Vietnam

Country Vietnam
Capital Hanoi
Continent Asia
Currency Dong(VND)
Languages Vietnamese

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Introduction

The conquest of Vietnam by France began in 1858 and was completed by 1884. It became part of French Indochina in 1887. Vietnam declared independence after World War II, but France continued to rule until its 1954 defeat by Communist forces under Ho Chi MINH. Under the Geneva Accords of 1954, Vietnam was divided into the Communist North and anti-Communist South. US economic and military aid to South Vietnam grew through the 1960s in an attempt to bolster the government, but US armed forces were withdrawn following a cease-fire agreement in 1973. Two years later, North Vietnamese forces overran the South reuniting the country under Communist rule. Despite the return of peace, for over a decade the country experienced little economic growth because of conservative leadership policies, the persecution and mass exodus of individuals - many of them successful South Vietnamese merchants - and growing international isolation. However, since the enactment of Vietnam's "doi moi" (renovation) policy in 1986, Vietnamese authorities have committed to increased economic liberalization and enacted structural reforms needed to modernize the economy and to produce more competitive, export-driven industries. The country continues to experience small-scale protests from various groups, the vast majority connected to land-use issues and the lack of equitable mechanisms for resolving disputes. Various ethnic minorities, such as the Montagnards of the Central Highlands and the Khmer Krom in the southern delta region, have also held protests.

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Kim Jong Nam murder: Vietnam suspect was country girl, say neighbours - The Straits Times

Kim Jong Nam murder: Vietnam suspect was country girl, say neighbours
The Straits Times
NAM DINH, Vietnam (AFP) - The Vietnamese suspect in the killing of Kim Jong Un's half-brother was renowned for her fashion, funky hairstyles and foreign boyfriends, say family members shocked at the link between their poor rice-farming village and a ...

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From war to peace and now prosperity in rural Vietnam | This Week ... - South China Morning Post

South China Morning Post

From war to peace and now prosperity in rural Vietnam | This Week ...
South China Morning Post
Three generations of a steel-working dynasty from Bach Ninh province illustrate how the country has changed in the past 80 years.

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EU says trade pact approval rests on Vietnam's rights record - Channel NewsAsia

Channel NewsAsia

EU says trade pact approval rests on Vietnam's rights record
Channel NewsAsia
HANOI: European parliamentarians warned communist Vietnam on Thursday (Feb 23) that a failure to improve its human rights record threatens to hinder the ratification of a free trade pact negotiated by the two powers. The trade agreement, which was ...
Rights violations in Vietnam put EU trade deal at risk, lawmaker saysEurope Online Magazine

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A state senator is removed from the chamber for her comments about Tom Hayden and Vietnam - Los Angeles Times

Sacramento Bee

A state senator is removed from the chamber for her comments about Tom Hayden and Vietnam
Los Angeles Times
After trying to make a statement about the late Tom Hayden and his opposition to the Vietnam War, Sen. Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove) was removed from the floor of the state Senate on Thursday, a tense scene that ended in a slew of angry accusations ...
California senator removed from floor after criticizing late lawmaker Tom HaydenSacramento Bee

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Asia Coffee-Vietnam trade unmatched, Indonesia stable despite Brazil's imports swing - Times of India

Asia Coffee-Vietnam trade unmatched, Indonesia stable despite Brazil's imports swing
Times of India
HANOI, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Coffee prices in Vietnam widened on Thursday, with bids and offers far apart, while Indonesia was stable despite Brazil's sudden reversal of a decree marking the first time the world's largest producer would buy green coffee ...

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Vietnam names officials responsible for environment disaster - The Straits Times

Channel NewsAsia

Vietnam names officials responsible for environment disaster
The Straits Times
HANOI Vietnam yesterday named for the first time 11 government and industry officials as being responsible for one of its worst environmental disasters, caused by a unit of Taiwan giant Formosa Plastics. Formosa Ha Tinh Steel, which runs an US$11 ...
Vietnam to punish officials over mass fish deathsChannel NewsAsia

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Bird flu spreads its ugly wings as Vietnam battles to contain outbreaks - VnExpress International

VnExpress International

Bird flu spreads its ugly wings as Vietnam battles to contain outbreaks
VnExpress International
Animal health officials have detected four new cases of bird flu in Vietnam over the last two days bringing the total number in the latest outbreak to six, despite the government's pre-emptive efforts to stop the virus from spreading. The latest ...
Vietnam takes preventive measures against A/H7N9 virus entranceVietNamNet Bridge

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Loggers Caught Trafficking Timber in 8 Trucks Bound for Vietnam - The Cambodia Daily

Loggers Caught Trafficking Timber in 8 Trucks Bound for Vietnam
The Cambodia Daily
Authorities in Mondolkiri province seized eight trucks about to cross into Vietnam with illegally logged timber from the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary and arrested seven of the drivers, six of them Vietnamese nationals, a provincial military police ...



WWII, Vietnam, Korean veterans honored in Nora Springs - Mason City Globe Gazette

Mason City Globe Gazette

WWII, Vietnam, Korean veterans honored in Nora Springs
Mason City Globe Gazette
NORA SPRINGS | Air Force veteran Jerry Iverson, of Nora Springs, is low-key about the years he served during the Vietnam War. "I had an assignment and I performed the assignment and I felt I done my duty and that's about it," said Iverson, who was ...



Those Vietnam vets' graves the city couldn't find? Readers found some - Philly.com

Philly.com

Those Vietnam vets' graves the city couldn't find? Readers found some
Philly.com
"Junk," proclaimed Merretazon, 69, who struck out finding the resting places of Vietnam War vets Carl Brabham, Tyrone Green, and Robert Williams, three friends from Philadelphia. City Council President Darrell L. Clarke issued a statement apologizing ...