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Morning Stories Roundup: Freed Bears, Octopus Slap and President Laid to Rest

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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

- Moon bear freed after 15 years of captivity in northern Vietnam. [VnExpress]

- Cold spell hits Hanoi, causing heavy rains & traffic congestion. [SGGP]

Vietnam

- Fad for 'lucky' tail hair threatens Vietnam elephants. [VnExpress]

- Rise in number of cases of hand, foot and mouth disease in HCMC. [Dan Tri]

- 30% of Vietnamese face mental health problems. [Dan Tri]

- President Tran Dai Quang laid to rest in his hometown. [Dan Tri]

Other

- Vietnamese student charged with drug smuggling at Australian music fest. [VnExpress]

- 'Mate, what just happened?' Seal slaps kayaker in face with octopus. [The Guardian]

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