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Vietnam Opens 3 New Sites for Search of US MIAs

Posted June 4th, 2012 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnam’s defense chief told U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Monday that the communist government will open up three new sites for the search and excavation of troop remains from the war decades ago. The pledge came during a meeting between Panetta and Vietnamese Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh. The two military heads also exchanged artifacts […]

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Panetta Visits Vietnam

Posted June 3rd, 2012 at 4:20 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Sunday visited a major base used by American forces during the Vietnam War. Panetta is the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit the former U.S. air force and naval base at Cam Ranh Bay since the war ended in 1975. Officials said the defense secretary would visit an American naval cargo […]

Vietnam Arrests US Democracy Activist

Posted April 29th, 2012 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnam state media say a Vietnamese-American pro-democracy activist has been arrested and accused of terrorism for planning a protest to disrupt the April 30 celebrations commemorating the end of the Vietnam War. State media said Sunday Nguyen Quoc Quan was arrested April 17 after arriving at the airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Quan, who […]

Hague Talks in Hanoi Touch on China Sea Dispute

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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British Foreign Secretary William Hague says he has been discussing a smoldering dispute over sovereignty in the South China Sea during a rare visit to Vietnam. Hague told reporters Wednesday the dispute — which pits China against several of its neighbors — was just one of several issues in his talks with Prime Minister Nguyen […]

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Hague Talks in Hanoi Touch on China Sea Dispute

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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British Foreign Secretary William Hague says he has been discussing a smoldering dispute over sovereignty in the South China Sea during a rare visit to Vietnam. Hague told reporters Wednesday the dispute — which pits China against several of its neighbors — was just one of several issues in his talks with Prime Minister Nguyen […]

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Vietnam Detains 20 in Land Dispute

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 4:20 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnamese police have detained 20 people involved in a protest outside the capital, Hanoi. The dispute began Tuesday when hundreds of villagers clashed with as many as 3,000 riot police and other security forces. The villagers say the authorities were engaged in an illegal attempt to evict farmers from their land to make way for […]

China Planning Tourism Package in Disputed Islands

Posted April 24th, 2012 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A Chinese provincial official says the country is planning for tourism development on a set of islands in the South China Sea that are claimed by both China and Vietnam. The tourism plan, announced by Hainan provincial Vice-Governor Tan Li, comes as tensions continue to rise across Southeast Asia over competing maritime claims to vast […]

China Releases 21 Vietnamese Fishermen

Posted April 21st, 2012 at 1:05 am (UTC-5)
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China says it has released 21 Vietnamese fisherman who were detained more than a month ago in a disputed area of the South China Sea. China’s official Xinhua news agency reported Friday the men were released after signing a written guarantee. Xinhua said the guarantee was a pledge “not to infringe on China’s maritime rights, […]

World Bank Finds Vietnam Faces Future Urban Woes

Posted April 9th, 2012 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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A new World Bank report says rapid urbanization in Vietnam’s main cities is driving home ownership out of reach of most residents and raising the threat of transportation gridlock. The report, titled Vietnam Urbanization Review, notes that no country has reached high-income status without first becoming urbanized. In Vietnam, it says, urban population growth is […]

Red Cross Fights Disease in Vietnam

Posted April 3rd, 2012 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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The Vietnam Red Cross has launched a public education campaign to fight the spread of hand, foot and mouth disease in Vietnam. The organization issued an emergency appeal Tuesday for nearly $1 million in international donations to help fund a campaign aimed at more than 750,000 people in 13 provinces. The Red Cross says there […]

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