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Vietnam PM says impossible to ban social media: report

Hanoi - Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has conceded it is impossible for the communist country to ban social media, urging officials instead to embrace websites like Facebook to spread the government's message.

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.

Indonesia sinks Vietnamese boats to stop illegal fishing

Jakarta - Indonesia blew up and sank three empty Vietnamese boats Friday, the navy said, as the world's biggest archipelago nation pushes to stop foreigners from illegally fishing in its waters.

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.

Freed Vietnam dissident arrives in US, vows fight

West Los Angeles - A leading Vietnamese dissident freed by Hanoi was mobbed by supporters late Tuesday as he arrived in the United States, vowing to fight for democracy and other detainees in his home country.

US lifts 40-year arms ban to boost Vietnam sea defense

Washington - In a decision likely to anger China, the US is partly lifting a 40-year ban on arms sales to former foe Vietnam to help boost defenses in the tense South China Sea.

Op-Ed: Bush/Cheney foster ISIS-ISIL

Once again former President George W. Bush and his careless gun-handling vice president, Dick Cheney, are getting off the hook. Let's blame the black guy.

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: Suicide by cop has increased as officers turn to short hair

Ferguson - Some would argue it started with people like Socrates, asking the state to kill them. Some believe the desire for vengeance after Sept. 11 made it inevitable cops would not have to be asked to kill.

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.

It's simple: Your credit information is not safe, period

Target's loss of data on 110 million customers in 2013 was considered the biggest retail hack in U.S. history. The installed malware was able to pull credit card information from all 1,797 stores. Target then sent the data to Experian for protection.

Kruger National Park to evacuate rhinos for their own protection

Nearly 280 rhinos have already been killed in South Africa's Kruger National Park this year, and park officials are considering a unique plan to protect the endangered animals. In order to "spread the risk," they are thinking of moving the rhinos.

Philippines typhoon toll soars as new storm threatens

Manila - The disaster-weary Philippines braced for a second severe storm in five days on Saturday as the death toll from Typhoon Rammasun surged to 77, officials said.

Op-Ed: Google Glass can warn against incoming Gazan rockets

Tel Aviv - An app for Google Glass provides real-time updates on missile attacks against Israel. Does this mean Israelis really are safe under that Iron Dome?

Op-Ed: Obama sending troops back to Iraq

Baghdad - President Barrack, acting against strong national opposition, is sending troops back to Iraq. The decision was likely to be resisted by Americans weary of 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.

Op-Ed: Where is Kissinger when we need him

Washington - A solution to the Islamic revolution is as likely to be found as that the US will win the World Cup. Where is Henry Kissinger when we need him?

Op-Ed: Republicans want to spill more U.S. blood in Iraq

Washington - With thousands of American veterans unable to get medical care in a timely fashion, the Republican party is pressing President Barack Obama to do something forceful about the rising power of jidahists in Iraq.

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.

China a serious threat to peace: Vietnam PM

Manila - Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said Wednesday that China's placing of an oil rig in contested South China Sea waters had "seriously threatened peace".

Chinese ships evacuate 3,500 from Vietnam

Beijing - More than 3,500 Chinese citizens were evacuated from riot-hit Vietnam by sea on Monday, as Hanoi stifled fresh protests over a territorial dispute and foreign investors counted the cost.

China ships evacuate almost 2,000 from Vietnam: Xinhua

Beijing - Almost 2,000 Chinese citizens were evacuated from riot-hit Vietnam by sea on Monday, with another two ships following, as Hanoi stifled fresh protests over a territorial dispute and foreign investors counted the cost.

China ship evacuates almost 1,000 from Vietnam, report says

Beijing - Almost 1,000 Chinese citizens were evacuated from riot-hit Vietnam by sea on Monday, with another three ships following, as Hanoi stifled fresh protests over a territorial dispute and foreign investors counted the cost.

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.

Vietnam groups call for more anti-China protests

Hanoi - Vietnamese civil society groups have called for renewed demonstrations against China in several cities Sunday after Beijing's deployment of an oil rig in contested South China Sea waters triggered the worst anti-China unrest in decades.

China defiant as U.S. warns over sea row with Vietnam

Beijing - An unrepentant China on Friday defended its actions in disputed Asian waters amid warnings of war with Vietnam, as Washington voiced "serious concern" after riots left two Chinese workers dead and more than 100 injured.

One dead, 100 hurt in anti-China riot in Vietnam

Hanoi - A riot at a steel plant in Vietnam has left one Chinese worker dead and over 100 injured, officials said Thursday, as an angry Beijing accused Hanoi of "connivance" in the worst anti-China unrest in decades.
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