Read what is in the news today:
— Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh sent a message of congratulations to Elisabeth Borne on her appointment as the new prime minister of France on Tuesday.
— The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi announced on Tuesday the opening of the new U.S.-Vietnam Cooperation Center, which is scheduled for May 24.
— Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou went shopping in Hanoi’s Old Quarter on Tuesday evening, the second day of her four-day official visit to Vietnam at the invitation of State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
— The Ministry of Health confirmed an additional 1,785 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, raising Vietnam’s patient tally to 10,699,965.
— A man mistakenly stepped on the accelerator while refueling his car, causing the vehicle to hit a gas pump, and both the car and the gas station to catch fire in Hue City, central Thua Thien-Hue Province on Tuesday afternoon. No injuries and fatalities were reported in the incident.
— Authorities in Thu Duc City under Ho Chi Minh City have started cracking down on street hawkers encroaching on road surface and sidewalks and littering in the Thu Thiem new urban area, with a one-month campaign from May 12 to June 12.
— Hundreds of pine trees on an area of about one hectare in the inner city of Da Lat in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong had been illegally cut down when rangers inspected the Lam Vien protection forest on Tuesday.
— South-central Phu Yen Province reported 85 cases of corruption with 232 people prosecuted in the 2011-21 period, a provincial official said at a working session on Tuesday afternoon.
— Authorities in north-central Nghe An organized the opening ceremony of the Lang Sen (Lotus Village) festival on Tuesday night to celebrate late President Ho Chi Minh’s 132nd birthday after the annual event has been postponed for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Vietnam will take on Myanmar in the women’s football semifinals at the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games at 7:00 pm on Wednesday.