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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 to hold state funeral for President Tran Dai Quang

Sep. 23, 2018 10:56 PM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam will hold a state funeral and national mourning this week for President Tran Dai Quang, who died last week of a viral illness at age 61. Flags will fly at half-staff and entertainment activities will be canceled during the two-day funeral that starts Wednesday, the Communist...

Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang dies of illness at 61

Sep. 21, 2018 5:02 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, the country's No. 2 after the ruling Communist Party's leader, died Friday after a serious illness, the government said. He was 61. Quang passed away despite "utmost efforts to treat him by Vietnamese and foreign professors and doctors and care by...

Official media say Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang has died at age 61 due to illness

Sep. 21, 2018 1:15 AM EDT
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Official media say Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang has died at age 61 due to illness.

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...

7 die of suspected drug overdoses at Vietnam music festival

Sep. 17, 2018 2:58 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Seven people have died of suspected drug overdoses during a music festival in Vietnam. The Capital Police newspaper said five other people were still in comas Monday after overdosing at the festival Sunday night. The music festival was held in a water park near Hanoi's city center and...

Suu Kyi says handling of Rohingya could have been better

Sep. 13, 2018 8:32 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — In the face of global condemnation, Myanmar's leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday said that the handling of Rohingya Muslims, 700,000 of whom have fled to Bangladesh amid a brutal military campaign, could have been better, but still defended security...

Japan's foreign minister says country to open to foreigners

Sep. 13, 2018 2:23 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Japan is gearing up to accept more foreign workers as its own population is on the brink of a steep decline, Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Friday. Kono told a World Economic Forum meeting in Hanoi that Japan gains "value added" by accepting foreigners, especially since its aging...

Myanmar's Suu Kyi to skip UN General Assembly session

Sep. 12, 2018 11:21 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A senior Myanmar official has confirmed that the country's leader, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, will not attend the U.N. General Assembly session this month in New York. Minister for International Cooperation Kyaw Tin, who is accompanying Suu Kyi at a meeting of the World...

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...