Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- President of the Lao National Assembly Saysomphone Phomvihane met with Vietnamese State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, and NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue in Hanoi on Monday as part of his official visit to Vietnam from December 6 to 8.
-- Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte discussed measures to enhance cooperation between their two countries during phone talks on Monday.
-- Many delegations of doctors and nurses from major hospitals in Hanoi will arrive in such southern localities as An Giang, Ba Ria - Vung Tau, Tay Ninh, Soc Trang, and Can Tho to join hands with the local COVID-19 prevention and control efforts.
-- Police in the north-central province of Quang Binh confirmed on Monday they had raided an illegal iron ore mine and arrested several suspects following a three-month investigation.
-- Officers in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang have broken up an online gambling ring worth more than VND1 trillion (US$43.4 million), the largest of its kind in the province, and arrested 14 suspects.
-- A 22-year-old man from the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum has been apprehended for fatally shooting another person with an air rifle on Saturday night.
-- Authorities in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho are planning to spend nearly VND1.2 trillion ($52.1 million) renovating five major traffic intersections that are prone to congestion.
-- Twelfth-grade students in Hanoi returned to school on Monday morning following more than seven months of remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
-- Two goals scored by Nguyen Cong Phuong and Phan Van Duc helped Vietnam secure their first win in the opening match of Group B at the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 in Singapore on Monday evening.