Women paint paper replicas of soldier’s hats for the Vu Lan Festival at Dong Ho village, outside Hanoi. Vietnam is celebrating the month-long festival of the hungry ghosts, also known as Vu Lan festival, where many Taoists and Buddhists believe that the living are supposed to please the ghosts by offering them food and burning paper effigies of homes, maids, and other daily items for spirits to use in the afterlife.
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A street vendor walks with her goods in a street in Hanoi, Vietnam. According to a report released by the World Bank recently, Vietnam’s economic growth is predicted to rise of 5.5 percent in 2014.
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Dozens of Filipino and Vietnamese nationals rally outside the Chinese embassy in Makati’s financial district, south of Manila, the Philippines, to protest against China’s behaviour in a territorial dispute in the South China Sea. Janicee Buco, wearing red shoes, addresses the crowd as they commemorate the 1979 Vietnam-China border war.
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.
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
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
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.