Why couldn’t Lee Nguyen have high-flying career in Vietnam as in MLS?

Lee Nguyen is now grabbing the attention of the media in Vietnam, where his short-lived journey had an unhappy ending, following his hogging the limelight in Major League Soccer (MLS) with his Player of the Month award. The New England Revolution midfielder took home the Etihad Airways MLS Player of the Month award for October - the final month of the season - after having … [Read more...]

Security warnings calm tourists rather than scare: HCMC cop

A youth volunteer gives directions outside the Nortre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Trung Hieu Ho Chi Minh City police have had to stop passing out leaflets warning foreign visitors of robberies, rip-offs and taxi scams due to complaints from tour companies. Some people, including sources from the media, hailed the warnings as proactive; others said they painted … [Read more...]

Two Vietnam policemen suspended for shooting fleeing suspect

Ninh Thuan police have suspended two crime-branch police officers for shooting at a suspected motorbike thief while patrolling the south central province on June 17. Colonel Huynh Cam, chief of the Thuan Nam District Police, told Thanh Nien News that he had asked the two involved officers to file reports on the shooting. He declined to name them. Doctors at the Ninh Thuan … [Read more...]

Vietnam province under fire for waste on intn’l music festival

Organizers of the traditional don ca tai tu music festival present awards to winners of a photo contest in front of the 61-feet model of a traditional instrument "Cong tu Bac Lieu" was a term applied to the children of rich landlords who enjoyed lavish lifestyles in southern Vietnam during the colonial period. It is said that one even showed off his wealth by boiling eggs … [Read more...]

Lunch Beat shakes up Ho Chi Minh City ‘work-day heroes’

Hundreds of Vietnamese workers gathered at the office of IKEA Trading Ltd. in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday (May 6) for Lunch Beat. Participants ate sandwiches and danced away the lunch hour during the event organized by the Swedish Embassy in Vietnam. Lunch Beat began in Sweden in 2010 as a way for strangers to eat together and have fun together during their one-hour … [Read more...]

In Vietnam, proposed on-the-street traffic fines spark corruption fears

The Ministry of Public Security wants traffic police to collect fines on the street but experts say it will worsen corruption Police issue a ticket to a driver in downtown Hanoi. The Ministry of Public Security wants traffic police to collect fines on the spot instead of having them paid later to the Treasury as per current regulations. Photo by Ngoc Thang Nguyen Van Luc … [Read more...]

Vietnam looks to end gridlock with public bicycles

But better public transit also needed to solve congestion problems, experts say Foreign tourists riding bicycles through Hoi An Town in the central province of Quang Nam. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has instructed big cities to provide public bicycle services in city centers as a step towards limiting personal vehicles and avoid severe traffic jams. Photo by Diep Duc … [Read more...]

Press Digest (December 2 to 5)

These are some of the leading stories in the Vietnamese press from December 2 to 5 DECEMBER 2 TUOI TRE - Many Vietnamese firms receive complaints about fake products made in and smuggled from China which look like the real deal but are of low quality. Experts call for more effective monitoring of borders and better coordination among agencies to prevent this.  - The 2nd … [Read more...]

Press Digest (November 25 to 28)

These are some of the leading stories in the Vietnamese press from November 25 to 28 NOVEMBER 25 TUOI TRE - Students from Nguyen Binh Khiem Elementary School in Ho Chi Minh City won in the elementary category of an annual children's robotics contest held in the Philippines last Saturday. NGUOI LAO DONG  - The Ministry of Transport has sought approval for a plan to limit … [Read more...]

Press Digest (November 18-21)

These are some of the leading stories in the Vietnamese press from November 18-21 NOVEMBER 18 TUOI TRE - The installation of the Southeast Asia's longest undersea power cable started in the Mekong Delta Province of Kien Giang Sunday. The 55.8-km 110kV cable, which will run from Ha Tien town to Phu Quoc Island, is set to become operational in late January and provide … [Read more...]

More robberies threaten safety in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City

A police official has been suspended for alleged connections with a criminal gang in HCMC; Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc calls for closer supervision of local police to prevent similar cases. Ho Chi Minh City traffic and mobile police forces during a campaign to tackle crime in the city's downtown area. Photo by Dam Huy Vu Truong Chinh was waiting at a red light on … [Read more...]

Press Digest (October 21-24)

These are some of the leading stories in the Vietnamese press from October 21-24 October 21 TUOI TRE - Le Thi Nga, deputy chairwoman of the National Assembly's Justice Committee, said corruption at many state-owned economic groups and state corporations raises questions about responsibilities of both managerial cadre who commit violations and relevant government agencies … [Read more...]

Press Digest (September 30-October 3)


- The Ministry of Industry and Trade is inspecting hydropower plants throughout the country, following an order by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. Since 2006, more than 50,000 hectares (124,000 acres) of forest land have been converted into land for hydropower plants, but investors have only returned around 1,000 hectares. TIEN PHONG - Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told a … [Read more...]

Thanh Nien reporter arrested for money extortion


Police from the Ministry of Public Security in conjunction with their counterparts in southern Dong Nai province have detained a correspondent of Thanh Nien (Young People) Daily Newspaper for his illegal acts of self-interest while on active services. >> Reporter charged for taking bribe from bar owner >>Reporter arrested for allegedly taking bribe The … [Read more...]

Young soldiers questioned over monkey torture photos

An army unit based in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai on Thursday questioned a soldier who posted photos of the torturing and slaughtering of two endangered monkeys on his Facebook page. A photo taken from the Facebook page of Quang Nguyen Van shows two men putting a cigarette in the mouth of a gray-shanked douc langur. The one on the left is in an army uniform, … [Read more...]

Newspaper rep office head caught taking bribe

Police in central Nghe An Province have detained the chief representative of Kinh Te Nong Thon (Rural Economy) Newspaper in Nghe An-Ha Tinh provinces after catching him receiving a bribe from a company. >> Reporter charged for taking bribe from bar owner >> Reporter arrested for allegedly taking bribe The detainee is Van Thanh, a 33-year-old reporter, who was … [Read more...]

Vietnam reporter accused of falsifying story on amputee drivers

A snapshot from Nguyen Dung Chinh's report on VTV1, showing Nguyen Van Nhung, 45, driving a truck with his left hand. Nhung accused Chinh of falsely reporting that he drives truck for a living. PHOTO: TUOI TRE Two amputees in the central province of Binh Dinh have accused a local journalist of fabricating a TV report that claimed the duo drives for a living. The aim of the … [Read more...]

Reporter investigated for allegedly taking bribes in southern Vietnam

(L-R) Duong Van Minh, 24, Nguyen Van Tai, 21, and Vo Thanh Tung, 31. PHOTO: CONG AN NHAN DAN (PEOPLE'S POLICE) A reporter with Phap Luat Thanh Pho Ho Chi Minh (Ho Chi Minh City Law) was detained last Friday by the Ministry of Public Security after police reportedly caught him receiving bribes from a bar owner at a hotel in Dong Nai Province's Bien Hoa Town early this month. … [Read more...]

Award-winning reporter arrested for allegedly taking bribes in southern Vietnam

Police with the Ministry of Public Security have arrested a reporter with the Phap Luat Thanh Pho Ho Chi Minh (Ho Chi Minh City Law) newspaper after they reportedly caught him receiving bribes from a bar owner at a hotel in Bien Hoa Town, Dong Nai Province. An illustration of Vo Thanh Tung, 31, also known for his pseudonym Duy Dong or Vo Tung, on the website of Phap Luat … [Read more...]