Check out today’s leading news stories:
-- Rain helped cooled off the atmosphere in northern Vietnam on Saturday and is expected to last until Monday, the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting reported, adding that temperatures in central provinces will remain high, between 36 and 38 degrees Celsius, in the next few days.
-- Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City carried out an inspection of businesses selling cosmetics, medicine, and dietary supplements across 24 districts on Saturday, confiscating over 128,600 products worth more than VND500 million (US$21,798) without legitimate documents.
-- Police in the north-central province of Nghe An confirmed on Saturday they had arrested five suspects for appropriating about VND300 million ($13,078) by selling fake gold and jewelry.
-- A woman in the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long died of A/H1N1 influenza on July 5, after having high fever during her trip in Da Lat City, located in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, on June 29.
-- The Department of Natural Resources and Environment in the central city of Da Nang announced on Saturday that local beaches are safe to swim as test results showed that seawater content is within normal limits. Several visitors have previously reported feeling itchy after swimming along the beaches situated in the eastern part of the city.
-- A 44-year-old man hailing from Ho Chi Minh City drowned after saving his son from strong waves at a beach in the south-central province of Ninh Thuan on Saturday.
-- Tens of thousands of people, mostly local residents, have flocked to Sam Son Beach in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa due to hot weather over the past few days.
-- Police in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue affirmed on Saturday they had arrested and initiated legal proceedings against Vu Hong Ha, former official of the provincial market management unit, for abusing his position to scam and appropriate about VND1.95 billion ($85,000) from 23 victims.
-- Experts in Vietnam said that the Southeast Asian country will face both opportunities and challenges as the United States and China trade war began on Friday (U.S. time).
-- The groundbreaking ceremony of a solar power project worth about VND5 trillion ($217.9 million) was held in the south-central province of Ninh Thuan on Saturday morning. Upon its expected completion in June 2019, the facility will be able to produce 450 million kilowatt-hours per year.