Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- A 28-year-old woman in the southern province of Binh Phuoc was arrested on Wednesday as police are investigating the death of her 71-year-old adoptive mother, whose body was found at a garbage dump in the province's Dong Xoai City on Tuesday.
-- A fifth grader in Vinh, the capital of the north-central province of Nghe An, stabbed one of his friends in his bottom with a switchblade that he carried to school due to conflict over a mobile phone.
-- A boatman at the famed Phong Nha Cave in the north-central province of Quang Binh, has returned a wallet one of his customers had left on his boat to its rightful owner, the attraction’s management said on Wednesday.
-- The abbot of Khanh Long pagoda in Hanoi’s Dong Anh District on Wednesday called for help from the municipal administration after 16 out of 18 Arhat statues in its garden were sabotaged by destroying their arms, fingers, toes and ears.
-- A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Wednesday in the northern province of Quang Ninh for the development of the 80.2km-long Van Don - Mong Cai Expressway, under a US$474.4 million build-operate-transfer (BOT) and public-private partnership (PPP) contract.
-- Vietnam’s low-cost carrier Vietjet on Wednesday celebrated the inauguration of new international route connecting Nha Trang City in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa to Taipei, Taiwan.
-- Twelfth graders at 28 high schools in the south-central province of Binh Thuan had to delay their literature final exam as the test questions had been leaked, the provincial department of education and training announced on Wednesday.
-- South Korean actor Choi Hansol will feature in Benh vien Than Ai (Than Ai Hospital), a 16-episode Vietnamese web drama set for airing on YouTube from May 3.
-- Outshining more than 2,000 candidates from 23 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, four young Vietnamese from four different fields have had their names listed on Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30 in Asia” in 2019.
-- The Vietnamese women’s football team defeated hosts Uzbekistan 2-1 in their Group B opener at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics’ second qualification round on Wednesday afternoon.