What you need to know today:
-- Vietnam is verifying reports that China Coast Guard ships are present in the Vietnamese continental shelf, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' spokesperson told reporters on Thursday.
-- The Department of Police in Dong Nai Province, located in southern Vietnam, on Friday suspended two traffic police chiefs from work over allegations that they had received 'protection money' to ignore violations by drivers.
-- Police in the central province of Quang Nam on Thursday arrested Nguyen Duc Vinh, 41, on suspicion of raping a person under 16 years old.
-- Police have busted a Taiwanese-run drug smuggling ring in Ho Chi Minh City, confiscating 446 bricks of heroin worth an estimated US$6 million, the Ministry of Public Security said on Thursday.
-- The U.S. government has committed $300 million to dioxin remediation at Bien Hoa Airport in southern Dong Nai Province and its vicinity.
-- Apple has 30 suppliers in Vietnam, Rory Sexton, the U.S. firm's vice president of Asia procurement and operations, said in a meeting on Wednesday with Vietnamese Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung.
-- About 10,000 businesses in Vietnam are likely to be inspected this month over software intellectual property rights, according to The Software Alliance.
-- Vietnamese carriers have announced an increase in the number of their flights to meet rising travel demand around Tet, or Vietnam's Lunar New Year, which is due in late January.
-- Vietnam on Thursday advanced to men's football semifinals and women's football final at the ongoing 2019 Southeast Asian Games hosted by the Philippines.