The secret to worker productivity, pollution and your brain, ASEAN's rising middle class and other top stories this week

Vietnamese youths display the national flag during a parade to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the end of the war in Ho Chi Minh City.  Vietnamese youths display the national flag during a parade to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the end of the war with the U. S. and its allies which reunified the country under communist rule in Ho Chi Minh City April 30, 2005. Vietnam commemorated 30 years since "The American War" ended on Saturday, no longer simply exulting in the victory but instead urging people to look to the future. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2005 - RP6DRNAQQWAB

Our ASEAN meeting will take place in Ha Noi, Viet Nam. Image: REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Adrian Monck
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Russian banking giant to be founding member of Forum Cybersecurity Centre. (Finextra)

Police in Rwanda more trusted than in the US. Cites Global Competitiveness Index. (New Times)

US water & air dirtier than in most rich countries. Based on Forum research. (Politifact)

NBA star makes equal pay for women a personal crusade. References Gender Gap Report. (MarketWatch)

Is your boring job worth your time? Quotes Forum executive chairman Professor Klaus Schwab. (Sydney Morning Herald)

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