Here are the leading news stories about Vietnam you should not miss today, July 26:
-- The Japan Coast Guard training ship KOJIMA, with 94 crew members on board, began a five-day visit to Vietnam on Monday, when it arrived at Tien Sa Port in the central city of Da Nang.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City police department is verifying a video clip which was posted on the Internet on Monday, showing a traffic police officer beating an offender in the face.
-- A team of experts from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment arrived in the north-central province of Ha Tinh on Monday to start a thorough supervision over all environment-related activities of the steelmaking complex of Formosa Plastics Group in the next three years.
-- Vietnam is expected to release 20,000 inmates from prison early in the next two years, which helps save nearly VND200 billion (US$8.93 million) in annual incarceration costs for the government.
-- Vo Kim Cu, the legislator who approved Formosa’s operations in central Vietnam but later deflected blame when the project was found causing an environmental disaster, has been approved to be a member of the Economic Committee of the National Assembly.
-- Two were killed while five others were injured as their BMW crashed into the street fences and fell into a stream in the southern province of Dong Nai on Monday.
-- Vietnam's consumer price index in July increased 0.13 percent against the previous month, largely due to rising fuel cost, bringing the inflation rate in the first seven months to 2.48 percent.
-- Vietnam’s foreign trade value rose 2.8 percent year-on-year to more than $177 billion as of mid-July, according to statistics from the General Department of Vietnam Customs.
-- The fourth Japan – Vietnam Festival is slated to take place in Ho Chi Minh City from July 19 to 20, with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper participating as a partner to cement the friendship between the two countries, the daily’s editor-in-chief Tang Huu Phong said as he received Tsutomu Takebe, special advisor to the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Alliance, on Monday.
-- Eleven out of 15 Vietnamese athletes required to take pre-Olympic drug tests have obtained negative results, whereas the four remaining have yet to be tested as they are still on training trips, the doping center under the General Department of Physical Training and Sports said Monday. Vietnam will send 23 athletes to Rio 2016.