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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.

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's transgender say new law paves way for surgeries


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 and New Zealand aim to double trade in 5 years


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.
Vietnam jails railway officials over Japan aid graft scandal


A Vietnamese court on Wednesday sentenced a journalist to six years in prison on charges of spying for mainland China, his lawyer said.

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.
China imports threaten Vietnam masks


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'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.
Vietnam marks 70 years of independence


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.
Rebels should think carefully on peace deal: Suu Kyi


Coffee prices have dropped to record lows in southern Dong Nai province, pushing coffee growers and particularly small enterprises to the verge of bankruptcy.

Police in Vietnam have seized more than 700 kilograms of rhino horns and elephant tusks believed to have originated from Mozambique, state media said Friday.

Vietnam is struggling to help communities hit by toxic mudslides after torrential rain in a major coal-mining area in northern Quang Ninh province, home to the UNESCO-listed Halong Bay tourist site.
Vietnam hit by flooding, toxins from coal plants


David Cameron hailed rapidly growing trade with Vietnam on Wednesday during the first visit by a British Prime Minister to the communist country, as a number of key business deals were signed.
Cameron lands in Hanoi, becomes 1st British PM in communist nation


Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi invoked the memory of her assassinated father Sunday, describing upcoming elections as an opportunity to continue his legacy and bring real change to the former junta-ruled nation.
Myanmar's Suu Kyi invokes father's sacrifice ahead of this year's elections

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