and control of the pandemic.

The project has reached out to local government officials, health workers and small businesses in Ha Giang City and Meo Vac, Dong Van, Quan Ba and Yen Minh districts. It has provided more essential resources for the local government in its prevention control efforts and guidance for people, especially small ethnic minority businesses, to co-exist safely with Covid-19 while recovering and building forward better.

Medical workers check the body temperatures of people at the Dong Van medical center

The initiative has helped enhance equality in healthcare for the ethnic minority groups, toward implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.


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Two Việt Nam beaches among top beaches in Asia



Mỹ Khê Beach in Đà Nẵng City. VNA/ Photo

HCM CITY – TripAdvisor readers have named Mỹ Khê in the central city of Đà Nẵng and An Bàng in Hội An City among the most beautiful beaches in Asia.

Around three kilometres from Hội An, An Bàng was in the 24th position on the list of 25 best beaches in Asia, while Mỹ Khê finished off the list.

An Bàng is one of the few white-sand beaches left in Việt Nam that has yet to be spoiled by the boom in beach tourism that has resulted in overcrowding, coral damage and environmental pollution.

Once a hidden gem in the old town, the beach entered the international limelight when CNN listed it as one of the 100 best beaches on earth in 2011.

The 10-km-long Mỹ Khê beach running from the base of Sơn Trà Peninsula to Marble Mountains was catapulted to global fame when Australian newspaper The Sunday Herald Sun listed it among Asia’s 10 most beautiful beaches in 2012.

Considered Việt Nam’s most picturesque beach, Mỹ Khê Beach was named by American troops who visited during the Việt Nam War. –


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