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US Condemns Putin's Visit to Vietnam

Russian leader signed a series of deals

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a series of deals with his Vietnamese counterpart To Lam on Thursday during a state visit that comes as Moscow is seeking to bolster ties in Asia to offset growing international isolation over its military actions in Ukraine. The two signed agreements to further cooperation...

One of Vietnam's Richest Women Sentenced to Death

Truong My Lan found guilty of embezzling $12.5B from bank she illegally controlled

(Newser) - One of Vietnam's richest women has been sentenced to death after a corruption trial that involved thousands of witnesses and more than 80 co-defendants. Property tycoon Truong My Lan, 67, was found guilty of illegally controlling the Saigon Commercial Bank, bribing officials, and embezzling $12.5 billion, CNN reports....

Vietnam's Political Shakeup Could Unnerve Investors
Vietnam Loses Its

Vietnam Loses Its President—Again

President Vo Van Thuong's exit follows that of former President Nguyen Xuan Phuc

(Newser) - The presidency is a largely ceremonial position in Vietnam, but the resignation of President Vo Van Thuong is still being cast as one that could have unwelcome consequences. He succeeded former President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who quit in January 2023, and as Reuters puts it, "Investors who mostly praise...

Somehow This Guy Forgot Someone Shoved Chopsticks Up His Nose
He Had Headaches for Months.
Doctors Made a Surprising Find

He Had Headaches for Months. Doctors Made a Surprising Find

Vietnamese man hadn't realized someone had shoved chopsticks up his nose in drunken brawl

(Newser) - When a man presented himself last month at Vietnam's Cuba Friendship Hospital in Dong Hoi with complaints of bad headaches, vision loss, and fluid coming out of his nose that he'd been suffering for months, doctors arranged for a CT scan, as the 35-year-old couldn't think of...

Vietnam Allegedly Tried to Hack US Lawmakers With a Tweet

Government allegedly tweeted bogus link that would have installed spy software

(Newser) - In terms of international hacking attempts, it was relatively simple. The government of Vietnam tweeted a plausible-looking but bogus news link to particular American lawmakers and journalists hoping they would click, reports the Washington Post . It appears that none of them took the bait. But had they done so, the...

In Vietnam, Biden Says He Means No Harm to China

President takes steps to grow closer to another potential counter to Chinese aggression

(Newser) - President Biden arrived Sunday in Vietnam to seal a "comprehensive strategic partnership," while insisting his attempts to strengthen US relations with China's neighbors are not coming at the expense of Beijing's Communist government. "I don't want to contain China," Biden said during a...

Symbol of Vietnam Tourism at Risk of Collapse

'Kissing rocks' of Ha Long Bay are eroding, due in part to nearby boats

(Newser) - A key feature of Vietnam's famed Ha Long Bay could collapse if officials don't act to keep boats away. A recent report warns two favorite islets among the thousands of rainforest-topped limestone formations that dot the emerald bay are eroding, with tourists partly to blame, per the BBC...

'Offending Image' Keeps Barbie Out of Vietnam

Nation takes issue with map seen in film that shows China's claims to South China Sea territory

(Newser) - Greta Gerwig's Barbie may be one of the most-anticipated movies of the summer, but some Southeast Asia residents awaiting its debut will now have to travel over the border to see it. Reuters reports that the film starring Margot Robbie in the title role and Ryan Gosling as sidekick...

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...

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