Check out the news you should not miss today, July 18
-- Vietnam and Laos marked the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation today (July 18), and are heading to their 55th anniversary of the bilateral diplomatic ties (September 5).
-- Vietnam’s State President Tran Dai Quang received visiting former Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari in Hanoi on Monday, asserting that the host country treasures and wishes to further enhance the comprehensive cooperation with the North American country.
-- Storm Talas has killed one person, unroofed 2,751 houses and uprooted thousands of trees in Nghe An province after making landfall in north-central Vietnam early on Monday morning.
-- A Vietnamese woman was seen in a video that went viral online on Monday swearing and yelling at a traffic police officer, who pulled her over for wrong-way driving.
-- Dozens of thousands of metric tons of fish in floating farms on the Co Co River in the central city of Da Nang were found dead on Monday morning, leaving farmers in shock and grief.
-- Many streets in Hanoi were severely flooded due to heavy rains brought by storm Talas on Monday morning.
-- Some 3,000 tourists were stranded at Co To Island, off the northern province of Quang Ninh, on Monday as boats failed to reach the island due to tough weather caused by storm Talas.
-- All Vietnamese airlines collectively served 21.8 million passengers in the first half of this year, up 15.1 percent from the same period last year, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam.
-- E-commerce only accounts for a mere 1 percent of all commercial transactions in Vietnam, where most consumers are still fond of shopping at brick-and-mortar stores, Charles Brewer, CEO of DHL EEcommerce, said at a conference in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday.
-- The operator of the only two double-decker buses in Ho Chi Minh City is scheduled to pull the vehicles from its fleet by the end of this year due to rising operation costs