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Why is the U.S. arming Vietnam?

Story highlights Experts say it sends a message to China The move could be a boon to U.S. companies By ending the ban, the U.S. is signaling its desire to leave behind decades of tense post-war relations with Vietnam and start a new phase of

Two different accounts of the final days of the Vietnam War

By MacKenzie Sigalos, CNN Updated 4:28 PM ET, Mon May 23, 2016 The war ended on April 30, 1975, with the fall of Saigon -- now Ho Chi Minh City -- to the Communist north, two years after the withdrawal of U.S. ground troops. We have two very diff

Vietnam: From enemy to partner

Story highlights President Barack Obama is visiting Vietnam, once an enemy of the U.S. Richard Fontaine: Vietnam is undergoing rapid change and seeking ever-closer ties to U.S. Viewing the dark cells of Hoa Lo Prison -- the "Hanoi

Everest summit reached for first time in two years

On Thursday, "9 Sherpa using supplemental oxygen became the first to summit on the South Side of Everest in the past 3 years ," climber Adrian Balinger posted on Instagram. Professional climbers Adrian Ballinger and Cory Richards are documenting t

What happens to your body on Mount Everest

Story highlights Everest's icy temperatures and high altitude present many challenges to the human body Altitude-related illnesses are the most common for climbers It's Rob Hall, played by actor Jason Clarke, as he prepares to lead

How hard is it to climb Mount Everest?

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No easy victories in battle to liberate Falluja

Story highlights Iraq aims to retake key city of Falluja from ISIS after months of siege Iranian-trained forces are likely to play big role; ISIS has had plenty of time to dig in But how long it will take to reach that moment is difficult to

4 climbers die in 4 days on ‘mountain of extremes’

Story highlights A Sherpa, a Dutch man, an Australian woman and an Indian man are among the deaths Two Indian climbers are missing, expedition organizers said Avalanches killed 35 climbers on Mount Everest the past two years -- including 16

Fishermen beaten in South China Sea

Story highlights Vietnamese fishermen caught up in South China Sea dispute Vietnam says they have become targets because they operate in disputed territory of Paracel Islands President Obama arrives in Hanoi Monday to discuss regional security, t

Will U.S. lifting arms ban raise South China Sea tensions?

Story highlights President Obama says U.S. will lift arms sales ban on Vietnam Experts say this could escalate tensions in the South China Sea The move, announced by U.S. President Barack Obama during his visit to Hanoi Monday, would open th

Obama confronts past wars with new way forward

Story highlights Obama faces complex moral issues in Vietnam, Hiroshima As memories of the wars recede, the president charts a new course In a trip meant to further advance his Asia pivot, Obama is opting to embrace the historic symbolism of

Obama insists it’s not aimed at countering China

Story highlights Obama dismissed suggestions lifting of ban was aimed at countering China's influence Concerns over human rights violations have held back stronger ties In a joint news conference with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, Oba

Obama still looking to pivot on 10th trip to Asia

Story highlights Obama is planning stops in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City He will be the first U.S. president to visit the Hiroshima memorial Yet, even as the President arrived early Monday for stops in Vietnam and Japan, including Hiroshima, o

What we know about the 66 people on board

Until it has informed all family members, EgyptAir says it won't release the names of those who were on the plane. Here's what we know so far of those aboard the Airbus when it crashed Thursday into the Mediterranean Sea on its way from Paris to

Taliban leader likely killed in airstrike

Story highlights The official said Mansour was the target of the strike U.S. officials are still assessing the results One of the officials said the strike occurred around 6 a.m. ET Saturday morning in a remote area of the Pakistan-Afghanist

Searchers scour Mediterranean for crashed plane’s black boxes

Story highlights France: The plane sent automatic messages about smoke before crash Families of passengers learn of the arduous process in identifying bodies Searchers have recovered parts of the plane wreckage -- passengers' personal belong

EgyptAir Flight 804: What we know

Here's what we know so far: Debris found On Saturday, the Egyptian armed forces displayed debris and belongings from Flight 804 found a day earlier in the Mediterranean Sea. Passengers' belongings and parts of the aircraft were discovered 29

2 horses die in races before Preakness

Homeboykris collapsed after the first race of the day while walking back to his barn. The horse, a 9-year-old gelding, won the race at the Maryland track in Baltimore. Trainer Francis Campitelli was in the stands when his horse went down. He told

First audio of EgyptAir pilot released

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Exaggerator wins Preakness

Cherry Wine was second, while Nyquist finished third. The winning time for the 1 and 3/16-mile run was 1:58.31. "I'm in shock right now," said Desormeaux, who has won seven Triple Crown races. "I had a dream trip today." The jockey said the key t

Life vest, seat, purse and shoes among EgyptAir debris

Story highlights EgyptAir says it's "far too early to make judgment or decision on single source of information such as the ACARS messages" French confirm plane sent automatic messages about smoke before crash Families of passengers told of arduo

India hits highest temperature ever

Story highlights Temperature at the town of Phalodi hits 51 degrees Celsius Breaks the previous record of 50.6 degrees Celsius, set in 1956 It was the second day in a row the town experienced temperatures in excess of 50 degrees Celsius. Ot

Aircraft debris spotted

Story highlights Greece, citing Egyptian searchers, says a body part and part of airplane seat found Passenger belongings also found near coastal city of Alexandria, Egypt Parts of the aircraft and passenger belongings were also discovered F

Live blog: Body part, plane seat found in sea

-- Passenger belongings and aircraft parts were found 180 miles north of Alexandria, military says. -- Plane swerved sharply then plunged from 37,000 feet to 10,000 feet after entering Cairo airspace, Greek officials say. -- Cause of crash is more

How the disappearance of EgyptAir Flight 804 will be investigated

The hunger to know the cause of any plane crash is immediate and understandable -- both for the families of those on board and for any broader safety implications. Ahmed Adel, vice chairman of EgyptAir, told CNN's Christiane Amanpour that in this