Here are the leading news stories about Vietnam you do not want to miss today, November 23.
-- Vietnam continually advocates working with parties concerned to build the East Vietnam Sea into an area of peace, stability and cooperation for mutual development, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said in his speech delivered at the East Asia Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Sunday.
-- U.S. President Barack Obama accepted the invitation to visit Vietnam by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung when they met on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
-- The Department of Communications and Information of the southern province of Dong Nai has levied civil fines on 75 cybercafés and disconnected the Internet service of 19 others for violating the rules on offering online games.
-- About VND466 million (US$20,804) was raised at the 8th annual “Sunflower Festival,” a Tuoi Tre-initiated charity event, organized simultaneously in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi on Sunday. All of the amount will be used to support children suffering cancer.
-- Ho Chi Minh City police arrested Sunday a Taiwanese man and four Vietnamese accomplices, who were accused of disguising as police to extort VND400 million ($17,857) from a local woman.
-- Vietnam raked in more than $2.4 billion from leather and footwear exports in the first ten months of this year, up 14.3 percent year on year, according to the Vietnam Leather, Footwear and Handbag Association.
-- A conference aimed to attract investment to boost tourism development in Vietnam’s northwestern region, home to such famous destinations as Dien Bien Phu relic sites, the Dong Van Karst Plateau Geo-Park, Sa Pa and Fansipan Mountain, is taking place in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday.
-- Budget carrier Jetstar will offer four flights per week between Hanoi and Tuy Hoa, the capital of the south-central province of Phu Yen, starting December 16.
-- Hosts Vietnam secured a place in the semifinals of the 9th International Thanh Nien Newspaper U-21 Football Tournament after beating Thailand 4-2 in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday.
-- Vietnam’s Thach Kim Tuan won the bronze medal in the men’s 56kg event, whereas his countrywoman Vuong Thi Huyen snatched two silvers and one bronze in the women’s 48kg category on Sunday at the 2015 World Weightlifting Championship ongoing in Houston, the U.S..