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Obama pushes for better rights in Vietnam after arms deal
After knocking down one of the last vestiges of Cold War antagonism with a former war enemy, President Barack Obama on Tuesday took his push for closer ties directly to the Vietnamese people, meeting with activists and entrepreneurs and arguing that better human rights would boost the communist country's economy, stability and regional power.
 
Obama lifts decades-old Vietnam arms ban
U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday lifted a half-century-old ban on selling arms to Vietnam, looking to bolster a government seen as a crucial, though flawed partner in a region that he has tried to place at the center of his foreign policy legacy.
 
Obama praises 'strengthening ties' between US and Vietnam
Barack Obama praised "strengthening ties" between the United States and Vietnam at the start of a landmark visit Monday, as the former wartime foes deepen trade links and share concerns over Chinese actions in disputed seas.
 
Authoritarian Vietnam released one of the country's longest serving prisoners of conscience on Friday, just days before U.S. President Barack Obama is due to visit, the Catholic Church said.
 
Trade, security and human rights will top the agenda when U.S. President Barack Obama visits Vietnam later this month, a U.S. State Department official said Tuesday, adding there was "no decision" yet on lifting an arms embargo to its former wartime foe.
 
Scores held as Vietnam breaks up fish deaths protest
Vietnamese police detained scores of people Sunday as they broke up a protest against a Taiwanese company accused of being behind a toxic leak that has caused mass fish deaths off the central coast.
 
In Vietnam, protest of Formosa for fish deaths
Hundreds of people gathered Sunday in the Vietnamese capital to protest against a Taiwanese company suspected of involvement in a toxic leak that has hit the fishing industry along the central coast.
 
Before joining U.S. President Barack Obama on his first trip to Vietnam next month, Secretary of State John Kerry will take a day to reflect on his long and complicated history with the Asian country, first as a soldier and later as a war protester and statesman.
 
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