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Vietnam jails Facebook user for pro-democracy broadcasts

Jul 08, 2020 - 3:01 PM

Nguyen Quoc Duc Vuong's arrest follows the detention of a number of high-profile journalists and activists in recent months ahead of the regime's 5-yearly party congress, slated for next January

ON TRIAL. This picture taken and released by the Vietnam News Agency on July 7, 2020 shows Vietnamese national Nguyen Quoc Duc Vuong (C) during his court trial in Vietnam's Lam Dong province. Photo by Vietnam News Agency/AFP

Vietnam economy unexpectedly expands, bucking global plunge

Jun 29, 2020 - 9:35 PM

Vietnam's gross domestic product rises by 0.36% in the 2nd quarter of 2020, the lowest growth since 1991 but still better than expected

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 18, 2020 a vegetable vendor sorts limes while waiting for customers at her shop in Hanoi. - Vietnam's economy unexpectedly expanded in the second quarter, shrugging off a coronavirus pandemic-caused global downturn, but was still the country's slowest growth in nearly three decades. (Photo by Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP)

Vietnam warns of economic calamity at ASEAN summit

Jun 26, 2020 - 2:08 PM

The immediate focus for the 10-member bloc is the crippling cost of the coronavirus, which has ravaged the economies of tourism and export-reliant countries such as Thailand and Vietnam

Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc addresses the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, held online due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, in Hanoi on June 26, 2020. LUONG THAI LINH / POOL / AFP

Vietnam's lychee crop not bearing fruit as prices slump

Jun 09, 2020 - 11:10 PM

Vietnam usually exports more than $30 million worth of fresh lychees each season, but business is down as the coronavirus crisis triggers border closures

Vietnamese farmers arrive with harvested lychees for sale to domestic traders at a wholesale market in Luc Ngan district of Vietnam's Bac Giang province on June 9, 2020. - Each year, Vietnam exports up to 100,000 tonnes of fresh lychees, earning more than 30 million USD in the season which often last between mid May and end of June. (Photo by Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP)

Welcome to China, Vietnam: Roaming texts greet officials arriving on Pag-asa Island

Jun 09, 2020 - 8:12 PM

Pag-asa Island lies in an area of the West Philippine Sea where signals from other claimant countries overlap, and the strongest ones win out

WELCOME. These screen caps from defense officials and reporters show roaming text alerts welcoming them to China or Vietnam while visiting Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea on June 9, 2020. Sourced photos

Man wanted in Britain over 39 deaths 'organized' trafficking

May 16, 2020 - 11:46 AM

Ronan Hughes faces extradition to Britain over a human smuggling case that saw 39 Vietnamese migrants discovered dead in a truck

Rappler Talk: Guy Thwaites on Vietnam’s effective strategy against coronavirus

May 15, 2020 - 2:37 PM

What can countries learn from Vietnam? Catch Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug's interview with Guy Thwaites of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit on Friday evening, May 15.

Beijing continues South China Sea aggression during pandemic

May 13, 2020 - 4:07 PM

The strategic waterway is choppy as ever as China presses on its expansive claims, leaving countries to battle a pandemic and defend their territories

VOLATILE REGION. A Chinese militia vessel identified by the Philippine Coast Guard during a patrol in Scarborough Shoal. File photo courtesy of the Philippine Coast Guard

Facebook agrees to censor anti-state posts after Vietnam slowed site – report

Apr 22, 2020 - 7:23 PM

'The revelation that Facebook is caving to Vietnam’s far-reaching demands for censorship is a devastating turning point for freedom of expression in Vietnam and beyond,' says Amnesty International

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture taken on March 22, 2018 in Paris shows a close-up of the Facebook logo in an eye. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP


UK driver pleads guilty to manslaughter of 39 found dead in truck

Apr 08, 2020 - 11:29 PM

Northern Ireland man Maurice Robinson, 25, has already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and acquiring criminal property

