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Vietnam rescues 12 trapped by tunnel collapse

Da Lat - Twelve people trapped in a collapsed tunnel were freed Friday after a four-day ordeal which saw rescuers pass oxygen and food through a small hole while they pulled away debris, state media reported.

Second Vietnam blogger arrested on anti-state charges

Hanoi - Vietnamese police arrested a prominent blogger Saturday, the second writer seized in the last fortnight as the country's communist authorities keep up their long-running crackdown on online dissent.

World's largest cave and UNESCO site threatened by tourism

Public outrage and protests over the construction of a cable car system through Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park to Son Doong Cave, the world's largest, has people angry worldwide. Many fear the UNESCO World Heritage site is in danger of being destroyed.

Vietnam seizes over 1,000 dead endangered sea turtles

Hanoi - Vietnam's environmental police have seized a record haul of over 1,000 endangered sea turtles which were being prepared for illegal export to China, an official said Tuesday.

Op-Ed: US marine parks' bid for Russian belugas affected wild stocks

Last year, NOAA Fisheries denied Georgia Aquarium a permit to import 18 captured beluga whales from Russia. It seems they were right to do so. According to scientific papers, multiple facility requests have negatively impacted Russia's wild beluga stocks.

Rhino horn demand in Vietnam falls by over 33 percent in one year

Ho Chi Minh City - An aggressive public relations campaign in Vietnam aimed at curbing the trade in rhino horn appears to be paying off. A recent poll found that demand for rhino in Vietnam has dropped precipitously — by at least 33 percent in the last year.

Earth's most wondrous cities narrowed to 14 finalists

Barcelona - The modern seven most wondrous cities of the world will be revealed Dec. 7 from a list of 14 finalists scattered throughout Earth's six inhabited continents.

Op-Ed: National service program: Better than today's Executive Action Special

President Obama has signed an Executive Action, allowing undocumented immigrants who came to the United States with their parents prior to age 16, to serve in U.S. military forces.

Vietnam to U.S. adoptions to be renewed

Ho Chi Minh City - The United States and Vietnam will resume adoptions, ending a six-year ban. The ban was imposed after reports of babies being sold and some children offered without parental consent.

Op-Ed: Propaganda war in which Voice of America helps Putin

Because of gullibility of officials in charge of U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA), the Obama Administration is helping President Putin win disinformation and propaganda war over Ukraine with some of VOA's reports and programs.

Former Khmer Rouge leaders convicted of crimes against humanity

Phnom Penh - The top two surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge, the 1970's Maoist group that killed millions of Cambodians during its five years in power, were convicted of crimes against humanity Thursday and sentenced to spend the rest of their lives in prison.

American general killed in Afghan attack identified

Kabul - An American two-star general, who was killed in an attack at the Marshal Fahim National Defense University, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, has been identified as Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, the highest-ranking American officer killed in combat since 1970.

Popularity of 'little tiger' in Vietnam endangers pet cats

Cat owners are having to protect their pets from those who want to serve them as a snack alongside beer. Pet owners must now guard against criminal elements who want to make some fast money off of their stolen animals.

See the video North Korea wants removed from the Internet

Kim Jong-un is shown in this parody of world leaders dancing and goofing off during a digital altered video. While North America and Russia say nothing of their leaders being mocked, North Korea wants the video removed.

Op-Ed: More than 100 die, capture of one Israeli is the big story

Tel Aviv - Israel has been portrayed throughout the war with Gaza as the Goliath with no chinks in its armor. There is one. When Isaerli soldiers are captured it changes the game completely.

Op-Ed: ISIS 'frequent fighters' and oil money fueling combat successes

Baghdad - ISIS is getting some of its ‘frequent fighters’ from the Taliban and other jihadi groups. It’s also getting big money, quite enough to manage the loyalties of Sunni tribes, from captured oil to fund its war.

Beijing tells Hanoi to stop 'hyping up' sea dispute

Hanoi - Beijing's top foreign policy official on Wednesday slapped down Vietnamese claims to disputed waters, in talks aimed at pulling relations back from their lowest point in decades.

Hunch-bat, Zorro snake among new Mekong species

Hanoi - From a hunch-backed bat to a giant flying squirrel, scientists have identified 367 new species in the Greater Mekong area since 2012, according to a new WWF report.

Vietnam accuses Chinese ship of sinking fishing boat

Hanoi - Vietnam on Tuesday accused a Chinese ship of ramming and sinking one of its fishing boats, fanning territorial tensions over Beijing's deployment of an oil rig in contested waters.

Vietnam stifles new demonstrations as China fumes

Hanoi - Vietnamese security forces stifled fresh protests Sunday over China's plans to drill for oil in contested waters, as Beijing sent five ships to help evacuate its nationals from Vietnam following deadly mass riots last week.
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