Read what’s in the news today.
-- Vietnam always treasures the friendship and multifaceted partnership with Italy, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc affirmed during talks with his Italian counterpart Giuseppe Conte in Hanoi on Wednesday, following the welcome ceremony in the morning the same day.
-- The Consulate General of the U.S. in Ho Chi Minh City hosted a ceremony marking its country’s 243rd Independence Day on Wednesday.
-- Vietnam’s Minister of Construction Pham Hong Ha was grilled with questions about the rampant construction of high-rise buildings in big cities, especially Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, during the second day of the Q&A session of the 14th National Assembly’s seventh sitting on Wednesday.
-- The man who had his hand and arm ripped off by a caged tiger in the southern province of Binh Duong on Tuesday was identified as 49-year-old Vo Thanh Quoi, a former employee of the ecotourism site that keeps the animal.
-- A campaign was launched on Wednesday in the southern province of Vinh Long to collect waste and clean the Mekong River, using solar-powered vessels funded by South Korea’s Hanwha Group.
-- A modern bus stop, equipped with a surveillance camera system and run on solar power, has been put into use in front of the Minh Duc Elementary School in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
-- Nguyen Dang Thao, former general director of Euro Auto, an authorized dealer of Germany’s BMW Group in Vietnam, was sentenced to nine years behind bars by a court in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday for smuggling 91 BMW's into Vietnam in 2013.
-- Ho Chi Minh City firefighters on Wednesday successfully rescued 21 people trapped in an elevator of an office building in District 1.
-- A whirlwind and a period of heavy rain left 150 houses unroofed in An Phu District in the southern province of An Giang on Wednesday.
-- A project funded by the New Zealand government for the 2013-20 period has enabled Vietnam to gradually develop high-quality dragon fruit varieties, experts said at a seminar held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Embassy of New Zealand in Vietnam on Wednesday.
-- Miss Vietnam Jewelry Queen 2019, to take place in October, will scrap the swimsuit round, making it the country’s first beauty pageant to do so, the organizers said on Wednesday.