Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Tropical Storm Lionrock is expected to weaken into a tropical depression before making landfall in northern Vietnam on Sunday afternoon, the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting reported, adding that a new storm, named Kompasu, will enter the East Vietnam Sea around Monday night.
-- Due to the effect of a cold spell, temperature in Hanoi and other northern localities is forecast to drop to 18 degrees Celsius on Sunday.
-- Experts have suggested that Hanoi authorities consider resuming dine-in service and allowing local students to come back to school as the COVID-19 pandemic in the capital has been gradually put under control.
-- A giant tree was uprooted during the rain in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday afternoon and fell onto an animal cage inside the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens. The cage was severely damaged but no animal was harmed.
-- Police in the north-central province Quang Binh have arrested two men for operating an illegal loan-shark ring that charged debtors interests of up to 365 percent a year and required them to submit their nude photos as collateral for the loans.
-- The principals of two elementary schools in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa have been apprehended for gambling after police officers raided a gambling den on Saturday.
-- Vietnam's import-export turnover during January-September in 2021 jumped 24.4 percent year-on-year, the Vietnam News Agency quoted the General Statistics Office as saying.
-- The tourist sector in Ho Chi Minh City has showed some initial signs of recovery as local travel agents begin offering safe tours to several popular destinations in outlying Can Gio and Cu Chi Districts.