Catch up on the news in Vietnam today:
-- Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Vietnam Mohammed Ismaeil A. Dahlwy wishes Vietnam prosperity in the Year of the Dragon, hoping that the country will develop strongly to become one of the ‘economic dragons’ in the region, reported the Vietnam News Agency.
-- Rain and chilly winds will hit the northern and central regions on Tuesday, while many parts of southern Vietnam are forecast to experience heat waves, according to the national weather center.
-- Commuters in downtown Ho Chi Minh City faced traffic gridlock for several hours on the evening of Monday, or the third day of the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday, with Ton Duc Thang and Dong Khoi Streets filled with motorcycles and cars. Traffic jam was attributed to the high number of revelers flocking to Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street and Bach Dang Wharf Park to enjoy the festive atmosphere.
-- Ho Chi Minh City is set to earn an estimated VND6.55 trillion (US$268.7 million) in tourism revenue between February 8 and 14, which coincided with Tet, inching up four percent year on year, the municipal Department of Tourism announced on Monday.
-- Many traders in Tien Giang Province, southern Vietnam, bought durians at a price of VND200,000 (US$8.19) per kilogram, the highest level in a year, on Monday, or the third day of the Tet holiday, lifting farmers’ spirits.
-- The Ba Den Mountain Spring Fest, the biggest of its kind in Tay Ninh Province, southern Vietnam, will kick off today, or the fourth day of the first lunar month, featuring a series of art performances and fireworks displays.
-- Donald Trump on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to put on hold a judicial decision rejecting his claim that he is immune from being prosecuted for trying to overturn his 2020 election loss, arguing that without such a shield "the presidency as we know it will cease to exist,” reported Reuters.
-- The death toll from a landslide in the southern Philippines has climbed to 68 as officials said on Monday the window of finding more survivors is closing, according to Reuters.