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Vietnam counts record number of cases as virus creeps back

Hanoi - Vietnam has recorded 45 new cases of COVID-19 -- its highest single daily tally since the pandemic began -- as an outbreak in the resort city of Danang erodes the country's efforts to stay virus-free.

Op-Ed: Hard times — US GDP crashes, Congress rejects election delay

Washington - In what can only be described as an economic cliff jump, the US economic situation is now worse than the 2008 meltdown. Simultaneously, Congress has now rejected a suggestion by Donald Trump to delay the election.

Vietnam orders 21,000 Hanoi residents to take virus test

Hanoi - More than 21,000 people in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi have been ordered to take a coronavirus test, authorities said Thursday as they scrambled to contain the nation's first outbreak after three virus-free months.

Op-Ed: Total failure – America’s war on itself has blown up in its face

New York - The appalling failure of the US to contain the pandemic is an ongoing, possibly final indictment of American politics. Much poorer, less well-resourced countries have done far better in managing the virus.

Vietnam curbs movement in city of 1.1m as virus-free run ends

Hanoi - Vietnam will suspend all flights and public transport into and out of a city of 1.1 million people where the country's first coronavirus cases in months were recently detected, authorities said Monday.

Op-Ed: There is no 'radical left' in the US — Just an appeal for sanity

Washington - If you search the expression “radical left” in News on your browser, you’ll find that the expression comes entirely from the extreme right. Like McCarthy, (again!) Trump is calling all opposition “left” and using patsies Antifa as the model.

Op-Ed: Idiots and pandemics — How ignorance has made it much worse

Sydney - 320,000 plus dead people are a testimony to the sheer ineptitude of some governments and the morons who run them. This pandemic is in the process of trashing the world’s economy, too, and what do we get? Disinformation by the metric ton.

Tourists back in Vietnam's Ha Long Bay as domestic travel opens

Ha Long - Vietnamese flocked to scenic spots and beaches Saturday, leaping at the chance to travel as the communist government eases restrictions on domestic movement to revive a tourism sector devastated by the coronavirus.

Op-Ed: The other disaster — By 2070, big areas ‘unliveable’ due to heat

Sydney - Meanwhile, climate change just keeps rolling along. A new international study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicates that billions of people could be displaced by unbearable heat.

Op-Ed: Reopen America at 3000 deaths per day – National suicide

Washington - The serious existential threat the pandemic poses to the United States apparently isn’t being taken seriously. Yes, America needs to reopen, somehow, but not at a daily price worse than all its wars.

Interview with Paul Le Nguyen: Vietnamese professional swimmer Special

Vietnamese swimmer Paul Le Nguyen, who trains at NC State University, chatted with Digital Journal's Markos Papadatos while quarantined during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Vietnam kids back at school after 3-month virus break

Hanoi - Millions of schoolchildren in Vietnam returned to class on Monday after the country reported its 17th straight day of no domestically transmitted coronavirus infections.

Vietnam draws on propaganda artists in battle against virus

Hanoi - A 76-year-old Vietnamese painter who has spent his life making propaganda art for the Communist government has turned his brush to the coronavirus, designing posters that have popped up across Hanoi.

Vietnam jails man for Facebook posts 'defaming' the regime

Hanoi - Vietnam sentenced a 24-year-old man to five years in prison on Tuesday for Facebook posts that were considered anti-state, as the hardline communist regime ramps up pressure against dissent on the social media platform.

Vietnam relaxes virus restrictions as cases plateau

Hanoi - Vietnam eased social distancing measures Thursday, with experts pointing to a decisive response involving mass quarantines and expansive contact tracing for the apparent success in containing the coronavirus.

Vietnam relaxes virus restrictions as cases plateau

Hanoi - Vietnam eased social distancing measures Thursday, with experts pointing to a decisive response involving mass quarantines and expansive contact tracing for the apparent success in containing the coronavirus.

Facebook 'complicit' in Vietnam censorship: Amnesty

Hanoi - Amnesty International on Wednesday accused Facebook of "caving" to Vietnam's strict censorship regime, after the US tech giant confirmed it was blocking content deemed illegal by the country's communist government.

ASEAN leaders meet online to tackle coronavirus

Hanoi - Southeast Asian leaders warned Tuesday of the crippling economic cost of the coronavirus at a summit held online, calling for trade routes to reopen to protect jobs and food supplies, as well as the stockpiling of medical equipment.

Rights groups condemn 10-year jail term for Vietnam blogger

Hanoi - The jailing of a Vietnamese blogger for 10 years was condemned by rights groups Tuesday as "unacceptable" and an attack on free speech.

Vietnamese dissident monk who was a Nobel Prize nominee dies at 93

Hanoi - Thich Quang Do, a dissident Buddhist monk who has effectively been under house arrest since 2003 and was nominated multiple times for the Nobel Peace Prize, has died aged 93.
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