- Vietnam passes law abolishing death penalty for 7 crimes Updated: Nov-27-15 1:45 am
HANOI, Vietnam - Death sentences imposed on corrupt Vietnamese officials will now be commuted to life in prison if they pay back at least 75 percent of the illegal money they made.
- Vietnam's transgender say new law paves way for surgeries Updated: Nov-25-15 2:46 am
HANOI, Vietnam - Gay and transgender activists in Vietnam say a new law recognizing their rights will pave the way for gender reassignment surgery in the communist country and reduce discrimination.
- The pho empress of Anchorage Updated: Nov-22-15 7:46 am
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Behind any steaming bowl of pho soup or fried rice at Pho Vietnam 8, a new Fireweed Lane restaurant, is Linda La, the mastermind behind the chain of Anchorage's Pho Vietnam restaurants.
- SE Asia creates Economic Community, but challenges remain Updated: Nov-21-15 11:39 pm
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Thirteen years after the idea was mooted, Southeast Asian leaders on Sunday formally created a unified economic community in a region more populous and diverse than the European Union or North America, and with hopes of competing with China and India.
- Vietnam wants good relations with China, defends sovereignty Updated: Nov-18-15 3:52 am
HANOI, Vietnam - Vietnam's prime minister said Wednesday that the communist country will do its best to develop good relations with China, but at the same time will defend its sovereignty in the disputed South China Sea.
- Alabama veteran recalls 'Soundtrack of the Vietnam War' Updated: Nov-15-15 1:01 pm
HUNSTVILLE, Alabama - The band's manager was a stripper from Saigon who went by the stage-name of Geri Vay. Dave Gallaher was an Air Force intelligence specialist from Atlanta serving in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968, and during his off-duty hours he played guitar in this stripper-managed band, named The Rotations because its lineup ebbed and flowed due to the servicemen in the group "rotating back home." The group played the soul and R&B hits from artists of the day. King Curtis. Junior Walker. The Temptations. "The band was originally to do a little bit of music before she did her strip show," Gallaher, now 69, recalls. "And it got to where the band was as big a demand as her show was so she figured she would get another band or two going that way and that's what she did."
- Vietnam and New Zealand aim to double trade Updated: Nov-15-15 4:21 am
HANOI, Vietnam - Vietnam and New Zealand have signed several cooperation agreements during a visit by Prime Minister John Key to Hanoi as they seek to double bilateral trade in the next five years.
- Coast Guard veteran honored for heroism in Vietnam War Updated: Nov-09-15 2:54 pm
NEW LONDON, Connecticut - Fires were raging and ammunition supplies were exploding during an enemy attack on a Navy base in Vietnam when William Carr ordered his Coast Guard patrol boat ashore to respond to the mayhem on March 10, 1968.
- Heritage tourism: Using travel to explore roots and culture Updated: Nov-09-15 9:47 am
Luong La's family fled the communist regime in Vietnam in 1979. Now a father of three living in Santa Barbara, California, he and his wife decided they wanted to spend one of their family vacations bringing the kids back to his native country to learn about it.
- Retiree traveled world forecasting weather for troops Updated: Nov-07-15 9:32 am
HEDGESVILLE, West Virginia - Not unlike other retirees, Larry Mayou doesn't pay a lot of attention to the weather -he prefers to just wait and see what happens.
- Chinese president calls for mutual trust with Vietnam Updated: Nov-06-15 3:35 am
HANOI, Vietnam - Chinese President Xi Jinping called for more mutual trust and cooperation with Vietnam in a speech to young people Friday on a visit intended to mend ties between the communist neighbors that have been strained by maritime disputes.
- Job creator or job killer? A look at the Pacific trade deal. Updated: Nov-05-15 4:46 pm
WASHINGTON - The sweeping Pacific Rim trade deal now being debated would cover everything from Vietnamese labor unions to copyright protections to trade in sockeye salmon. With the details having been released Thursday, a furious dispute is expected in the United States and some of the 11 other countries that negotiated it.
- New book examines Nixon White House thru Butterfield's eyes Updated: Nov-02-15 2:19 pm
"The Last of the President's Men" (Simon & Schuster), by Bob Woodward