Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc will attend the 27th summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, which will be held virtually on Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Wednesday.
-- Rescue units on Wednesday resumed their search for 12 missing workers who were buried after a landslide struck Rao Trang 3 hydropower dam in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue in mid-October.
-- The Vietnamese prime minister has decided to provide more than 4,000 metric tons of rice from the national reserves for north-central Ha Tinh, Nghe An Provinces and south-central Binh Dinh Province following recent floods and natural disasters.
-- A fire broke out on the seventh floor of the four-star Vinh Plaza Hotel in Vinh City, located in the north-central province of Nghe An, on Wednesday morning. There were no casualties reported, but many assets in the hotel were burned down.
-- Police in the central city of Da Nang confirmed on Wednesday they had arrested a 35-year-old man for pretending to be a lecturer of local universities in order to steal laptops from students and faculty members.
-- Officers in the southern province of Binh Duong are hunting for a suspect who attempted to rob a local bank with a gun on Wednesday afternoon.
-- A 23-year-old man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in Ho Chi Minh City for transporting drugs when he was working as a motorbike driver of a ride-hailing app.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court on Wednesday began trying three Chinese men who posed as police officers to scam local residents and appropriated about VND10.7 billion (US$460,700).
-- Budget carrier Vietjet and UPS, a global leader in logistics, have entered into a historic agreement to leverage each other’s global and regional network by further growing trade lanes from Asia to destinations in the U.S..
-- The Export Forum 2020 was held in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday, aimed at helping Vietnamese enterprises capitalize on free trade agreements and engage more deeply in global supply chains.