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Morning Stories Roundup: Helicopter Lifts 26 Vietnamese to Safety in Laos

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Each morning, we select some of the most important stories from the capital, the rest of Vietnam and beyond, and digest them into short, accessible links so you can easily keep up with current affairs.

Hanoi

- Hanoi named among 7 top backpacking destinations in Asia. [VnExpress]

- Four escape from a house fire in central Hanoi. [Vietnam Net

Vietnam

- A bridge in the hills outside Da Nang appears to be held up by giant hands. [GCR]

- Vietnam's dependence on Chinese and Korean tourists is worrying, experts say. [VnExpress]

- The number of Vietnamese mergers and acquisitions, without foreign influence, is rising. [VnExpress]

- Vietnam offers to help Laos after the dam collapse disaster. [VnExpress]

Other

- Luxury tourism could help preserve Southeast Asia's biggest rainforest. [SCMP]

- Southeast Asia urged to reject Cambodia's 'sham' election. [Nikkei Asian Review]

- Helicopter lifts 26 Vietnamese to safety in Laos. [VnExpress]

- Indonesia frees 42 Vietnamese detained for illegal fishing. [VnExpress]

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