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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.
 
Vietnam has jailed a Canadian teacher for four years for sexually abusing underage homeless boys he met on Hanoi's streets, a court official said Thursday, in a rare prosecution for the offense.
 
Vietnam's civil aviation authority has accused Beijing of threatening regional air safety by conducting unannounced flights through its airspace to a disputed reef in the South China Sea, state media said Saturday.
 
Vietnam's new leadership will be chosen at a Communist Party Congress in January, an official statement said late Monday, as the country struggles with economic reform and strained relations with its biggest trade partner and neighbor China.
 
A Vietnamese lawyer was arrested Wednesday on anti-state charges, police said, a week after he was brutally beaten by thugs after leading a training forum for rights defenders in the communist country.
 
Packed cities, empty villages: Vietnam's migration dilemma
When Vu Thi Linh moved her family from their spacious rural home to a tiny rented room in Hanoi, she hoped her children would be able to get the education she never had.
 
Death sentences imposed on corrupt Vietnamese officials will now be commuted to life in prison if they pay back at least 75 percent of the illegal money they made.
 
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.
 
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