Here are today’s leading news stories.
-- Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc highlighted the importance of joint work to boost Vietnam – France cooperation for better outcomes, as he received outgoing French Ambassador to Vietnam Bertrand Lortholary in Hanoi on Wednesday.
-- Several sections of the National Highway 1 passing through the north-central province of Nghe An, which was upgraded in 2015, have been deformed roughly one month after the four-year warranty for the upgrade expired.
-- The Hanoi Department of Natural Resources and Environment has recalled and revoked thousands of property ownership certificates of 14 households at residential buildings developed in the capital city by Muong Thanh Group, whose chairman is being probed for his involvement in a series of construction violations at local apartment projects.
-- One girl and three boys, aged five to seven, drowned in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa on Wednesday afternoon when they went for a swim at a pond in front of their house.
-- A new tropical depression has emerged in East Vietnam Sea on Wednesday night, packing wind from 40-60 km/h, and is expected to bring rain to the country’s Central Highlands and southern regions in the next two to three days, according to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.
-- Ian Gibbons, Consul General of the UK in Ho Chi Minh City, and city officials on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in carrying out projects to support the building of the southern metropolis as a smart urban area, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City Book Street, located on Nguyen Van Binh Street in District 1, earned a total revenue of VND22.291 billion (US$958,513) in the first six months of 2019, up 12 percent from the same period last year, the street’s management company announced on Wednesday.
-- Vietnam’s top striker Nguyen Cong Phuong played his debut game at Belgium’s Sint-Truiden, a Jupiler Pro League football club that signed him on a one-year loan earlier this month, in a friendly match with Lommel on Thursday.
-- Vietnam beat Taiwan 3-1 in their Group E game at the third Asian Women's U23 Volleyball Championship ongoing in Hanoi on Wednesday.