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Jailed Blogger 'Mother Mushroom' Freed, Exiled to US

Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh was sentenced for defaming the Communist government in Vietnam

(Newser) - Vietnam has freed a well-known blogger after two years in prison on the condition that she leaves for the US, the AP reports. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, known as "Mother Mushroom," was arrested in October 2016 and sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of defaming the... More »

Stunner on Vietnam's Bachelor Not What Bachelor Expected

2 contestants vying for Nguyen Quoc Trung's heart end up leaving with each other—well, sort of

(Newser) - Bachelor host Chris Harrison is known for repeatedly promising "the most dramatic rose ceremony ever," but the hit ABC reality show has nothing on what just happened on its Vietnamese counterpart. Mashable calls it a "surprise plot twist," which was likely an understatement for bachelor Nguyen... More »

Official: Vietnam's President Succumbs to Toxic Virus

Tran Dai Quang, the country's No. 2, was 61

(Newser) - Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, the country's No. 2 after the ruling Communist Party's leader, died Friday after a serious illness, the government said. He was 61 and had been in the role since April 2016. Quang passed away despite "utmost efforts to treat him by Vietnamese... More »

'Hands of God' Appear to Hold New Bridge

Ba Na Hills' Golden Bridge is a hit around the world

(Newser) - Emerging from a mountainside 4,600 feet above sea level, two giant hands appear to hold a thin gold thread. Only it's not a thread at all, but a nearly 500-foot-long bridge. Cau Vang or the Golden Bridge, which recently opened in Vietnam's Ba Na Hills after about... More »

US Student Held in Vietnam Apologizes on State TV

Texas' Will Nguyen detained June 10 during protest

(Newser) - Until Tuesday, American graduate student Will Nguyen had last been seen June 10 in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, his bloodied face hidden by a bag as police dragged him away shoeless. His appearance Tuesday on state television, where he admitted to taking part in an anti-China protest, did... More »

50 Years Ago: 'Most Notorious Episode in Modern US Military History'

US soldiers slaughtered 504 unarmed civilians at My Lai

(Newser) - More a thousand people in Vietnam marked Friday's 50th anniversary of the My Lai massacre, the most notorious episode in modern US military history, with talk of peace and cooperation instead of hatred. On March 16, 1968, the American soldiers of Charlie Company were sent on what they were... More »

Post-Vietnam War First Likely to Irritate China

US Navy aircraft carrier is expected to visit Vietnam

(Newser) - A US Navy aircraft carrier is expected to make a port visit to Vietnam in March, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday. It would be the first such visit in the postwar era, and the planned visit to Danang is likely to irritate China, which is critical of US moves... More »

Bannon Came to Defend Moore. He Ended Up Bashing Romney

Steve Bannon lashes into Mitt's lack of military service, says he hid behind his religion

(Newser) - Steve Bannon isn't in the White House anymore, but he's still popping up on the political landscape. On Tuesday, he made a showing in Alabama to rally for Roy Moore , the GOP Senate candidate who's been hit with multiple sexual misconduct allegations. But as HuffPost reports, Bannon... More »

Vietnam Upholds 10-Year Jail Term for 'Mother Mushroom'

US condemns decision

(Newser) - A Vietnamese appeals court has upheld a blogger's 10-year prison sentence for Facebook posts alleged to be anti-state propaganda, her lawyer says. It was the second tough sentence imposed on dissidents in a week to draw a rebuke from the US government, the AP reports. The blogger, Nguyen Ngoc... More »

Army Members Accused of Misbehavior on Trump Trip

Military personnel accused of 'improper contact' with women in Vietnam

(Newser) - The Pentagon has confirmed it is investigating allegations that three service members on President Trump's Asia trip broke curfew and had what the Washington Post calls "improper contact" with women in Vietnam. Sources tell the Post that the Army noncommissioned officers have been reassigned from their White House... More »

