Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte is scheduled to pay an official visit to Vietnam from April 9 to 11 at the invitation of Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
-- National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan concluded her working visit to the European Parliament and left Brussels, Belgium, for Doha, Qatar, on Saturday to attend the 140th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU -140) and related meetings.
-- A fire broke out at a warehouse in Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City at around 8:00 pm on Saturday, burning down almost all plastic and garment products inside the facility. There were no casualties in the incident.
-- Police in the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long have arrested 17 young men and women, aged 20 to 25, after they were caught using drugs inside two rooms of a local motel on Saturday.
-- Hail occurred in a commune in the north-central province of Nghe An on Saturday afternoon and lasted for about 30 minutes. Local authorities are calculating the damage caused by the weather phenomenon.
-- A 35-year-old man from the north-central province of Ha Tinh was arrested on Saturday for shooting and injuring a local resident due to personal conflicts with the victim, which arose from land disputes.
-- A 37-year-old woman is about to stand trial at the People’s Court in Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi for secretly putting a drug stack into her boyfriend’s car in order to frame him.
-- Three people who are employees of a debt collecting company in the northern province of Quang Ninh have been attacked by a local family as they were trying to collect debts for their client. The attackers also forced the debt collectors to beg for mercy, filmed the incident, and uploaded the video to social media.
-- The body of Vietnamese comedian Anh Vu, who passed away during a tour in the United States earlier this week, is expected to be brought back to Vietnam on the morning of April 9.
-- The Vietnam Food Association under the Ministry of Health affirmed on Saturday it will promptly verify the recall of over 18,000 bottles of Chin-Su chilli sauce in Osaka, Japan over a banned food addictive.