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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 …

China tensions top Southeast Asian summit talks

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar (AP) — Vietnam and the Philippines pushed for stronger action to confront China’s aggressive behavior in the South China Sea at a Southeast Asian summit Sunday that was hosted for the first time by Myanmar, a former pariah state now eager to show off its fragile democratic reforms. …

Vietnam’s ‘cyber troops’ take fight to US, France

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Working on her blog in California one day, Vietnamese democracy activist Ngoc Thu sensed something was wrong. It took a moment for a keystroke to register. Cut-and-paste wasn’t working. She had “a feeling that somebody was there” inside her computer. Her hunch turned out to be …

US developer leaves anger behind in Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — As Vietnam’s first property boom crashed around him, American developer Edward Chi kept promising investors their flashy apartments were on track. The businessman even told them he would sell his California properties to pay them back if construction stopped on projects that were heavily marketed by …

Vietnamese dissident said weak from hunger strike

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — One of Vietnam’s most prominent dissidents is on the 30th day of a hunger strike in protest against being held under solitary confinement, family members said Monday, casting fresh attention on Vietnam’s human rights record ahead of trip by the country’s president this week to the …

Vietnam, US far apart on human rights

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese authorities seeking to stop a well-known democracy activist from meeting an American diplomat last weekend deployed an unusual weapon — a group of elderly ladies. The women blocked the road leading to the dissident’s house, preventing a U.S. Embassy vehicle from reaching the house. The …

Critics pile on Vietnam government in rare debate

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam’s government has made it clear it will not tolerate criticism of one-party rule even as it asks the public for suggestions over revisions to the country’s constitution. A group of intellectuals and former officials used the government’s invitation for input to issue a petition calling …