Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc along with other ASEAN leaders and the ASEAN Secretary General attended the Plenum of the 35th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday.
-- During his ongoing business trip in Thailand, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has extended his condolences to family members of the 39 victims in the truck deaths in Essex, the United Kingdom, according to the Government Office.
-- Three out of 24 families in the north-central province of Nghe An, who previously reported being unable to contact their relatives who are working abroad, confirmed on Saturday they had finally been able to reach them.
-- A 23-year-old fisherman hailing from the southern province of Kien Giang was allegedly shot dead by an unidentified foreign ship while he and other crew members were working at sea earlier this week.
-- Customs officers at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City have arrested a male passenger for transporting an ivory weighing 1.8 kilograms along with 22.5 kilograms of agarwood from Thailand into Vietnam on Saturday.
-- Police in Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City confirmed on Saturday they are investigating a case where a 15-month-old boy died in his sleep at a local daycare center on Friday.
-- Bui Tuan Anh, deputy head of the People’s Procuracy in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City was killed in a traffic accident in Thu Duc District on Saturday afternoon.
-- The Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam (Vietcombank) has inaugurated its representative office in Manhattan, New York City. The office is the first of its kind opened by a Vietnamese commercial bank in the U.S..
-- Customs officers in Ho Chi Minh City have found about 7,200 kilograms of mattresses, pillows, and blankets imported from China that bear a ‘Made in Vietnam’ label.
-- The Hanoi University of Business and Technology has withdrawn all the books for its Chinese language courses after finding out that the materials include a map containing the illegal ‘nine-dash line.’