A battered diary retrieved from the body of a Vietnamese soldier by a U.S. serviceman in 1966 was returned to the author's family Friday in an emotional ceremony.
Vietnam has intensified its repression of journalists and bloggers, using surveillance, imprisonment and the harassment of family members to muzzle critical reporting, media watchdogs said.
Vietnamese police said Tuesday they were pursuing more serious charges against one of the country's top banking tycoons.
A Vietnamese journalist who bribed a police officer as part of an undercover investigation into corruption was sentenced to four years in prison on Friday, while the officer who accepted the money got a five-year sentence, state-controlled media reported.
Police have arrested the former director of one of Vietnam's largest banks as part of a widening probe into economic crimes that has spooked investors and added to doubts about the financial stability of a country once seen as an emerging Asian giant.
Vietnam's stock markets have lost nearly US$4.0 billion in value after two top bankers were arrested this week in a widening police probe into the banking sector, state media said Friday.
At least nine people were killed, thousands of homes damaged and swathes of farmland flooded as Typhoon Kai-Tak swept across northern Vietnam, authorities said Sunday.
Drowning in debt and hunted by his bookmaker, a Vietnamese man dug a cave beneath his kitchen and hid there for two months, showing the desperate lengths illegal gambling addicts will go to in the communist nation.
At least four people died as Typhoon Kai-Tak barrelled across northern Vietnam bringing high winds and floods to several areas including the capital Hanoi, reports said Saturday.
A Vietnamese blogger who posted online calls for democracy has been jailed for five years, official media said Saturday, the second Web dissident imprisoned this week in an ongoing crackdown on activists.