What you need to know today in Vietnam:
-- The Ministry of Defense held a ceremony on Thursday to assign three officers to join UN peacekeeping missions in South Sudan and the Central African Republic, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
-- The 17th ASEAN Air Chiefs Conference took place online on Thursday and was chaired by Major General Vu Van Kha, acting Commander of the Vietnam Air Defense-Air Force, the news agency reported.
-- "The Government of the United States expresses its deepest condolences to the Government and people of Vietnam as they mourn those who perished due to significant flooding in the central region of Vietnam as a result of Tropical Storm Linfa," U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said in a press statement on Thursday.
-- Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development signed a landmark agreement on Thursday with the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), unlocking up to US$51.5 million for the country to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation and forest degradation between now and 2025, the bank said in a press release the same day.
-- Two people died of drug overdoses in Binh Duong Province, located in southern Vietnam, on Monday, local police said on Thursday.
-- The Corona Casino on Phu Quoc Island off southern Vietnam raked in over VND700 billion (US$30 million), including ticket sales to Vietnamese, and paid VND212 million ($9 million) in the first half of this year despite the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Ministry of Finance.
-- Suzuki is considering plans to assemble cars in Vietnam as its market share tends to increase in this market, said Toshiyuki Takahara, general director of Suzuki Vietnam.
-- Anphabe, a Vietnamese social networking service and employment website, on Thursday listed Vinamilk, Vietcombank, Nestlé Vietnam, Viettel Group, Abbott Laboratories GmbH, TH Group, Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam, Coca-Cola Vietnam, PepsiCo Foods Vietnam Company, and Samsung Vietnam as the ten best places to work for in the country.
-- "Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will freeze development of its SpaceJet regional jet as the COVID-19 pandemic squeezes finances and erodes prospects for Japan's first passenger aircraft in half a century," Reuters quoted two sources as saying.