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Police general becomes Vietnam's new president
Lawmakers in communist Vietnam approved a top police general for the role of president Saturday, making the head of a controversial domestic security force one of the country's most high profile politicians.
 
Police general becomes Vietnam's new president
Lawmakers in communist Vietnam approved a top police general for the role of president Saturday, making the head of a controversial domestic security force one of the country's most high profile politicians.
 
A prominent Vietnamese blogger who is a former police officer and the son of a late government minister will be put on trial this week for alleged anti-state postings, his lawyer said Tuesday.
 
Vietnam's southern Mekong Delta, the country's main rice growing region, is experiencing the worst drought and saline intrusion in recent history that has affected more than half a million people, officials said Thursday.
 
Vietnam honors soldiers killed by Chinese 28 years ago
About 200 Vietnamese gathered in central Hanoi on Monday to remember 64 Vietnamese soldiers who were killed by the mainland China navy in a clash 28 years ago in the disputed South China Sea.
 
Fijians told to stay inside after cyclone kills 6
Fijians were told to stay inside for a second straight night Sunday as officials scrambled to restore services and assess damage in the wake of a ferocious cyclone that left at least six people dead and destroyed hundreds of homes.
 
Drought and saltwater intrusion have worsened in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta this year, threatening rice crops and the daily life of residents.
 
Vietnam party boss re-elected, holds on to power for 2nd term
Vietnam's Communist Party Wednesday re-elected its 71-year-old chief for a second term, an expected outcome that sees the conservative pro-China ideologue cementing his hold on power.
 
Vietnam's pro-business prime minister has effectively withdrawn from a contest to become the Communist Party chief, clearing the way for his rival to keep the post in what appears to be a compromise to present a united front to the nation, delegates at a party congress said Monday.
 
Vietnam's beloved sacred turtle dies: media
A sacred giant turtle venerated as a symbol of Vietnam's independence struggle has died, state media said, prompting an outpouring of grief and fears the death bodes ill for an upcoming communist leadership handover.
 
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