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US criticizes Vietnam for jailing peaceful activists

Aug. 17, 2018 11:29 PM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The United States said it was deeply concerned over Vietnam's conviction and sentencing of an activist this week, calling the trend of increased arrests and harsh sentences of government critics "troubling." A State Department statement Friday also called on the communist government...

Vietnam War-era prisoners of war gather in Texas for reunion

Aug. 17, 2018 9:58 PM EDT

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — More than 120 Vietnam War-era prisoners of war are reconnecting with one another at a Dallas-area reunion hosted by developer Ross Perot Jr. and a nonprofit veterans' organization. The "Return to Freedom" reunion marks the 45th anniversary of the repatriation of the 662 American POWs...

Judge finds conspiracy to kill Kim with VX, women to testify

Aug. 16, 2018 9:55 PM EDT

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) — Two women accused in the brazen assassination of the North Korean leader's half brother were told Thursday to make their defense after a Malaysian judge found evidence they participated in a "well-planned conspiracy" to kill, extending their murder trial until next year....

The Latest: Indonesian to testify when murder trial resumes

Aug. 16, 2018 8:37 PM EDT

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) — The Latest on the murder trial of two Southeast Asian women in the assassination of the North Korean leader's half brother (all times local): 2.35 p.m. Indonesian Siti Aisyah will be the first witness to testify when her murder trial in the killing of Kim Jong Nam resumes in...

Vietnam finds activist guilty of anti-government charges

Aug. 16, 2018 6:35 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A court in central Vietnam sentenced an activist to 20 years in prison Thursday after finding him guilty of attempting to overthrow the Communist government, his lawyer said, in a case decried by international rights groups. The court also sentenced Le Dinh Luong, 53, to five years of...

Slovakia to probe role in German-Vietnamese kidnapping case

Aug. 6, 2018 9:27 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's prime minister says his government will do all it can to investigate his country's possible involvement in a kidnapping case that has strained relations between Germany and Vietnam. Germany accused Vietnamese intelligence agents of kidnapping a Vietnamese businessman...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Aug. 6, 2018 1:48 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...

US man returns home after release from Vietnamese jail

Aug. 4, 2018 9:11 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — An American man who was convicted by a Vietnamese court of disturbing public order after he took part in a rare protest is back in the United States. The Houston Chronicle reports William Nguyen returned to his home in Houston on Friday after spending 40 days in detention before being...

Vietnam floods kill 3, threaten to submerge parts of Hanoi

Jul. 31, 2018 11:46 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Seasonal floods have killed three people and threaten to submerge parts of Vietnam's capital, officials said Tuesday. Two children and a man drowned Monday in Chuong My district, a suburb of Hanoi, where water has overflowed one bank of the Bui River and engulfed several villages, the...

Van carrying wedding party crashes in Vietnam, killing 13

Jul. 30, 2018 5:29 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A van carrying a wedding party crashed in central Vietnam early Monday, killing 13 people, including the groom, officials said. The van, carrying 17 people, collided head-on into an incoming container truck at 2:30 a.m. in Quang Nam province, said provincial Mayor Dinh Van Thu. Ten...