Trump Leaves China and Really Changes His Tone

He talks tough on trade

(Newser) - Hours after leaving Beijing, President Trump on Friday delivered what appeared to be a sharp rebuke to China, declaring that he won't allow the US to be "taken advantage of any more" when it comes to trade. He pledged to always "put America first." Speaking at... More »

Trump Announces Major New Vietnam Deals

He welcomed Vietnam PM to Oval Office

(Newser) - President Trump moved on from the " covfefe " confusion Wednesday to have what he describes as a very successful meeting with Vietnam's prime minister. After White House talks with Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Trump hailed more than a dozen new deals worth a total of around $8 billion, including... More »

MIA Vietnam Soldier Turns Up 40 Years Later—Sort Of

People really wanted to believe Dang Tan Ngoc was John Robertson, and so they did

(Newser) - The year was 1968, and John Hartley Robertson, a 36-year-old US Green Beret who worked in a top-secret unit, was in a chopper over the jungles of Laos when a Vietcong rocket shot into the sky and straight into the helicopter, which plummeted and exploded in a valley. Robertson's... More »

'I Dodged All Those Bullets, Then Get Killed by a Fish': Vietnam Vet

Veterans afflicted with rare cancer brought on by fish-borne parasite

(Newser) - They were the lucky ones who managed to make it home from Vietnam. Now, a half-century later, some veterans are finding out they, too, are victims of the war. The enemy is a known killer in parts of Asia: parasites ingested in raw or poorly cooked river fish, the AP... More »

Woman Who Taunted US GIs in Vietnam Is Dead

Trinh Thi Ngo was 'Hanoi Hannah,' a propaganda broadcaster

(Newser) - Thinh Thi Ngo, the Vietnamese radio host better known to US troops as "Hanoi Hannah," is dead, reports the New York Times . Ngo, who was in her mid-80s, was a propaganda broadcaster for North Vietnam during the war, and her English-language program was designed to convince American soldiers... More »

Vietnam Wins Its 1st-Ever Olympic Gold Medal

Thanks to air pistol shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh

(Newser) - Vietnam won its first-ever Olympic gold medal on Saturday courtesy of shooter Hoang Xuan Vihn, the AP reports. Hoang rallied to beat hometown favorite Felipe Almeida Wu on the final shot of men's 10-meter air pistol. Wu trailed by as many as 2.3 points, but moved 0.2... More »

Backpacker Found Dead After Texting Girlfriend

It took searchers nearly a week to find Aiden Webb's body

(Newser) - An experienced English climber who was halfway through a four-month trip through Vietnam with his girlfriend has been found dead after attempting to summit the country's highest peak. Expecting to scale the 10,312-foot Fansipan in a day, 22-year-old Aiden Webb set out at 6am last Friday with only... More »

Obama Has $6 Dinner With Anthony Bourdain

The president has soup and a beer in Vietnam restaurant

(Newser) - President Obama chowed down with Anthony Bourdain in a Vietnam restaurant on Monday and let the CNN personality pick up the check—which was only $6, Eater reports. Twitter photos have emerged of Obama walking into Bún cha Huong Liên restaurant, chatting with the Parts Unknown host (while... More »

41 Years Later, Vietnam Arms Embargo Is History

Obama announces end of 'Cold War vestige'

(Newser) - American guns—and the US Peace Corps—may soon be making their way to Vietnam. President Obama, who's making his first visit to the country, announced on Monday that the decades-old US embargo will be completely lifted to give Vietnam "access to the equipment it needs to defend... More »

Inmate Avoids Execution by Paying to Get Pregnant

A male inmate left sperm and a syringe in a plastic baggie for her

(Newser) - Four prison guards in northern Vietnam have been suspended for alleged negligence after a female inmate on death row for drug trafficking became pregnant, which means her death sentence will be commuted to life in prison once her child is born, the AP reports. The Thanh Nien newspaper says Nguyen... More »

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