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.
As investment in hydropower and construction projects ramp up, ecosystems and communities along Southeast Asia's longest river are paying the price.
The six members of the Brotherhood for Democracy accused of trying to overthrow the communist government have been given prison sentences by a Hanoi court. Lawyer Nguyen Van Dai was singled out for special treatment.
Nguyen Van Dai, a longtime advocate for democracy, has been released from prison. He has flown to Germany, where he was awarded a human rights prize last year.
Vietnamese authorities have detained more than 100 people protesting against the government's plans to create new urban economic zones. Many fear that Chinese companies and investors will get the lion's share.
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