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August, 26, 2016

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Vietnam's transgender say new law paves way for surgeries
Gay and transgender activists in Vietnam say a new law recognizing their rights will pave the way for gender reassignment surgery in the communist country and reduce discrimination.
 
Vietnam and New Zealand aim to double trade in 5 years
Vietnam and New Zealand have signed several cooperation agreements during a visit by Prime Minister John Key to Hanoi as they seek to double bilateral trade in the next five years.
 
Vietnam jails railway officials over Japan aid graft scandal
Vietnam jailed six railway officials for up to 12 years each Tuesday, a court official said, over their roles in a corruption scandal that saw Japan temporarily suspend official development aid.
 
A Vietnamese court on Wednesday sentenced a journalist to six years in prison on charges of spying for mainland China, his lawyer said.
 
China imports threaten Vietnam masks
Vu Thi Thoan's family has been making papier mache masks, part of traditional Vietnamese celebrations for the Mid-Autumn Festival, for over four decades. But cheap Chinese toys are threatening her business.
 
A prominent Vietnamese blogger who was jailed after she wrote about corruption in the Communist country's police and judiciary has been released and left the country, the U.S. embassy said Monday.
 
Vietnam marks 70 years of independence
Vietnam's president on Wednesday urged further modernization of the armed forces in the face of growing maritime territorial disputes as the nation celebrated 70 years since it declared independence from France.
 
Rebels should think carefully on peace deal: Suu Kyi
Myanmar's popular opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is urging armed ethnic minority groups to think carefully before signing a nationwide cease-fire agreement, a top party colleague said, a position that pits her against President Thein Sein, who has made reaching a deal before November elections his top priority.
 
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