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Japan emperor to meet abandoned Vietnam families of soldiers

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Japan’s emperor and empress, on a landmark visit to Vietnam, are expected to express their sympathies when they meet Thursday with Vietnamese women abandoned by their Japanese soldier husbands after World War II. Sixteen surviving wives and their children have been invited to meet with Emperor …

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 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 …

Freed Vietnamese dissident travels to US: official

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department welcomed Tuesday the release of one of Vietnam’s most prominent dissidents, as the U.S. urges the authoritarian government in Hanoi to improve its human rights record and smooth the way for stronger relations. State Department Spokeswoman Marie Harf said Nguyen Van Hai, also known …

Vietnamese woman self-immolates to protest China

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A 67-year-old Vietnamese woman died after setting herself on fire in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on Friday in protest against China’s deployment of an oil rig in waters claimed by Hanoi, state media reported. The woman self-immolated in front Reunification Palace around 6 a.m., Thanh …

Vietnam PM texts nation amid anti-China riots

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam’s prime minister sent a text message to millions of citizens urging them to act in defense of the country’s sovereignty following China’s deployment of on oil rig in disputed waters, but said that “bad elements” shouldn’t be allowed to engage in violence. The message, sent …