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S. Korea Must Pay Survivor of Vietnam War Massacre

It's the first time a court has made such a ruling about atrocities by the nation's troops in the war

(Newser) - In a landmark ruling that could pave the way for similar ones in the future, a court in South Korea has ordered the government to pay a survivor of a massacre during the Vietnam War. The court awarded Nguyen Thi Thanh, 62, about $24,000, reports the New York Times ...

Boy Trapped After Fall Into 10-Inch-Wide Concrete Shaft
Boy Stuck in
10-Inch-Wide Shaft Dies

Boy Stuck in 10-Inch-Wide Shaft Dies

A rescue effort tried to free him in Vietnam tragedy

(Newser) - The 10-year-old boy who fell into a narrow open shaft at a Vietnam construction site on New Year's Eve has died. After nearly 100 hours of attempting to save Ly Hao Nam, rescuers are now trying to recover his body, the Guardian reports. He had earlier been heard crying...

32 Dead in Karaoke Parlor Fire
32 Dead in
Karaoke Parlor

32 Dead in Karaoke Parlor Blaze

Fire in south Vietnam started Tuesday night

(Newser) - The death toll from a fire at a karaoke parlor in southern Vietnam has risen to 32 and some parts of the building remain inaccessible more than a day later, state media reported. The fire that began late Tuesday trapped workers and customers inside the multi-story venue in Thuan An...

50 Years Later, New 'Hope' for 'Napalm Girl'

Laser treatments have lessened Kim Phuc's pain, restored sensation

(Newser) - "I heard the noise, bup-bup bup-bup, and then suddenly there was fire everywhere around me and I saw the fire all over my arm," Kim Phuc said Tuesday, recalling a moment 50 years earlier when a napalm bomb struck her Vietnamese village. The subject of a Pulitzer Prize-winning...

He Gave COVID to 8 People, Will Be Jailed for 5 Years

Vietnam has strict quarantine laws

(Newser) - A 28-year-old Vietnamese man infected eight people with COVID-19, and has now been put behind bars as a result. Authorities say Le Van Tri returned to the city of Ca Mau after having traveled to Ho Chi Minh City, and did not quarantine for the three weeks required by law,...

A Terrible Year for Coffee Just Got Worse

COVID-related restrictions in 2nd-biggest grower, Vietnam, add to supply problems

(Newser) - This has been a worrisome year for those in the coffee business because of a double whammy—first drought, then frost—in Brazil, the world's biggest grower. That has put more pressure on the world's second-biggest grower, Vietnam, to pick up the slack, but now Bloomberg reports on...

'Anomalous Health Incidents' Reported Last Week in Vietnam

A few additional details emerge behind situation that delayed Kamala Harris' flight

(Newser) - US officials are continuing to investigate possible cases of so-called Havana Syndrome that delayed Vice President Kamala Harris' trip from Singapore to Vietnam. There have been two separate cases of unexplained health incidents reported by US personnel in Vietnam within the past week, US officials said. It was not immediately...

'Anomalous Health Incident' Delays Kamala Harris' Flight

Outlets suggest it might be related to Havana syndrome, not COVID

(Newser) - A vaguely worded statement from the State Department about a hiccup in Vice President Kamala Harris' travel plans seems to be raising more questions than it answers. Harris flew from Singapore to Vietnam on Thursday, but the flight took off only after a three-hour delay, reports the Hill . The official...

As Variant Spreads, Vietnam Locks Down Largest City

All 9M Ho Chi Minh city residents will be tested

(Newser) - Vietnam plans to test all 9 million people in its largest city for the coronavirus and imposed more restrictions Monday to deal with a growing COVID-19 outbreak. People in Ho Chi Minh city are only allowed to leave home for necessary activities and public gatherings of more than 10 people...

New Hybrid May Spread More Easily: Vietnam

Coronavirus strain is a hybrid of UK, India variants

(Newser) - Vietnam has discovered a new coronavirus variant that's a hybrid of strains first found in India and the UK, the Vietnamese health minister said Saturday. Nguyen Thanh Long said scientists examined the genetic makeup of the virus that had infected some recent patients, and found the new version of...

