Here are the news stories you should not miss today, December 26:
-- Typhoon Tembin, the 16th to hit Vietnam this year, weakened into a tropical depression at around 1:00 am on Tuesday, when it was located in the sea area off the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau. Wind speed was recorded at 40 to 60 km per hour at 4:00 am on the same day.
-- The People’s Committee in Ho Chi Minh City has submitted a document to the prime minister to seek permission for carrying out firework displays in celebration of the New Year and Lunar New Year, which will be funded by the private sector.
-- A fire broke out at the Golden Westlake apartment building on Hoang Hoa Tham Street in Hanoi on Monday evening. All people living inside the building were brought to safety then.
-- An average of 260 people die of cancer every day in Vietnam, while the number of female patients is higher, said Le Bach Mai, former deputy head of the National Institute of Nutrition.
-- Police in the north-central province of Nghe An on Monday caught four people red-handed carrying about 450 kilograms of firecrackers in their automobile.
-- Officers in the northern city of Hai Phong on Monday arrested Pham Ngoc Duy, 32, for attempting to transport several types of drug via airway.
-- Hoi An, a popular ancient town in the central province of Quang Nam, broke records after welcoming over 3.22 million visitors in 2017, up 21.66 percent year-on-year, local authorities said on Monday.
-- Everrichs, a Ho Chi Minh City-based multilevel marketing joint-stock company, was fined VND620 million (US$ 27,300) and had its business license revoked for multiple violations in its operations.
-- Vietnamese students at Quy Nhon University, located in the namesake city in the south-central province of Binh Dinh, teach Vietnamese to their Laotian friends, who are studying at the school, on a weekly basis.
-- Nguyen Ngoc Thien, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, has set a goal for the Vietnamese team to win at least three gold medals at the 2018 Asian Games, which will take place from August 18 to September 2 in Indonesia.