Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- The Office of the Vietnamese National Assembly and Secretariat of the Lao National Assembly held their 11th annual seminar and exchange in north-central Quang Binh Province on Saturday, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
-- The Ministry of Health documented 2,704 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, raising the national tally to 11,382,258, with 10,062,585 recoveries and 43,104 deaths.
-- The number of new cancer patients in Vietnam has increased in recent years due to several reasons, Prof. Mai Trong Khoa, former deputy director of Bach Mai Hospital, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on the sidelines of an annual scientific conference in Hanoi.
-- Police in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang confirmed on Saturday they had arrested two suspects on charges of organizing illegal exits from Vietnam following the incident where 41 Vietnamese citizens escaped a casino in Cambodia and swam across a river to return to Vietnam earlier this week.
-- The Saigon One Tower, an under-construction high-rise building that had been abandoned in downtown Ho Chi Minh City for over a decade, has finally had a new owner and is being revived.
-- Rains are forecast to dampen localities throughout Vietnam on Sunday due to the effect of a trough in the north and the southwest monsoon in the south, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.
-- The average monthly salary of Vietnamese workers is about US$300, much lower than that in other countries in the region, delegates said during a conference on developing the labor market on Saturday.
-- Air Premia, a newly-established airline in South Korea, has planned to make a foray into the Vietnamese market by operating four weekly flights connecting Seoul and Ho Chi Minh City.
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