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Vietnam’s ‘incense village’ blazes pink ahead of lunar new year

09-Jan-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

In Vietnam’s “incense village”, dozens are hard at work dying, drying and whittling down bamboo bark to make the fragrant sticks ahead of the busy lunar new [...]
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Vietnam criticised for ‘totalitarian’ law banning online criticism of government

03-Jan-2019 Intellasia | Straits Times | 6:00 AM

Vietnam has introduced a new cybersecurity law, which criminalises criticising the government online and forces internet providers to give authorities’ user data when [...]
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4 Vietnamese ‘tourists’ jailed for stealing from Uniqlo stores in Singapore

19-Dec-2018 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

Four Vietnamese nationals hatched a plan to travel to Singapore for the sole purpose of stealing from clothing chain Uniqlo, a court heard. The two men and two women targeted [...]
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Miss Philippines wins 2018 Miss Universe crown

18-Dec-2018 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

Miss Philippines was crowned Miss Universe on Monday in Bangkok after a trailblazing ceremony praised for featuring its first transgender candidate but marred by gaffes about [...]
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Philippines contestant Catriona Gray named Miss Universe

18-Dec-2018 Intellasia | AP | 6:00 AM

The Philippines’ Catriona Gray was named Miss Universe 2018 in a competition concluding Monday in Bangkok, besting contestants from 93 other countries and delighting [...]
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Vietnamese ride-hailing startup Be raises funding ahead of its launch

15-Dec-2018 Intellasia | E27 | 6:00 AM

In the market, Be will be competing with Southeast Asian ride-hailing giants such as Grab and Go-Jek, who is present through Go-Viet Vietnam-based ride-hailing startup Be has [...]
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Vietnam arrests ship firm execs for ‘embezzling $4.5m’

12-Dec-2018 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

Two executives from a near-bankrupt state-run shipbuilding company have been arrested in Vietnam on accusations of embezzling $4.5 million in collusion with a scandal-plagued [...]
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Vietnam launches crooked cop hotline amid corruption crackdown

05-Dec-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:10 AM

Vietnam has set up a telephone hotline for people to report accusations of police corruption, state media said on Tuesday, amid a crackdown on graft in the Southeast Asian [...]
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Nine sentenced to death in Vietnam for dealing meth, heroin

03-Dec-2018 Intellasia | AFP | 6:10 AM

Nine drug smugglers were sentenced to death in Vietnam on Friday for selling methamphetamine and heroin in a country with some of the toughest drug laws in the world. Heroin [...]
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Gambling tsar among officials jailed in $420m Vietnam betting ring

03-Dec-2018 Intellasia | AFP | 6:10 AM

Dozens of people, including two former top cops, were convicted in Vietnam Friday in connection with a $420 million online gambling ring run by the official in charge of [...]
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Devotees, police keep vigil as Vietnam mindfulness monk comes home

21-Nov-2018 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

When meditation master Thich Nhat Hanh takes a wheelchair tour of the forested pagoda in Vietnam where he has come to die, the 92-year-old is greeted by crowds of devoteesand [...]
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Activists call for movement on transgender rights law

13-Nov-2018 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

As more than 1,000 Vietnamese joined Hanoi’s Gay Pride parade Sunday in a rousing show of support for the LGBT community, activists called on the government to make a [...]
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Vietnam dissident ‘Mother Mushroom’ describes prison hunger strikes

22-Oct-2018 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM

A Vietnamese dissident known as “Mother Mushroom” went on hunger strike three times during her imprisonment before Hanoi released her, she said on Friday after [...]
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Vietnam frees popular blogger on condition she leave for US

20-Oct-2018 Intellasia | AP | 6:00 AM

Vietnam has freed a well-known blogger after two years in prison on the condition that she leave for the United States. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, known as “Mother [...]
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Freed Vietnam blogger ‘Mother Mushroom’ arrives in US

19-Oct-2018 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

A dissident Vietnamese blogger known by her pen name ‘Mother Mushroom’ has arrived in the United States after her surprise release from prison, telling a large [...]
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