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Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Oct. 15, 2018 1:26 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves: ___ EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look...

Mattis trip to Vietnam aimed at countering China's influence

Oct. 15, 2018 12:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — By making a rare second trip this year to Vietnam, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is signaling how intensively the Trump administration is trying to counter China's military assertiveness by cozying up to smaller nations in the region that share American wariness about Chinese intentions....

Mattis pushes closer ties to Vietnam amid tension with China

Oct. 14, 2018 7:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — By making a rare second trip this year to Vietnam, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is signaling how intensively the Trump administration is trying to counter China's military assertiveness by cozying up to smaller nations in the region that share American wariness about Chinese intentions....

Philippine, Vietnam leaders discuss disputed sea boundaries

Oct. 12, 2018 9:27 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Vietnam's prime minister have discussed efforts by their countries to delineate their maritime boundaries in the disputed South China Sea, most of which is claimed by China. Duterte said Friday, without elaborating, that he told Prime...

Vietnam jails activist for using Facebook to abuse freedoms

Oct. 12, 2018 5:22 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A court in northern Vietnam has sentenced an activist to five years in prison after finding him guilty of abusing democratic freedoms to infringe on the interests of the government, organizations and individuals. Lawyer Ha Huy Son said his client, Do Cong Duong, was convicted in a...

US unemployment falls to 3.7 percent _ lowest since 1969

Oct. 5, 2018 9:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate fell in September to 3.7 percent, the lowest since 1969, when young men were being drafted to fight in Vietnam and the American auto industry and the space program were going full blast. The Labor Department reported Friday that the rate edged down from 3.9...

Vietnam jails 5 activists over attempted subversion

Oct. 5, 2018 8:00 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A court in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City sentenced five activists to up to 15 years in prison on Friday after finding them guilty of running a political group that worked to overthrow the country's one-party Communist rule. The official Vietnam News Agency said group leader Luu Van Vinh...

Vietnam nominates Communist Party chief to become president

Oct. 4, 2018 6:44 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam's ruling Communist Party has nominated its general secretary for the additional post of president, succeeding President Tran Dai Quang, who died last month, and ending a decades-long policy of separating top leadership positions. The government said in a statement that members...

Vietnam's former Communist Party Chief Do Muoi dies at 101

Oct. 1, 2018 11:44 PM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Do Muoi, who worked against the French colonial government and became a committed communist, has died at age 101. The government said in an announcement posted on its website that Muoi died late...

The Latest: Iran dismisses Israeli 'atomic warehouse' claim

Sep. 27, 2018 8:38 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The latest on the United Nations General Assembly (all times local): 8:05 p.m. Iran's foreign minister is deriding as an "arts and crafts show" Israel's visual-aid-enhanced accusation that his country is keeping a secret atomic warehouse. State-run media report that Mohammad Javad...