Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc arrived at Pulkovo 1 airport in Saint Petersburg at 6:45 pm on Monday (local time), commencing his official visit to Russia at the invitation of his Russian counterpart Dmitri Medvedev.
-- Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan joined talks with Dutch Deputy Prime Minister Carola Schouten in the Netherlands on Monday, as part of his business trip to the European country from May 20 to 26.
-- A heatwave that has been affecting northern and central Vietnam is forecast to end on Tuesday, the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting reported, adding that it will remain hot in southern provinces in the morning and afternoon, while rain and thunderstorms are likely to occur in the evening.
-- A 32-year-old Viet Kieu man has expressed his apologies to two security guards at the Lacasa Apartment Complex in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, for his disrespectful behaviors during their argument over the man’s dogs. The argument was filmed and the footage went viral on social media on Monday.
-- More than 50 houses in Huong Khe District in the north-central province of Ha Tinh had their roofs blown off as downpours accompanied by whirlwinds hit the locality on Monday afternoon.
-- Vo Thi Ngoc Thuy, deputy director of the International Training Institute under the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City, has been appointed as deputy director of the municipal Department of Tourism.
-- A 16-year-old construction worker was killed after the scaffolding at the site collapsed in the southern province of Binh Duong on Monday.
-- Severe traffic jams have occurred at the Kenh Te Bridge connecting District 4 and District 7 in Ho Chi Minh City as a part of the structure has been barricaded for the implementation of an expansion project.
-- A 35-year-old man from north-central Thanh Hoa Province has been fined VND2.5 million (US$107.5) for brutally beating his eight-year-old daughter, following his ex-wife’s report.
-- The prime minister has recently tasked the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Science and Technology with creating a vaccine against African swine fever, as the disease has been affecting the country’s swine herd over the past months.