Storm Vamco causes severe floods and landslides in the central region of Vietnam after leaving 67 people dead and nearly 26,000 houses damaged in the Philippines.
The accord will take already low tariffs on trade between member countries still lower, over time, and is less comprehensive than an 11-nation trans-Pacific trade deal that President Donald Trump pulled out of shortly after taking office.
Vietnam is prone to destructive storms and flooding due to its long coastline. Vamco will be the 13th storm that affects the Southeast Asian country this year.
Vietnam battles one of the worst weathers seen in years as recent Typhoon Molave hit villages in the central provinces, an area already badly affected by weeks of flooding.
The fast-moving typhoon lashed Philippines overnight, leaving at least 13 people missing, forcing thousands of villagers to flee.
Intense rainfall since early October has caused floods and mudslides that have killed more than 70 people in central Vietnam.
Incoming storm Nangka is expected to dump more heavy rain in coming days as floods submerge entire villages in Quang Tri and Quang Nam and sweep through the Imperial City of Hue and tourist hotspot Hoi An.
Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam says it has grounded all Pakistani pilots after concerns that some of them may have been using fake licences.
Growing racism against Asian communities following the coronavirus pandemic has brought some right-thinking people together to support the victims of racial abuse and to empathise with people regardless of their identity.
The eight women and three men were caught by border guards in northern Vietnam in late November after crossing from China, and had been held in the northeastern border city of Lang Son.
Images of the silver-backed chevrotain or mouse deer were last recorded in 1990. The recent sighting was captured by trap cameras in a forest in southern Vietnam, Global Wildlife Conservation said.
The bodies of 39 people were found in a truck container in Grays, about 32 kilometres (20 miles) east of central London. British police are still trying to establish the identity of victims who in many cases lacked identity documents.
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