Read what is in the news today, January 25:
-- Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh has reaffirmed Hanoi’s commitment to strengthening ties with its neighbors Laos and Cambodia as Vietnam wrapped up its friendship year 2017 with the two countries.
-- Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has requested that China’s diplomatic missions in Vietnam help local football fans acquire quick visas to travel to Changzhou for this Saturday’s final game of the 2018 AFC U23 Championship between Vietnam and Uzbekistan.
-- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc arrived in New Delhi on Wednesday afternoon to attend a senior meeting commemorating ASEAN – India ties at the invitation of his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.
-- U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis landed in Hanoi on Wednesday to kick off a two-day visit to Vietnam to discuss military cooperation with the Southeast Asian nation.
-- Nearly 3,000 additional flights with around 582,000 seats will be made available by Vietnamese airlines during the peak travel season later this month as millions of people living in Vietnam’s big cities return to their hometowns for Tet, or Lunar New Year, the country’s biggest public holiday.
-- The Directorate for Roads of Vietnam has issued a ban, effective from January 25, on vehicles stopping for more than five minutes at toll stations in the country, a move taken in response to drivers’ protests at tollgates belonging to build-operate-transfer (BOT) projects.
-- Two crucial cancer drugs sponsored by a foreign pharmaceutical company will arrive at Vietnamese hospitals in the next two or three days after months of delay to meet requirements set out in a recent government decree.
-- Le Duan and Nguyen Du Streets in downtown Ho Chi Minh City will be partially blocked on January 26 as activities are held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a people’s uprising in 1968 against the American-backed government in South Vietnam.
-- Insurance giant Prudential Plc has agreed to sell its consumer finance business in Vietnam to a unit of South Korea’s Shinhan Financial Group for US$151 million, as the former seeks to focus on its core insurance arm in the Southeast Asian nation.
-- The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has refuted rumors that two players on Vietnam’s team tested positive for doping, causing the team to be eliminated from the ongoing 2018 AFC U23 Championship in China.