GUILTY. In this file photo, a police officer secures the cordon at the scene where a truck, believed to have originated from Bulgaria, and found to be containing 39 dead bodies, was discovered at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, on October 23, 2019. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

PH raises 'trust' issues with China after it sank Vietnam ship in South China Sea

Apr 08, 2020 - 5:20 PM

The Philippines expresses solidarity with Vietnam, nearly a year after Vietnamese fishermen rescued Filipinos sunk and abandoned by a Chinese ship in Recto Bank

TENSION AT SEA. The China Coastguard Ship 4301 involved in the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat. Photo from Weibo

U.S. warns China not to 'exploit' coronavirus for sea disputes

Apr 07, 2020 - 11:05 AM

China has ramped up self-described research stations and landed special military aircraft in the dispute-rife sea, according to the State Department

NAVY. This aerial photo taken on January 2, 2017 shows a Chinese navy formation, including the aircraft carrier Liaoning (C), during military drills in the South China Sea. Photo by STR/AFP

PH recommends Vietnam SEA Games pushback due to Olympics delay

Mar 25, 2020 - 3:01 PM

Philippine Olympic Committee president Bambol Tolentino supports talks of scheduling the next SEA Games late 2021

OVERALL CHAMPIONS. Philippines prepares to defend the overall championship title in the   2021 SEA Games. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Vietnam vows to punish hiders of coronavirus after new cases

Mar 10, 2020 - 10:54 AM

Authorities launch an online tool asking all citizens to declare their health status

BIKERS. Local residents wearing protective face masks wait to pass through a checkpoint in Vinh Phuc province. Photo by Nhac Nguyen

Indonesia detains 'illegal' Vietnamese fishing boats

Mar 05, 2020 - 5:12 PM

Maritime officials say they intercepted 5 fishing boats and apprehended its 68 crew near Indonesia's Natuna islands, which border the South China Sea, most of which is claimed by Beijing

DETAINED. This picture taken in Batam, Kepulauan Riau on March 4, 2020 shows Indonesian officials standing next to Vietnamese fishermen detained by Indonesian authority for illegal fishing in Natuna water. Photo by Teguh Prihatna/AFP

Virus hammers garment industries in Cambodia, Vietnam

Mar 02, 2020 - 10:30 PM

The garment industries in Cambodia and Vietnam, which are reliant on China for more than half of their raw materials, are feeling the impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak

Cambodian workers exit their factory as they take a lunch break in Phnom Penh on March 2, 2020. - Cambodia's multi-billion-dollar garment industry is at risk of chain disruption from the deadly coronavirus, its strongman premier said March 2, as its impacts hammer on Southeast Asia's key industries and bring border trade to a trickle. (Photo by TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP)

Filipino teachers in Vietnam lose income amid COVID-19 crisis

Feb 24, 2020 - 3:50 PM

Expats open homes to cash-strapped kababayans

People stand in a queue to buy protective facemasks in Hanoi on February 17, 2020, amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by Nhac NGUYEN / AFP)

Vietnamese dissident monk who was a Nobel Prize nominee dies at 93

Feb 23, 2020 - 2:46 PM

Head of the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, Thich Quang Do has spent most of his life advocating for religious freedom and human rights in communist-run Vietnam

DISSIDENT MONK. In this file photo, Vietnam's dissident Buddhist monk Thich Quang Do sits inside the Thanh Minh Zen Monastery in Ho Chi Minh City on July 27, 2007. Photo by Aude Genet/AFP

Nearly 900,000 pangolins trafficked in Southeast Asia – watchdog

Feb 21, 2020 - 10:01 AM

Over 96,000 kilograms (210,000 pounds) of the creatures' scales were also seized in Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam between 2017 and 2019 alone, the report says

RESCUED. A live Philippine pangolin has been turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Central Luzon. Photo by Christian Sarmiento

