-- State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc will leave Vietnam for an official visit to Cambodia from December 21 to 22 following an invitation of Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni.
-- As of 4:00 am on Saturday, Typhoon Rai was 250 kilometers south-southeast of Song Tu Tay Island in Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago, packing winds of 150-165km per hour and gusts of up to 220km an hour.
-- Police in central Thua Thien-Hue Province on Friday have broken up a ring forging stamps and documents for many large-scale agencies and organizations which had illegally earned more than VND30 billion (US$1.30 million).
-- The People’s Court of Ho Chi Minh City on Friday gave two Taiwanese men death sentences for trafficking 606 kilograms of methamphetamine to the city last year.
-- Police in Hanoi on Friday arrested and launched an investigation against a 24-year-old man suspected of raping his girlfriend’s younger sister.
-- Visitors flocked to Da Lat City in Vietnam’s Central Highlands on Thursday and Friday for weekend getaways, causing serious congestion at Chuoi Pass COVID-19 checkpoint on National Highway No. 20 leading to the city.
-- On Friday night, Ho Chi Minh City-based acrobat duo Giang Brothers returned to Spain to break their own record – climbing 90 stairs in 52 seconds while doing a head-to-head balancing act, a career-making feat they achieved in 2016.
-- Authorities of Ho Chi Minh City on Friday have launced a tour package named ‘Tu Sai Gon Xua den TPHCM’ (From the old Saigon to Ho Chi Minh City), meant to meet visitors’ needs during the recovery stage of the city’s tourism.
-- Pfizer Inc said on Friday the COVID-19 pandemic could extend through next year and announced plans to develop a three-dose vaccine regimen for children ages 2 to 16, a move that could delay its authorisation, Reuters reported.
-- Reuters cited French Prime Minister Jean Castex as saying on Friday that the country will from next month reduce the time between second and third COVID-19 vaccination injections to four months and require people to show proof of vaccination to enter some venues.