Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnamese Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong on Monday chaired a working session between the Politburo and the Central Public Security Party Committee to collect feedback on draft documents and personnel work prior to the seventh Congress of the Central Public Security Party Organization for the 2020-25 tenure.
-- Vietnam has not recorded any locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases for 20 days. The country’s tally remains at 1,068, with 947 having recovered and 35 deaths as of Tuesday morning.
-- Authorities in the southern province of Dong Nai are looking for a 52-year-old woman who went missing after falling into a ditch while walking along a local street on late Monday afternoon.
-- A Sri Lanka national who left Ho Chi Minh City for his home country on September 12 was confirmed by Sri Lanka authorities to have been infected with COVID-19 on September 18, a Ho Chi Minh City official said on Monday, adding that it is still unclear when the patient contracted the coronavirus.
-- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has agreed on reopening regular flights between Vietnam and Thailand, and the specific schedule will be determined by Deputy PMs Pham Binh Minh and Vu Duc Dam.
-- The People’s Court in Hanoi on Monday sentenced a 36-year-old man to death for murdering his girlfriend, who was also his creditor, in early March as he was unable to pay up his debt.
-- Police in the northern province of Vinh Phuc confirmed on Monday they had arrested a 17-year-old boy for raping a 12-year-old girl and using the victim’s nude photos to blackmail her.
-- National carrier Vietnam Airlines has served nearly 40,000 passengers on domestic routes since the beginning of 2020, an annual increase of 12 percent despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
-- Vietnam imported 8,800 cars of various types worth US$202 million in August, a surge of 85.6 percent compared with the previous month, according to a report from the General Department of Customs.
-- Over 31.7 million people around the world have caught the novel coronavirus while more than 23 million patients have recovered, according to the health ministry's statistics. Nearly 967,000 have died.