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Vietnamese PM steps down after 10 years in nation's top office
Vietnam's prime minister stepped down Wednesday after 10 years in office, leaving behind a mixed legacy of promoting failed state enterprises but at the same time attracting foreign investment and daring to challenge China.
 
Two Vietnamese women have tested positive for the Zika virus, the Ministry of Health said Tuesday, the first confirmed cases of the mosquito-transmitted infection in the Southeast Asian country.
 
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.
 
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