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-- Vietnamese State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc arrived in Geneva, Switzerland on Friday, beginning his official visit to the European country at the invitation of his Swiss counterpart Guy Parmelin as the two countries celebrated the 50th anniversary of ties this year.
-- A batch of 2,074,410 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine donated by the U.S. to Vietnam touched down in Hanoi on Friday morning, according to the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam.
-- A court in Hanoi on Friday condemned a 38-year-old man to life in prison for appropriating VND74 billion (US$3.2 million) when he was working as an investment fund manager of a bank.
-- Designated agencies in Ho Chi Minh City are calculating property damage caused by a fire at a well-known bar on Hai Ba Trung Street, District 3 on Friday afternoon.
-- Two high school students in the northern province of Bac Giang have been hospitalized after getting vaccinated against COVID-19 on Wednesday.
-- The World Trade Organization (WTO) became the first major diplomatic casualty of the new coronavirus variant on Friday when it postponed its first ministerial meeting in four years due to the deteriorating health situation, Reuters reported.
-- The discovery of a new coronavirus variant named Omicron triggered global alarm on Friday as countries rushed to suspend travel from southern Africa and stock markets on both sides of the Atlantic suffered their biggest falls in more than a year, according to Reuters on Friday.