What you need to know today in Vietnam:
-- Vietnam's Vice-State President Vo Thi Anh Xuan said on Thursday that Vietnam place emphasis on its comprehensive strategic partnership with Russia during an exchange with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia in Kazakhstan. President Putin said Russia always considers Vietnam its top priority partner in its foreign policy.
-- A court in Hanoi sentenced on Thursday a 30-year-old man to death for murder. He was convicted of hammering 10 nails into the head of a three-year-old baby in January this year, causing her death.
-- Customers crowded mobile phone shops on Thursday night to wait for iPhone 14 sales at midnight in Ho Chi Minh City, a Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper journalist reported from the scenes.
-- A low-pressure system is forecast to become a storm that will head for the coast from Da Nang to Binh Province in central Vietnam in the next 24 hours.
-- Two people died and two others were injured when a seven-seater car plunged into Xuan Huong Lake in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, located in Vietnam's Central Highlands region, on Thursday.
-- That Vietnam has lowered its foreign loans is a good sign of its healthy growth but the country needs quality infrastructure for sustainable development, Shimizu Akira, chief representative of the JICA Vietnam Office, said on Wednesday.
-- Vietnam reported a US$6.52 billion trade surplus in January-September, the Vietnam News Agecny cited the General Statistics Office of Vietnam as saying.
-- Vietnam's online marketplace for second-hand fashion Piktina announced on Tuesday it had managed to raise $1 million in a seed round from Touchstone Partners, a Vietnam-focused venture capital firm.
-- "Singapore's central bank on Friday tightened monetary policy for the fourth time this year to rein in inflation running near a 14-year high, and left the door open for further policy action amid upside risks to the price outlook and global uncertainty," Reuters reported the same day.
-- "Thousands of people across Australia's southeast were asked to evacuate their homes on Friday, including some in Melbourne's west, after two days of incessant rains triggered flash flooding and fast-moving waters burst river banks," according to Reuters.