Weekly roundup: Traffic jam debate, tax hikes, Ariana Grande's cancelled tour and more

By Editorial   August 26, 2017 | 10:44 am GMT+7

Revisit the week with top stories compiled by VnExpress International's editors.

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The jamming debate: How to unclog streets in Hanoi and Saigon?

The government has spoken and so have experts and residents; but just like the notorious traffic, the debate is going nowhere.

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Vietnam’s debt-collecting agency seizes skyscraper to cover $308 million loan

The Saigon One Tower has been abandoned since the housing crisis hit the city in 2011.

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Ariana Grande cancels Saigon concert at last minute 'due to illness'

The American pop princess made the surprising announcement on Instagram.

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Why would you want to set foot on this polluted beach in Vietnam?

What goes around comes around on Mui Ne Beach.

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Finding a new home for Saigon’s street vendors

The city is trying to rehome the food vendors who have been evicted by District 1's sidewalk campaign.

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School kids take on raging river to get to school in northern Vietnam

Try swapping the school bus for a bamboo raft in the northern province of Dien Bien.

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The latest tax hikes Vietnam is trying to cash in on

Rising public debt has forced the government to squeeze more out of revenue streams. 

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Take a look at Ho Chi Minh City's new pedestrian zone

Now you can walk care-free on the city’s famous backpacker street without worrying about being hit by a motorbike.

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Bribes continue to dictate Vietnam's medicine prices, trial uncovers

At least $330,000 was allegedly handed over to doctors by a local pharmaceutical firm, and it was the patients that paid the price.

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Saigon's new river buses leave passengers waiting on the dock

The boats should have been cruising down the river Monday, but let's just call it a pilot project.

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Saigon's road space 167 years behind national standard: city leader

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weekly-roundup-traffic-jam-debate-tax-hikes-ariana-grandes-cancelled-tourand-more-21Take a deep breath with the mermaids in Nha Trang

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