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Vietnam jails three activists on anti-state charges

Three Vietnamese activists were jailed for up to a year and a half today on charges of anti-state activity, their lawyer said, in the latest crackdown on dissent in the authoritarian country.

Thousands of seized cats feared buried alive in Vietnam

Vietnamese authorities have buried thousands of seized cats -- many believed to have been alive at the time -- after the felines were smuggled from China to feed the nation's illegal cat meat trade.

Vietnam rescues 12 trapped by tunnel collapse

Twelve people trapped in a collapsed tunnel were freed Friday after a four-day ordeal which saw rescuers pass oxygen and food through a small hole while they pulled away debris, state media reported.

Vietnam `Rat King` helps rice farmers fight costly vermin

Grinning widely, Tran Quang Thieu brandishes the day`s haul: 10 kilos of rats caught in rice paddies near Hanoi. A menace to Vietnam`s rice crop, the vermin are regularly trapped -- and sometimes eaten.

Vietnam's PM wins approval in parliamentary confidence vote

Vietnam`s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung survived a confidence vote in parliament on Saturday, with 64 percent of the delegates giving a vote of `high confidence` in his leadership and 14 percent showing`low confidence`.

Freed Vietnam dissident arrives in US, vows fight

A leading Vietnamese dissident freed by Hanoi was mobbed by supporters late Tuesday as he arrived in the United States, vowing to fight for democracy and other detainees in his home country. 

Landslides triggered by Tropical Storm Kalmaegi kill 7 in Vietnam

Landslides triggered by heavy rains from a tropical storm have killed at least seven people in northern Vietnam.

President wraps up Vietnam tour; leaves for home

President Pranab Mukherjee Wednesday wrapped up his four-day state visit to Vietnam and left for home after inking key pacts and declaring a united Indo-Vietnam stand for free navigation in the disputed waters of South China Sea and adjoining maritime areas.

Sapling of Bodhi tree planted in Vietnam

 A sapling of the holy Bodhi tree from Bodh Gaya in Bihar, which was carried by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee as a gift, was planted here Monday.

Hundreds of Vietnamese drug addicts escape rehab

More than 400 Vietnamese drug addicts have escaped from a rehabilitation centre where they were detained to receive compulsory treatment, a local official said Monday. 

Sapling of Bodhi tree planted in Vietnam

A sapling of the holy Bodhi tree from Bodh Gaya in Bihar, which was carried by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee as a gift, was planted here on Monday.

Six dead after Vietnam karaoke bar accident

Six people died and six more were left in a critical condition from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning at a karaoke bar in northern Vietnam, police said Tuesday. 

Sushma tells Indian envoys to Act East and not just Look East

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today chaired a brain storming session of 15 Indian Heads of Mission in South East and East Asia here and directed them to Act East and not just Look East, as she discussed the foreign policy initiatives under the new BJP-led government.

Sushma chairs brainstorming session with Indian envoys

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday chaired a brain storming session with 15 Indian Heads of Mission in South East and East Asia here to chart out the foreign policy initiatives to be undertaken in the strategically important region by the new BJP-led government.

Swaraj underlines need for strong connectivity within ASEAN

Emphasising the need for strong connectivity within ASEAN, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Monday said there is a need to look at a more "functional visa regime" in the 10-member grouping.

Flash floods kill six in Vietnam

A disaster official says flash floods triggered by heavy rains have killed six people, including five in a family in northern Vietnam.

Vietnam hosts third gay pride parade as attitudes soften

Around 300 activists led a colourful parade through Hanoi on Sunday in the nation`s largest ever gay pride event, as communist Vietnam shows signs of increasing tolerance of sexual difference.

Military chopper crash kills more than 10 in Hanoi

A military helicopter crashed into a residential area on the fringes of Vietnam`s capital Hanoi on Monday, killing more than 10 people, a witness and government officials said.

China arrests Vietnamese fishermen for territorial breach

Six Vietnamese fishermen have been detained by the crew of a Chinese vessel in the South China Sea, officials of both countries said on Friday, the latest in a two-month fracas between the Communist neighbours over maritime sovereignty.

Amid China spat, Vietnam to build 32 patrol ships

Vietnam plans to build 32 new coastal patrol vessels, boosting its maritime muscle and surveillance capacities amid an increasingly tense territorial dispute in the South China Sea with its far larger neighbour China.