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Vietnam may evict bears from ‘protected’ park land

Bears, some of them blinded or maimed, play behind tall green fences like children at school recess. Rescued from Asia's bear bile trade, they were brought to live in this lush national park, but now they may need saving once more. The future of the bears' sanctuary has been in doubt since July, when a vice defense minister ordered the nonprofit group operating the $2 million center not to expand further and to find another location. U.S. politicians and officials in other countries are among those urging the military to back off.

Birding tourism in Vietnam: Still a niche market

Richard Craik, originally from Chester, an historic city close to Liverpool in north-west England, has spent the last 17 years living in Vietnam. On the crowded city streets of Ho Chi Minh City, he is just another foreigner living and working there. But among Vietnamese, foreign birdwatchers and conservationists, Richard and his company's name, Vietnam Birding, are familiar.
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