-- Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son on Thursday met with Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Takio Yamada in Hanoi to discuss ways to cement ties between their two countries while shoring up bilateral cooperation at multilateral forums, the Vietnam News Agency reported on Friday.
-- Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung and his Lao counterpart Thongsavanh Phomvihane co-chaired their fifth political consultation via videoconference on Thursday, the same agency reported.
-- Vietnam confirmed on Thursday four imported coronavirus cases, all Vietnamese returnees from France, taking the national tally to 1,177 with 1,062 recoveries and 35 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.
-- Typhoon Goni is heading to the East Vietnam Sea following Typhoon Molave, which has been ravaging the central coast of the country over the past few days, according to local weather forecasters.
-- South Korean Ambassador to Vietnam Park Noh-Wan on Thursday handed over US$300,000 in aid for the Southeast Asian country to deal with the damage having been caused by Typhoon Molave in the central region in the past few days.
-- Eleven people had been hospitalized as of 5:00 pm on Thursday over suspected food poisoning after having meals at a hotel in Vung Tau, a beach city around 100km from Ho Chi Minh City, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
-- Police are hunting for a male suspect who robbed a bank in northern Vietnam with a handgun on Thursday, stealing VND200 million ($8,600) in cash.
-- Vietnam on Thursday licensed state-run tourism company Vietravel to operate Vietravel Airlines, which is headquartered in the central city of Hue.
-- The International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, has decided to invest $20 million in Vietnam's An Phat Holdings to fund the latter's first compostable material manufacturing plant in the Southeast Asian country, the Vietnamese firm said on its website on Thursday.
-- "Europe began counting the cost of sweeping restrictions on social life imposed to contain a surge in coronavirus infections while Britain continued to hold out against following Germany and France in ordering a second lockdown," Reuters reported on Thursday.