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Vietnam anti-corruption activist gets 30 months in jail

Jul. 30, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A Vietnamese court has sentenced an anti-corruption activist to 30 months in jail for causing a public disorder. According to the state-owned Tien Phong newspaper, activist Ha Van Nam was accused of inciting drivers to repeatedly block a highway toll station in Bac Ninh province to...

Vietnam confiscates smuggled rhino horns worth $4 million

Jul. 29, 2019 7:57 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam's customs authority has confiscated 125 kilograms of rhino horns worth up to $4 million in an air shipment. The state-run Vietnam News reported Monday that the 55 pieces of horns were concealed inside plaster blocks. They were discovered Thursday. According to the authority,...

US concerned over China's 'interference' in South China Sea

Jul. 21, 2019 3:49 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The United States said it's concerned by reports of China's interference with oil and gas activities in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, where Vietnam accuses Beijing of violating its sovereignty. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement that China's...

Birds at border prompt S. Korea to launch jets, issue alert

Jul. 1, 2019 6:13 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Ending a brief media frenzy, South Korea's military said it turned out to be a flock of birds that prompted it to launch fighter jets and alert journalists that it had detected an unidentified object flying near the border with North Korea on Monday. The South's earlier...

Vietnam, European Union sign free trade agreement

Jun. 30, 2019 8:18 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam and the European Union signed a free trade agreement on Sunday, opening opportunities to further boost trade between the euro bloc and one of Southeast Asia's biggest manufacturing nations. The agreement, which was signed by European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom...

SKoreans react with hope, skepticism over Trump-Kim meeting

Jun. 30, 2019 7:04 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Koreans watched the historic meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sunday with a mixture of hope and skepticism, wondering whether it will be enough to relieve their biggest security concern — North Korea's nuclear weapons...

North Korea urges South to stop mediating between North, US

Jun. 27, 2019 6:55 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Thursday that South Korea must stop trying to mediate between Pyongyang and Washington, as it stepped up its pressure on the United States to work out new proposals to salvage deadlocked nuclear diplomacy. The North Korean statement was an apparent continuation of...

Seoul sees US, NKorea diplomacy as contrast to Iran tensions

Jun. 27, 2019 2:17 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. and North Korea feel the need to resume diplomacy and are trying to narrow their differences for new summit talks, a top South Korean official said Wednesday as he contrasted their efforts with the tensions surrounding Iran's collapsing nuclear accord. Unification...

Seoul: US, N. Korea in talks to set up 3rd Trump-Kim summit

Jun. 26, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean and U.S. officials are holding "behind-the-scenes talks" to arrange a third summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on the fate of the North's expanding nuclear arsenal, South Korea's president said, four months after a second meeting...

North Korea says it won't surrender to US-led sanctions

Jun. 26, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Wednesday it won't surrender to U.S.-led sanctions and accused Washington of trying to "bring us to our knees." The statement is yet another reminder that North Korea keeps mistrust of the U.S. though its leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump recently...