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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 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 elects first chairwoman of parliament

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam’s parliament on Thursday elected Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan as its chairwoman, making her the first woman to lead the Communist-dominated legislature. Ngan, 61, won 95.5 percent of the votes, the National Assembly said on its website. State media reported that Ngan took the oath of …

Vietnam Communist Party chief to make first US visit

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The powerful head of Vietnam’s Communist Party will travel to the United States for the first time next week, and said he expects President Barack Obama will visit Vietnam later this year. Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said Friday he hopes to build trust and …

For asylum seekers, a novel (and odd) solution: Cambodia

BANGKOK (AP) — Still haunted by the Vietnam War next door and the 1970s genocide that followed, Cambodia is not exactly the place that the world’s refugees dream of reaching. Plagued by poverty, corruption and human rights… Source: For asylum seekers, a novel (and odd) solution: Cambodia

Vietnam accuses China of beating fishermen

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam has accused Chinese authorities of beating several of its fishermen and demanded severe punishment for those involved. China denied the allegation on Wednesday and said the fishermen had been detained for illegal fishing. It was the latest confrontation boosting tensions in a sea dispute between …

Vietnam threatens legal action against China

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Vietnam’s prime minister said Thursday for the first time that his country is considering legal action against China over its sovereignty claims in the South China Sea, a move that Beijing would likely fiercely oppose. China claims nearly all of the South China Sea as its …