Check out the news you should not miss today, March 17
-- Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung received Kudryashov Sergey Ivanovich, Director General of the Russian oil and gas group Zarubezneft,in Hanoi on Thursday, calling for called for stronger cooperation between Vietnam and Russia in oil and gas exploration and exploitation.
-- Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc told Tsutomu Takebe, Special Advisor to the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Alliance during a reception in Hanoi on Thursday that he hopes the East Asian country will become Vietnam's largest investor of Vietnam in the near future.
-- Hanoi police on Thursday arrested Cao Manh Hung, 34, and put him in custody for investigation on charges of child molestation, following complaints that he had conducted lewd acts upon a local eight-year-old girl.
-- The Francophone Week 2017, themed “Love and Share,” will take place in Ho Chi Minh City from today, March 17, to March 29 with diverse cultural and art exchange activities, the organizers announced on Thursday.
-- A 19-year-old student jumped off a bridge connecting Ho Chi Minh City and the neighboring province of Binh Duong into the Saigon River in an apparent suicide on Thursday, with a dozen of people later unable to find his body.
-- Dollar prices dropped slightly to VND22,820-22,810 a greenback on Thursday, after the US Federal Reserve (Fed) raised its interest rates for the second time in three months.
-- There were 8,000 anti-government videos on YouTube, on which some popular brands in Vietnam run ads, Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communications said Thursday.
-- A major 43-story hotel project was found to start without a construction permit in the central city of Da Nang when construction had been finished to the ninth floor.
-- Japanese architect Ejima Akiyoshi has created a model of the Mong Phu village gate, a special relic in Hanoi featuring unique architectural features, out of rare woods and gave the artwork to the Hanoi Museum on Thursday.
-- Tourist arrivals to Quang Ninh, Quang Binh and Ninh Binh, three Vietnamese provinces where a major part of Hollywood movie Kong: Skull Island was shot, have increased by 10-20 percent after the film hit global theaters last week.
-- Pop singer Noo Phuoc Thinh will be the only Vietnamese artist to perform at the 2017 Influence Asia, the region's largest social media awards, to take place in Malaysia on April 8.
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