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Vietnam Sentences US Citizen to 12 Years

Michael Nguyen accused of trying to overthrow government

(Newser) - A Vietnamese court has sentenced an American to 12 years in jail for what was described as an attempt to overthrow the Communist nation's government, the AP reports. The state-owned Tuoi Tre newspaper reported Tuesday that 55-year-old Michael Nguyen was also convicted of inciting people to participate in protests... More »

Charles Had 90 Minutes to Change Trump's Mind, Didn't

President, Piers Morgan talk climate change in wide-ranging interview

(Newser) - President Trump's sit-down with Prince Charles was supposed to last 15 minutes. It went for 90, but that wasn't enough to get Trump on board with Charles' climate stance. In a Good Morning Britain interview that aired Wednesday, the president answered a slew of questions from Piers Morgan.... More »

After Questions on Cohen, Reporters Kept From Dinner

2 granted access after photojournalists took stand: AP

(Newser) - Some reporters, abruptly evicted from a work area at a Hanoi hotel on Tuesday, were barred from covering President Trump's dinner with Kim Jong Un on Wednesday. Though the White House called it a "social dinner," press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the press pool would be... More »

Compliments Abound as Trump, Kim Meet Again

2nd summit among leaders underway in Hanoi

(Newser) - "I think you will have a tremendous future for your country, you're a great leader," President Trump told North Korea's Kim Jong Un at the start of a two-day summit in Vietnam on Wednesday. "We will help it to happen." The leaders shook hands... More »

White House Press Corps Gets Rude Surprise in Vietnam

Reporters booted from planned work area as Kim arrives at hotel

(Newser) - President Trump has arrived in Vietnam for his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, and he's already out with a tweet . "Thank you to all of the people for the great reception in Hanoi," he wrote. "Tremendous crowds, and so much love!" Kim... More »

Family's Trip to Vietnam Leaves Unpleasant Souvenir

Canadian dad of 3 boys showing measles symptoms said they weren't vaccinated

(Newser) - A Canadian father now realizes that a long-held belief isn't true, but that hasn't stopped his three sons from ending up in the middle of a measles outbreak in Vancouver. Emmanuel Bilodeau tells the CBC that when his children were born more than a decade ago, he and... More »

Vietnam Barber Giving Out Free Trump, Kim Hairdos

As the leaders prepare to visit Hanoi next week

(Newser) - At a barbershop tucked away in a Hanoi alley, Le Phuc Hai patiently waits for the dye to turn his black hair the orange shade of President Trump's locks. On a chair next to him, 9-year-old To Gia Huy emerges as the spitting image of a miniature Kim Jong... More »

Trump Reveals Date, Location of Kim Summit

He will meet leader in Vietnam Feb. 27

(Newser) - President Trump said Tuesday that he will hold a two-day summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un on Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam to continue his efforts to persuade Kim to give up his nuclear weapons. "As part of a bold new diplomacy, we continue our historic push for... More »

Doctors Save Man by Giving Him 15 Beers

Man in Vietnam had a crazy amount of alcohol in his system

(Newser) - Talk about a hair of the dog: Doctors in Vietnam have saved a man dying from alcohol poisoning by giving him about 15 cans of beer, Newsweek reports. Nguyen Van Nhat was taken to a hospital in Vietnam's Quang Tri province Dec. 25 after falling unconscious with over 1,... More »

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 »

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