Nguyen Xuan Phuc, 66, was Vietnam's prime minister for the last five years, a period in which the economy boomed and his government's Covid-19 response won approval at home and abroad.
Duong Tan Hau, 29, was convicted of spreading dangerous infectious diseases during a one-day trial at the People's Court of Ho Chi Minh City.
Intense rainfall since early October has caused floods and mudslides that have killed more than 70 people in central Vietnam.
With under half of all Asian countries having signed the 1951 Refugee Convention or having any domestic legislation in place, refugees in the region are forced to live on the fringes of society.
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