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.
Vietnam and the UK are working to repatriate the 39 bodies of Vietnamese victims who were found dead in the back of a lorry in October. The remains of 16 victims have arrived in the country to grieving relatives.
Two people were arrested in Vietnam and one in Ireland as the UK probes the deaths of 39 migrants discovered in Essex. All victims are now believed to be Vietnamese. Police called on two haulier brothers to come forward.
Germany is organizing big celebrations to commemorate the 250th birth anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven. Hundreds of music concerts and exhibitions are planned, and the government even views it as a "national duty."
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.
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