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Mattis: Trump says defense chief's job is '100 percent' safe

Oct. 16, 2018 7:13 AM EDT

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (AP) — Amid speculation that he may soon be replaced, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said President Donald Trump told him he supports the retired Marine general "100 percent." The assertion comes just days after Trump mused on national television about Mattis leaving his post....

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....

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...

Vietnam jails activist for anti-government posts on Facebook

Sep. 25, 2018 12:04 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A court in southern Vietnam has sentenced an activist to 27 months in prison for Facebook posts that judges say insulted the ruling Communist Party and government and called for anti-government protests. Doan Khanh Vinh Quang, 42, was convicted "abuse of democratic freedom to infringe...

Vietnam jails teacher to 14 years over attempted subversion

Sep. 20, 2018 12:47 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A court in northern Vietnam has sentenced a former primary schoolteacher to 14 years in prison after finding him guilty on charges of attempting to overthrow the communist government. Dao Quang Thuc, 58, was convicted of posting on his Facebook page articles with "reactionary...

Vietnam jails activist for 12 years in crackdown on dissent

Sep. 12, 2018 9:33 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A court in central Vietnam sentenced an activist on Wednesday to 12 years in prison after finding him guilty of associating with an outlawed dissident group. The state-run Quang Binh newspaper said the People's Court in Quang Binh province convicted Nguyen Trung Truc in a half-day...

Vietnam sentences South African man to death for drugs

Aug. 28, 2018 5:39 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A court in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday sentenced a South African man to death after finding him guilty of trafficking nearly 1.5 kilograms (3.3 pounds) of cocaine. The Ho Chi Minh City Law newspaper said Coetzee Tyron Lee was convicted in a half-day trial. It said Lee was...