10 things you need to know today: May 23, 2016

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Barack Obama shakes hands with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang
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1. Obama fully lifts Vietnam arms embargo

President Obama said Monday in Hanoi that the U.S. was fully lifting a half-century old ban on selling weapons to Vietnam. Obama made the announcement during his first visit to the communist country — 41 years after the end of the Vietnam War — saying the historic move "removes a lingering vestige of the Cold War." Activists had urged the U.S. to continue the embargo to pressure Vietnam on human rights. Others said ending it would help Vietnam counter China's push into the contested South China Sea.

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