Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnamese National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and a high-ranking delegation of the Vietnamese legislature arrived at Auckland International Airport on Saturday afternoon, beginning their official visit to New Zealand at the invitation of Speaker of the House of Representatives Adrian Rurawhe.
-- State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc left Hanoi on Sunday morning for a state visit to South Korea at the invitation of South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol.
-- The first Ho Chi Minh City Friendship Dialogue, themed ‘Resilience Adaptation for Recovery and Development,’ was held on Saturday with the participation of over 20 foreign delegations from localities worldwide.
-- The project to expand the section of National Highway No. 50 in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City is expected to be initiated in late December, according to the developer.
-- Police in southern Kien Giang Province confirmed on Saturday they had arrested a man on suspicion of raping and robbing several schoolgirls between November 21 and 27.
-- The Government Inspectorate on Saturday announced multiple violations detected at several hotels, resorts, and tourism projects, including the five-star JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi.
-- Vietnam’s rice export is expected to hit seven million metric tons this year if the export volume is maintained at over 400,000 metric tons per month in November and December, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training announced on Saturday that local students will have 12 days off from January 18 to 29 for the 2023 Lunar New Year holiday.