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Vietnam Convicts 3 Bloggers for Anti-Government Posts

Posted September 24th, 2012 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnam has sent three bloggers to prison for spreading “propaganda against the state” by posting on the Internet their writings about human rights abuses, corruption and foreign policy. The defendants – two men and a woman – were sentenced Monday in Ho Chi Minh City, following a trial that lasted a few hours. U.S. President […]

Vietnam Threatens ‘Serious’ Punishment for Bloggers

Posted September 13th, 2012 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnam’s government has ordered a crackdown on three blogs who it says published “distorted and fabricated” material against the country’s Communist Party leaders. An online government statement says Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has ordered police to investigate the blogs, vowing that perpetrators will be “seriously punished.” Government employees have been forbidden from visiting the […]

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US Begins Cleanup of Agent Orange in Vietnam

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 1:35 am (UTC-5)
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The United States has begun cleaning up the contamination left from the herbicide Agent Orange sprayed by U.S. forces during the U.S.-Vietnam War, nearly four decades after the conflict ended. Vietnamese and U.S. officials launched a project Thursday to clean up deposits of the toxic chemical dioxin at a former U.S. airbase in Danang where […]

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Mother of Detained Vietnamese Blogger Dies in Rare Self-Immolation

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A Vietnamese rights group says the mother of a prominent jailed blogger has died after setting herself on fire in protest of her daughter’s detention. Self-immolation is a rare act of dissent in Vietnam, whose Communist leaders exercise tight control over society. The Vietnamese Redemptorist News network says the mother, Dang Thi Kim Lieng, set […]

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China Approves City Council, Military Base in Disputed Islands

Posted July 22nd, 2012 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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China says it has formed a municipal council for a newly established city in a disputed part of the South China Sea, and has authorized the deployment of a military base in the area. In a report published Sunday, China’s official Xinhua news agency says 1,100 residents of several islands known in Chinese as Xisha, […]

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Clinton Urges Vietnam to Protect Human Rights

Posted July 10th, 2012 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has stressed the need for Vietnam to protect human rights. Clinton said Tuesday after meeting with Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh in Hanoi that she was particularly concerned about the jailing of activists, lawyers and bloggers for peaceful expression. New York-based Human Rights Watch had urged Clinton to raise […]

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Clinton Urges Vietnam to Protect Human Rights

Posted July 10th, 2012 at 6:30 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has stressed the need for Vietnam to protect human rights. Clinton said Tuesday after meeting with Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh in Hanoi that she was particularly concerned about the jailing of activists, lawyers and bloggers for peaceful expression. New York-based Human Rights Watch had urged Clinton to raise […]

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Clinton Looks for Trade Boost in Vietnam Talks

Posted July 10th, 2012 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is visiting Vietnam Tuesday to meet with senior officials and discuss boosting trade. She is due to hold talks with Foreign Minister Pham Binh Mihn and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, as well as meet with U.S. and Vietnamese business leaders. The State Department says Clinton will witness the […]

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Vietnam Protests China’s Oil Auction in Disputed South China Sea

Posted June 27th, 2012 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Vietnam is protesting China’s decision to post bids on offshore oil blocks in the disputed South China Sea. The China National Offshore Oil Corporation on Saturday announced that nine oil and gas lots were open for exploration. Vietnam’s foreign ministry said in a statement the blocks lie entirely within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental […]

Vietnamese Dissident Gets 5 Years in Jail for Leaflets

Posted June 6th, 2012 at 7:20 am (UTC-5)
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A court in southern Vietnam has sentenced a dissident to five years in prison for distributing anti-government material. Report say 53-year-old Phan Ngoc Tuan was found guilty Wednesday of collaborating with “reactionary groups and individuals” to spread documents defaming the Communist state. The court in Ninh Thuan province also ordered Tuan to serve three years […]

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