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  1. News - Asia - VIETNAM

    Typhoon Nari kills five in Vietnam

    Posted Oct 15th 2013, 02:36pm by Agence France-Presse in Hanoi

    ... Agence France-Presse in Hanoi Typhoon Nari slammed into central Vietnam early on Tuesday killing five people, ripping roofs of homes and damaging roads, state media reported. The storm, which claimed 13 lives in the Philippines over the weekend, tore through the communist country’s central region - from the tourist town of Hue to Quang Ngai to the south, Vietnam Television ...

  2. News - Asia - VIETNAM

    Death toll from Vietnam firework factory blast reaches 24

    Posted Oct 13th 2013, 02:45pm by Agence France-Presse in Hanoi

    ... Agence France-Presse in Hanoi More than 20 injured in explosion at military complex in northern Vietnam Vietnamese police on Sunday raised the death toll from a blast at a fireworks factory to 24 blaming other explosives also stored at the site for the accident which also left many injured. “At least 24 people were killed - we have identified 16 bodies,” Phu Tho policeman ...

  3. News - Asia - VIETNAM

    Two foreign drug smugglers face Vietnam death penalty

    Posted Aug 21st 2013, 04:15pm by Agence France-Presse in Hanoi

    ... Agence France-Presse in Hanoi Thai woman and Nigerian man given death sentence after smuggling drugs A Thai drug smuggler has been sentenced to death in Vietnam, state media said Wednesday, the second such penalty given to a foreigner within a week in the communist country. A court in Vietnam, whose drug laws are among the toughest in the world, sentenced Suracha Chaimongkol ...

  4. News - Asia - VIETNAM

    Vietnamese pop stars Thu Minh and Thanh Bui join rhino rescue campaign

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 10:34pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Port Elizabeth, South Africa Two Vietnamese pop stars have been co-opted into South Africa's campaign to save the rhinoceros so that they can help spread ... in the world, estimated at up to US$10 billion annually. Last year, about 1,000 rhinos were killed in South Africa, compared with just 13 in 2007. Agence France-Presse ...

  5. News - Asia - VIETNAM

    Vietnam releases two dissidents from jail amid trade talks with US

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 06:01pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Hanoi Move comes after Vietnamese authorities last week freed Cu Huy Ha Vu, one of the country’s most prominent dissidents who had been jailed for seven years Vietnam has released two more high-profile dissidents as it negotiates a free-trade deal with Washington that may not be approved unless Hanoi improves its human rights record. Vi Duc Hoi ...

  6. News - Asia - VIETNAM

    Vietnam sentences blogger to 15 months in prison for criticising state

    Posted Mar 19th 2014, 09:00pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Hanoi 15-month sentence for former culture ministry official follows similar punishment of journalist State critic jailed for blog dissent Vietnam has jailed a prominent blogger for 15 months on a charge of anti-state activity, the second such sentencing in a fortnight in a nation where perceived dissent is severely punished. Pham Viet Dao, 61, a communist ...

  7. News - Asia - VIETNAM

    Vietnam court upholds 30-month jail term for dissident lawyer Le Quoc Quan

    Posted Feb 18th 2014, 03:00pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... Agence France-Presse in Hanoi One of Vietnam’s most prominent dissidents lost his court appeal on Tuesday against imprisonment for tax evasion, as dozens of supporters protested outside the court against the communist state’s crackdown on dissent. Scores of police encircled the Hanoi People’s Court of Appeals, which after a half-day trial upheld a 2 ½-year jail sentence ...

  8. News - Asia - VIETNAM

    Vietnamese diplomat Dang Xuong Hung seeks asylum in Switzerland

    Posted Feb 04th 2014, 05:33am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Geneva Diplomat seeks political asylum in Switzerland A Vietnamese diplomat who was posted at the country's consulate in Geneva says he has sought political asylum in Switzerland. Dang Xuong Hung, who served at the consulate from 2008 to 2012 when he formally withdrew from the Vietnamese Communist Party, told local Geneva station Leman Bleu on Sunday ...

  9. News - Asia - VIETNAM

    Vietnam tries Big Macs as first McDonald's opens in Ho Chi Minh

    Posted Feb 09th 2014, 04:13am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnamese get their first taste of McDonald's Four decades after the Vietnam war ended, US fast-food company McDonald's opened its first restaurant in the communist country yesterday, aiming to lure a rising middle class away from rice and noodles. The arrival of one of the symbols of US capitalism in Ho Chi Minh City, known as Saigon ...

  10. News - Asia - VIETNAM

    Vietnam marks 40th anniversary of China's invasion of Paracel Islands

    Posted Jan 19th 2014, 03:20pm by AFP, AP

    ... those who died fighting for the Paracels. Agence France-Presse, Associated Press ...




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