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California governor pardons 3 in bid to block deportations

Nov. 15, 2019 6:47 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced that he is pardoning three men who separately committed crimes when they were each 19 years old and now are attempting to avoid being deported to Cambodia or Vietnam. It’s the latest in a series of similar actions by the...

Vietnam court convicts music teacher of anti-state actions

Nov. 15, 2019 6:56 AM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A Vietnamese court sentenced a music teacher on Friday to 11 years in jail for “anti-state” Facebook posts, state media reported. The official Nghe An newspaper said Nguyen Nang Tinh was found guilty of publishing photos, videos and comments on his personal Facebook page...

Rare deer-like species photographed for first time in wild

Nov. 12, 2019 5:04 AM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A tiny deer-like species not seen by scientists for nearly 30 years has been photographed in a forest in southern Vietnam, a conservation group said Tuesday. Images of the silver-backed chevrotain, commonly called the Vietnamese mouse deer, were captured in the wild by trap cameras,...

Vietnamese court finds Australian guilty of terrorism

Nov. 11, 2019 4:53 AM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A Vietnamese court on Monday sentenced a 70-year-old Australian to 12 years in jail on terrorism charges, state media reported. The Tuoi Tre newspaper said Chau Van Kham, a Sydney resident of Vietnamese origin, was found guilty of "terrorism to oppose the people's administration" in a...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Nov. 10, 2019 11:20 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. US...

Tupelo veteran Smitty Harris shares his story in 'Tap Code'

Nov. 9, 2019 12:05 AM EST

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Smitty Harris can tell a good story, one that's filled with horror and humor, heroism and honor, and has the power to keep listeners teetering on the edge of their seats. And one more thing: His story's totally true. Retired Air Force Col. Carlyle "Smitty" Harris, originally from the...

UK police identify truck victims; 10 teenagers among 39 dead

Nov. 8, 2019 11:45 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Ten teenagers were among the 39 Vietnamese found dead in a truck container in southeast England last month, local police said Friday while relaying for the first time details of those who died. The scope of the tragedy became clear as police released the names and ages of the victims in one...

UK police ID all 39 Vietnamese victims found in truck

Nov. 7, 2019 10:07 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — UK police say they have formally identified the 39 people found dead in a container truck in southeastern England and notified their families in the apparent people-smuggling tragedy. The authorities said Thursday they've been working with Vietnamese police and the coroner to identify the...

Vietnam arrests 1 more, says migrants routed through Russia

Nov. 5, 2019 3:27 AM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese state media have reported another arrest over the deaths of dozens of migrants in England and cite police as saying a suspect had organized for people to travel to Russia before being smuggled to the West. The state-run Tuoi Tre newspaper reported an arrest was made in Nghe...

US, China spar at Southeast Asian regional summit

Nov. 4, 2019 11:10 AM EST

NONTHABURI, Thailand (AP) — The rivalry between the United States and China over influence in the Asia-Pacific region was on show Monday as the two superpowers traded barbs over freedom of navigation in the region's seas. The war of words took place at the annual summit of leaders of the Association of...