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Popular Vietnamese blogger and journalist Truong Duy Nhat was jailed for two years on Tuesday for posting articles critical of the Communist government and leaders, his lawyer said.

U.S. President Barack Obama Monday approved a civilian nuclear pact with Vietnam which could lead to the sale of U.S. reactors to Washington's energy-hungry former war foe.

President Barack Obama Monday approved a civilian nuclear pact with Vietnam which could lead to the sale of US reactors to Washington's energy-hungry former war foe.

A Vietnamese appeals court on Tuesday upheld the conviction and 30-month prison sentence against a U.S.-trained lawyer and well-known dissident found guilty of tax evasion in a case that international rights groups say was politically motivated.
Vietnamese court rejects appeals by dissident


Tourists, hawkers and motorcyclists rub shoulders every morning in the congested alleyways of Hanoi's low-rise Old Quarter, which seems generations away from the office towers and electronics megastores springing up in other parts of the capital. The quarter's street grid, laid out in the 15th century, is still dominated by dilapidated shops selling everything from brass gongs to bamboo scaffolding.
Hanoi's traditional Old Quarter readies itself to undergo a modern makeover


Vietnamese activists on Sunday marked the 35th anniversary of a bloody border war with China, chanting slogans, singing patriotic songs and laying flowers at a temple in central Hanoi.
Vietnam activists mark 1979 war with China


Anti-China protesters hoping to lay wreaths at a famous statue in the Vietnamese capital on Sunday were obstructed by an unusual sight of ballroom dancers and an energetic aerobics class held to a thumping sound system.
Vietnam deploys dancers to foil protests


Four decades after the Vietnam War ended, U.S. fast-food giant McDonald's opened its first restaurant in the communist country on Saturday, aiming to lure a rising middle class away from rice and noodles.
Vietnam gets first taste of the Big Mac


A Vietnamese court Monday sentenced a former banker to life in prison for a fraud involving more than US$230 million, one of the communist country's largest-ever such cases.
Vietnam ex-banker gets life in prison over US$230 mil. fraud


Despite the current atmosphere in the markets, stock indexes have enjoyed healthy gains over the last week. On the HCM City Stock Exchange, the VN-Index gained over 3 percent, compared to the previous Friday's close, to reach 560.19 points. The average value and volume of trades totaled VND1.8 trillion (US$84.9 million) and 98.7 million shares, respectively.

Vietnam has recorded its first death from bird flu in nine months, according to the country's Health Ministry, as regional concerns over a potential resurgence of the deadly virus grow.

Vietnam on Monday sentenced 30 drug smugglers to death in the communist country's largest-ever narcotics case, involving scores of defendants and nearly two tons of heroin, a judge said.
Vietnam hands death penalty to 30 drug smugglers


Activists chanted anti-China slogans and laid flowers Sunday at a protest in Hanoi marking the 40th anniversary of the Chinese invasion of contested islands in the South China Sea.

Vietnamese police said Friday they had launched an investigation into a riot at a multi-billion dollar Samsung factory that left 13 people injured, four critically.
Vietnam police probe riot at Samsung factory

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