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Renowned Vietnam opponent and Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh hospitalized in France following severe brain hemorrhage, monastery says - @NBCNews

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Samsung has announced plans to open a new smartphone factory in Vietnam costing up to $3 billion - @BBCNews

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Vietnamese government sells $1 billion in sovereign bonds amid strong demand, Finance Ministry says - @Reuters


South Africa

Photo: Recovered rhino horns are seen in a police photo taken at South Africa's OR Tambo airport after 2 men bound for Vietnam were arrested on poaching charges; officials say the seizure set a record for a single operation - @_ArriveAlive

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Bodh Gaya, Bihar, IN

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung prays at Bodh Gaya, India, says Buddhism binds both countries - @ndtv

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Missing Vietnamese oil tanker released by pirates who stormed ship, siphoned off some of the cargo, crew member says - @AP

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South East Asia

Southeast Asia authorities search for Vietnamese oil tanker that lost contact 6 days ago; authorities fear pirates involved - @Reuters

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State Department says it is lifting the ban on lethal aid to Vietnam for maritime purposes only, officials say - @Reuters

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Remnants of Typhoon Kalmaegi to continue to threaten parts of China and Vietnam with heavy rain - @breakingweather

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South China Sea dispute

China tells special envoy from Vietnam the 2 neighbors should try to rebuild their battered ties after flare-up over sovereignty in the South China Sea, official Xinhua news agency reported - @Reuters

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United States

US expresses alarm over prison terms handed down against 3 Vietnamese democracy activists for obstructing traffic - @AP

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China welcomes Vietnam's decision to compensate the victims of the anti-China protests in May - @Reuters

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US military chief holds talks with Vietnamese officials to boost military ties with country - @AP

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European Union's top diplomat says she hopes the EU will soon conclude a free-trade agreement with Vietnam - @AP

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North Korea

North Korea's foreign minister visits Vietnam to expand ties between both nations - @AP

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UN official visiting Vietnam concludes that serious violations of religious freedom exist there, notes some improvements - @AP

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Typhoon Rammasun weakens slightly while making final landfall near China, Vietnam border - @twc_hurricane

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2014 World Cup

Officials: At least 3 suicides in Vietnam due to illegal betting on the World Cup; One man drank a bottle of pesticide - @Reuters

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Update: Vietnam official raises helicopter crash death toll to 18; 3 being treated for serious injuries - @AP

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air travel

Military helicopter crashes close to the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi, killing 16 people, officials say - @BBCNewsAsia

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