Vietnam thwarts election bid by dissidents, pop star

2016-04-26 18:56

Communist Vietnam has blocked a motley crew of independent candidates from running for its rubber-stamp parliament - a move activists have said highlights its empty gestures towards democracy.

Vietnam finds twins with different fathers

2016-03-08 13:41

Vietnam has identified an extremely rare case of bi-paternal twins, twins with different fathers a professor at a DNA testing lab in Hanoi told AFP.

Vietnam suspends 4 guards after inmate becomes pregnant

2016-02-16 09:20

Four prison guards in Vietnam have been suspended for alleged negligence after a female inmate, on death row for drug trafficking, became pregnant, which means her death sentence will be commuted to life in prison once her child is born.

Vietnam angry with China over South China Sea

2016-01-08 16:03

Vietnam has issued another rebuke in a week to Beijing, accusing its northern neighbour of "threatening peace" over the contested reef in the South China Sea.

Poisoning kills dogs at Vietnamese pet cafe

2015-11-20 09:39

One of Vietnam's first pet cafes has fallen victim to an apparent poisoning attack that killed all but one of its canine companions, the owner and police say.

Vietnam accuses China of sinking fishing boat

2015-10-15 14:15

Vietnam has accused China of sinking one of its fishing boats near disputed islands in the South China Sea, in the latest incident that could further raise tensions between the Communist neighbours.

Jailed Vietnam blogger freed, heads to the States

2015-09-21 11:17

A prominent Vietnamese blogger who was jailed after she wrote about corruption in the Communist country's police and judiciary has been released and left the country, the US embassy says.

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.


Nine Vietnamese classmates drown in river after school

2016-04-15 13:25

Nine Vietnamese schoolboys from the same class have drowned after jumping into a river in central Vietnam's Quang Ngai province on Friday, a police official told AFP.

3 British tourists found dead near Vietnam waterfall

2016-02-26 14:33

Vietnamese police have found the bodies of three British tourists near a waterfall in the country's central highlands, an area popular with adventure travellers.

Vietnam's beloved sacred turtle dies

2016-01-20 16:01

A sacred giant turtle venerated as a symbol of Vietnam's independence struggle has died, prompting an outpouring of grief and fears the death bodes ill.

Hundreds ill in mass Vietnam food poisoning

2015-12-29 12:35

Hundreds of workers at a Hong Kong-owned garment factory in Vietnam have been hospitalised with food-poisoning, state media reports.

Eight moon bears rescued from illegal farms

2015-10-23 15:50

An animal welfare charity says eight moon bears have been rescued from illegal farms in Vietnam and moved to an enclosed sanctuary.

Ride-sharing apps vie to replace private car ownership

2015-09-22 09:08

A young, tech-savvy population short on cars but big on smartphones is driving double-digit growth for ride-hailing apps Uber and GrabTaxi in Vietnam.

Military parade marks 70th anniversary of Vietnam’s independence

2015-09-02 16:51

Huge crowds have gathered on the streets of Vietnam’s 1 000-year-old capital for a massive military parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the nation’s independence.

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.

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