It was an early morning in summer. The sun was shining over the tree canopies along the street. In the afternoon, the bright yellow light began spreading on hi-rises.
Due to his impetuous temperament, he killed several people and became a condemned prisoner. Revenge. It was what he thought. He became resentful because the father was adamant to hand his daughter to a homeless, vagrant and jobless guy like him.
Every morning after cooking breakfast, watering potted flowers, tidying the house and kissing her husband James goodbye before he went to work, she drank a glass of limonade to detox her body before resuming her unfinished sleep for a few hours.
In this Nordic city, he could not afford this romantic autumnal wind. Thus, the first snowflakes in the foreign land in his mind were the coming chilly autumnal wind.
It was June. One day, a storm blew over a small rural area in the coastal plains. It mercilessly wreaked havoc on the poor region. Among its unlucky inhabitants, Mrs Thac's clan suffered the most.
Shading her forehead with one hand, she looked in the direction of the brilliantly sparkling surface of Lake Ho Ngoc, which for the time being had dwindled down to a large mirror.
Two excerpts from late scholar Vu Dinh Hoe's book Guong Mat Nhung Nguoi Cung The He (Faces of the Same Generation People), published by Tre (Youth) Publishing House
Thang did not think that his wife Mai had suddenly left him, bringing along so many secrets. For many nights, he lay on his side, looking at the high cheek bones on that square face, at those drooping lips and closed eyes of hers and understanding that she was really alive only when those lips opened and smiled.
The story to be told
That morning, a group of marines from the Army of the Republic of Viet Nam (ARVN), from the far side of the Vinh Dinh River, decided to cross the wooden bridge with a view to staging a counter-attack against the 2nd Company of the Liberation Front Armed Forces (LFAF), isolating it before separating it from the 1st Battalion.
A Gift
I arrived in Germany when Christmas was fast approaching. Snow was covering the ground. At night standing on the sky-high buildings and looking down the streets bedecked with brightly lit, coloured lanterns, we could see windows decorated with the twinkling lights.
This small place was used as a studio, a bedroom and a kitchen for three people: Lan, Hanh and her first-grade son Chung. Hanh woke up under her thick cotton blanket.


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Wiping sweat from his forehead, 36-year-old Trinh Duc Sang took big strides along a road covered with muddy coal sludge and dirt to the place that was his home until just three weeks ago. He climbed a rickety ladder that buckled under his weight to reach his neigh-bour's house overlooking a creek. From there, he crossed into his old home.

Doctors treat patients for free at clinic in Ha Noi Doctors treat patients for free at clinic in Ha Noi

For more than 20 years, Dang Thi Nhan, 67, has been waking up about 30 minutes earlier each day to bake cakes or prepare tea for two retired doctors in a clinic near her house in Ha Noi's Giap Bat Ward.

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Pham Ba Lu swore thousands of times that he "would not live under the same sky as the United States".

Water resources, eroding land need saving Water resources, eroding land need saving

Water management has become a major topic of discussion in recent years among Viet Nam's lawmakers, experts and society. The country has been struggling to deal with water-related issues such as a rising sea level, land subsidence and saline intrusion in the Mekong Delta. Lawmakers and experts shared their views on water management with Viet Nam News reporters Thu Van and Hoang Anh.