Vietnam on Monday sentenced 30 drug smugglers to death in the communist country's largest-ever narcotics case, involving scores of defendants and nearly two tons of heroin, a judge said.
Activists chanted anti-China slogans and laid flowers Sunday at a protest in Hanoi marking the 40th anniversary of the Chinese invasion of contested islands in the South China Sea.
Vietnamese police said Friday they had launched an investigation into a riot at a multi-billion dollar Samsung factory that left 13 people injured, four critically.
A year ago, Ng Shui-Meng watched a closed-circuit police video in disbelief as it revealed the moment her husband, the most prominent civil rights advocate in Laos, disappeared.
Forty-four years after first setting foot in the country as a young naval officer, John Kerry returned once more to Vietnam on Saturday, this time as America's top diplomat offering security assurances and seeking to promote democratic and economic reform.
The ongoing global economic turmoil will not prevent Ho Chi Minh City from turning in an impressive economic performance with a per capita income of US$4,513 this year.
Vietnam passed a revised constitution on Thursday that reaffirms the dominant political and economic role of the Communist Party, disappointing reform advocates who had taken advantage of an unprecedented public revision process to press for far greater change.
Vietnam will hand out fines of 100 million dong (US$4,740) to anyone criticizing the government on social media, under a new law announced this week, the latest measure in a widening crackdown on dissent by the country's communist rulers.2 Comments
The death toll from flooding triggered by heavy rains in central Vietnam has hit 36, with about 80,000 people forced from homes, disaster officials said Monday.
A Vietnamese former banker and his business associate have been sentenced to death for embezzling US$25 million by a court in Ho Chi Minh City, state media said Saturday.