General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong (right) and Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives Tony Smith. (Source: VNA)

Vietnam treasures ties with Australia: Party official

Vietnam always attaches importance to the friendship and strategic partnership with Australia, Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee, told visiting Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives Tony Smith. 
A Syrian boy holds an oxygen mask over an infant’s face at a makeshift hospital in Eastern Ghouta, where three reported chlorine attacks have occurred in recent weeks. - AFP/VNA Photo

US, Russia clash at UN over Syria chlorine attacks

The United States and Russia clashed at the UN Security Council on Monday over a push by Washington to condemn reported chlorine gas attacks in Syria that have left many injured in recent days, including children.