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October, 24, 2016

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Foreign firms eye up Vietnam state brewers
Sloshed back at rowdy open-air "bia hoi" day and night, beer is Vietnam's tipple of choice and now its cash-strapped government is drawing on the nation's penchant for lager to raise billions of dollars by selling stakes in state-owned brewers.
Vietnam is bracing for Typhoon Sarika as the death toll from flooding in the central part of the country triggered by heavy rains rose to 31.
Several Western governments have called for the release of a Vietnamese activist jailed this week for "anti-state propaganda," urging greater freedoms in the authoritarian nation criticized for silencing critics.
Around a half tonne of ivory hidden in a timber shipment has been seized in Vietnam, an official said Friday, the second large haul of the illegally-trafficked product in a week.
Propaganda broadcaster 'Hanoi Hannah' dead at 87
Silky-voiced communist propaganda broadcaster "Hanoi Hannah," famous for urging American GIs to leave her country during the Vietnam War, has died at age 87, friends said Tuesday.
The editor of a Vietnamese news site has been sacked after publishing excerpts of an interview with an exiled dissident, the government said, the latest move to choke expression in the authoritarian country.
Vietnam Delta islets lose farmland to erosion
Cao Van Ba, who has lived on the Son Islet in the middle of the Hau (Rear) River for nearly 50 years, fears that he will have no choice but to move to the mainland as erosion is fast destroying his farmland.
Some 3,000 athletes will converge on the Vietnamese resort town of Danang this weekend for the Asian Beach Games, vying for glory in events ranging from Indian contact sport kabaddi to wrestling and volleyball.
A Vietnamese court on Monday approved a Malaysian request for the extradition of eight Indonesians suspected of hijacking a Malaysian oil tanker more than a year ago, and rejected a similar request from Indonesia, state media reported.
Vietnam's (B1 stable) credit profile is supported by its robust economic growth and diversified economy, according to Moody's Investors Service.
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