Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Hot weather is forecast to continue affecting southern Vietnam in the next three days, raising temperatures to up to 36 to 38 degrees Celsius, the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting reported, adding that unseasonal rain may occur in the region on Wednesday next week.
-- The Bich Thuy eatery in the popular tourist city of Da Lat has been suspended for seven days for using violence to stop its guests from leaving a negative review on social media, while Lo Thieu Mai Trang, the waitress who directly assaulted the customers, was fined VND2.5 million (US$110).
-- Police in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday night arrested two suspects who had kidnapped two Vietnamese-American girls, a six-year-old and an eight-year-old, and demanded a ransom worth $50,000.
-- Over 40 Korean members of the Korean-Vietnamese Peace Foundation returned to the central Vietnamese province of Quang Nam on Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Korean troops’ massacre of villagers in the locality during wartime.
-- A tanker carrying 2,000 metric tons of oil caught fire after an explosion in the northern city of Hai Phong on Saturday evening.
-- A young man was killed following a collision between his motorcycle and a bus in Dong Da District, Hanoi on Saturday afternoon.
-- A security guard officer of a branch of FPT Telecom Group in the southern province of Binh Duong was found dead at the venue on Saturday morning. Officers are investigating the alleged murder and hunting for the suspect.
-- Border guard officers in the south-central province of Binh Dinh on Saturday rescued a fishing boat along with its four crewmen, which had been drifting since Friday following an engine breakdown.
-- Ho Chi Minh City-based oil and gas group SaigonPetro has suggested that the Ministry of Industry and Trade implement certain policies to encourage citizens to use the E5 biofuel following the elimination of the A92 fuel, which was previously the most popularly consumed gasoline in the country.
-- The People’s Committee in the north-central province of Nghe An granted investment licenses to nine projects and signed 16 memoranda of cooperation, whose capital investment totaled VND13 trillion ($571.1 million), during a meeting on Saturday, which was attended by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.