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Stories with place: Vietnam
  • Last US Marines to leave Saigon describe chaos of war's end story has photos
    Updated: Apr-30-15 12:54 pm

    HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam - As the Marines scrambled to the roof of the U.S. Embassy, they locked a chain-link gate on every other floor to slow the throng of panicked Vietnamese civilians sure to come behind them. They knew if the crowd pushed through to the top, they could easily be overrun by hundreds of people desperate to get a seat on one of the last helicopters out of Saigon.

  • Vietnam War 40 years on, enemies now friends but still pain story has photos
    Updated: Apr-30-15 6:04 am

    HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam - This city once known as Saigon was blanketed in red banners on Thursday that read "Long Live the Glorious Communist Party of Vietnam," 40 years after northern forces seized control of the country and America walked away from a divisive and bloody war that remains a painful sore.

  • 40 years after Vietnam War, north-south wounds fester 
    Updated: Apr-29-15 6:44 am

    HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam - When Luu Dinh Trieu was drafted into the South Vietnamese army, he literally went to war against his father.

  • Vietnamese-Americans recall losses, gains since Saigon fell story has photos
    Updated: Apr-29-15 3:08 am

    SANTA ANA, California - In the chaotic final days before the Vietnam she knew collapsed in 1975, Bang Van Pham was rushed onto a U.S. military plane with her newborn son, headed to a land she had learned about in school but never seen.

  • Golf course debate reflects Vietnam army's capitalist streak story has photos
    Updated: Apr-28-15 10:02 pm

    HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam - Vietnam's busiest airport, once a major gateway for thousands of U.S. troops headed for battle, is now the scene of a slow-burning controversy linked to the commercial clout of the country's powerful military.

  • Vietnam and the US test their hard-won friendship 
    Updated: Apr-28-15 3:38 am

    BANGKOK - After tanks from communist North Vietnam burst through the gates of the Presidential Palace in Saigon 40 years ago Thursday, Washington imposed a punitive economic embargo that kept Hanoi from receiving assistance even from multilateral institutions such as the World Bank.

  • US vets come to Vietnam to confront past, and find a home story has photos
    Updated: Apr-27-15 7:33 am

    DANANG, Vietnam - When Richard Parker left Vietnam in 1970, he planned to leave his memories of napalm attacks firmly in the past. Instead, as time marched on, they haunted him.

  • For asylum seekers, a novel (and odd) solution: Cambodia story has photos
    Updated: Apr-23-15 11:01 pm

    BANGKOK - Still haunted by the Vietnam War next door and the 1970s genocide that followed, Cambodia is not exactly the place that the world's refugees dream of reaching.

  • Nurtured by church, Vietnamese immigrants eagerly await pope story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-22-15 11:14 am

    PHILADELPHIA - When Pope Francis visits Philadelphia in September after stops in Washington and New York, the crowd that gathers to hear the papal Mass will look different from the one that greeted Pope John Paul II in 1979. The region's Catholic population has been buoyed by new immigrants, including from Mexico, the Philippines and Vietnam.

  • UN refugee agency says Australia rejected Vietnamese at sea 
    Updated: Apr-20-15 10:11 pm

    CANBERRA, Australia - The United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday that it had raised concerns with Australian authorities that a boatload of Vietnamese asylum seekers had their refugee applications rejected at sea before the Australian navy secretly returned them to Vietnam.

  • Vietnamese villagers block traffic to protest pollution 
    Updated: Apr-16-15 12:05 am

    HANOI, Vietnam - Hundreds of villagers in central Vietnam blocked traffic on the country's main artery for hours to protest pollution from a coal-fired thermo power plant, a local official said Thursday.

  • Highway to be named after soldier killed in Vietnam 
    Updated: Apr-13-15 10:59 am

    KNOTTSVILLE, Kentucky - A stretch of highway in western Kentucky is being named after a soldier who died in Vietnam.

  • Ambassador: US handed Cambodia to 'butcher' 40 years ago story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-09-15 11:20 pm

    PARIS - Twelve helicopters, bristling with guns and U.S. Marines, breached the morning horizon and began a daring descent toward Cambodia's besieged capital. Residents believed the Americans were rushing in to save them, but at the U.S. Embassy, in a bleeding city about to die, the ambassador wept.

  • Vietnam officials visit China to mend ties after rig spat 
    Updated: Apr-07-15 2:08 am

    HANOI, Vietnam - Vietnam sent a high-ranking delegation of Communist Party officials and Cabinet ministers to China on Tuesday as the countries seek to mend relations strained by the giant northern neighbor's deployment of an oil rig last year in disputed waters.