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Morning Stories Roundup: Most Coveted Phone Number Sells for $1 Million in Vietnam.

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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 struggles to prevent the pollution of its lakes. [Vietnam Net]

- Pais-based quartet and Vietnamese pianist Nguyen Viet Trung will perform at the opera house on August 25th. [Vietnam Net]

- Vietjet opens direct flights between Hanoi and Osaka. [Dan Tri]

Vietnam

- Most coveted phone number sells for $1 million in Vietnam. [VnExpress]

- Forbes announces list of 40 most valuable brands in Vietnam. [Vietnam Plus

- 20 cruise ships have been suspended from operating in Halong Bay. [VnExpress]

Other

- China bans Winnie the Pooh film after comparisons to President Xi. [The Guardian]

- Kong director remains actively involved in Vietnam’s film industry [Dan Tri]

- LGBT groups banned from organizing around the world, says report. [VnExpress]

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