Read what is in the news today:
-- Sixty-three staff members of the second rotation of Vietnam’s level-two field hospital took off for South Sudan on a C-17 Globemaster III plane of the Royal Australian Air Force on Tuesday to join the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the war-torn African country.
-- A search and rescue mission is ongoing for 11 crewmen, including six Vietnamese nationals and five South Koreans, who remain missing after their fishing vessel caught fire and sank off Jeju Island, South Korea at 7:00 am on Tuesday.
-- A court in the north-central Vietnamese province of Quang Tri on Tuesday handed ten suspects, aged 16-18, between 30 months of probation and eight years behind bars each for gang-raping a tenth-grade schoolgirl in March.
-- Vietnam’s lawmaking National Assembly has approved adding one more day to the National Day (September 2) public holiday, raising the total number of paid days off in the Southeast Asian country to 11.
-- The Hanoi People’s Court will open the first instance trial on the case of MobiFone’s purchase of 95 percent of shares in the Audio Visual Global JSC (AVG) on December 16. There will be 14 defendants at the trial, which is slated to last until December 31.
-- The limit for foreign investors’ ownership in Vietnamese airlines will be increased to 34 percent from the current cap of 30 percent while requiring air transport businesses to have at least one Vietnamese individual or a Vietnamese legal entity holding the largest portion of the charter capital, according to a government decree signed last week.
-- Vietnam’s exports of squid and octopuses to the U.S. market saw a strong year-on-year rise of 63.7 percent in the first nine months of 2019 to reach US$11.4 million, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers.
-- Vietnam and Thailand played out their second 0-0 draw in the second round of 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers at My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi on Tuesday, resulting in only a small change in the Group G table as the Vietnamese maintain the lead with 11 points while Malaysia moved up to second place with nine points after defeating Indonesia 2-0 on the same day.
-- Vietnamese striker Nguyen Anh Duc, who turns 34 this year, has officially retired from international football after playing his last match with the national team against archrivals Thailand on Tuesday.