Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh held talks with visiting Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi in Hanoi on Monday, during which both sides agreed to enhance all-round cooperation in the coming time.
-- Issues have been detected in three of Vietnam’s submarine cable systems, namely AAG, IA, and AAE-1, which will likely affect Internet speed in the country until the end of January.
-- Tropical Storm Phanfone was located east of the Philippines on Tuesday morning and is moving toward the East Vietnam Sea. However, the storm is not likely to affect the weather in mainland Vietnam due to the presence of a cold front.
-- Police in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa on Monday disposed of more than 2,800 guns and four metric tons of explosives which they had confiscated from criminals in the province within this year.
-- Police and border guard officers in the north-central province of Nghe An confirmed on Monday they had arrested five Laotian men for smuggling 30 bricks of heroin and 18 kilograms of crystal meth into Vietnam.
-- Farmers in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang have caught a Mekong giant catfish (Pangasianodon gigas) weighing 230 kilograms in a river near the Vietnam-Cambodia border.
-- A total of 130 students at a kindergarten in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa were hospitalized due to suspected food poisoning on Monday. Many of the kids were in stable conditions and discharged from the infirmary as of the evening of the same day.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City administration has approved the municipal Department of Tourism’s plan on inspecting all hotels throughout the metropolis from now until the end of next year’s second quarter.
-- At a dialogue with enterprises in Hanoi on Monday, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has required deputy prime ministers and ministers to continue accompanying businesses and remove difficulties to help them achieve breakthrough development in 2020 and the following years.
-- According to the Vietnam Cashew Association (Vinacas), the sector will focus on deep processing, improving quality and diversifying products toward realizing the goal of US$4 billion in export turnover in 2020.