Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith is visiting Vietnam from December 4 to 6 to co-chair the 43rd session of the two countries’ inter-governmental committee, aimed at boosting the bilateral relationship of great friendship, special solidarity, and comprehensive cooperation.
-- The Ministry of Health on Saturday evening confirmed four imported COVID-19 cases from Germany, the U.S., and Russia. The country’s tally stood at 1,365, with 1,220 recoveries and 35 deaths.
-- Temperatures in northern Vietnamese provinces dropped to between 11 and 14 degrees Celsius due to the effect of a cold spell on Saturday, the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting reported, adding that the weather will remain chilly in the region over the next days.
-- Authorities in Nha Trang City, located in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa, have revoked the license of a local kindergarten after a teacher was caught on CCTV beating four young students.
-- Vietnam is expected to start testing a locally-made COVID-19 vaccine on about 20 people on December 10, the Ministry of Health confirmed on Saturday.
-- Ho Chi Minh City police announced on Saturday they are hunting for Trinh Minh Thanh, 56, director of Khang Gia Investment & Development Real Estate JSC, for fraud and property appropriation at the Khang Gia Apartment Complex in District 8.
-- Officers in Nha Trang City confirmed on Saturday they were investigating the death of an unidentified man, who was in his 50s, after his body was found at a local park.
-- Vietnam’s raw cashew exports in the first ten months of this year reached 415,000 metric tons, generating US$2.61 billion in revenue, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reported, adding that the U.S., the Netherlands, and China remain the Southeast Asian country's top three largest cashew importers.
-- Vietnam’s forestry exports are estimated to exceed $12.6 billion in 2020, with the U.S., Japan, South Korea, the EU, and China being the top importers, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.