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U.S. Senator and former prisoner of war John McCain said Monday that Vietnam's willingness to suffer “immense casualties” was the linchpin in legendary General Vo Nguyen Giap's defeat of American forces.

As news emerged of the death of Vietnam's legendary General Vo Nguyen Giap, most journalists were forced to stay silent — leaving the landmark event to be revealed by the country's swelling ranks of Internet users.
Facebook trumps state media as Vietnam mourns


Vietnam's independence hero General Vo Nguyen Giap, whose guerrilla tactics defeated both the French and American armies, died Friday at the age of 102, a government source said.

Vietnam imprisoned a leading critic of the communist regime for tax evasion Wednesday — a move described by the United States as “disturbing” — as hundreds of supporters protested in the capital.
Vietnam jails dissident lawyer for tax evasion


Climate change is one of the key factors having great impact on production activities and socio-economic development in Vietnam.

Farmers have begun harvesting sugarcane in Hau Giang Province, the country's largest producer, but do not expect to earn high profits since prices are low. Sugar mills in Hau Giang offer a price of 850 dong (US$0.04) per kilogram to sugarcane that has at least 10 CCS (commercial content sugar), around 70 dong (US$0.003) less than last year.

Rice exports for September is estimated at about 650,000 metric tons, bringing the third quarter's total to 1.84 million metric tons, 230,000 metric tons less than planned.

Vietnam will free more than 15,000 convicts to mark its independence day celebrations, the president's office said Thursday, in a major amnesty that excludes prominent political prisoners.

A Thai drug smuggler has been sentenced to death in Vietnam, state media said Wednesday, the second such penalty given to a foreigner within a week in the communist country.

A Vietnamese appeals court overturned a six-year prison sentence against a dissident and halved the jail term of another in a rare show of leniency by the country's Communist authorities.
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