Vietnamese children cover their faces with Vietnamese and Russian flags while waiting for the arrival of Russian President Vladimir Putin for a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi. Read more
Students shield themselves from the rain on the first day of the new school year at Nam Thanh Cong school, in Hanoi. Schools in Vietnam reopened on Thursday, with about 22m children heading back to classrooms after a three-month summer break Read more
Families wait for released prisoners outside the Hoang Tien prison in Chi Linh district in northern province of Hai Duong. Vietnam will free more than 15,000 convicts to mark its independence day celebrations. It is a major amnesty that excludes prominent political prisoners Read more
An officer uses a string to ensure that members of the honour guard are standing in a straight line, ahead of a welcoming ceremony for visiting Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.