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Continuity Seen as Vietnam Approves New Cabinet

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnam’s National Assembly has approved a new cabinet dominated by supporters of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. The lineup, approved Wednesday, includes new ministers or agency chiefs in 15 of the 22 posts, but many stepped up from deputy positions and analysts saw little evidence of a change in direction. The assembly also approved four […]

Vietnam Upholds 7-Year Jail Term for Prominent Dissident

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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An appeals court in Vietnam has upheld the 7-year prison sentence for the dissident son of one of Vietnam’s founding revolutionaries. Defendant Cu Huy Ha Vu, a human rights lawyer educated in France, was found guilty earlier this year of spreading propaganda against the state. The finding came despite Vu’s arguments that his calls for […]

Vietnam Upholds 7-Year Jail Term for Prominent Dissident

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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An appeals court in Vietnam has upheld the 7-year prison sentence for the dissident son of one of Vietnam’s founding revolutionaries. Defendant Cu Huy Ha Vu, a human rights lawyer educated in France, had argued that his calls for political pluralism were not intended to undermine Vietnam’s communist government. He said he only demanded a […]

17 Dead in Vietnam Shoe Factory Fire

Posted July 30th, 2011 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Vietnamese authorities said Saturday a fire at a shoe factory in the northern port city of Haiphong killed 17 people and seriously injured 21 others. Police said the fire broke out Friday afternoon by welding sparks. The building had only one exit and the fire spread so fast that many workers were not able to […]

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17 Dead in Vietnam Shoe Factory Fire

Posted July 30th, 2011 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnamese authorities said Saturday that a fire at a shoe factory in the northern port city of Haiphong killed 17 people and seriously injured another 21. Police said the fire is believed to have been started Friday afternoon by welding equipment. The building had only one exit and the fire spread so fast that many […]

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Vietnam Rebuts US Criticism Over Jailing of Priest

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnam is rejecting U.S. charges that dissident priest Nguyen Van Ly was returned to prison for expressing his opinions. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Nguyen Phuong Nga said Thursday that the ailing Catholic priest was returned to prison Monday on the orders of a provincial court. She noted that Ly had been released on humanitarian grounds to […]

Group Links Vietnam Military to Illegal Logging in Laos

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 6:30 am (UTC-5)
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A London-based environmental group accuses the Vietnamese military of playing a key role in the illicit lumber trade between Vietnam and Laos. The Environmental Investigation Agency says in a report Thursday that its agents posed as buyers of illegal timber during undercover operations in 2010 and 2011. It says the group discovered that one of […]

US Calls for Release of Dissident Vietnamese Priest

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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The United States is calling for the immediate release of a prominent Vietnamese dissident who has been taken back into custody despite frail health. A U.S. State Department spokeswoman issued a statement late Tuesday expressing “concern” over the re-arrest of Catholic priest Nguyen Van Ly. Father Ly has been a long-time critic of Vietnam’s ruling […]

Vietnam’s Dung Wins Second Term as PM

Posted July 26th, 2011 at 6:10 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnam’s National Assembly elected Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to a second term Tuesday, cementing his role as the country’s most powerful politician. The overwhelming vote of approval by the 500-member assembly was considered a formality after Mr. Dung was backed for the job at a congress of the ruling Communist Party in January. In […]

Vietnam’s Dung Expected to Win Second Term as PM

Posted July 26th, 2011 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnam’s National Assembly is expected to elect Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to a second term Tuesday, cementing Mr. Dung’s role as the country’s most powerful politician. The vote by the 500-member assembly is considered a formality after Mr. Dung was backed for the job at a congress of the ruling Communist Party in January. […]

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