Southeast Asia feels the burn as coronavirus keeps Chinese tourists at home

Feb 16, 2020 - 1:53 PM

Businesses are praying for a bounce back if and when the virus is controlled

WAITING. This photograph taken on February 12, 2020 shows employees waiting for tourists at the entrance of the Floating Market in Pattaya. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Vietnam quarantines area with 10,000 residents over novel coronavirus

Feb 13, 2020 - 5:51 PM

In the first mass quarantine outside of China since the virus emerged there in late December 2019, the Son Loi farming region from Hanoi will be locked down for 20 days

QUARANTINE. Local residents wearing protective face masks amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus wait to pass through a checkpoint in Son Loi commune in Vinh Phuc province on February 13, 2020. Photo by Nhac Nguyen/AFP

U.K. police say 39 Vietnamese died from lack of oxygen, overheating

Feb 12, 2020 - 10:13 AM

The victims were found dead in a refrigeration trailer on October 23 last year

MIGRANT. This photograph taken on October 30, 2019 shows a Vietnamese migrant, who requested to remain anonymous and was deported from Britain, speaking during an interview with AFP at his home in Vietnam's Nghe An province. Photo by Nhac Nguyen/AFP

China coronavirus outbreak: How governments have reacted

Feb 02, 2020 - 12:47 PM

From border closures to flight bans, here are some of the steps states have taken to limit the spread of the virus

OUTBREAK. Passengers grab their luggages as they disembark a Turkish cargo plane at the Etimesgut military Airport in Ankara on February 1, 2020, after being repatriated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the new coronavirus outbreak. Adem Altan/AFP

The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:34 AM

(10th UPDATE) Here are the countries that have confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus

PROTECTION. A woman holds a child wearing a facemask as they queue at the West Kowloon rail station in Hong Kong on January 23, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Vietnam ex-minister gets life sentence in bribery case

Dec 28, 2019 - 4:25 PM

Nguyen Bac Son is sentenced alongside his then-deputy Truong Minh Tuan for receiving $3.2 million in bribes

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Vietnam seizes two tons of ivory tusks, pangolin scales

Dec 24, 2019 - 3:48 PM

Authorities find the ivory tusks and pangolin scales inside wood boxes shipped from Nigeria

Michelle Obama, Julia Roberts urge Vietnam girls to stay in school

Dec 09, 2019 - 6:48 PM

'When you educate a girl you give them power and a voice and an opportunity to improve their lives and the lives of their family and the lives of their community,' says Michelle Obama

GIRLS' EDUCATION. Former US First Lady Michelle Obama (R), actress Julia Roberts (2nd L) and Jenna Bush Hager (L), daughter of former US president George W. Bush, meet Vietnamese students in Can Giuoc district, Long An province on December 9, 2019. Michelle Obama and Julia Roberts visit to promote girls' education in Vietnam. Photo by Nhac Nguyen/AFP

Vietnam finds Fajardo code hard to crack as 'Kraken' breaks loose

Dec 07, 2019 - 10:49 AM

June Mar Fajardo runs roughshod over Vietnam as Gilas Pilipinas follows up its 52-point rout of Singapore with a 41-point blowout in the 2019 SEA Games

DOMINANT FORCE. June Mar Fajardo overpowers Vietnam to help Gilas Pilipinas punch its semifinals ticket in the 2019 SEA Games. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Fajardo toys with Vietnam as Gilas Pilipinas reaches SEA Games semis

Dec 06, 2019 - 9:58 PM

Despite being double-teamed – and at times even triple-teamed – June Mar Fajardo imposes his will in the 41-point obliteration

BIG PROBLEM. Vietnam fails to find a solution for June Mar Fajardo. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Vietnam families to bury victims of UK truck tragedy

Nov 28, 2019 - 4:03 PM

The families of the 39 Vietnamese people found dead in a truck in Essex prepare for emotional burials

Family members of Hoang Van Tiep before a coffin bearing his remains during a funeral in Dien Chau district, Nghe An province on November 28, 2019. The families of some of the 39 Vietnamese people found dead in a truck in Britain prepared for emotional burials for their children November 28 after an agonising weeks-long wait to bring their bodies home. Nhac NGUYEN / AFP

UK police charge man over Vietnamese migrants disaster

Nov 24, 2019 - 7:44 PM

Christopher Kennedy from Northern Ireland is due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on Monday, November 25

PROBE. British Police forensics officers work on lorry, found to be containing 39 dead bodies, at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, on October 23, 2019. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Will Vietnam take China to court?

