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Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang dead at 61

Hanoi - Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang, a former police chief known as a tough politician and committed communist with little tolerance for dissent, died Friday aged 61 after a serious illness, state media reported.

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang dead at 61: state media

Hanoi - Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang died Friday at age 61 after a prolonged and serious illness, state media reported.

Vietnam jails retired teacher for 14 years for 'attempted subversion'

Hanoi - A retired teacher was jailed Wednesday for 14 years for "attempting to overthrow the state", the latest in a series of convictions this week as communist Vietnam cracks down harder on critics.

Drugs kill seven at Vietnam music festival

Seven Vietnamese have died and five are in a coma after taking drugs at an electronic dance music festival in Hanoi, officials said Monday, as authorities scrambled to trace the substance.

Vietnam jails activist after rights groups barred from WEF

Hanoi - A Vietnamese dissident was jailed Wednesday for 12 years on charges of trying to overthrow the state, days after the communist country refused entry to rights campaigners for a major business forum in Hanoi.

China warns of protectionism as US trade row simmers

Hanoi - China warned Wednesday that protectionism threatens global growth and cautioned "individual countries" against isolationism, in a veiled reference to the deepening trade spat between Washington and Beijing that is being closely watched across Asia.

US-China trade spat looms over regional WEF meeting

Hanoi - Threats by US President Donald Trump to slap more punishing tariffs on Chinese goods are set to dominate a meeting of Asian business bigwigs and leaders that opens Wednesday in Hanoi.

Vietnam arrests four ahead of national day

Hanoi - Vietnam has arrested at least four people this week in the lead-up to its national day on Sunday, state media said, accusing them of attempting to sabotage national security.

Vietnam remembers, mourns former POW John McCain

Hanoi - Hanoi paid tribute Monday to former US Senator John McCain, a onetime foe who helped heal the wounds of the Vietnam War after spending years as a prisoner in the city.

John McCain's Hanoi Hilton jailor recalls 'stubborn' POW

As a prisoner of war in the "Hanoi Hilton", navy pilot John McCain was known as uncompromising, frank and an avid reader who fiercely debated the war with his Vietnamese jailors.

Vietnam convicts 12 'terrorists' for subversion

Hanoi - Vietnam Wednesday jailed two American citizens and 10 others from an outlawed US-based "terrorist" group for attempting to overthrow the state after they spread anti-government leaflets and tried to incite protests last year.

Vietnamese dad of Kim murder suspect wants 'kind' daughter home

Nam Dinh - Doan Van Thanh proudly displays diplomas and photos of his daughter at his home in rural Vietnam, hopeful she'll be freed from a jail in Malaysia where she's on trial for the murder of the North Korean leader's half-brother.

Vietnam activist gets 20 years for 'inciting protests'

Hanoi - An outspoken activist in Vietnam was jailed for 20 years Thursday for allegedly calling for an election boycott and inciting environmental protests in the one-party state that has little tolerance for dissent.

Vietnam communist war hero turned dissident Bui Tin dies aged 90

Paris - A Vietnamese former colonel and revolutionary war hero who became disillusioned with the communist regime and defected, becoming one of its most vocal and influential critics, died in France at age 90.

200 drug users bust out of Vietnam rehab centre

Hanoi - Around 200 drug users escaped from a rehab centre in Vietnam on Saturday, police said, the latest breakout attempt from the country's controversial treatment facilities.

Slovakia denies 'intentional' involvement in Vietnam oil exec kidnapping

Bratislava - Slovakia on Friday denied it knowingly took part in the kidnapping last year of a Vietnamese oil executive from Berlin after media reports claimed a government plane was used in the abduction.

Vietnam property tycoon bets big on new airline

Hanoi - Pressed by poverty into work when he was 14, Trinh Van Quyet now presides over a Vietnamese property empire and is betting billions on a new airline in Southeast Asia's crowded aviation sector.

Germany jails Vietnam man who aided Cold War-style abduction

Berlin - A German court on Wednesday sentenced a Vietnamese man to nearly four years in jail for taking part in a brazen Cold War-style kidnapping ordered by Hanoi of an oil executive from a Berlin park.

Vietnam suspends communications minister over suspect TV deal

Hanoi - Vietnam's communications minister was suspended Monday for overseeing a proposed deal to buy a loss-making private TV company which could have cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars.

Vietnam withdraws licence of news site, issues fine

Hanoi - A popular Vietnamese news website has been suspended and fined about $10,000 after it was accused of publishing false information, as the communist government quashes any perceived criticism.

US man detained in Vietnam after violent protests

Hanoi - An American citizen is being held in Vietnam for "disrupting public order" after he joined violent protests over a controverial special economic zone draft law, an official said Thursday.

Trophy hunting: World Cup replicas selling fast in Vietnam

Hanoi - In a dusty workshop on the outskirts of Hanoi, workers busily mould, set and spray hundreds of replica World Cup trophies as orders flood in ahead of next week's tournament.

Dissident lawyer freed from Vietnam jail, now in Germany

Berlin - A Vietnamese pro-democracy activist jailed for 15 years for "attempting to overthrow" the Communist state arrived in Germany on Friday hours after being released from prison.

Vietnam banker gets 30 years for embezzling millions

Hanoi - A Vietnamese banker has been jailed for 30 years and fined $700 million for embezzlement and wrongdoing, reports said Friday as the government forges ahead with its massive anti-graft sweep.

Close quarters: Vietnam's downtown dwellers cling to tiny plots

Ho Chi Minh - Pham Quoc Cong walks two kilometres to use the bathroom because his 2.2 meters-squared house isn't big enough to have one.

'Kidnapped' Vietnam oil exec withdraws life sentence appeal

Hanoi - A Vietnamese oil executive allegedly kidnapped from Germany withdrew his appeal against a life sentence for corruption Monday, as Slovakia distanced itself from reports its plane was used to brazenly abduct him.

Beijing 'installs missiles' on South China Sea islands

Bejing - Beijing reasserted its right Thursday to build "defence" facilities in the disputed South China Sea, but declined to confirm reports it had installed new missiles on artificial islands it has built in the region.

Time now the enemy in battle to find missing GIs in jungles of Vietnam

Hanoi - When Tycoria Johnson told her family she was going to Vietnam to help recover the remains of an American killed there during the war, her mother was proud -- but anxious.

German court tries Vietnam man over 'Cold War-style' abduction

Berlin - Germany put on trial Tuesday the only suspect held over what it calls a brazen Cold War-style kidnapping by Vietnamese secret agents that has badly bruised bilateral ties, with the defence arguing the accused was an unwitting pawn.

German court tries Vietnam man over 'Cold War-style' abduction

Berlin - Germany put on trial Tuesday the only suspect held over what it calls a brazen Cold War-style kidnapping by Vietnamese secret agents that has badly bruised bilateral ties.The accused -- a Vietnamese-Czech man identified only as 47-year-old Long N.H.
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