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6 bodies were found in a Bangkok hotel room with no signs of violence. Police think they know why

Jul. 18, 2024 08:02 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Should visitors to Thailand be concerned about their safety after six people were found dead in a locked hotel room in Bangkok? Thai authorities were quick to stress they believed the incident involved a personal dispute and did not reflect any threat to foreign...

Vietnam's President To Lam becomes caretaker of Communist Party while chief Trong focuses on health

Jul. 18, 2024 06:17 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese President To Lam on Thursday became the caretaker of the Communist Party because of party chief Nguyen Phu Trong's poor health, the party said in a statement. Nguyen Phu Trong, who was elected to a third term as general secretary in 2021, has...

Traces of cyanide are found in the blood of Vietnamese and Americans found dead in a Bangkok hotel

Jul. 17, 2024 14:13 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Initial autopsy results showed traces of cyanide in the blood of six Vietnamese and American guests at a luxury hotel in central Bangkok and one of them is believed to have poisoned the others over a bad investment, Thai authorities said Wednesday. The bodies were...

A U.S. envoy visits Hanoi days after Putin, saying US-Vietnam trust is at 'all-time high'

Jun. 22, 2024 13:10 PM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A senior U.S. diplomat held talks in Vietnam on Saturday and said that the trust between the two countries was at an “all-time high,” just days after Russian President Vladimir Putin's state visit to Hanoi. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia...

Vietnam says it's ready to hold talks with Philippines on overlapping continental shelf claims

Jun. 21, 2024 06:16 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam is ready to hold talks with the Philippines to settle their overlapping claims to the undersea continental shelf in the South China Sea, official Vietnamese media said Friday, in a diplomatic approach that contrasts with China’s increasingly assertive actions to...

Putin signs deals with Vietnam in bid to shore up ties in Asia to offset Moscow's growing isolation

Jun. 20, 2024 12:51 PM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin signed at least a dozen deals with his Vietnamese counterpart on Thursday and offered to supply fossil fuels, including natural gas, to Vietnam during a state visit that comes as Moscow is seeking to bolster ties in Asia to offset its growing...

Rights groups urge Thailand not to extradite Vietnamese activist, saying he's at risk if sent home

Jun. 13, 2024 06:48 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Human rights groups urged Thailand on Thursday not to extradite a Vietnamese activist detained in Bangkok, saying he could be at risk if handed back to Vietnam. Y Quynh Bdap, who had United Nations refugee status in Thailand, was picked up by local police on Tuesday,...

Vietnam national security police confirm arrest of prominent writer Truong Huy San for Facebook post

Jun. 07, 2024 13:24 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Authorities in Vietnam announced Friday that they have charged prominent journalist and historian Truong Huy San with violating a national security law because of writing he had posted on Facebook, the website of the newspaper Tuoi Tre and other state media reported. ...

Vietnam’s top security official To Lam confirmed as president

May. 22, 2024 01:51 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Vietnam’s top security official To Lam was confirmed Wednesday as the nation's new president. He oversaw police and intelligence operations over a period when rights groups say basic liberties have been systematically suppressed, and its secret service was accused of violating...

Vietnam's National Assembly confirms To Lam as the new president amid ongoing turmoil at the top levels of government

May. 21, 2024 22:55 PM EDT
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam's National Assembly confirms To Lam as the new president amid ongoing turmoil at the top levels of government.