Nov 21, 2019 - 9:53 AM

Hanoi looks closely at Manila’s arbitration case

UK truck victim families take on loans to repatriate remains to Vietnam

Nov 19, 2019 - 3:01 PM

Vietnam's foreign ministry says they would help to bring either the ashes or the bodies of the victims back – but that families would have to cover the cost of repatriation

REPATRIATING REMAINS. Le Minh Tuan, father of 30-year old Le Van Ha, who is feared to be among the 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain, cries while holding Ha's son outside their house in Vietnam's Nghe An province on October 27, 2019. File photo by Nhac Nguyen/AFP

Vietnam jails music teacher for 'undermining' state

Nov 15, 2019 - 4:54 PM

Nguyen Nang Tinh is the latest activist jailed for his Facebook comments, including posts about a Taiwanese steel firm dumping toxic sludge into the ocean, killing masses of fish in central Vietnam

SBMA takes back order imposing fines on stranded Vietnamese fishermen

Nov 13, 2019 - 2:18 PM

SBMA management says its letter to the Philippine Coast Guard 'was simply a procedural reminder and a statement of policy'

Photo by Olongapo City Public Information

Residents assail SBMA for threatening to fine stranded Vietnamese fishermen

Nov 13, 2019 - 10:12 AM

An Olongapo resident who was helping the marooned Vietnamese described the SBMA as 'so heartless'

Photo by Olongapo City Public Information

Disinformation agents are targeting veterans in run-up to 2020 election

Nov 12, 2019 - 5:47 PM

Foreign actors eye future spies and government bureaucrats

US DISINFORMATION. Header image from animation by Anastasia Gviniashvili for Coda Story.

Australian citizen jailed in Vietnam for 'terrorism'

Nov 11, 2019 - 7:11 PM

Chau Van Kham is jailed alongside Nguyen Van Vien, who got 11 years, and Tran Van Quyen, who is sentenced to 10 years, for 'terrorism against the People's Administration'

CHAU VAN KHAM. This picture from the Vietnam News Agency taken and released on November 11, 2019 shows Australian citizen Chau Van Kham (L) escorted for trial in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo by Vietnam News Agency/AFP

UK police name 39 Vietnamese in truck deaths

Nov 08, 2019 - 10:58 PM

The British and Vietnamese governments are working together to repatriate the bodies, the police say

CONFIRMED. Hoang Lanh, father of 18-year old Hoang Van Tiep who is feared to be among the 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain, looks at his son's photograph on his phone at their house in Dien Thinh commune of Vietnam's Nghe An province on October 28, 2019. File photo by Nhac Nguyen/AFP

All 39 victims found dead in UK truck were Vietnamese – police

Nov 07, 2019 - 10:35 PM

Vietnam's Ministry of Public Security also confirms that all 39 were from the country, noting they hailed from 6 provinces

PRAYERS. A portrait of Bui Thi Nhung (C), who is feared to be among the 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain, is kept on a prayer altar inside her house in Vietnam's Nghe An province on October 26, 2019. File photo by Ran Thi Minh Ha/AFP

Vietnam arrests 8 over UK truck deaths

Nov 04, 2019 - 7:24 PM

Many of the suspected victims came from just two provinces in central Vietnam, including Nghe An province where 8 people have been arrested in connection with the deaths

MORE ARRESTS. Major General Nguyen Huu Cau, director of police for Nghe An province, speaks to the media, in relation to the 39 migrants found dead in a truck in Britain, during a parliamentary break in Hanoi on November 4, 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

Huawei pushes 5G in Southeast Asia, brushing off 'tech war' with U.S.

