Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc talked over the phone with his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte on Monday to discuss the two countries’ ties in multiple fields.
-- Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong chaired a Central Military Commission meeting on Monday to approve a draft resolution on leadership in the implementation of military-defense tasks and Party building in 2021.
-- Prolonged downpours triggered floods and landslides in many provinces in south-central Vietnam and the Central Highlands on Monday.
-- Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have conducted COVID-19 tests on 111 people and quarantined 38 others who had contact with the latest local case, as well as sealing off the locations where the patient had recently been to.
-- Six people were injured after a sleeper bus collided with a tanker truck along National Highway No. 60 in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh on Monday morning.
-- The developer of the Trung Luong-My Thuan Expressway, which connects Tien Giang and Vinh Long Provinces in the Mekong Delta, has confirmed that its construction is nearly finished and one direction of the expressway will be opened to traffic prior to the 2021 Lunar New Year.
-- The People’s Court in Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City on Monday sentenced a 28-year-old man to 30 months in prison for sexually abusing his 14-year-old step-daughter in mid-February.
-- An 18-year-old man and his 23-year-old friend have been sentenced to 26 years and 14 years in jail, respectively, for murdering a GrabBike driver and stealing from him in mid-July.
-- Thien Ho Bridge in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang collapsed after a truck carrying 15 metric tons of unhusked rice traveled on the structure on Sunday night, authorities confirmed on Monday.
-- Vietnam had attracted a total of US$26.43 billion in FDI as of November 20, equal to 83.1 percent of the figure in the same period last year, according to a recent report from the Ministry of Planning and Investment.