Read what is in the news in Vietnam today:
-- High tide is in the forecast for Vietnam’s southern region on Saturday, the last day of the Year of the Tiger, while cold weather lingers in the northern part, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.
-- The Traffic Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security said on Friday that 25 traffic accidents happened across Vietnam on Thursday, the first day of the ongoing holiday marking the 2023 Lunar New Year, killing 14 people. Officers booked nearly 1,400 drunk drivers, a 3.6-fold increase compared to the same period last year.
-- Two serial traffic accidents caused serious congestion on the Rach Mieu Bridge, which lies along a major route connecting Ho Chi Minh City and provinces in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, on Friday, according to the National Traffic Safety Committee.
-- The Department of Culture and Sports of Khanh Hoa Province has reported renovations that cost nearly VND11 billion (US$469,000) carried out on Agarwood Tower, an attraction in the south-central province's capital city of Nha Trang, has been almost completed.
-- The ‘Spring colors of the country’ exhibition is showcasing 56 paintings, which were created by the artists of Indochina fine arts from 1945 to 2007, at the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum in Ba Dinh District, Hanoi through February 15.
-- Google’s parent Alphabet Inc is cutting about 12,000 jobs as it faces “a different economic reality”, doubling down on artificial intelligence (AI) and axing staff who support experimental projects, Reuters quoted the tech giant’s staff memo on Friday.
-- General Motors Co and LG Energy Solution do not plan to move forward with a fourth U.S. battery cell manufacturing plant, two sources told Reuters on Friday.