Here are today’s leading news stories:
— A cold front is forecast to enter northern Vietnam between Wednesday and Thursday, while a tropical depression or storm is also expected to reach the East Vietnam Sea during this period, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.
— Torrential rains accompanied by strong gusts resulted in serious flooding in many areas of Ho Chi Minh City on Monday evening. More downpours are forecast to continue dampening the southern metropolis and other southern localities until the end of this week.
— Two death penalties and one life sentence were handed down to three people directly involved in the murder of three policemen in a mob attack in Dong Tam Commune of Hanoi’s My Duc District earlier this year. Twenty-six other defendants were given between a 15-month suspended sentence and 16 years behind bars for murder and resisting on-duty officers.
— A total of 1,935 traffic accidents occurred in Ho Chi Minh City in the first eight months of this year, killing 343 people and injuring 1,372 others, the city’s traffic police division reported on Monday.
— Four people were sentenced to a combined 21 years in prison and three others given 12-18 month suspended sentences for organizing for Vietnamese citizens to enter the United Kingdom illegally, the People’s Court in north-central Ha Tinh Province ruled on Monday.
— A police officer in the northern province of Bac Giang was fatally hit by a pick-up truck on Monday afternoon after he tried to pull over the vehicle, which was suspected of transporting illegal products.
— A 34-year-old man in Bac Giang was arrested on Monday for raping a 15-year-old female employee of a local karaoke shop last Thursday night.
— More than 240 Vietnamese citizens stranded in Malaysia due to the COVID-19 pandemic were flown home on Monday on a Bamboo Airways flight. They were all quarantined after landing at Cam Ranh Airport in south-central Khanh Hoa Province.
— The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development held a meeting with businesses in Hanoi on Monday to promote the import of agricultural products from the United States.
— National carrier Vietnam Airlines will continue increasing the frequency of domestic flights to serve increasing travel demand as the COVID-19 pandemic is now under control in the country, and the domestic aviation market is recovering rapidly, the carrier’s representative said on Monday.