What you need to know today in Vietnam:
-- State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc received outgoing Australian Ambassador Robyn Mudie in Hanoi on Wednesday, appreciating her working to help deepen the strategic partnership between Vietnam and Australia, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
-- Ho Chi Minh City metro line No. 1 has been restored to its original state after being smeared with graffiti, Vu Minh Huyen, deputy chief of the Management Authority for Urban Railways, said at a meeting on Thursday.
-- More storms and rains will lash Vietnam in the second half of this year, according to the national weather service.
-- Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are accelerating their drives to give a fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose to the eligible population.
-- The Civil Aviation Administration of China has allowed airlines of Vietnam and China to operate two flights weekly, instead of only one flight per week as before, the Vietnam News Agency quoted the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam as saying on Thursday.
-- The Korea Tourism Organization on Thursday introduced the promotions it will be offering this year to attract Vietnamese tourists and boost South Korea's tourism recovery, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
-- Da Nang has launched two 'cashless streets' -- Nguyen Van Linh and Tran Van Tru in Hai Chau District -- to encourage digital payment among consumers and businesses.
-- FIFA announced on Thursday that 11 cities in the United States, three in Mexico, and two in Canada will host the 2026 World Cup finals