In a letter to US Secretary of State Pompeo, four US lawmakers meanwhile say China must withdraw its ships from Vietnam's territorial waters.
Ha Van Nam had gone with a crowd of around 100 to press for local citizens' rights to use the road without paying a toll.
Michael Nguyen, a California resident, was given a 12-year term for plotting with others against the state and will be deported after his release.
Fans help with the heat, but inmates say they are denied the calls home they are legally entitled to.
The Stimson Center's Brian Eyler discusses the causes of the drought in the Mekong region and the effects of excessive damming of the river.
Police investigators can't find evidence to support an earlier charge, and file a new one.
Tran Vu Hai, lawyer for RFA contributor Truong Duy Nhat, has been forbidden to defend him following a police raid on his office and accusations of tax evasion.
Experts suggest Beijing is making a push for resources Hanoi cancelled exploration for in recent years.
The group had tried to visit Nghe An's Camp No. 6, where at least four prisoners have gone on hunger strike to protest conditions in the prison.
The wife of a prisoner on hunger strike meanwhile asks foreign embassies to send representatives to investigate prison conditions.
Democracy advocate Tran Huynh Duy Thuc had been kept around the clock in his cell in sweltering heat, family members say.
A second lawyer said the police raid did not follow proper legal procedure.
Authorities told Nguyen Trung Truc’s family he wasn’t following prison rules.
European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström discusses trade and human rights issues in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Myanmar.