Here are the top news stories about Vietnam you don’t want to miss.
-- Vietnam hopes that the U.N. Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) will have a fair ruling on the case the Phillippines brought against China regarding the East Vietnam Sea, Le Hai Binh, spokesman of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said on Friday.
-- Two women died in two separate crashes between a motorbike and a trailer truck in the southern province of Binh Duong on Friday, the latest in a countless series of similar accidents across Vietnam on a frequent basis.
-- Owners of 'sensitive' services, such as massage parlors, in HO Chi Minh City must sign written guarantees not to allow illegal sex services to happen at their premises, according to a proposal of the labors department, backed by the municipal administration on Friday.
-- The US$500 million in damages Formosa has committed to giving to Vietnam to compensate for the mass fish deaths caused by its wrongdoings should be used in a most effective way, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc requested on Friday.
-- A karaoke bar in the northern Vietnamese city of Hai Phong, where more than 300 people were detained in a large-scale police raid for drugs and prostitution on June 29, has been suspended from opening, police said Friday
-- Mobifone, one of the leading Vietnamese mobile network operator, on Friday started piloting 4G services in Hanoi, Da Nang, and Ho Chi Minh City.
-- Vietnam has suspended market circulation of 13 different product lines of Coca-Cola, which has undergone a comprehensive inspection by the health ministry late last month.
-- Vietnam has decided to extend a visa waiver program benefiting citizens of five European countries, which ended on Thursday, as the policy has proved to be successful after one year in effect.
-- The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism said on Friday those Chinese nationals work as illegal tour guides in Vietnam should be strictly sanctioned as it is a severe violation of the local law.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City administration has given a local transport firm the go-ahead to put 100 electric taxis into use under a two-year pilot program starting this September.
-- Vietnam has decided to scrap a controversial rule that bans beauty pageant queens and modeling contest winners from taking nude photos