-- A Thai tourist has been ripped off at Ba Hang fishing village in Ha Long Bay of Quang Ninh northern province. A fishing raft owner there forced him to buy a 6-kg fish for VND10 million ($500) that is much higher than normal price.
-- Three new species, including a fern and two scorpions, have been discovered in Thien Duong Cave that belongs to Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park in central Vietnam.
-- The Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a master plan for the Thanh Thuy border gate economic zone in northern mountainous Ha Giang province to 2030. The zone is expected to have a population of about 35,000 to 40,000 people by 2030, about 60 percent of whom will be workers.
-- Lam Dong province plans to develop the Da Lat Flower brand to ensure sustainable development of the local flower industry and increase flower exports, according to a report by Vietnam News Agency.
-- The Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs sets the target for this year to increase the incomes of households in poverty by 160 percent over last year's levels. Accordingly, poor ethnic households and households in remote mountainous areas will receive assistance to raise their income by 250 percent.
-- Over 200 exhibits are on display at a Vietnamese pottery exhibition, the largest of its kind, held at Birmingham Museum of Art in the US state of Alabama from January 22 to April 8.
-- Managing board of World Bank has just approved a loan of US$70 million from Vietnam for projects aimed to fight climate change.
-- Japan's leading transportation company Sagawa Holdings Co Ltd (SGHD) has announced that it will launch delivery services in Vietnam this month, and then officially beginning in March.
-- The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment's General Department of Land Management has reported that many overseas Vietnamese bought apartments in Vietnam but foreigners or expats rarely did so.
-- Barcelona beat Real Sociedad 2-1 in the Nou Camp on Saturday to keep alive their title hopes and remain seven points behind leaders Madrid, who earlier had beaten Getafe 1-0 thanks to a Sergio Ramos goal.
-- Manchester City opened up a three-point lead at the top of the Premier League with 3-0 win over Fulham on Saturday as Arsenal returned to form with a 7-1 thrashing of Blackburn.