Landmark Agent Orange Case Is Dismissed

Vietnamese woman sued chemical companies, but French court says it has no authority to rule

(Newser) - She would have been the first Vietnamese civilian to win a judgment against the chemical companies that produced Agent Orange, notes the Washington Post . But a court in France on Monday dismissed the case brought by Tran To Nga against companies including Dow Chemical and Monsanto, now owned by Bayer....

Black Soldier's Medal of Honor Nominations Kept Getting Lost

Teammates of Vietnam War hero Paris Davis wonder if race has been a factor in 55-year delay

(Newser) - In the Hall of Valor , Paris Davis, 81, is recognized with a Soldier's Medal for his actions during the Vietnam War on May 13, 1965. A group of veterans, however, including some of his former teammates, say what happened a month later should have earned Davis the Medal of...

It Killed Dozens in Philippines. Now It's Headed to Vietnam

Almost half a million people are preparing to evacuate as Typhoon Vamco barrels their way

(Newser) - Vietnamese authorities on Saturday ordered some 460,000 people in the country's central region to be ready for evacuation ahead of Typhoon Vamco, after the storm killed at least 42 people and left 20 others missing in the Philippines, state television reported. The typhoon, which is forecast to hit...

Condom Recycling Factory Busted
Condom Recycling
Factory Busted

Condom Recycling Factory Busted

They were washed, reshaped, and resold

(Newser) - Police in Vietnam have busted a factory that took recycling one step too far. Some 345,000 used condoms were seized from the factory near Ho Chi Minh city, where they had been boiled, reshaped with a wooden phallus, and packaged for resale, Reuters reports. According to state media, the...

World Has a New No. 3 in Virus Deaths
Things Are Getting
Worse for Mexico

Things Are Getting Worse for Mexico

The nation edges into third place with coronavirus deaths

(Newser) - Mexico now has the third most COVID-19 deaths in the world, behind Brazil and the US, the AP reports. Mexican health officials on Friday reported 688 new deaths, pushing the country's confirmed total to over 46,600. That put Mexico just ahead of the UK, which has more than...

In Vietnam, a Proud Streak Comes to an End

Nation records first death after 99 straight days with no new cases

(Newser) - Vietnam has stood out over the last few months because of an impressive number in regard to the coronavirus: zero. As in, the nation of nearly 100 million people had recorded no deaths attributed to COVID-19. That changed on Friday, reports the BBC . State media says a 70-year-old man from...

Prof to Student: Your Name 'Sounds Like an Insult'

Matthew Hubbard is on administrative leave at Oakland's Laney College

(Newser) - An Oakland professor is on administrative leave after urging a student to "anglicize" her name—which he said "sounds like an insult in English." Matthew Hubbard, who teaches math at Laney College, told the Vietnamese student by email to change her name, the San Francisco Chronicle reports....

Incredibly Rare Species Seen for First Time in 30 Years
Incredibly Rare Species Seen
for First Time in 30 Years
in case you missed it

Incredibly Rare Species Seen for First Time in 30 Years

Trap cameras in Vietnam spotted 'mouse deer'

(Newser) - A tiny deer-like species not seen by scientists for nearly 30 years has been photographed in a forest in southern Vietnam, a conservation group says. Images of the silver-backed chevrotain, commonly called the Vietnamese mouse deer, were captured in the wild by trap cameras, Global Wildlife Conservation says. The group...

Vietnam Sentences US Citizen to 12 Years

Michael Nguyen accused of trying to overthrow government

(Newser) - A Vietnamese court has sentenced an American to 12 years in jail for what was described as an attempt to overthrow the Communist nation's government, the AP reports. The state-owned Tuoi Tre newspaper reported Tuesday that 55-year-old Michael Nguyen was also convicted of inciting people to participate in protests...

Charles Had 90 Minutes to Change Trump's Mind, Didn't
Charles Had 90 Minutes to
Change Trump's Mind, Didn't
the rundown

Charles Had 90 Minutes to Change Trump's Mind, Didn't

President, Piers Morgan talk climate change in wide-ranging interview

(Newser) - President Trump's sit-down with Prince Charles was supposed to last 15 minutes. It went for 90, but that wasn't enough to get Trump on board with Charles' climate stance. In a Good Morning Britain interview that aired Wednesday, the president answered a slew of questions from Piers Morgan....

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