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Vietnam says China is holding 21 fishermen

By Thu, Mar 22, 2012 2:00AM UTC 0 Comment

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) – China is holding 21 Vietnamese fishermen on a disputed island in the South China Sea, officials said. Chinese forces intercepted two fishing boats on March 3 near the Paracel islands, said an official from Vietnam’s central Quang Ngai province, where the fishermen came from. The official spoke on condition of anonymity,...

Vietnam jails 2 for disseminating anti-govt docs

By Thu, Mar 08, 2012 11:10AM UTC 0 Comment

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — An official says a court in central Vietnam has sentenced two Catholics to prison for distributing anti-government documents. A court official in Nghe An province says Vo Thi Thu Thuy and Nguyen Van Thanh were convicted of spreading anti-government propaganda and sentenced to five and three years respectively at a one-day...

Vietnam War history records Aussie alcohol abuse

By Mon, Mar 05, 2012 10:45AM UTC 1 Comment

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An official history of the Australian military in the Vietnam War says alcohol abuse was a significant problem for troops who at times were supplied with the equivalent of more than five cans of beer per soldier daily. Some Australian commanders regarded beer as a lesser evil than the illicit heroin...

Report: Vietnam arrests political dissident

By Tue, Feb 21, 2012 4:10PM UTC 0 Comment

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese state media say police have arrested a high school teacher who called for a multiparty political system. The Laborer newspaper said Tuesday that Dinh Dang Dinh, a 49-year-old teacher in the Central Highland province of Dak Nong, was arrested last week and accused of spreading anti-government propaganda. It said police...

Vietnam arrests 9 alleged political activists

By Tue, Feb 07, 2012 10:45AM UTC 0 Comment

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam has arrested nine members of an alleged “reactionary political organization” seeking to overthrow the government. State media have reported that police in central Phu Yen Province raided the group’s headquarters and confiscated detonators, electronics and the equivalent of about $ 21,000. Six were arrested Sunday and three others the next...