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Thich Nhat Hanh, influential Zen Buddhist monk, dies at 95

Jan. 25, 2022 00:22 AM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Thich Nhat Hanh, the revered Zen Buddhist monk who helped spread the practice of mindfulness in the West and socially engaged Buddhism in the East, has died. He was 95. The death was confirmed by a monk at Tu Hieu Pagoda in Hue, Vietnam who said that Nhat...

Hong Kong leader disappointed over officials' large party

Jan. 06, 2022 06:47 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Thursday she was disappointed that nine government officials attended a large birthday party that has sparked fears of a new omicron cluster after a guest tested positive for the coronavirus. At least one official who was a guest,...

Decades of DOD efforts fail to stamp out bias, extremism

Dec. 29, 2021 16:35 PM EST

In February, with the images of the violent insurrection in Washington still fresh in the minds of Americans, newly confirmed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin took the unprecedented step of signing a memo directing commanding officers across the military to institute a one-day stand-down to address...

Immigrants welcome Afghan refugees, inspired by own journeys

Dec. 28, 2021 17:24 PM EST

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Tram Pham tears up recalling how tough life was at first in the U.S. But she also remembers the joy she felt as a 22-year-old refugee from Vietnam when a nurse spoke to her in her native language and guided her through a medical screening required of new arrivals. ...

Years later, convictions can spark deportations for refugees

Dec. 20, 2021 01:05 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — At the age of 18, while he was driving a van through St. Paul, an acquaintance in Ge Vang’s passenger seat pulled out a gun and waved it at a group of five young people. Vang was later arrested and convicted by jury of aiding and abetting, a felony for...

Report: Chinese hackers targeted Southeast Asian nations

Dec. 08, 2021 20:50 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Chinese hackers, likely state-sponsored, have been broadly targeting government and private-sector organizations across Southeast Asia, including those closely involved with Beijing on infrastructure development projects, according to a report released Wednesday by a U.S.-based...

High school seniors return to classrooms in Vietnam capital

Dec. 06, 2021 00:48 AM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — High school seniors returned to their classrooms in Hanoi, Vietnam's capital, on Monday for the first time in more than six months as the city eases coronavirus restrictions. Only 50% of normal school attendance will be allowed to reduce the risk...

No currency manipulator labels from US, China on watch

Dec. 03, 2021 12:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration will not designate any country as a currency manipulator, but it did name China, Vietnam and Taiwan among the nations that have failed to live up to global agreements not to use their currencies to gain unfair trade advantages. ...

Laos-China railway to launch as debt to Beijing mounts

Dec. 02, 2021 07:58 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Laos, a nation of 7 million people wedged between China, Vietnam and Thailand, is opening a $5.9 billion Chinese-built railway that links China's poor southwest to foreign markets but piles on potentially risky debt. The line through lush tropical...

Japan, Vietnam express serious concern about South China Sea

Nov. 24, 2021 09:39 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The leaders of Japan and Vietnam expressed serious concern on Wednesday about the situation in the South China Sea and any unilateral actions aimed at altering the status quo, and agreed to work together to sustain free and open sea lanes as tensions escalate in the region amid...