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Will Hanoi’s Train Street survive? – BBC News

Authorities in Hanoi, Vietnam have shut down cafes and banned large crowds on Train Street, one of the city’s most popular tourist spots. Every day, trains rush by on the narrow street, just inches away from residents’ homes, and in recent months many tourists have flocked there to take pictures …

Hanoi lawmakers to ban motorbikes by 2030 – UPI.com

Hanoi lawmakers have voted to place a blanket ban on motorbikes by 2030 to reduce traffic congestion, despite opposition from the public. July 4 (UPI) — Hanoi lawmakers have voted to place a blanket ban on motorbikes by 2030 to reduce traffic congestion, despite opposition from the public, as well as …

Hanoi mayor urges villagers to release police hostages

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The mayor of Vietnam’s capital on Thursday urged villagers engaged in a land dispute with authorities to release the remaining 20 police and officials they’ve been holding since the weekend. The state-run Tuoi Tre newspaper quoted Nguyen Duc Chung as telling local officials to persuade the …

Vietnam seizes smuggled ivory hidden in timber

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese authorities have seized nearly a ton of ivory smuggled from Africa after locating nearly five tons in five previous shipments to the same port in the past two months. Ho Chi Minh City’s deputy customs chief, Le Dinh Loi, said the ivory seized Monday and …

Vietnam destroys huge pile of seized ivory, rhino horns

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese authorities destroyed more than 2,200 kilograms (nearly 5,000 pounds) of seized elephant ivory and rhino horns on Saturday, sending a message ahead of a key international conference the country is hosting next week that they want illegal wildlife trafficking stopped. The seized horns — estimated …

Vietnam arrests blogger in latest crackdown on dissent

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese police have arrested a blogger for allegedly posting anti-state comments in the communist country’s latest crackdown on dissent. Ho Van Hai was arrested in southern Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday. According to the southern city’s police department, the 52-year-old is accused of “spreading information …

Vietnam seizes 1 ton of ivory smuggled from Kenya

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese authorities have seized 1 ton of ivory smuggled from Kenya, the fifth such seizure in the past month. The ivory was hidden in timber in two containers on the way to Cambodia via Vietnam. Customs official Le Dinh Loi says the shipment was seized Wednesday …