Here are today’s leading news stories:
— Vietnamese National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and Standing Vice-Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong on Monday attended a rehearsal for activities of the 41st General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA-41), which will be held online from September 8 to 10.
— Vietnam's acting Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long and Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Yamada Takio on Monday signed a diplomatic note, in which Japan pledged to provide medical equipment worth VND500 billion (US$21,500) to four major Vietnamese hospitals to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Police in the northern province of Bac Ninh have arrested a 52-year-old man who was caught on camera pointing a rubber bullet gun at a truck driver in a road rage on Saturday morning.
— Two Vietnamese interns have gone missing after Super Typhoon Haishen swept through Kyushu Island, southwest of Japan, early on Monday, the Vietnamese Consulate General in Fukuoka Prefecture confirmed.
— A worker was killed and another severely injured in a gas explosion at a shipbuilding facility in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang on Monday afternoon.
— The first train of Ho Chi Minh City’s metro line No. 1 is expected to be imported into Vietnam in October, an official of the city’s Management Authority for Urban Railways said on Monday.
— Two men were sentenced to death while three others were condemned to life in prison by a court in the north-central province of Nghe An on Monday for trading large amounts of crystal meth after transporting the narcotics from Nghe An to southern Dong Nai Province in late 2019.
— Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Monday held a dialogue with Japanese economic groups and businesses interested in expanding investment in Vietnam.
— Domestic trade is expected to contribute about 13.5 percent of Vietnam’s GDP by 2025, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s target to effectively realize the 2021-25 socio-economic development plan.
— Over 27.4 million people have been infected with the novel coronavirus while more than 19.5 million patients have recovered from COVID-19 around the world, according the Vietnamese Ministry of Health's statistics. Above 896,400 people have died of the disease globally.