Nov 03, 2019 - 3:53 PM

Thailand and the Philippines have shrugged off cybersecurity warnings in a rush to exploit the ultra-fast 5G network promised by China's biggest smartphone maker, while Vietnam has edged away from Huawei

HUAWEI 5G. Illuminated Huawei and 5G signs are on display during the 10th Global mobile broadband forum hosted by Chinese tech giant Huawei in Zurich on October 15, 2019. File photo by Stefan Wermuth/AFP

Vietnam 'strongly condemns' human trafficking after UK truck tragedy

Nov 02, 2019 - 2:38 PM

Officials are now working to identify the victims after DNA samples were collected from families in Ha Tinh and Nghe An provinces in central Vietnam

FEARED DEAD. A portrait of 26-year-old Pham Thi Tra My, who is feared to be among the 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain, is kept on a prayer altar inside her house in Vietnam's Ha Tinh province on October 26, 2019. Photo by STR / AFP

Vietnam arrests 2 in UK truck death investigation

Nov 01, 2019 - 11:18 PM

Vietnam says two people were arrested for alleged involvement in the case, which has exposed the dangers of illegal people-smuggling from Vietnam to Europe

Climate-fueled flooding to imperil 300 million by 2050

Oct 30, 2019 - 7:39 PM

Destructive storm surges fueled by increasingly powerful cyclones and rising seas will hit Asia hardest, according to scientists

Flights and fake passports: The 'VIP packages' enticing Vietnamese to UK

Oct 29, 2019 - 2:32 PM

Details of well-oiled smuggling routes spanning Vietnam to Europe are under renewed scrutiny after 39 people were found dead in a truck in Britain

Le Minh Tuan, father of 30-year old Le Van Ha, who is feared to be among the 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain, cries while holding Ha's son outside their house in Vietnam's Nghe An province on October 27, 2019. NHAC NGUYEN / AFP

Truck driver remanded at UK court over 39 dead migrants

Oct 28, 2019 - 9:38 PM

Maurice Robinson, a 25-year-old from Northern Ireland, is charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, money laundering, and conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration

PROBE. British Police forensics officers work on lorry, found to be containing 39 dead bodies, at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, on October 23, 2019. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Vietnam collects DNA samples from relatives of UK missing

Oct 27, 2019 - 11:10 PM

Authorities say they would try to fast track DNA testing, but warned results would not be immediately available

Flowers are pictured by a road sign on Eastern Avenue at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, on October 23, 2019, after the discovery of a lorry containing 39 dead bodies. - Britain launched a major murder investigation after 39 bodies were found Wednesday in a truck from Bulgaria, as police tried to establish where the victims were originally from. All victims were pronounced dead at the scene in an industrial park in Grays, east of London, triggering revulsion among politicians and once again putting the spotlight on the shadowy people trafficking business. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

Ambitious and broke, Vietnam migrants risk lives for riches in Europe

Oct 27, 2019 - 4:26 PM

The dangers of illegal crossings into Europe are laid bare when 39 people were found dead in a refrigerated truck in Britain in October 2019

FEARED DEAD. A portrait of 26-year-old Pham Thi Tra My, who is feared to be among the 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain, is kept on a prayer altar inside her house in Vietnam's Ha Tinh province on October 26, 2019. Photo by AFP

Up to 20 Vietnamese feared among 39 UK truck dead

Oct 26, 2019 - 8:18 PM

Several Vietnamese families now fear their relatives are among the victims, who may have been carrying falsified Chinese passports

PRAYERS. A portrait of Bui Thi Nhung (C), who is feared to be among the 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain, is kept on a prayer altar inside her house in Vietnam's Nghe An province on October 26, 2019.