Vietnam grants amnesty to over 18 000 prisoners

2015-08-28 10:38

Vietnam has granted amnesty to more than 18 000 prisoners to mark the 70th anniversary of independence from France, but authorities say they do not include anyone convicted of national security crimes.

700kg rhino horns, elephant tusks seized in Vietnam

2015-08-14 16:53

Police in Vietnam have seized more than 700kg of rhino horns and elephant tusks believed to have originated from Mozambique, a report says.

Vietnam seizes heroin in major drug blitz

2015-07-27 17:21

Vietnam has arrested 17 people after a blitz on drug crime uncovered major stashes of heroin, cannabis and precursor chemicals.

2 former Khmer Rouge leaders appeal convictions

2015-07-02 13:27

The two surviving senior leaders of Cambodia's former Khmer Rouge regime have launched appeals of their convictions by a UN-backed tribunal that sentenced them to life in prison for their roles during the group's brutal rule in the 1970s.

Hanoi Zoo elephants freed from chains, cage

2015-07-02 05:50

Three female Asian elephants from Hanoi Zoo are now free to wander in a grassy enclosure after years of being chained up.

Vietnam approves controversial $16bn airport

2015-06-25 20:30

Lawmakers in Vietnam have voted to build a controversial new $16bn airport near Ho Chi Minh City, as the country vies to become one of the world's busiest aviation hubs.

Vietnam launches 'sovereignty' cruise likely to irk China

2015-06-04 21:18

Vietnam is offering scores of patriotic citizens the holiday of a lifetime with a cruise to some of Asia's most hotly contested islands, in a move likely to stoke its simmering dispute with Beijing over South China Sea sovereignty.

Australia rejects Vietnamese refugee claims in 40 minutes

2015-05-26 10:15

Australia secretly held a group of Vietnamese asylum seekers on a warship at sea for almost a month and rejected their refugee claims during interviews that took as little as 40 minutes before returning them all to Vietnam.

UN chief calls for peaceful solution to sea disputes

2015-05-22 13:15

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for a peaceful solution to territorial disputes in the South China Sea, where China's assertiveness has alarmed its smaller neighbours.

Vietnamese editor charged for publishing graft reports

2015-05-13 09:48

A Vietnamese magazine editor has been charged with crimes against the state for publishing articles accusing senior officials of corruption, report say.


2 tons of elephant tusks seized in Vietnam

2015-08-24 09:56

Customs officers in Vietnam seized more than two tons of elephant tusks, eight days after confiscating an ivory shipment weighing nearly a ton, authorities say.

British PM tackles Vietnamese children trafficking

2015-07-29 20:31

Britain will seek stronger co-operation with Vietnam to crack down on the trafficking of Vietnamese children to the United Kingdom, Prime Minister David Cameron says.

Wealthy family 'knifed to death' in Vietnam

2015-07-07 09:06

Six members of a wealthy family in southern Vietnam were found knifed to death in their home after an apparent break-in, news reports say.

Elephant tusk statues seized at Vietnam airport

2015-07-02 09:15

Customs officers in Vietnam have seized two ivory statues in a consignment of furniture from France, an official says.

Police seeking man who let dog drive motorbike

2015-06-29 14:16

Police in Hanoi are looking for a man who let his dog steer his motorbike in a video clip going viral on state and social media, a traffic department official says.

Moon bears rescued from bile farms in Vietnam

2015-06-25 09:49

Freed from captivity in tiny metal cages, seven long-suffering Asiatic moon bears have been rescued on bile farms in northern Vietnam, as efforts to end the illegal trade are boosted.

Vietnamese judge denies sleeping during trial

2015-06-02 12:25

A Vietnamese judge has been forced to defend himself after a video was shared on social media appearing to show him napping during a trial, a media report says.

Australia to bring home bodies of 25 who died in Vietnam War

2015-05-25 12:09

Australia announced that it will repatriate the remains of up to 25 Australian soldiers killed about 50 years ago during the Vietnam War.

Vietnam opposes Chinese fishing ban in disputed sea

2015-05-18 16:15

Vietnam says it resolutely opposes a temporary Chinese ban on fishing in a some parts of the Gulf of Tonkin, a maritime area shared by the two countries, in the latest of a series of disputes in and around the South China Sea.

Rhino horns worth $1m confiscated in Vietnam

2015-05-11 09:35

Two men transporting 31 rhinoceros horns worth an estimated $1m have been arrested by police in Vietnam, a police official says.

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