Weekly roundup: Phu Quoc in crisis, Agent Orange pain, emerging middle class, and more

By VnExpress   October 29, 2016 | 02:00 am GMT+7

Revisit the week with top stories curated by VnExpress International editors.

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Phu Quoc feels growing pains as development booms

Over a decade ago, UNESCO declared Phu Quoc and over a hundred other islands in Kien Giang Province a World Biosphere Reserve. At the moment, the province seems more preoccupied with pursuing an unprecedented and elusive 'special economic zone' status.

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In Vietnam, Agent Orange victims struggle to survive as Monsanto thrives

Monsanto continues to dodge culpability as its victims suffer in silence.

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Abducted Vietnamese finally home after 4-year ordeal with Somali pirates

The fishermen are among 26 Asians freed by Somali pirates who took them hostage in 2012.

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Nightmare scenario: Coastal Vietnam faces a watery end

Nearly 40 percent of the Mekong Delta could be wiped out.

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Vietnam’s public debt growing 3 times faster than GDP

Vietnam is digging itself into an ever-increasing hole.

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Vietnam's middle class projected to double by 2020

Richer consumers will likely pull huge investment inflows into the country.

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Can Japanese anti-flood strategy keep Ho Chi Minh City dry?

Underground reservoirs should keep the flood-stricken city above water.

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Vietnam among top places for business expansion in Southeast Asia

The country only comes after Singapore in terms of attractiveness.

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Vietnam bans animal slaughter at violent spring festivals

It remains to be seen whether locals are willing to abandon their traditional rituals.

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New York Times names Vietnam a place to travel in your 20s

Ha Long Bay, Hoi An and Hue stand out as some of the must-see places in the country.

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Facing donors, Vietnam urged to rethink coal-fueled growth

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A day around the lakes of Hanoi

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HCMC seizes over a hundred African elephant tusks