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Morning Stories Roundup: Ha Long-Hai Phong Bridge and High-Speed Railway

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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

- For several days now, French Air Force personnel have been spotted wearing conical hats at the Noi Bai Airport. [VnExpress]

- Tears turned into cheers as Vietnamese fans celebrated their team’s performance after a 1-3 Asiad semifinal loss. [VnExpress]

Vietnam

- A US$318 million bridge linking Ha Long and Hai Phong is scheduled to open to traffic on September 1. [Dan Tri]

- Chinese yuan will be allowed for payment in the border areas between Vietnam and China. [Dan Tri]

- Zero-dong tours have been launched in many localities, creating challenges for state management agencies. [VietnamNet]

- Border guards in Quang Tri Province on Tuesday arrested a Lao man carrying 65,800 meth pills from Laos to Vietnam. [VietnamNet]

- Vietnam’s north-south high-speed railway is expected to cost $58 billion, according to a feasibility report released at a meeting Tuesday. [VnExpress]

- Ministry of Health launched a project on August 29, providing specific healthcare services and rehabilitation therapy to dioxin/Agent Orange (AO) victims. [VOV]

- Landslides triggered by prolonged heavy downpours flooded many streets on August 29, disrupting traffic between Bac Kan, Thai Nguyen. [VOV]

Other

- Another professor in Hong Kong faces a high-profile trial in the deaths of his wife and daughter involving a gas-filled yoga ball. [New York Times]

- Tokyo has recently trialed a self-driving taxi, where it successfully transported paying passengers through busy streets of the city. [Tech Wire Asia]

 

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