Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnam and Myanmar have issued a joint statement on strengthening their comprehensive cooperative partnership on the occasion of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s official visit to Myanmar from December 16 to 18 at the invitation of President U Win Myint.
-- Local authorities in the north-central Vietnamese province of Quang Binh have neutralized an unexploded 227-kilogram bomb after a local resident found it buried in his garden on Monday.
-- Border guard officers in the northern province of Quang Ninh on Wednesday arrested two Chinese men for attempting to traffic a 13-day-old baby from Vietnam to China.
-- A 44-year-old man and his four-year-old daughter drowned after a boat carrying seven people capsized in the middle of a river in the north-central province of Nghe An on Wednesday afternoon.
-- Hanoi police are verifying CCTV footage in which a car driver appeared to drag the body of a 72-year-old woman and hide her bicycle after fatally crashing into her on early Sunday morning.
-- A man was killed while his son was severely injured after an explosion occurred at their home in the north-central province of Nghe An on Wednesday afternoon. Police have found several objects often used for wrapping firecrackers at the scene.
-- Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue has criticized the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for failing to properly deal with a low supply of pork and a rapid increase in pork prices.
-- Authorities are considering the allocation of US$1 billion for the sustainable development of the Mekong Delta to cope with climate change, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung said at a conference held in Hanoi on Wednesday.
-- The Ministry of Industry and Trade on Wednesday launched three websites designed to fight counterfeit goods and help consumers resolve e-commerce disputes, namely online.gov.vn, chonghanggia.online.gov.vn, and baocao.online.gov.vn.