Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnam will spare no effort to further promote its relations with the European Union (EU), Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said as he received Federica Mogherini, Vice President of the European Commission and High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, in Hanoi on Monday.
-- The death toll of Tropical Storm Wipha, the third to strike Vietnam this year, has risen to nine as of Tuesday morning, while 11 people are still missing in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa and northern province of Dien Bien.
-- Continuous downpours over the past four days have resulted in massive flooding in Phu Quoc, a tourist island off the southern province of Kien Giang, forcing many residents to flee their homes and seek shelters in higher areas.
-- The People’s Committee in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang has spent more than VND800 million (US$34,400) on building two new roads after a large section of National Highway 91 sank into the Hau (Back) River last week.
-- Police in the northern province of Quang Ninh confirmed on Monday afternoon they had arrested a 46-year-old man for murdering the father and older brother of his ex-wife on Sunday night.
-- The People’s Court in the northern province of Thai Binh on Mnoday sentenced Le Van Can, 50, to 15 years in prison for robbing VND210 million ($9,030) from an Agribank branch in Thai Binh Province on January 23.
-- More than 1,200 Vietnamese law offenders have fled to foreign counties as of May, of whom 235 have been wanted by Interpol for serious crimes, the Ministry of Public Security stated in a recent report.
-- A fourth-grade schoolboy died of a heart attack while studying in class on Monday, the first school day after summer break, as his family has been unable to afford his heart surgery.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City inspectorate has initiated a comprehensive examination of the Green Star Sky Garden project in District 7 after 111 villas within the project were previously found being built against regulations.
-- The Vietnamese stock market suffered during the week from July 29 to August 2 after having rallied for four consecutive weeks amid negative news from the international markets, while the downtrend is expected to continue in August.