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Vietnam Jails Ex-Officials in Graft Scam

Posted July 6th, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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A Vietnamese court has sentenced a former transport ministry chief and seven others to prison, after finding them guilty of involvement in a string of corruption scandals. The court in Hanoi found chief defendant Bui Tien Dung and his accused accomplices guilty of siphoning more than $160,000 from a bridge construction project funded with Japanese […]

Vietnamese Protesters Denounce China in Maritime Dispute

Posted July 3rd, 2011 at 11:20 pm (UTC-5)
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About 100 people rallied in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, Sunday to protest China’s recent actions in disputed regional waters. Demonstrators shouted that the Spratly and Paracel islands belong to Vietnam, and they accused China of intending to invade Vietnam’s territory. Public protests are rare in communist Vietnam, but authorities have permitted the anti-China protests for a […]

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Vietnamese Protesters Denounce China in Maritime Dispute

Posted July 3rd, 2011 at 4:45 pm (UTC-5)
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About 100 people rallied in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, Sunday to protest China’s recent actions in disputed regional waters. Demonstrators shouted that the Spratly and Paracel islands belong to Vietnam, and they accused China of intending to invade Vietnam’s territory. Public protests are rate in communist Vietnam, but authorities have permitted the anti-China protests for a […]

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Vietnam to Switch from Firing Squads to Lethal Injection

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnam will begin on Friday to carry out the death penalty by lethal injection instead of firing squad. Legislators looking for a more humane method of carrying out the death penalty approved the change last year. The government said lethal injection causes less pain for the condemned and reduces psychological pressure on the executioners. The […]

16 Reported Dead in Vietnam Floods

Posted June 26th, 2011 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Vietnamese authorities say four days of heavy rain in northern Vietnam has left at least 16 people dead and submerged more than 10,000 hectares of rice and other food crops. The state committee for flood and storm prevention said Sunday at least four people are missing and more than 60 others injured in the deluge, […]

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Vietnam and China Pledge to Peacefully Resolve Maritime Dispute

Posted June 26th, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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China and Vietnam pledged Sunday to resolve their maritime dispute in the South China Sea through peaceful dialogue. Chinese media said Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo and Vietnamese Vice Foreign Minister Ho Xuan Son met in Beijing Saturday and agreed to address the dispute through negotiations and peaceful, friendly consultations. However, no details on specific […]

Vietnam and China Pledge to Peacefully Resolve Maritime Dispute

Posted June 26th, 2011 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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China and Vietnam pledged Sunday to resolve their maritime dispute in the South China Sea through peaceful dialogue. Chinese media sais Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo and Vietnamese Vice Foreign Minister Ho Xuan Son met in Beijing Saturday and agreed to address the dispute through negotiations and peaceful, friendly consultations. However, no details on specific […]

Vietnam’s Inflation Surges

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 2:10 am (UTC-5)
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A Vietnamese government report released Friday says the country’s inflation rate, already one of the world’s highest, rose again in June to almost 21 percent. The General Statistics office said inflation in June alone hit 20.8 percent from a year ago. Inflation for all of last year was 11.5 percent. The report said food prices […]

Chinese Media See Hopeful Sign in Vietnamese Gay Wedding

Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 4:08 am (UTC-5)
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A Chinese state-controlled newspaper sees reports of a high-profile gay wedding in Vietnam as a sign of hope for gay men and lesbians in China. A commentary in the Communist party-controlled Global Times noted approvingly that the wedding — just the second of its kind in Vietnam — was approved by both men’s families and […]

US, Vietnam Wrap Up Underwater Search for American MIAs

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 3:40 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. and Vietnam say they have completed a rare underwater search for missing Americans from the Vietnam War. The USNS Bowditch, a U.S. Navy oceanographic survey ship, took part in the four-week mission which ended Monday. It was only the second time in 103 search missions that a U.S. Navy vessel joined with Vietnamese […]

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