Vietnam allows new casino, ban on local gamblers may be lifted

By Sat, Jan 24, 2015 4:57PM UTC

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A recently announced government decision to allow a casino on Vietnam’s biggest island has drawn mixed reactions from citizens, who weigh its potential economic benefits against its perceived social vices. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s approval in principle of the casino at Phu Quoc, a resort

Vietnam fails to deliver on its education promise

By Fri, Jan 23, 2015 4:29PM UTC Pic: AP.

Despite its Confucian tradition and a young, tech-savvy population, Vietnam has abjectly failed to reform its education system.

Vietnam government turns to social media to ‘guide opinion’

By Tue, Jan 20, 2015 1:10PM UTC Vietnamese girls use a laptop and smart phones to go online at a cafe in Hanoi. Pic: AP.

If there were two certainties to life in America – death and taxes – then there is one in foreign news coverage of Vietnam: censorship. Whether it is the locking up of many dissidents or the occasional release of one, the blocking or unblocking of social media sites or a brief release upon never-quite-stated strictures, it is as inevitable as typhoons are during Autumn on the country’s central coast.

Vietnam sentences 8 to death for heroin trafficking

By Tue, Jan 20, 2015 11:57AM UTC Pic: AP.

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — State-controlled media say a court in northern Vietnam has sentenced eight people to death for heroin trafficking.

Indonesia executes 5 foreigners for drug offences

By Sun, Jan 18, 2015 11:50AM UTC Ambulances carrying the body of drug convicts Dutch national Ang Kiem Soe, front, and Brazilian national Marco Moreira leave Nusakambangan island after their executions early Sunday. Pic: AP.

Indonesian officials executed five foreigners and an Indonesian national convicted of drug trafficking on Sunday, after recently elected President Joko Widodo rejected calls for clemency. The foreigners included a Brazilian man, a Vietnamese woman, and three others from the Netherlands, Malawi, and Nigeria.

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