Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnam condemned the terror attack that killed four people and injured many more in Cairo on Friday, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang said on Saturday, calling on the Egyptian government to find and punish those responsible for the attack.
-- A tropical depression is closing in on the East Vietnam Sea and is expected to enter the maritime area on Sunday, potentially evolving into a storm, the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting reported, adding that floods will hit places from Thua Thien-Hue Province to Ninh Thuan Province.
-- A total of 42 traffic accidents happened across Vietnam on Saturday, killing 27 people and injuring 15 others, the National Committee for Traffic Safety reported. Most people in the country are given four days off (December 29 to January 1) to celebrate New Year.
-- A car was traveling on National Highway 20 in Bao Loc City in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong on Saturday afternoon when it crashed into multiple motorbikes and a house, killing a woman inside the residence and wounding several others on the road.
-- Police in Hanoi have arrested and initiated legal proceedings against a woman for posing as manager of a local branch of VietABank and appropriating VND170 billion (US$7.3 million).
-- Two people were killed and many other injured after a sleeper bus rear-ended a truck in the south-central province of Binh Thuan on Saturday morning.
-- Inspectors from the Hanoi Department of Tourism have imposed a fine worth VND48.5 million ($2,085) upon Golden Travel Company and revoked its business license for nine months after a group of 148 Vietnamese, who arrived in Taiwan on tourist visas, became unaccounted for over last weekend.
-- Authorities in Can Gio, an outlying district of Ho Chi Minh City, said during a conference on Saturday they want to construct a 17-kilometer sea-crossing bridge connecting the district with the beach city of Vung Tau.
-- Multiple streets in downtown Ho Chi Minh City will be blocked in order for a fireworks display to take place at the Thu Thiem Tunnel on New Year’s Eve. A countdown show will also be organized at the Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street.