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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 …

Vietnam’s Tale of Two Cities | The Diplomat

Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi embody a larger struggle in Vietnam between traditional culture and modernity. The first time she visited Ho Chi Minh City, Le Thuan Uyen wanted to move there. For the UK-educated arts manager, whose parents, grandparents and great-grandparents grew up in Hanoi, the southern city offered an easier …