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-- Vietnamese State President Tran Dai Quang on Wednesday received Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Hanoi as the latter commenced his state visit to Vietnam, marking the first time a head of state of the Mediterranean country had visited Vietnam since the establishment of bilateral diplomatic ties in 1963.
-- The Vietnam Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei has requested cooperation from Taiwanese authorities in investigating the death of Vietnamese national Nguyen Quoc Phi, who last Thursday was shot and killed by local law enforcers.
-- Doan Ngoc Hai, deputy chairman of the administration of Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1, has received death threats via anonymous phone calls and text messages for his unrelenting crackdown on sidewalk encroachment in the downtown district.
-- A number of traffic police officers in Ho Chi Minh City have been filmed receiving money from violators near the entrance to Tan Son Nhat International Airport to let them go, a new investigation by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper found.
-- The administration of south-central Binh Thuan Province is looking for the owner of the 19007 Qiong Lin Yu fishing vessel, reported to be of Chinese nationality, discovered floating crewless off the Binh Thuan coast last year.
-- An education center for disadvantaged children in Ho Chi Minh City’s rural district of Cu Chi on Wednesday commenced their academic year by introducing animal therapy for autistic and intellectually disabled kids.
-- The People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City has given the green light to a one-year pilot scheme for the GrabShare fare-splitting feature of ridesharing app Grab, despite noting that the feature may not be in line with current regulations.
-- The hype for cryptocurrency in Vietnam is getting stronger than ever as local investors spend big sums on the digital asset despite it not being legally recognized by Vietnamese law.
-- Ho Chi Minh City’s administration has approved the price list for advertisements on over 2,000 buses in the city as well as a plan to grant the advertising slots to the highest bidders in public auctions, a move expected to bring an extra VND220 billion (US$9.69 million) yearly to the city’s budget.
-- The Hanoi Opera House has opened its door to visitors since Wednesday at the entrance price of VND400,000 ($18) per person, which includes a tour guide who would introduce visitors to the architecture and history of the century-old building.