Trouble brews as Vietnam considers banning sidewalk beer sales

By Fri, Sep 19, 2014 6:45PM UTC Pic: AP.

In dispiriting news for many outdoor drinking enthusiasts, Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade has admitted that it is mulling draft regulation that would outlaw the sidewalk sale of beer throughout Vietnam.

South China Sea spat deflects attention from Vietnam’s real issues

By Thu, Sep 18, 2014 1:25PM UTC Vietnamese protest outside the Chinese Embassy in May. Pic: AP.

Ask anyone, anywhere in the world, what the most important Vietnam-related issue has been over the past few months, and I bet that lots of them will say the South China Sea dispute.

Police brutality pervasive in Vietnam, says HRW

By Wed, Sep 17, 2014 6:31PM UTC Pic: AP.

Police forces in Vietnam regularly commit acts of brutality and have killed detainees in their custody, Human Rights Watch has found. HRW documented police abuse in 44 Vietnamese provinces in a new report, “Public Insecurity: Deaths in Custody and Police Brutality in Vietnam.”

Landslides kill 7 in Vietnam

By Wed, Sep 17, 2014 4:14PM UTC

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Landslides triggered by heavy rains from a tropical storm have killed at least seven people in northern Vietnam. The chief administrator of Lang Son province’s Cao Loc district, Hua Anh Tuan, says six people were killed and five others were injured when a landslide buried the

China rig finds gas after Vietnam sea standoff

By Tue, Sep 16, 2014 5:25PM UTC A Chinese ship, left, shoots water cannon at a Vietnamese vessel, right, off the Vietnam coast in May. Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — One of China’s national oil companies has announced its first gas field discovery in the South China Sea, about 150 kilometers south of the country’s southernmost island of Hainan.

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