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Vietnam to host F1 street race in Hanoi

Formula One has reached a deal to stage a race on the streets of Vietnam's capital city. Credit: PA

Formula One has reached a deal to stage a race on the streets of Vietnam's capital city.

The grand prix, which will take place in Hanoi, has been mooted for some time, but was officially confirmed by F1 officials on Wednesday.

The street race will be staged from 2020 onwards, and it becomes the first new addition to the calendar in the post-Bernie Ecclestone era.

Earlier this year, F1's American owners' Liberty Media were forced to put plans for a race in Miami on hold after opposition from local groups.

While there are just two of this year's record-equalling 21 races remaining, Wednesday's announcement, coupled with a potential Miami race in 2020, could now see that tally increase to 23, despite resistance from some teams.

The inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix, pencilled in for April 2020, will take place over a 3.46-mile track on a combination of existing and newly-built roads.

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Vietnam National Police recruits go through gruelling drills ahead of APEC summit

Recruits from Vietnam's National Police have put on an extreme display of their toughness ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation​ (APEC) summit in the coast resort town of Denang.

Tens of thousands of security forces have been deployed for the meeting on November 10-11, which will be attended by Asia-Pacific leaders including US President Donald Trump, China's Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin of Russia.

This is the second time Vietnam has hosted the APEC leaders' summit, with the first held in Haoi in 2006.

Vietnam police undergo rigorous training, with videos of elaborate drills and obstacle courses often making a splash on social media.

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