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Vietnam Grants Amnesty to 18,000 Prisoners

Vietnam says it is granting amnesty to more than 18,000 prisoners to mark its independence day, September 2, but those convicted of national security crimes will not be freed. Officials say the detainees, including 34 foreigners, will be released from prison starting Monday, ahead of the 70th anniversary of the communist nation's independence from France. "The amnesty reflects the humanitarian nature of the [Communist] Party and state of Vietnam," Giang Son, deputy...

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