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Hue exhibition shows US’s deadly Agent Orange legacy

200 photos, documents and other items reveal how the chemical sprayed years ago continues to kill, cripple Vietnamese. A photo of Ke Van Bac, who belongs to the second generation of Agent Orange victims in A Luoi District of Thua Thien-Hue Province, home to former imperial city Hue in central …

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Man arrested for smuggling endangered turtles, pangolins

A compilation of police photos shows a pangolin and turtles among endangered animals seized from a man in Nghe An Province Thursday.

Police in Nghe An Province in central Vietnam have arrested a man for allegedly smuggling in rare turtles and pangolins from Laos. Luong Van Keo, 32, was caught early Thursday with 24 turtles and five pangolins, one of which was dead. Authorities said the animals are endangered and could fetch VND200 …

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Vietnamese province to repurpose 130ha of forest

The Fansipan Sa Pa cable car in Lao Cai Province, northern Vietnam.

A province in northern Vietnam originally calling for nearly 2,000 hectares of forest to be rezoned for a hydroelectric facility and several resource exploitation projects has slashed the area in question to just 130 hectares, just seven percent of the original proposal. The administration in Lao Cai, a mountainous province …

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Vietnamese firm builds concrete-mixing facility in cemetery

Concrete-mixing equipment and vehicles are seen at a cemetery in Lam Dong Province in Vietnam’s Central Highlands.

A private enterprise has been utilizing part of a cemetery in Vietnam’s Central Highlands as an unlicensed place for mixing concrete and parking trucks for nearly one year, causing annoyance for people living around. Trieu Khanh Limited Company has occupied a 3,000-square-meter area, about half a standard football field, of …

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The artless art of censorship in Vietnam

Vu Viet Tuan, a journalist in Hanoi

Clueless cultural czars are stunting Vietnamese creativity with arbitrary stances on what art should and should not be. A woman with a flower in her mouth and hair blowing in the wind. This was an attractive illustration that painter Thanh Chuong drew for the cover of a local newspaper in …

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