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Catholic mothers face enormous pressure to abort baby girls

April 16, 2013

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Three years ago, Hoai Anh terminated her 14-week-old pregnancy after an ultrasound scan showed the baby would be a girl. “I feel thoroughly miserable for having taken away my child’s life. If my parents had also had gender-selective abortion, I would not exist,” the Catholic woman said, in tears. Pale and thin, she says she […]

Vietnamese folk hero jailed for 5 years

April 7, 2013

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HANOI — A court in northern Vietnam has sentenced two shrimp farmers charged with attempted murder during a land seizure to five years in prison. The case has stoked debate over crucial land use reforms in the country. On Friday, the Hai Phong People’s Court handed down the sentence to shrimp farmer Doan Van Vuon and […]

Vietnamese Women Fall Prey to Sex Racket

April 4, 2013

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Fifteen Vietnamese women have been forced into sex slavery after going to work in Russia, according to one of them who managed to escape following a one-year ordeal at a Moscow brothel but is still living in fear of her captors. Huynh Thi Be Huong said she was among four women who initially fled the […]

Mourners Clash with Vietnamese Authorities

March 19, 2013

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Hundreds of protesters clashed with riot police during a funeral this weekend in northern Vietnam, officials and state media said Monday, in a rare incident highlighting the alleged impunity enjoyed by top-ranked officials in the one-party communist nation. The violence broke out in the Vinh Phuc provincial capital Vinh Yen on Sunday, according to the […]

Vietnamese reject Chinese fruit

March 18, 2013

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HANOI – Jack Nguyen had sold 20 of his 30 containers of imported American grapes when a fresh round of rumours hit the internet and state-run media: Chinese fruit on sale in Vietnam might look good, but it contains deadly levels of preservatives and pesticides. Shoppers quickly stopped buying imported fruit altogether, believing it all […]

Vietnamese Americans share stories of struggle for UCI project

March 8, 2013

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Vietnamese Americans Save Memories For History On April 30, Vietnam will celebrate Liberation Day, a holiday marking the 38th anniversary of the reunification of North and South Vietnam following a 19-year conflict. ​​For Americans and their former South Vietnamese allies, that day in 1975 is remembered for the fall of Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh […]

In Vietnam, Anti-Chinese Protesters Find a New Outlet, Football

December 25, 2012

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HANOI, Dec 23 (Reuters) – Under the watch of plainclothes police, midfielder Nguyen Van Phuong unleashed a powerful left-foot drive into the top corner. Dissidents cheered from the sidelines. “Down with China,” some shouted. Phuong pumped his fist. As tensions between Beijing and Hanoi escalate over the South China Sea, Vietnamese anti-China protesters who face […]