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Morning Stories Roundup: Natural Disasters Kill 181, Cost Vietnam $858 Million in 2018

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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 leader extends Christmas greetings to local Catholics. [Vietnam Plus]

- Minister inspects helmet safety programme for children in Hanoi. [Vietnam Plus]

Vietnam

- Vietnam wants to contribute to world peace mission. [VietnamNet]

- Record-breaking Vietnamese organ transplants from a single donor. [Dan Tri]

- Natural disasters kill 181, cost Vietnam $858 million in 2018 [VnExpress]

- Qatar Airways launches direct flights to Da Nang. [SGGP]

- Latest high-speed boat halves travel time to Vietnam’s Ly Son Island. [Tuoi Tre]

- Vietnam aims to lure 18 million foreign tourists in 2019. [Dan Tri]

Other

- Digging deep: Singapore plans an underground future. [Reuters]

- Henley Index: Japanese passport now world's most powerful. [VietnamNet]

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