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Morning Stories Roundup: Car Registration Fees and Poisoned Pine Trees

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Each morning, we select some of the most important stories from Saigon, the rest of Vietnam and beyond, and digest them into short, accessible links so you can easily keep up with current affairs.

Saigon

- Saigon to double car registration fees. [VnExpress]

- Ho Chi Minh City police to provide Grab drivers with self-defense skills. [Tuoi Tre]

Vietnam

- Busan: Vietnam Launches Film Commission. [Variety]

- Hanoi to barricade streets for second metro line. [VnExpress]

- Vietnam is powering full steam towards the future. [Bangok Post]

- Vietnam sentences 11 people to death for drug trafficking. [Straits Times]

- Proposal to name Da Nang streets after foreign missionaries arouses controversy. [VnExpress]

- No letup in poisoning of pine trees in Dak Nong Province. [VnExpress]

Other

- Drone spots five more dead elephants at Thailand waterfall. [The Guardian]

- China won't show NBA preseason games as backlash over Hong Kong tweet grows. [CNN]

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