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Wild elephant kills cattle, damages crops in northern Vietnam

Local authorities hope to push the elephant toward a conservation area.

Vietnam police seize 8,000 ecstasy pills in border province

'Ecstasy often contains hallucinogens which can cause people to see or feel things that are not really there.'

Over 1,500 houses damaged, farms devastated as hailstorms hit northern Vietnam

The storms have left many without a roof over their heads and destroyed crops that were ready for harvest.
April 16, 2018 | 11:04 am GMT+7

The men who lorded over Vietnam's drug valley

Before two drug lords were gunned down by the police last month, Long Luong Commune had been a narcotics haven for over a decade.
July 16, 2018 | 12:26 pm GMT+7

Vietnam launches criminal probe into national exam fraud in second province

Son La has become the second province to be implicated in the national high school exam fraud, prompting a criminal probe.
July 27, 2018 | 10:32 am GMT+7

Five more officials implicated as Vietnam exam fraud probe expands

Members of Son La Province's multiple-choice exam marking team are being probed for “abuse of power,” police say.
August 01, 2018 | 09:23 am GMT+7

Vietnam exam fraud exposes systemic flaws, public livid

Arguments for and against decentralization have broken out after the recent national high school exam fraud exposed systemic problems.
August 08, 2018 | 10:00 am GMT+7

2 more arrested in crackdown on Vietnam's drug valley

Two months after a major shootout in a remote commune that killed two drug lords, police officers have arrested two more alleged traffickers there.
August 23, 2018 | 10:34 am GMT+7

Another official probed in Vietnam’s national exam fraud

A Son La education department official placed under house arrest will be probed for falsifying national high school exam results.
August 24, 2018 | 08:09 am GMT+7

How H'Mong ethnic people in northern Vietnam celebrate Lunar New Year

Invited to the far north for New Year by an ethnic family, I was served rat meat and pig blood soup.
January 21, 2019 | 09:33 am GMT+7

Drug suspect throws grenade at police in northern Vietnam

Police in the northern Son La Province have arrested a local man for allegedly smuggling methamphetamine and lobbing a grenade at them.
February 04, 2019 | 10:01 am GMT+7

Boy, 13, cycles 60 miles through mountains to Hanoi to see sick brother

Without a map or knowing the route beforehand, a 13-year-old boy has cycled from Son La to Hanoi to visit his hospitalized brother.
March 29, 2019 | 01:45 pm GMT+7

Bicycle Vietnamese boy rode 103km to see ailing brother auctioned

The bicycle with broken brakes that a boy rode 103km to see his sick brother has been auctioned for $4,400.
April 05, 2019 | 09:52 am GMT+7

Man arrested with 6.5 kg of heroin on Vietnam border with Golden Triangle

Police in the northern Son La Province arrested a local man Wednesday for allegedly smuggling drugs in what is considered Vietnam’s drugs epicenter.
April 19, 2019 | 09:12 am GMT+7

Dozens of students expelled, drop out as 2018 exam scandal fallout

First year university students are being expelled or dropping out on their own as investigations reveal altered entrance exam scores.
April 20, 2019 | 10:43 am GMT+7
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