KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia has seized rhinoceros horns worth nearly $12 million (£9.4 million) bound for Vietnam, the Southeast Asian nation's largest haul of such contraband, officials said on Monday.
WASHINGTON The United States said on Friday it was deeply concerned by the sentencing of a Vietnamese dissident to 20 years in prison this week, calling a trend of increased arrests and harsh sentences for peaceful activism troubling.
HANOI Vietnam put thousands of soldiers on standby, readied evacuation plans and ordered vessels to stay in port on Thursday as flood-prone northern provinces braced for a tropical storm due to make landfall on Friday.
HANOI A court in northern Vietnam on Thursday sentenced an activist to 20 years in prison after he was convicted in a one-day trial of attempting to overthrow the state, his lawyer said.
George Young is a Vietnam War veteran who sued the state of Hawaii three times on his own without a lawyer for the right to carry a handgun, and lost each time.
BRATISLAVA Slovakia's Interior Ministry will allow police officers to testify in an investigation into the case of a former Vietnamese business executive who Germany says was kidnapped by Vietnamese agents in Germany and smuggled back home through Slovakia.
BRATISLAVA Slovakia said on Friday it would send its interior minister and police chief to talk to police in Berlin following media reports that a Slovak state plane was used in the kidnap in Germany of a Vietnamese oil executive who was then spirited back to Vietnam.
DA NANG, Vietnam In the mountains of central Vietnam, a colossal pair of hands lifts a golden thread of walkway high above the clifftops, as if the mountain itself has sprouted limbs. | Video
HANOI Floods from a burst dam in Laos have inundated thousands of hectares of paddy fields in Vietnam's rice-growing Mekong Delta region, officials said on Wednesday, although the damage is limited and not expected to affect the country's export crop.
HANOI A Vietnamese military court on Tuesday sentenced the first military official to go on trial in the communist-ruled country's ongoing crackdown against corruption to 12 years in jail.
VATICAN CITY Pope Francis, facing simultaneous clergy sexual abuse crises in several countries, on Monday wrote an unprecedented letter to all the world's Catholics asking each of them to help uproot "this culture of death".