Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue held talks in Hanoi on Monday with Senior Vice President and chief economist of the World Bank Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg, who is in the Southeast Asian country to attend the Vietnam Reform and Development Forum 2019.
-- Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc chaired a meeting in Hanoi on Monday with ministries, agencies, and corporations to review the implementation of the Vietnam – Laos and Vietnam – Cambodia high-level agreements.
-- The Ministry of Transport is mulling over the construction of the Ho Chi Minh City-Moc Bai Expressway, which connects the southern metropolis with Moc Bai Border Gate in the southern province of Tay Ninh.
-- Border guard officers in the north-central province of Quang Tri affirmed on Monday they had arrested two Nigerian men, aged 20 and 29, for transporting 14.7 kilograms of crystal meth.
-- Three people have gone missing and five others seriously injured after an explosion broke out at a fishing boat in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa at around 10:20 pm on Monday.
-- A 16-year-old boy in Ho Chi Minh City stood his trial on Monday for murdering a GrabBike driver, who is a 20-year-old university student, before stealing his motorbike in October 2018. The defendant is expected to be put behind bars for ten to 12 years after the jury makes their decision on Wednesday.
-- Police in the central province of Quang Ngai have broken up an illicit ring that produces counterfeit Diesel oil in order to pocket billions of dong (VND1 billion = US$43,000).
-- Hanoi police confirmed on Monday that a six-year-old boy drowned while playing along the lazy river of the Thanh Ha Waterpark in Ha Dong District on Sunday afternoon.
-- A 34-year-old man in the north-central province of Nghe An has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally stabbing another man who had refused to drink with him in late May.
-- Global Fashion Company, owner of Vietnamese women’s fashion brand Vascara, confirmed on Monday it had transferred all 134 stores to Japan’s Stripe International as part of an merger and acquisition deal.