Here are the leading news stories about Vietnam you should not miss today, May 27:
-- Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc arrived in the Japanese city of Nagoya on Thursday for a three-day official visit to attend the G7 Outreach Meeting, a sideline meeting of the summit of G7, on Thursday.
-- Ho Chi Minh City will announce the results of the election for members of its People’s Council today, May 27.
-- A tropical depression, the first of this year’s storm season in Vietnam, formed northeast of Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago in the East Vietnam Sea on Thursday and is moving northwest, likely to reach China’s Leizhou Peninsula by noon today, May 27.
-- As of the end of the first quarter of this year, Vietnam had had 1.1 million unemployed people, more than 50 percent of whom are young people aged 15-24, the labor ministry said at a conference on Thursday.
-- A pretrial hearing for the alleged child molestation of Vietnamese comedian Minh Beo takes place later today (the morning of May 27, U.S. time) after being postponed for two weeks as the defendant changed his lawyer at the last minute on May 14.
-- Streets in Hanoi will continue turning into rivers when the next downpour hit the Vietnamese capital, as a VND8 trillion (US$357.14 million) sewage and drainage project remains sluggish, the local drainage company said on Thursday.
-- Chinese vessels that had prevented three Vietnamese ships from sheltering from high winds at the Philippines’ Scarborough Shoal finally granted access on Thursday, following a strong request from Vietnam’s search and rescue committee.
-- A project management unit has proposed building a VND5.5 trillion ($245.54 million) cable-stayed bridge at a location 350m away from the existing My Thuan Bridge that connects Tien Giang and Vinh Long Provinces in the Mekong Delta, in order to reduce traffic congestion.
-- The U.S. Senate has approved a resolution to scrap a new catfish inspection program that many countries, including Vietnam, have deemed disappointing and unnecessary, after a vote late Wednesday.
-- Flat owners of the Harmona condo project in Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City, have been shocked to learn that the developer had used the whole project as collateral for bank loans and has defaulted on its debts, with the creditor set to foreclose on all apartments early next month.
-- A series of activities were held Thursday on Cham Isle off the central province of Quang Nam, in commemoration of the seventh anniversary of its recognition as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.