Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh called on all relevant parties to comply with international law in the East Vietnam Sea during his speech at the 74th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UNGA) in New York on Saturday.
-- The Ministry of Public Security has proposed that groping be punishable by a fine worth up to VND5 million (US$215), as part of a new draft law.
-- High tide submerged multiple streets in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday afternoon and evening, causing difficulties for commuters and local residents.
-- Police in District 4, Ho Chi Minh City carried out an administrative check at the Gold View Apartment Complex on early Saturday morning and discovered five men and three women using drugs against the law inside the apartments.
-- An 18-year-old GrabBike driver has allegedly been murdered after his body was found at an empty piece of land in Bac Tu Liem District, Hanoi on Saturday evening. Officers believed the victim had been dead for about two days.
-- Offices in the northern city of Hai Phong confirmed on Saturday they had raided a warehouse in Hai An District and found a large volume of handbags, shoes, and cosmetics of famous international brands worth about VND1 billion ($43,000) without any document proving their origin.
-- Vietnam produces more than 1.8 million metric tons of plastic waste every year, of which only 27 percent is recycled, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Vo Tuan Nhan stated at a conference held in the central city of Da Nang on Saturday.
-- Vietnam’s GDP rose by 6.98 percent in the January-September period, the highest nine-month growth rate over the past nine years, the General Statistics Office reported on Saturday.
-- Vietnamese painter Nguyen Luong Sang has kick-started his gallery titled “Sea - Life” featuring his 18 paintings, along with three installation artworks created with many pieces of garbage which the artist had collected from north-central beaches in the past five years. The exhibition runs from September 28 to October 28 at the New Space Arts Foundation in Thua Thien-Hue Province.
-- A total of 160 athletes from 80 teams participated in the PVOIL Cup 2019, a terrain car racing tournament, in Hanoi on Saturday. The event is scheduled to take place on September 28 and 29.