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U.S. Probes Reports of Deaths After Hmong Protests in Vietnam

The U.S. Embassy in Vietnam said it is looking into unconfirmed reports of deaths following protests by ethnic minority Hmong people in a remote mountain area near the Laos border.

Vietnamese soldiers clashed with thousands of protesters calling for greater autonomy and religious freedom, Agence France-Presse reported yesterday, citing an unidentified military official. Twenty-eight people were killed and hundreds are missing, according to Washington-based humanitarian advocacy group the Center for Public Policy Analysis.