Election unlikely to change human rights record as leaders represent old guard.
The country and the Communist Party face pressures from within and without during National Congress.
Ho Thi Bich Khuong serves five years under draconian law and now must find a place to live after her land and house were confiscated.
Analysts see deadlock as Communist Party factions grapple over posts, but don’t expect big policy changes.
Prominent Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Huu Vinh has his trial postponed, amid what his lawyer says are violations of litigation law.
Protests highlight politically sensitive land disputes ahead of top-level Party meetings in the communist state.
Hanoi says aircraft landings on Fiery Cross Reef violate Vietnamese sovereignty and raise tensions.
The organization is lobbying US lawmakers to restart a program to allow former South Vietnamese officers to immigrate.