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Vietnamese Man Dead After Slashing Himself Over Plane Ticket

Last Saturday, a Vietnamese man in Dagupan, Philippines killed himself when he was unable to borrow money for a plane ticket home.

The man, identified as Nguyen Tan Lap, was found bleeding heavily in front of the West Central Elementary School at 9:30 a.m.

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Dog Thief Beaten to Death by Angry Mob

Yesterday, residents of the north-central province of Nghe An brutally attacked 2 dog thieves, leaving one dead and another seriously injured.

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Morning Links: For expats, cost of living in Hanoi higher than Saigon

Here's what's making news this morning:

- Drunk Vietnamese official causes fatal car accident in Da Lat (Thanh Nien)

- Coca Cola transfer pricing charges (VietnamNet Bridge)

- Tata winning bidder in huge power project (Business Line)

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Vietnam Ponders Name Change

This October, the National Assembly is expected to make some major changes to Vietnam’s constitution for the first time since 1992. One of the biggest modifications that may take place is a slight change to the country’s official name.

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Saigon Pushes for One-Visa Policy

To better connect the tourism of SE Asian countries, Saigon authorities have pressed the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism to adopt a one-visa policy with Thailand, Cambodia, Loas and Mynamar. This would allow tourists to travel between these countries without having to secure visas for each.

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Morning Links: Vietnam Losing $400 million per Year to Computer Viruses

Here's what's going on this morning in Saigon:

- Thieves are getting technologically savvy (VietnamNet Bridge)

- "Got to Dance" coming to Vietnam (VietnamNet Bridge)

- Vietnamese Teloco to deploy cloud computing (Future Gov)

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Morning Links: Vietnam Considers Ban on Lip-synching and Skimpy Clothes on Stage

Here's what's making news this morning:

- HCMC to address plethora of unsold apartments (Saigon GP Daily)

- Many of Saigon and Ha Noi's Gas Stations are Unsafe (Tuoi Tre)

- Cocodile exports set to double (Saigon GP Daily

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Nguyens Set to Conquer Australia's Cities

With over 4,000,000 Viet Kieu, it’s not surprising that Vietnamese culture has made its way across the globe. Vietnamese culinary heroes, such as Pho to Banh Mi, have been popularized from Sydney to New York. But there’s one Vietnamese export that’s taking Australia’s metropolitan areas by storm - Nguyens.

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Morning Links: New Council to Decide on Minimum Wage

- CocCoc trying to differentiate itself from Google (Tech in Asia)

- Gambler siezed for trafficking elephant tusks (Tuoi Tre)

- Experts say Vietnam should focus on improving the standard of living, not height (Thanh Nien)

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VNA A330 Engine Catches Fire After Landing in Saigon

Yesterday at 3:55pm, a Vietnam Airlines Airbus A330, arriving from Melbourne, landed at Ton San Nhat International airport. Soon after, smoke was observed coming from its no. 2 engine.

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Kowloon - City in Darkness

We’ve seen some of Hong Kong’s tightest living spaces in a previous post but nothing compares with the notorious Kowloon Walled City. From the 1940s to 1993, this fortress of darkness and poverty housed as many as 50,000 residents, making it one of, if not the most densely populated places on earth. On the occasion of the 20 year anniversary of Kowloon's demolition, lets take a quick look back at its history. 

Originally a military post, the British took control of the then open-air settlement after the 1889 Convention for the Extension of Hong Kong Territory which gave Britain a 99 year lease on Hong Kong.

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