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Morning Stories Roundup: Hanoi Plans 40 Sports for 31st SEA Games

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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 plans 40 sports for 31st SEA Games. [VietnamNet]

- Hanoi adorned with pure white of Dalbergia tonkinensis flowers. [Nhan Dan]

- Cherry blossoms from Japan bloom in northern Vietnam. [VnExpress]

Vietnam

- VinFast cars to be tested in Europe this month. [Vietnam+]

- Transport ministry claims 60% of HCM City residents support motorbike ban. [Dan Tri]

- Vietnam wins first prize at int’l photo contest on weather, climate. [VietnamNet]

- Vietnamese woman produces reusable sanitary napkins to protect environment. [Tuoi Tre]

- Mekong Delta city to complete 15 key projects in 2019. [Dan Tri]

Other

- Cultured meat may seem gross, but it might just save the planet. [Asian Correspondent]

- The caliphate is a hellscape of smoke and fire – Isis has nowhere left to go. [The Guardian

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