Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern met with Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in Hanoi on Monday as part of her official visit to Vietnam.
-- Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh affirmed that Vietnam always attaches importance to the traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation with Argentina during a reception for a delegation of leaders from some provinces of the South American country in Hanoi on Monday, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee has directed the handover of a 4.5-hectre land plot to Airports Corporation of Vietnam to prepare for the construction of the third terminal of Tan Son Nhat International Airport.
-- Authorities in south-central Ninh Thuan Province confirmed on Monday they had suspended the operations of four major karaoke parlors as they failed to meet fire safety standards.
-- Authorities in the Mekong Delta province of Can Tho have decided to spend more than VND135 billion (US$5.4 million) renovating and upgrading nine district-level medical centers.
-- Police confirmed on Monday they were investigating a traffic accident where two people were killed after two trucks crashed into another along the Ho Chi Minh City-Trung Luong Expressway earlier the same day.
-- Officers in northern Thai Nguyen Province are hunting for the suspect who robbed a local bank with a gun on Monday afternoon.