Four killed in Vietnam military helicopter crash: Army

 Four people were killed Wednesday when a Vietnamese military helicopter crashed minutes after it set off from southern Ho Chi Minh City, an army official told AFP.

Police kill two Uighurs in south China: State media

 Police in southern China shot dead two Uighurs trying to cross the border into Vietnam, state media reported Monday, with rights groups saying repression at home causes members of the ethnic minority to flee.

Need closer strategic partnership with India: Vietnam

Drastic changes in regional security has created a need for closer bilateral strategic partnership with India, a top Vietnamese official said as the country beefs up its defence capabilities amid territorial dispute with China in the South China Sea.

Vietnam PM says impossible to ban social media: Report

 Vietnam`s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has conceded it is impossible for the communist country to ban social media, urging officials instead to embrace websites like Facebook to spread the government`s message.

Rights groups slam Cambodian PM as he marks 30 years in power

Rights groups have lambasted Cambodian strongman Hun Sen for using "violence, repression and corruption" to keep his grip on power as he marked three decades as prime minister on Wednesday.

Cargo ship sinks off Vietnam, captain confirmed dead

The bodies of two crew members of the Norwegian cargo ship which sank off the coast of southern Vietnam have been identified as the captain and deputy captain, state media reported today.

Cargo ship sinks off Vietnam

At least two people were killed and 16 remained missing after a cargo ship capsized and sank off Vietnam`s southern coast, media reported.

Third blogger detained in Vietnam in a month

Vietnamese police have detained a third blogger in a month in the latest crackdown on dissent in the communist country.

China tries to pacify Vietnam over the South China Sea dispute

As it faces an international lawsuit over the South China Sea maritime dispute, China has tried to pacify Vietnam, another claimant of the contested waters, with an assurance to settle it through dialogue and substantial cooperation in various fields.

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.

China to set up satellite, radar network to strengthen maritime power

China will set up an offshore observation network, including satellite and radar stations, to strengthen the country`s maritime power, the official China Daily reported on Friday, in a move that could exacerbate tensions in the region.

Vietnam races to rescue trapped workers as water levels rise

Vietnamese rescuers battled on Wednesday to free 12 workers trapped in a tunnel that collapsed during construction of a hydropower plant and said it could take days to get past entrenched mud, sand and debris as water levels rose.

Vietnam's sea dispute arbitration case vs China promotes peace: Manila

Vietnam has helped ensure peace in the South China Sea dispute with Beijing by following the Philippines in seeking UN arbitration, Manila said, despite the fact that Beijing has refused to take part.

Vietnam upholds jail terms for activists

A Vietnamese appeal court on Friday upheld jail sentences against three activists who were convicted for "public disorder" offences earlier this year following short trials that generated widespread criticism.

Murdered refugee laundered millions at Aussie casinos: Reports

A former Vietnamese refugee shot dead on a Sydney street corner had laundered up to AUD 1 billion (USD 830 million) at Australian casinos as he cleaned up cash for criminal syndicates, reports said.

China refutes Vietnam's claims over islands in South China Sea

China has dismissed Vietnam's sovereignty claim on the disputed islands in the South China Sea, saying it is "illegal and invalid" and Beijing "will never accept such claim."

Chinese police seek 100 Vietnamese runaway brides: Report

Chinese police are seeking more than 100 Vietnamese brides who vanished after marrying bachelors from a poor rural area, with reports saying Thursday an "organised ring" could be behind the disappearance.

China reminds US not to take sides in South China Sea dispute

China on Tuesday denounced a US State Department document on the South China Sea dispute saying that Washington should abide by its commitment not to take sides on the issue.

Second Vietnam blogger arrested on anti-state charges

Vietnamese police arrested a prominent blogger today, the second writer seized in the last fortnight as the country's communist authorities keep up their long-running crackdown on online dissent.