Here are the leading news stories about Vietnam you should not miss today, June 11
-- Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang will start a three-day official visit to Laos, at the invitation of Lao Party General Secretary and President Bounnhang Volachit, tomorrow, June 12.
-- A two-day event on sea security and development, co-hosted by the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam and the Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam, concluded in the northern province of Quang Ninh on Friday, underscoring the need to form an international cooperation mechanism on marine security and safety in East Asia.
-- Samples of frozen mackerel scads taken from an establishment in the central province of Quang Tri have been found to contain excessive amount of phenol, an aromatic organic compound consired toxic to human health and is therefore banned in food preservation, local authorities said Friday.
-- A 26-year-old Vietnamese girl has been arrested for stealing a credit card of an Aussie man when she was invited to spend the night at his apartment in Ho Chi Minh City earlier this week, and later used it to pay a VND415 million (US$18,527) bill at a local bar.
-- A trailer truck loaded with six cars was traveling from the central province of Quang Nam to Hanoi on Friday when it burst into flame, destroying half of the luxury sedans it carried.
-- Four were killed in a fire early Friday at an infrared cooker shop in Ho Chi Minh City, raising concerns on fire safety in multi-story houses that has only one single door like the destroyed facility.
-- Low-cost Vietjet launched Friday its new domestic route connecting Hanoi with the south-central province of Phu Yen.
-- China has recently revised a protocol on plant quarantine for rice imported from Vietnam, which many experts say will do more good than harm to the Vietnamese rice industry.
-- Twenty travel firms in the central city of Da Nang are cutting prices by 10 percent to 30 percent to lure back tourists, in the wake of the cruise ship accident that killed three, including two children, earlier this month.
-- South Korean pop star Bi Rain will perform during the finale of the 2016 Miss Vietnam, slated to take place on August 28 in Ho Chi Minh City.