Read what’s in the news today.
-- Chairwoman of the Vietnamese lawmaking National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan underlined Vietnam’s policy of attracting foreign investors in digital technology as she received leaders of several major Chinese technology and telecoms corporations in Beijing on Thursday.
-- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc received former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, who is on a Vietnam visit to boost cooperation projects between the two countries, in Hanoi on Thursday.
-- Fire engulfed a forest in the north-central province of Ha Tin again on Thursday night, as locals burned dried leaves near the woods in Huong Son District, the local park rangers confirmed.
-- A South Korean man was seen in CCTV damaging the button panel inside an elevator of the Phu Hoang Anh Apartment in Nha Be District, Ho Chi Minh City, by kicking it two times on Tuesday.
-- Thirty-two Chinese fishermen were saved by a Vietnamese fishing boat when they were in distress at sea off the island district of Ly Son, the central province of Quang Ngai, on Thursday.
-- African swine fever (ASF) has spread across 62 out of 63 provinces and centrally-run cities in Vietnam, forcing the cull of more than 3.3 million pigs, the Department of Animal Health under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reported on Thursday.
-- A ceremony was held in Hanoi on Thursday to present the “For peace and friendship among nations” medal by the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations to six peace activists from the U.S. in recognition of their contributions to peace and friendship between the two countries.
-- Vietnam’s economy could grow by 6.86 percent this year, higher than the 6.6 – 6.8 percent set by the country’s legislature, economists forecast during a symposium held by the National Centre for Socio-Economic Information and Forecast in Hanoi on Thursday.
-- Ho Chi Minh City is keen to cooperate with European businesses in building a smart city, the municipal deputy chairman Tran Vinh Tuyen said at a meeting with the European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (EuroCham) on Thursday.
--The four-day International Three-Cushion Billiards Tournament was kicked off in the southern province of Binh Duong on Thursday, drawing 59 local players along with five international cueists from Japan, South Korea and Spain.