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Communist Vietnam wraps up leadership change ahead of Obama visit

Hanoi - Vietnam's rubber-stamp parliament approved 21 new minister positions Saturday, state media reported, finishing off a leadership reshuffle among Communist top brass ahead of a visit by US President Barack Obama next month.

Writing lines for motoring offenses in Vietnam

In most countries, if you've been caught speeding or driving dangerously you'll expect to face a fine or, if it is a repeat offense, a time in prison. This might not be the case in Vitenam, where alternatives are being explored.

Op-Ed: China’s parallel reality

Washington D.c. - While Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China may have visited Washington earlier this month to participate in the Nuclear Security Summit, nobody seemed to care too much about nuclear disarmament.

Two Vietnamese women positive for Zika

Hanoi - Two Vietnamese women were tested positive for the Zika virus in Vietnam’s first confirmed cases of the disease, the country’s health authorities said.

Police general becomes Vietnam's new president

Hanoi - Lawmakers in communist Vietnam approved a top police general for the role of president on Saturday, making the head of a controversial domestic security force one of the country's most high profile politicians.Tran Dai Quang won 91.

Protests in Vietnam as prominent blogger goes on trial

Hanoi - A prominent Vietnamese blogger went on trial Wednesday on anti-state charges, amid heavy security at Hanoi's central court, with police closing roads and breaking up a protest by dozens of supporters.

Severe dry spell parches Asian farmlands

Bangkok - The severe drought now ravaging across Asia is taking a heavy toll on crops as the region desperately needs water to irrigate parched farmlands.

California sex offender sought new victims in Cambodia

San Francisco - Being a registered sex offender didn't stop a San Francisco-area man from flying to Cambodia to have sex with girls as young as eight and preferably weighing less than 70 pounds, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

Vietnam finds twins with different fathers: Doctor

Hanoi - Vietnam has identified an extremely rare case of bi-paternal twins -- twins with different fathers -- a professor at a DNA testing lab in Hanoi told AFP Tuesday.

Op-Ed: Will the Philippines warm up to China?

Consolidating efforts to modernize the Philippines military, which began with the acquisition of two former U.S. Coast Guard cutters and a contract for the delivery of 12 FA-50 fighter from South Korea, a new deal has also now been struck with Japan.

Metal piece found in Mozambique could be from lost plane

Sydney - A meter-long piece of metal debris found on a beach in Mozambique could have come from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Austrialian aviation officials acknowledged today in Sydney.

Vietnam hit by worst drought in 90 years

Hanoi - Vietnam is suffering its worst drought in nearly a century with salinisation hitting farmers especially hard in the crucial southern Mekong delta, experts said Monday.

U.S. expected to raise South China Sea issues in talks with China

Beijing - U.S. diplomats are expected to voice concerns about a suspected military expansion in the South China Sea at high-level talks this week in Washington, D.C.

Vietnam's 12-hour Tet cake worth the wait

Hanoi - She may be edging into her nineties, but Tran Thi Tam still refuses to serve her children store-bought banh chung, the savoury rice cake prepared in a frenzy during Vietnam's lunar new year festival known as Tet.

Vietnam re-elects conservative party leader Trong

Hanoi - Vietnam's top communist leader Nguyen Phu Trong was re-elected Wednesday in a victory for the party's old guard that some fear could slow crucial economic reforms in the fast-growing country.

Vietnam's beloved sacred turtle dies: State media

Hanoi - A sacred giant turtle venerated as a symbol of Vietnam's independence struggle has died, state media said, prompting an outpouring of grief and fears the death bodes ill for an upcoming communist leadership handover.

1,500 pedophiles busted by FBI hacking the Dark Web

In perhaps the largest pedophile sting in history, the FBI hacked the Dark Web server to infiltrate and investigate 1,500 pedophiles using the secret website named the Playpen.

Vietnam probes mysterious 'space balls'

Hanoi - Vietnam's military is investigating the appearance of three mysterious metal balls -- believed to be debris from space -- which landed in the country's remote north, a senior army official said Friday.

Op-Ed: 2015 — What a year for amazing animal and plant discoveries

Nature is definitely amazing, and no matter how much we think we know about the beautiful world around us, we still continue to make even more fascinating plant and animal discoveries every year. 2015 is no different.

Vietnam arrests high-profile lawyer on anti-state charges

Hanoi - A Vietnamese lawyer was arrested Wednesday on anti-state charges, police said, a week after he was brutally beaten by thugs after leading a training forum for rights defenders in the communist country.
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