Nguyen van Quy lives in Hanoi, where he composes instrumental music. He says Beethoven is his idol because he learnt nearly everything from him. The great German composer inspired him to write his own sonatas.
Typhoon Damrey has killed at least 49 people, leaving tens of thousands homeless and forcing thousands more to flee floodwaters. Less affected but battered is Danang, the venue of next weekend's APEC summit.
Vietnamese prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Nguyen Xuan Son, the former chairman of PetroVietnam. Son is one of dozens of officials connected to a corruption case that caused $69 million in losses.
Vietnam has cracked down further on dissent, arresting four rights activists on charges of trying to overthrow the government. Hanoi has already faced EU, US and UN calls to release bloggers and a lawyer.
An alarming new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) details dozens of violent assaults on rights activists and bloggers in Vietnam. State security services are also implicated in contributing to violent repression.
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