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Weekend Stories Roundup: Vietnam Minister Wants Local Social Networks to Compete With Facebook, Google

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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 hosts tourism exhibition of CPTA member cities. [Hanoi Times]

- According to experts, the underground Hoan Kiem Metro Station is safe and will also promote the value of the Sword Lake’s historical heritage and cultural space. [Hanoi Times]

Vietnam

- Vietnam will allocate US$300 million to improve its current railway network. [Dan Tri]

- 33 teams will compete at the first-ever international lion dance competition in Da Nang. [Dan Tri]

- About 40 universities of Vietnam and Russia signed 23 framework documents on cooperation in training and scientific research in Moscow. [VietnamNet]

- Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his spouse will pay a state-level visit to Vietnam from September 11-12. [VietnamNet]

- Almost half of Vietnamese think the country is still in recession, a recent Nielsen survey has found. [VnExpress]

- A Vietnamese student has won a gold medal at the 2018 International Informatics Olympiad held in Japan. [VnExpress]

- Vietnam minister wants local social networks to compete with Facebook, Google. [Hanoi Times]

Other

- Nations can generate an extra US$26 trillion to the world economy by 2030 if they undertake an ambitious plan on climate change. [Asian Correspondent]

- Earthquakes, rains, heatwave, typhoon: Japan's brutal summer of 2018. [Straits Times]

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