Here are the leading news stories about Vietnam you should not miss today, October 18:
-- The Vietnam Fatherland Front worked with the Lao Front for National Construction in Vientiane on Monday, with both sides hailing their increasingly diversified cooperation and the countries’ stronger amity.
-- Vietnam's Deputy Defense Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh and Cara Abercrombie, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia, both looked to enhance ties and multiply cooperative areas between the two countries as they co-chaired the 7th Vietnam-U.S. defense policy dialogue in Hanoi on Monday.
-- A 73-year-old woman slipped into a river in the southern province of Dong Thap at dawn on Monday, but managed to survive in the water for three hours before being rescued.
-- Vietnam is likely to suffer a double storm landfall as a new super-typhoon, named Haima, formed in the Pacific Ocean on Monday, when storm Sarika, the seventh typhoon to hit Vietnam this year, was on its way to the Gulf of Tokin.
-- Many streets across Ho Chi Minh City were flooded by heavy rains and rising tide on Monday.
-- The mother of a third grader in the central city of Da Nang on Monday rushed to the school to assault the kid's teacher, after learning that she left a scratch on her son's face.
-- Thousands of motorbikes were evacuated out of a parking basement in the dormitory of the Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City in Thu Duc District as it was inundated due to a heavy rain on Monday evening.
-- Vietnam may have become the second Asian country, following Thailand, to report a case of microcephaly, or children born with unusually small heads due to Zika virus contraction, with a four-month-old girl in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak showing signs of the birth defect.
-- Fifty-one percent of 150 fish sauce samples taken on the market do not meet the standard on protein content, while having an excessive content of arsenic, the Vietnam Standard and Consumers Association said Monday, citing results from its latest food safety study.
-- Ten-man Vietnam battled to a brave 1-1 draw against the UAE during their second Group B game at the 2016 AFC Under-19 Championship in Bahrain on Monday.
-- Vietnam’s top swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien on Monday confirmed she had withdrawn from the 2016 National Swimming Championship, following news reports that it is like “using a cannon to kill a mosquito” if an Olympic-class athlete like her competes at home.