• People hold up a sign welcoming President Barack Obama as seen from his motorcade en route Jade Emperor Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Ho Chi Minh City is the second stop on Obama's three-day visit to America's former wartime enemy. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Obama reaches out to people a day after Vietnam arms deal

    HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (AP) — When President Barack Obama met with human rights advocates and other activists Tuesday, he spoke of the “remarkable strides” Vietnam was making on a range of issues. Nguyen Quang A missed the meeting: That morning, the 70-year-old activist said, security men grabbed his arms and legs, threw him in a car and drove him into the countryside, where they held him until Obama left town.

  • President Barack Obama winks as he arrives for a news conference with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, Monday, May 23, 2016, at the International Convention Center in Hanoi, Vietnam. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Obama lifts decades-old arms ban in his 1st visit to Vietnam

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Eager to banish lingering shadows of the Vietnam War, President Barack Obama lifted the U.S. embargo on selling arms to America’s former enemy Monday and made the case for a more trusting and prosperous relationship going forward. Activists said the president was being too quick to gloss over serious human rights abuses in his push to establish warmer ties.

  • A Vietnamese couple pass a poster of U.S President Barack Obama with footnote read "Welcome to our city", hanging in a door front in Hanoi, Vietnam on Sunday, May 22, 2016. Obama is expected to land in Hanoi on Monday for a three-day state visit to Vietnam. There's high hope for his visit, both from the government, which wants him to lift an arms export embargo, and from rights activists who want him to hold to account a leadership seen as treating its critics abysmally. (AP Photo/ Hau Dinh)

    Vietnam votes for rubber-stamp assembly before Obama visit

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Just hours before President Barack Obama’s first visit to Vietnam, the country voted Sunday in once-every-five-year elections for a rubber-stamp parliament whose membership has already been largely determined by the Communist Party.

  • Obama leaves for Asia to boost trade, cooperation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama departed Saturday on a weeklong, 16,000-mile trip to Asia, part of his effort to pay more attention to the region and boost economic and security cooperation.