Read what is in the news today:
-- Vietnam’s State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc will lead a high-raking delegation to pay an official visit to Cuba from September 18 to 20 at the invitation of Miguel Díaz-Canel, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba’s Central Committee and Cuban President.
-- State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc expressed appreciation to the government and people of Japan for their valuable assistance toward combating COVID-19 in Vietnam, during his phone conversation with Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide on Wednesday.
-- The People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City has allowed residents to go out for exercising within the premises of their apartment or housing complexes located in safe areas.
-- Ho Chi Minh City police officers booked more than 17,000 cases of unnecessary traveling and large gatherings from August 23 to Wednesday, imposing fines totaling more than VND28 billion (US$1.2 million).
-- The People’s Committee of Hanoi has permitted restaurants in 19 out of its 30 districts and towns to offer takeout service and close before 9:00 pm every day, starting 12:00 pm on Thursday.
-- The People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City has allowed shops that sell office supplies, books and other study materials, garages, facilities that offer maintenance and repair services for building projects, provide machinery, equipment, and spare parts, and veterinary facilities to reopen from Thursday.
-- VNLife, which owns Vietnamese digital payments firm VNPay, has received more than $250 million in a series B funding round co-led by U.S. investors General Atlantic and Dragoneer Investment Group.
-- Microsoft announced a $60 billion share buyback on Wednesday, despite the fact that its stock has risen 50 percent in the past 12 months, according to Reuters.
-- “A SpaceX rocket ship blasted off from Florida on Wednesday carrying a billionaire e-commerce executive and three less-wealthy private citizens he chose to join him in the first all-civilian crew ever launched into Earth orbit,” Reuters reported.